Journal Record: House panel rejects $1 minimum-wage increase (registration required – Bugmenot.com (thanks to
Independent Christian Voice for this link
)

State Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said many minimum-wage earners are poorly educated. Kern also suggested that workers who live in poverty may not spend their money wisely.

“It’s not how much you make, it’s how much you spend,” she said.

I know I’m probably making this too personal but I wonder how Sally Kern might feel if her family wasn’t pulling in the money they make. (according to the State legislative website she is a teacher and husband is the pastor of Olivet Baptist Church.)
Working full-time at min. wage full-time will pull in $206 per week, before taxes. I think Sally Kern should try living on that for awhile. How dare she talk smack about poor folks like this?!

Oh and while we’re digging around, Olivet Baptist Church (Oklahoma City, OK) doesn’t have a website anymore but thanks to the website of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, I found a link to their old website and then ran that through Archive.org to find an archived version of their old website. Here’s what the website leads with…

JESUS IS LORD

GROW
Olivet Bapist Church
1201 N.W. 10TH STREET
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73106
Phone 405.235.4696
“Touching People’s Hearts By Meeting Their Needs”

“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger, and you invited me in,
I needed clothes, and you clothed me.
I was sick, and you looked after me.
I was in prison, and you came to visit me.”

-Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

Quite honestly, this is the height of hyopcrisy. Trumpeting Jesus’s call to take care of folks at church, but then in the legislature kick poor people while they are down and then insult them for being poor. Pardon me, but that’s wrong.

And maybe I am too hot under the collar about this, but then again Jesus ripped into the rich and the pharisees of his day for their hypocrisy, so I can’t say I’m apologetic about calling these cats on the carpet. Here’s her email address if you want to tell her what you think about her insulting poor people: sallykern@okhouse.gov.