While we are having a robust recovery from the great recession, the middle and working classes are not feeling the effects. The majority of the improvement is being felt by the wealthiest, with the stock market reaching record highs as there continues to be a widening of the income gap. Jobs are more plentiful but they are low paying hourly mostly entry-level positions that do not include job security or benefits. As a result, the middle class has been slowly eroding as people need to work multiple jobs just to make ends meet. The prospects of a secure future resulting from hard work and education are no longer seen in the dreams of the majority of Americans.
Trickle-down economics, while having been proven in the past not to work, is still being touted by the wealthy, who continue to amass their fortunes while paying their workers minimum wages rather that a living wage. Congress continues to present legislation giving tax breaks to the wealthy, further widening the income gap while programs like social security, SNAP, Medicaid, and Medicare are in danger of being sacrificed in order to balance the budget.
We need to create well-paying jobs with benefits so people will feel a sense of security and hope for their future and that of their families. Everyone needs to pay their fair share of taxes. People who work full time should not be living in poverty nor should people who hold several part time positions. By increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, people will have more money to spend on products and services, further stimulating the economy and creating more jobs.

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