Wrong. Tell that employer that his cost of labor is increasing tomorrow and he raises his prices today. Your paycheck is weak because you buy cheaper products and have messed up priorities. A gallon of gas in Tucson is $1.33 today. A loaf of bread, a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs....what's that cost? You have to work how long to pay for that...less than 30 minutes? How much is your mortgage payment this month vs. 10 years ago?