Weekend Words: Wage

Gerrit van Honthorst, “Old Woman Examining a Coin” (1623). Oil on canvas, 75 x 60 cm. Fondation Aetas Aurea, The Netherlands (Image via Web Gallery of Art)

The only bright spot in the news this week was President Obama’s executive action on Thursday, ordering the U.S. Department of Labor to revise federal rules on overtime wages, qualifying millions of Americans to receive extra pay if they work more than 40 hours a week.

“Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.”

—H. L. Mencken

“There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.”

—Henry Ford

“I can offer you neither honors nor wages; I offer you hunger, thirst, forced marches battles and death. Anyone who loves his country, follow me.”

—Guiseppe Garibaldi

“To the ordinary working man, the sort you would meet in any pub on a Saturday night, Socialism does not mean much more than better wages and shorter hours and nobody bossing you about.”

—George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier

“You need to know that a member of Congress who refuses to allow the minimum wage to come up for a vote made more money during last year’s one-month government shutdown than a minimum wage worker makes in an entire year.”

—William Jefferson Clinton

“When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin.”

—Mae West

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