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Letter: If minimum wage rises, so should Social Security

If minimum wage rises, so should Social Security

So, fast-food workers want their pay raised to $15 per hour. I think that is a wonderful idea, and while the government is doing that, it can raise the average Social Security benefit by the same amount so we old fogies can still afford an occasional fast-food meal.

The Social Security website says the average benefit is $1,328 per month. The government says there are 4.3 weeks per month. Therefore, the average Social Security recipient receives $7.72 per hour.

Workers say they have bills to pay; so do we. Do they think just because we are on Social Security we no longer pay for utilities, car payments, rent, clothing, food, doctors, medicine, etc.?

Who is going to buy fast food when the price doubles so workers can have $15 per hour? I remember going to the golden arches once a month as a treat back in the ’60s. For 15 cents, you got a hamburger, fries and a shake. Our family of five spent 75 cents for all of us. Consider that my dad was earning 90 cents per hour. Can you feed a family of five at a fast-food restaurant today for less than an hour’s wages? Imagine what the total bill would be after workers got $15 per hour?

Like I said, I’m all for that raise as soon as the average Social Security benefit goes to about $2,600 per month.

Jeanette Andrews

Blasdell