Illinois Rep. Schakowsky Makes Minimum Wage Menu
Many Hoosiers are familiar with our state’s “Illinoied?” campaign designed to attract businesses from a state whose leaders are out of touch when it comes to building an environment for economic growth. This program has had success, but yesterday an Illinois Congresswoman gave us all a window into why Illinois residents should be annoyed with their leaders.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is attempting to live life on the budget of a minimum wage worker. She is doing this in an attempt to demonstrate that the current minimum wage is “unlivable” and must be increased. She’s not the first person to try to do this and I’m sure she won’t be the last. What sparked outrage around Twitter was her “minimalistic” menu that she is following to keep to her budget.
If you look at the picture above you’ll see she identifies her choices for different means over the course of the day. Dinner options include chicken, pasta or hot dogs… for breakfast she might indulge in an English muffin with an egg or go the more traditional cereal with a banana on the side. What many people see on this list is a typical menu they at one time in their lives or another actually had to keep, or may still be keeping.
One has to wonder if this is seen as minimalistic, what the heck is Rep. Schakowsky eating when she’s living off her six-figure Congressional salary? For someone who claims to understand the needs of working class Americans she doesn’t seem to understand that there are many people, working class or not, who would keep to a menu like this anyway.
This week the American Legislative Exchange Council had members of their state fiscal policy team in Indiana sharing the results of their annual “Rich State, Poor State” study of the economic conditions in the states. The evaluate Indiana as 3rd among the states when it comes to economic potential because our leaders understand the factors that promote economic growth and are attractive to business leaders.
You might ask where Illinois fell on that list? Well they’re ranked 48th on the list. With leaders who can’t even relate to what would be a typical weekly menu for many Illinois residents, is it any wonder why? I’d encourage folks from Illinois to beat the rush and start heading to Indiana now!
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