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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Richard Burkhauser
Perhaps one of the most disastrous policies President Obama called for in his Tuesday night address was a hike in the minimum wage. Raising this government mandate from $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2015 is the surest way to ensure Americans who are down on their luck have no chance to escape the unemployment lines.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported some positive figures for the economy Wednesday, saying the poverty rate remained steady for the first time in three years and that the pool of Americans without health insurance diminished slightly, but the news was tempered with a decline in median household income and increases in income disparity since last year.
"The good news about this year is that the bad news isn't quite so bad," said Richard Burkhauser, an economics professor at Cornell University.