The Rural Patriot

October 24, 2006

7 Days @ Minimum Wage – Day 2

I encourage you to visit the site and watch the video every day during this campaign. Comments are allowed at the site for each day’s viewing.

Day 2’s video:

“On Day 2, Erin talks about needing to work increasing hours at her minimum wage, grocery store job to make ends meet.

Day 1’s video can be found here.

Again, if you have friends and/or relatives that live in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nevada and/or Ohio, ask them to vote “Yes” on November 7. to raise the minimum wage.



  1. I wish you could have seen the rest of Erin’s interview, there’s 10 minutes more. Her point was that her family is coming apart at the seams emotionally, psychologically, because everyone was at minimum wage, no one had benefits, and they all had to live together at a time in their lives when they didn’t expect to. Her choice now is to either stay at home to afford school, but destroy her relationship with her parents in the process, or leave home, leave school, preserve her family, but stay at minimum wage.

    I was the person who interviewed her. There’s more there than meets the eye.

    Comment by Mike Doyle — October 24, 2006 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks, Mr. Doyle, for stopping by and offering your insight. And, I thank you for being involved with this project. What a heartbreaking decision Erin faces.

    I’ve watched a good portion of the debates in Congress regarding this subject. One of the items that stays with me is that states that have increased their minimum wage have also enjoyed a upturn in their economies. That point is one that could be promoted better.

    It amazes me how some in congress have voted to increase their own wages, but have adamantly stood on their own position to not increase the minimum wage. It is a position of putting business ahead of people.

    Comment by theruralpatriot — October 25, 2006 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  3. Thank you Mike Doyle for being involved in this project. I think many of us lose sight of what many others out there go through in every day life. America may be called the land of milk and honey, but it leaves many behind. There are lots of “have nots” out there, both in the rural country side and in the inner city. Families who go without food, shelter, medicine on a regular basis. They struggle to make ends meet and never have enough to get ahead. And our wonderful government ignores them. And many of us don’t want to go to where they live. America’s nasty little secret!

    There is a excellent book out there about this topic. “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich (publisher: Herny Holt and Company, LLC, 2001). You can find it on It is available in both hard and soft cover. Ms Ehrenreich lived thru the experience in order to write the book. She worked as a waitress in Key West, a maid for Merry Maids, a clerk at Walmart and as a nursing aide in a nursing home in Maine amoung other jobs. She lived and struggled in order to write the book. She had to dumb down her qualifications. At times she held two jobs to make ends meet. She also tells about others she worked with who experience this while trying to raise a family. She lived in flea bag motels, boarding rooms and the like. She tells it like it is, not a nice life. Highly recommend this book

    Comment by LV Veteran — October 25, 2006 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

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