In 1961 worked as a administrative assistant . My salary was $5.00/Hr. It is now 2015 and find that it is abominable that wages in this day and age of $7.25 for a minimum wage earner restricts them from achieving financial security or the hope of making a better life for themselves and their families. People who do not come from wealth or a stable environment in childhood don't have the same opportunities as the more wealthy members of our nation. The reason America is admired around the world is that prior to 1980 there was a consensus among our government leaders that we were obligated to give all Americans a chance to achieve a better life through government programs that helped to lift people out of poverty and guarantee that families would have resources available to them to overcome hardships or set backs. Today we claim not to have the funds to support the safety net programs for our citizens but we can provide all kinds of tax advantages to the large corporations and CEO's that receive income in the millions and billions. We seem to have enough money for every candidate that runs for office to obtain millions of dollars from the rich and powerful in our country. We are not the ideal country we used to be and the greed and moral decline will one day cost us dearly.