For years, the "Other NRA" has flexed its political muscle to keep wages low and to freeze the tipped minimum wage at just $2.13 per hour. Plus, thanks to non-stop NRA lobbying, the House last month passed a bill changing the threshold for employer-provided coverage under the ACA to deny health care to employees who work 30 hours per week.
I got laid off from a full-time job due to the belly-up economy. I didn't realize just how much of my identity I had associated with "being important" -- dressing up, interacting with clients, being seen as a professional. Now I was aimless, wearing jeans and flip flops, and worrying about money in a way I never had before.
There's a simple explanation for the prominence of the Social Security scare stories. There is a lot of money behind it. The 1 percent types, who have benefitted from the upward redistribution of the last three decades, find it very useful that national debate focus on $1,300 a month Social Security checks rather than the policies that made them incredibly wealthy.