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Roger Skinner (14)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 11:17 am
Yeah, I saw this on TV this morning. I was especially struck by the woman (divorced, with two kids) who had been working at McDonald's for TEN YEARS and yet was still only making minimum wage?! How many billions has McDonald's made during that time? Sure, it is in the best interest of a company to pay employees as little as possible, but isn't in the best interest of society to assure that people earn enough money to live on?

pam w (139)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 11:24 am
Raising the minimum wage to a LIVING wage makes good economic sense! Get people off welfare, restore their dignity, spread money around in the economy....

Who could object to that?

Oh...I know.....THE OLIGARCHS and the GOP!

Winn A (179)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 11:29 am
Vote all republicans and tea baggers out of office in every state at every opportunity. A living wage is a must for all Americans.

Scott haakon (4)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 11:33 am
Nope, she chose to stay in a low pay low responsibility job. By staying and not bettering herself she is responsible.

Malgorzata Z (198)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 12:23 pm
u nas większość pracuje za minimalną płacę, a jeszcze gorsze są umowy "śmieciowe"

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 12:27 pm
Thanks Cal. I agree with pam w.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 12:29 pm
Thank you! We have to fight for a living wage for all workers! (n, p, t)

Birgit W (160)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 2:25 pm
Each time I am going shopping the prices of groceries here in Canada seem to have gone up. It is just crazy, compared to our wage increases. I just received a notice to renew my licence sticker. It did increase form $70.00 to $90.00. I wished we could ask for such a high percentage increase for our income too.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 3:31 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. As I've mentioned before, the word "inflation" seems to be missing from our economic conversation. Stock market's up over 16,000 and more Americans are on food stamps now than ever. This is a national disgrace! Corporate profits are UP, CEO's are continuing to line their already bulging pockets, and their taxes are negligent compared to the average American.
I read an article recently that stated if the minimum wage were compared to the rate CEO's wages have accelerated over the past few decades---the minimum wage would be just under $30. So, asking for $15 is more than reasonable. I've been signing petitions and sending letters supporting a much higher minimum wage, and will continue.

Dianna M (16)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 3:35 pm
According to Deb Fischer: “. . . most minimum wage earners are already above the poverty line according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS data shows that more than half of minimum wage earners in the U.S. are age 25 or younger, and many more live in two-earner households that earn above the median income.”

It's hard to argue with someone who's (supposedly) quoting from a LOOONG report written in legalese. (I really need to wade through it . . . ) She also says, ". . . it could prevent employers weary of higher labor costs from adding positions." I love that part: "Employers weary of higher labor costs." Funny how they never weary of giving themselves hefty raises and bonuses, especially right before they have to declare their businesses bankrupt. Speaking of bankruptcies (moral, in this case), has anybody seen the article on why Walmart's CEO Mike Dukes resigned?

For the record: I didn’t vote for Deb Fischer. (In case you hadn't figured it out for yourselves.)

Sheila D (194)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 4:30 pm
Scott -
I don't know whether or not you've been paying attention to the economic news of the past many years...the country has gone through a recession, though I believe it's still going on. So many people lost their jobs due to downsizing, outsourcing, lack of business, labor and medical costs, business shut downs, and every other excuse known to man. Now, many of these same people also have familuies to graduates, business managers, supervisors, etc are working at Mickey D's, Burger King, Walmart, you sense where I'm going here???
Don't forget the cost of college tuitions, and the business schools, have been steadily going up while incomes have been dropping. Then there's school books and supplies...

As a single parent who went back to school, I can attest to the fact that my boys knew the babysitter better than their own mother for two long years. I also worked two part time jobs while going to school full time...NOT a fun time was had by anyone. However, tuitions and scholarships were readily available back in the 70s...not so now. Now days most graduates are saddled with a student loan that would rival the national debt.

How do you support a family, go back to school, pay enormois amounts to a sitter/childcare worker, and still put food on the table?? Then when you graduate, still have to pay this humungous loan, pay a sitter while working full time, and the costs of rent, food, clothes, utilities. Don't sit in your comfortable chair and spout what she should have done, or be doing, unless you are prepared to walk the same path as her...

Yes, Your comment made me angry, because that would have been me if I were 40 yrs younger and a single parent today. Never forget the Native American saying about walking in another's moccasins...

Barbara V (51)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 5:45 pm
Well, the Repugs are the ones who wouldn't agree to a pay raise, even though those being paid the minimum wage can scarcely make ends meet. It's so obvious that the Repugs want to make it as hard as possible for the minimum wage-earner, while they, the fat rats, sit there in Congress and don't even put in a day's work for their exorbitant salaries. Yet, the brainless will keep voting them in.....

Mary Connors (0)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 6:57 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday December 1, 2013, 10:07 pm
All we can do is to keep fighting for our rights. And that includes paying people reasonable wages to live and pay for daily living expenses. I'd like to see congress go on a month being paid "minimum wage". Wonder how they'd feel about it? Thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Monday December 2, 2013, 2:02 am
Everyone is entitled to a decent standard of life and a decent wage packet at the end of the week' this is fault greedy who don't want to share it " we have it and we're keeping it " and to hell with rest of you.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Monday December 2, 2013, 4:21 am
Noted TY Cal

Ben O (171)
Monday December 2, 2013, 9:41 am
$15 an hour - NOW!!!

Ben B (20)
Monday December 2, 2013, 6:51 pm
I agree with all the comments calling for a rise in the minimum wage.

However the current situation amply demonstrates the weakness of the capitalist system of production and distribution. Production is based on profit maximisation, which necessarily requires minimising input (labour) costs of production. Distribution is based on income and wealth levels. Basically the rich got that way on the backs of low-paid workers.

What would it take to turn this situation around? A fundamental shift in society: shifting the means of production across a broader range of organisations and people, organising production on the basis of need not profit, and distributing goods produced equitably throughout society. How can this be achieved? Through universal free education, allowing people the opportunity to maximise their potential, the provision of meaningful employment, sufficient leisure for people to re-create themselves and so many other initiatives that would make society more equitable.

Is this a utopian socialist ideal? Perhaps, but unless we are willing to make fundamental changes to the way society is organised there can be no effective change. We will only be mending a broken system, plugging up the holes in the dyke of need and perpetuating the cult of greed.

Some, in the past, have called for these changes to be implemented by violent revolutionary means. I prefer to achieve these goals through education, encouraging change at the individual level which can spread through all sectors of society. Once the level of consciousness reaches a tipping point, an irresistible quantum mass, change will occur, for the betterment of all. When people relinquish the pursuit of wealth, they usually achieve greater personal peace and contentment that insatiable greed could never provide.

To achieve these goals popular movements need to arise, political parties who embrace these goals need to be elected and so on. Of course the propertied class and those who command the majority of wealth in an economy will resist such popular movements, but through democratic equitable processes society will eventually become a fairer place.

Thanks for posting Cal.

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