Outrage… Head of Household 0f 4 on Minimum Wage Has More Disposable Income Than Family Making $60,000 a Year

Democrats want you to believe that they care about the middle class. Of course, this is just another lie. Their policies over the years continue to ravage the middle class.

As evidence, a family of 4 on minimum wage now has more disposable income than a hard working American middle class family making $60,000 a year.
Zero Hedge reported, via Free Republic:

Tonight’s stunning financial piece de resistance comes from Wyatt Emerich of The Cleveland Current. In what is sure to inspire some serious ire among all those who once believed Ronald Reagan that it was the USSR that was the “Evil Empire”, Emmerich analyzes disposable income and economic benefits among several key income classes and comes to the stunning (and verifiable) conclusion that “a one-parent family of three making $14,500 a year (minimum wage) has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year.” And that excludes benefits from Supplemental Security Income disability checks. America is now a country which punishes those middle-class people who not only try to work hard, but avoid scamming the system. Not surprisingly, it is not only the richest and most audacious thieves that prosper – it is also the penny scammers at the very bottom of the economic ladder that rip off the middle class each and every day, courtesy of the world’s most generous entitlement system. Perhaps if Reagan were alive today, he would wish to modify the object of his once legendary remark.

From Emmerich:

You can do as well working one week a month at minimum wage as you can working $60,000-a-year, full-time, high-stress job.

My chart tells the story.

And, yet how many times have we heard democrats claim that they care about the middle class?

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  • http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com Reaganite Republican

    A whole class of leaches has evolved that’s discovered how to vote access to your money

    We’re the ones paying for this vote producing scam and only we can stop it

  • Ruebacca

    I make 80K a year in California and my apartment complex is full of Mexican immigrants who can’t be worth 25-30k a year. I pay high state and federal income taxes and they get section 8, utility assistance and food stamps.

    I remember a Mexican friend in middle school who was on the free school lunch program and they had a housemaid.

  • Lindsey Lohan

    It seems to me that the we should no longer frame the argument as ‘the Democrats don’t care about the middle class like they say’, but rather ‘the Democrats are supporting a President who hates America and the middle class’.
    I know that some would think this is too radical. Except for that fact that it can be backed up with a slew of very good arguments and evidence – if tried.
    Just my opinion. :)

    Keep up the great work, GP!

  • susan

    Despite the obvious looting, pilliaging, plundering, violating and raping terrorizing America’s Country Class rest assure the Ruling Class residing in their echo chamber will piously remind us to watch our ‘tone’-any display of anger towards the oppression is unsettling to their righteously tender sensibilies.

    And that can’t happen, after all the oppressors are degreed by Harvard as credentialed tyrants.

  • http://www.antzinpantz.com/kns vilmar

    I’ll be among the first to criticize our overly generous welfare programs but isn’t adding $16K (or $11K) per year a bit misleading? I know of very few people who use up that amount of medical bills in one year, every year. I can see $1000 or $1500 for shots, well-baby checkups, etc but $16K?

    Or am I missing something? Does Medicaid pay people actual $$ even if they don’t use it?

  • Sy

    It appears the $60k family has both parents working. Depending on the salary split one may have HI so the comparison may be misleading. However, the really disturbing comparison is the $15k vs. $30K. If the $30k has both parents working then one could quit and increase their EV by $20k (= existing difference plus the day care cost of $9,600) giving them a EV of close to $50k. Even if the $30k family is a single parent the cash difference (difference – Medicaid) still favors the $15k family. IOW, doubling your income from minimum wage leaves you worse off. So why bother?

  • Granny

    Look, all of this is nothing NEW. This is not due to Obama. These programs and practices started fifty years ago under Lyndon B. Johnson. The real outrage shown in that chart is not that the people making minimum wage have more disposable income than those making $60,000 a year, it is that people making $30,000 a year have over $10,000 LESS than those making minimum wage. These are the people making about $15 dollars an hour, twice minimum wage. People with some education that is supposed to “help them along.”

    Where is the incentive to work?

  • Sy

    #5: it is not a cash comparison, but economic value. The Medicaid entry is basically the value of the HI premiums not paid. If the $60k family does not have HI through work they must buy it or go uninsured. The $16,500 seems high, I don’t know the actuarial cost, but i believe the copays and deductiblez are $0. Any program with a $0 deductible / $0 copay, or close yo $0, will have high premiums.

  • Granny

    #5 November 22, 2010 at 6:56 am
    vilmar commented:

    I’ll be among the first to criticize our overly generous welfare programs but isn’t adding $16K (or $11K) per year a bit misleading? I know of very few people who use up that amount of medical bills in one year, every year. I can see $1000 or $1500 for shots, well-baby checkups, etc but $16K?

    Or am I missing something? Does Medicaid pay people actual $$ even if they don’t use it?

    I think this is calculated at the cost the family would otherwise spend to provide insurance. Family plans if you don’t belong to a group were running about $3K a month. My brother in law’s employer pays for his insurance, but he has to pay the difference for the family plan in order to cover my sister. That runs them $110 or so each and every week – plus the co-pays, etc.

    Still, I agree – $16K is high. Unless that family has inordinate health problems or some major emergency, even paying cash for everything wouldn’t add up to $16 K. $200 or so for an annual exam, a couple of extra visits each for the kids, $26 a month for birth control. Medicaid does cover some dental – emphasis on some – but dental insurance is pretty cheap. It also covers one pair of glasses a year, but those are limited to one exam – $85- and a line of especially cheap glasses. Call it $125 for that.

  • Granny

    One other comment: This chart does not include the value of any employer contributions to insurance. That person up there making $60K also likely has substantial health insurance and life insurance benefits at little or no cost. Even the individual making $30 might very well have significant benefits.

    And – In many states, if you work at minimum wage you make too much money to receive Medicaid and may also very well not have any insurance from your employer. CHIPS is all well and good, but that is not a free program. Here in Vermont, it costs less than having to buy insurance on the open market and it costs less by a long shot than COBRA, but it is still fairly expensive – expensive enough to put a fair number of people in the position of choosing between the insurance and the grocery bill.

  • J

    Just this week, a caller to a radio show here in MA was telling the story of someone she personally knew, a heroin addict, that had just received his $60,000 check for disability. He is now driving a cadillac and shopping in the liquor store.
    This state financially supports whole families and generations of families that are on disabilities for drug and alcohol abuse.
    Most other states have a requirement that, at some time, the person on disability/welfare make some attempt to work, but not this state.

  • Mrs. X

    @RR #1 You got it!

    These people have learned to work the system. It is literally their part-time job to figure out how to get their share.
    From cradle to grave…the leaches learn the system. And they have plenty of people, including government employees, helping them along…

  • http://symbolic-mirage.blogspot.com LL

    It’s even more tipped in some states such as California.

    And the point is that they can vote money out of your pocket to keep their entitled lifestyle (see the recent California elections).

  • pill

    Looking over the counter as a pharmacist for the last 50 yrs I have wondered why I was busting my butt and just at the supermarket yesterday when a recipient had a cart overflowing with convenience food the thought crossed my mind.. But just for a nano second…becaue I wouldn’t change places if you held a gun on me..

  • Carbon Monoxide

    It only gets worse from $60K. In 1990, I was making $17.5K. Now I make over 10 times that but I still have to think about going out for lunch. When you start making over $100K, you start losing your schedule A deductions and you have to start worrying about the alternative minimum tax. I have relatives in NY who make less than $20K per year who are on multiple government programs. They all got together and went on a cruise to the Bahamas this summer. I could never even THINK about doing that. I have a long time friend who has been out of work for over two years. He stays at home, smokes dope and plays with his slot car set. Now, maybe he can’t find a $70K per year job, but maybe he could find something that pays over the $1,300 per month unemployment check and get of my freaking dime? My stay at home wife was told she had to work 11 more years to collect the maximum SS benefits so we decided to look for something that matched the school year and school hours – in other words, pretty tight criteria. She was able to find a job in a week with no college degree, no connections and one that fit our criteria. WTF is going on here?

  • Granny

    #15 Carbon – they told you wrong. Your Stay At Home Wife is entitled to collect social security benefits under your account because she is your spouse. She will only get 3/4 of what you get, but that will be quite some bit more than she would earn on her own account. And she can still collect if you die or even if you are divorced, assuming you have been married longer than 10 years and 1 day –


  • Militant Conservative

    Print this out and take it to work. Set it down as you travel, grocerey stores etc. I fight in the trenches and change minds this way. Be a pampleteer like the days of old. Get the word out and proof that gubment is the evil upon us.

  • Smarty

    This is “Idiocracy” at work. The least productive members of society can breed and breed, while the middle class struggles. The ruling class, they have lobbyists.

    Affirmative action and welfare are nothing but tools to be used to crush the pesky miidle class, the ruling elites want clear lines between the haves and have-nots.

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  • Practical Jane

    Progressive Redistribution at work.