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Elizabeth Warren Debunks GOP Talking Points on Minimum Wage

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues her crusade against big financial institutions and businesses. Warren dismantles the popular right-wing talking point on why the minimum wage should not be increased.

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Kit B (276)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:45 pm

Ya gotta love this woman. If ever the working class has needed a crusader for them, it is now.

“But I get your point, maybe it’s only 4 cents on $7.19. But if your entrees are $14.40 we’ll see how fast I can do the math—are you telling me you can’t raise your prices by 8 cents?”

Warren also noted that wages have not been keeping up with productivity, and if they had, the minimum wage would be about $22 today. That’s $14.75 higher than the actual federal minimum wage.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:59 am
This isn't a civilized country. It's all slave labor for those who can find a job.

David C (29)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:55 am
Elizabeth Warren is the voice of the people!

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 8:29 am
Thank you

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 9:32 am
Gosh, we have so needed her voice.

For those who are trying to live on minimum wage might I say this.......

They are not living on it! They are mearly trying to SURVIVE on it and it keeps getting harder to do that.

Why does the American taxpayer have to keep subsidizing the Corporations who are making record profits and the CEO's are living like Kings? Why do places like McDonalds and Wal-Mart get to pay their workers so low that the taxpayer must support Food Stamps, Section 8 Housing, WIC, and a host of other programs that keep these poor workers from starving and being on the streets?

I mean, it is the correct thing to do, not to allow people to starve to death despite working all week, but why have not the Corporations paid their employees better? If one is in a job, should not the Employer be obligated to pay them at a wage they can take care of their most basic needs? These Corporations get all the tax breaks, many are subsidized by the Government, then they don't pay taxes, and they get to pay their employees so little, they are reaping in hefty yearly profits and yet the workers struggle to survive and the other workers who are barely able to get by must pay their taxes to help the ones who are not getting by.

What a racket the Oligarchy have for themselves.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:39 am
She really spells it out and tells it like it is which of course gets the GOP hot under their uptight starched collars.

That's the question I have too Dandelion. Why do the American taxpayers have to keep subsidizing the corporations who are making record profits and the CEO's are living like kings? They do pretty well for themselves and often earn over 300+ times the salary that the hardworking employees that help make the corporations what they are earn, but it sure as heck doesn't mean that the executives are 300+ times intelligent, hardworking, virtuous, etc. I better stop typing before I become even more livid.

Judy C (97)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:42 am
It is so good to see someone like Warren, for sure. It just makes me feel so disgusted to hear the Republicans acting like working people are lazy freeloaders, or like those on public assistance or unemployment just don't want to work. We are in a position to have to beg the corporations, which are gigantic welfare queens, for a few crumbs, and I am VERY sick of it. I'm tired of their disrespect. The fact that even the mention of asking for $22/hour seems outlandish, is an indicator of how people let themselves be trampled down. It really is NOT outlandish. We should feel perfectly justified in demanding fair treatment. Those same Republicans are perfectly comfortable with CEO's making a hundred or more times that amount. They get a free lunch courtesy of the taxpayers, but these same people begrudge a poor child a free school lunch!

Judy C (97)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:45 am
I was writing my comment at the same time you were posting yours, Robert. Thanks to all of you who commented. We're on the same page. Some can't get another green star from me at this time.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 1:56 am
Noted. Thanks. Sounds very similar to what is going on here in Israel.

Sherri G (128)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:06 am
Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders can always be counted on to fight for the people. I post more of their positions on my Facebook page and Twitter than I do for President Obama. These two Senators stand with the poor, seniors, middle class, disabled, veterans, children, abused women, and the environment. If only we could bottle their integrity and dedication to service (without personal gain bias). Then we could inject all members of the GOP and regrettably some Democrats too whose votes are bought by Corporate Lobbyist. What happened to congress and the President promising transparency. Nothing shows how bogus that promise was more than congressman being able to filibuster behind closed doors. No way for us to know which senator or representative shot down legislation that many of us hope will change life for animals, humans, and the planet. So much to do so little time. But let's take this moment to applaud Senators Bernie Sander and Elizabeth Warren for fighting make this planet a more livable place for so many.

Lynn D (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:25 am
Interesting article --- thanks!

Ro H (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:43 am

Winnie A (179)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:15 pm
So glad for Elizabeth Warren! The country needs more women in power like her.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 4:59 pm

Brad Kraus (6)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:55 pm
She is definitely a people's champion. The average wage earner needs the ability to reach for their dream without the aid of inheritance or corporate greed. A return to the American ideals of hard work paying off and a government by and for the people.

Bryan S (105)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 8:07 pm
Thank you Judy. Elizabeth Warren is one of the few voices for working people in government. Corporate profits are at a high, while millions of people don't make enough for the very basics. It's ridiculous that $9?hr is even an argument.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:18 pm
Elizabeth Warren is a wonderful person. More power to her. May she continue to be strong and able to get the other member of congress to be for the people, Thanks Judy

Devon Leonar (54)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:36 am
I've had my eye on Elizabeth Warren since she debated Scott Brown in the elections. She is an amazing human being in politics!!! I hope she makes lots of friends as she surely is straight forward and says it how it is no matter who she's talking to. She has my vote. I like her style plenty!!

Lloyd H (46)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:41 am
Repugs and the Tea Bagged hate facts and arithmetic. And Warren not only knows both she understands both. Silver and sunlight for the Lords of Dark Money. For the decades since Reagan began the Cult of Voodoo Economics Repugs have gotten away with stating as fact their opinions about economics, tax cuts paying for themselves, the redistribution of wealth upward creating jobs, raising the minimum wage destroys jobs, government never creates jobs, the Big One - Family Kitchen Table economics and budgets operate on the same economic rules as Government does, and the Little One - safety net spending takes money out of the economy. None Of Them Are True and none of then have ever been true. Repugs have since Eisenhower have never been fiscally conservative or fiscally responsible. For all of their lies and self professed fiscal superiority every single Repug President has Increased both the Size and Cost of Government, every single one has Increased both the Debt and Deficit while at the same time has Decreased the Income of the Government.
Consider the case of Paul Ryan, the supposed Budget Guru of the Repugs. Ryan has actually put forth 4 not 3 Budgets; the very first "The Pamphlet", which every one seems to like to ignore, was barely 11 pages and contained No Numbers except the page numbers and the date, 2, 3, and 4 are genetic clones with mutations. All of them are based on assumptions, GDP growth-tax cuts that pay for themselves and create jobs-ending Social Security and Medicare as we know them- and the last requires the repeal of Obamacare while keeping all of its savings, that are at best impossible and none of them actually use 2+2=4 real world math.
The Repug/Tea Bagged in the House and Senate hate Warren because she constantly forces them to face facts and use math that actually works in the real world. They are no longer allowed to skate through with "facts" and assumptions that are true only to them because they want them to be true.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 2:08 pm
Thank you, Judy. Sen. Warren, (I love being able to say that now), is a true hero for the American public. It was a pleasure to read this and know she's fighting for the majority of us. I'd love to cast my vote for her presidency in 2016....takes the cake over Hillary any and every day. For me, the worst thing that happened this week was that the "Back to Work Budget" was voted on in the House, and only a few dozen Dems. voted in favor of it. ALL House Dems should've voted for this wonderful bill. One-by-one Dems. are being bought-and-paid for by the Corps. and banksters. We've got to get Big Money out of politics ASAP.

Bryan S (105)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 8:07 pm
Very well said, Lloyd. True, Repubs love to sell the idea that the economy is like a family budget -- a family buying too many big-screen TVs and furniture so we just gotta cut the durn spending is all there is to it (except the billions we waste on military), you betcha! And of course economists (people who actually do look at and understand numbers) have shown that food stamps (and other assistance) are a much bigger economic multiplier than the Repubs beloved tax cuts for the rich.

The reputation of fiscal responsibility that Repubs have somehow managed to acquire (repeated over and over in the media i guess) is definitely a sad irony.

Lois, i agree that we have to get money out of it. We really need campaign finance reform. Both parties rely on private money. I don't know how we get the people who have the power to do this to do it when they are the corrupt people who benefit from the rigged system in the first place.

Bill K (3)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 8:11 pm
i predict a bright future for President Warren

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:15 pm
I didn't mention this earlier, since it wasn't the topic of the article. But, is working with cities, towns, states and at the federal level to get money out of politics with an amendment...and are having much success. Get info at their website.
Also, Reps. Rick Nolan and Mark Pocan have introduced H.J. Res 29: "We the People Amendment" which states:
1. Only people have constitutional rights.
2. Money Is Not Free Speech

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 1:54 am
the war between the rich and the poor,
this is America,
It just might be won by the poor.

Where are our male heros?
Hiding under the bed?
But here come the women,
bold and brave
unshackling each the other.
It's America.
Where races and genders
are beginning to embrace
each the other.
The lady of justice
has been relieved of the blindfold.
The women are lusting for power,
not for the sake of power
but for the sake of families
and little children.

The poor may win.
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