August 12, 1955

On August 12, 1955, US President Eisenhower raised the minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour. Contrary to the voices of the John Birch Society and other conservative Republican leaders, this raising of the minimum wage did not collapse society as a whole. Also, contrary to the conservative leaders, the recipients of this minimum wage increase did not spend it on beer, cigarettes and sluts. They spent it on housing, groceries and utilities.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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