And to think the answer is so simple a bookseller could tell you. Look at the Stock Market and the ecomony. Every time we went into a recession mimun wage was never raised. Sited labor cost ecept for the ceo cfo and what not. Then when they did finally get the raise ( with much moaning and groaning from Large corperations ) the ecomony and the Stock Market took off. Bussiness caused this problem because if you only give a 40 cent to 25 cent raise and gas goes up a 1.00 where do you think the money goes? The gas tank and not the stores, resturants, housing,tech,and what not. Who needs a stimules package that is one time and will take months and more government spending? Raise min wage by $2.00 in 2 weeks and watch most of this go away. Except for housing. That will take a little while longer. It changes the Phycology of the market, makes the easing faster more targeted and it takes the straw off the camles back. Will President Bush and the Congress do this? NO...........They are MOSTLY ( not all but most ) for the corperations by the corperations and of the corperations and not the people. You know; you and me the little people. The Dems won't help do this because they want the increase to take effect next year and the year after so they will look good. That way they can take control of congress and the white house. Then they will tell us how much they care about us and will take care of us and make us more dependent on them. All the while laughing to the bank. Great Power Play.The play is very good and right out of the book the Art Of War. If all of our elected people in washington cut out the middle man and did what is right mimum wage increase then we could take care of ourselves.Oh yea we are the boss (or are we ) or are the Fortune 500 companies. Washington playing games? Never..... they wouldn't play potical war games with 300,000 plus million people would they? Make up your own mind. For me I just save wha little I can I do need a pair of pants; one of my other 2 pair is so warn out after 4 years that I will have to replace one. That way I will have 2 pair again. Help needed here. Are there any here made totaly in the good old US OF A? Well off the Good Will because Wal Mart is still to expensive at sale price of 14.99. Some day I hope I can afford new instead of used. Can we still afford to let 12 to 24 million people stay and become U>S> citizens without making them stand in the back of the line? I am confused about this if all of the jobs are being sent to their counrty instead of here then why do they want to come here? Good Free MEDICAL MAYBE. NO WONDER I CAN'T AFFORD A NEW PAIR OF PANTS ONLY USED. Rock ON. I still wouldn't look good in a burka and thank god I don't live in a communist country. ALTHOUGH IT IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE THAT. TAKE CARE AND MAKE SOME MONEY AND SAVE IT TO GET YOU THROUGH THE LEAN TIMES. Lynda.