minimum wage should absolutely be raised. i'm 17 and i make more money than most people working with the minimum wage bc i get paid above it. if every workplace paid as well as mine does, full-time adult workers would be getting the pay they need.
INEQUALITY between rich & poor - of all countries tracked - have increased most in Germany & the US since 1985 says OECD report, meaning MOST of the wealth & income gains have gone to the top small percentage of people & not shared w/ the poor. The US ranks #17 & Germany #18 of 34 for Life Satisfaction. Spain's inequality decreased more than any country since 1985. http://www.oecd.org/social/inequality.htm http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/topics/life-satisfaction/
This is a graphic, explaining the 'fiscal cliff' that we face. WSJ is counting down the days at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/senate-fiscal-cliff-bickering-spooks-market-2012-11-27?link=sfmw We have 34 days. OECD predicts a global recession, if our government fails to make a deal. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/what-going-over-the-fiscal-cliff-would-mean---/2012/11/11/5cc99fbe-2c2f-11e2-a99d-5c4203af7b7a_graphic.html