Thanks for the rep. I ran some math later based on the poster mentioning $2.10 wages around 1985. Given a cumulative average of 4% inflation that $2.10 an hour would be $7.37 in 2017 dollars, just about right on the current federal minimum; which would mean minimum wage earners should not have lost much if any buying power. The change is in what they think are must haves and what those are costing them. Want more/better stuff, work harder/longer or up your game to get paid more.