Think $4 is bad? The hospital where my wife and I work recently gave yearly raises. The raises were 3%. That means that the vast majority were under a dollar and most were .20-.30 cents. Over the year it adds up to more, but these are people that are still working and a large portion of whom will never get SSI. I pay more in SSI tax than any other. I have been paying it since I was about 10 yo and working on farms. I will never get a penny back.
Just to make things better, I read an article recently saying that Gov Rick Scott, who was the CEO of the corporate hospital we work for (HCA) was caught by the FBI overseeing the largest Medicaid fraud in history. HCA settled or $1.8 billion but ended up only paying $800 million. Rick Scott resigned in disgrace but was given a $300 million golden parachute.
That was $300 million in 1997 dollars.
To add more hypocrisy, this corporstion is very fond of writing up employees for anything they can. If you get written up for anything, say clocking in 2 minutes late a couple of times, you don't get a raise.
Don't even get me started on salary caps for low level employees but not for the executives who are ALWAYS the ones that ruin the companies, cause lower profits and even cause them to go out of business.
I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children… - Wendell Berry, 1971