david cohen wrote:If it wasn't illegal, I'd advocate lining them all up and.......
Let's keep in mind that this is the end result of literally decades worth of propaganda aimed at convincing people to vote against their own interests. Rather than blame the victims let's examine how it happened and work to correct it.
The Fairness Doctrine, failure to support labor unions, the downward spiral down the "free trade" sinkhole, Citizens United and money in politics, deregulation and the failure to enforce anti-trust laws. Our economy isn't staggering because of over-taxation, it's staggering due to 30 years of "trickle up" economics. It's ironic that some Republicans complain about the "47 percent" of Americans who pay no federal income taxes when it is through Republican policies that we have created a legion of impoverished Americans.
On top of addressing all of those issues, I think minimum wage needs to be raised to the poverty level for a family of four and that figure should be automatically adjusted every single year. That means minimum wage should pay a single wage earner working 40 hour/week about $22,000/year or about $10.50/hour and it should rise without any political interference as the cost of living rises. So maybe on January 1st it would automatically rise to $10.75/hour. Afraid that will lead to inflation? That's fine, the minimum wage will simply raise more next year. If McDonald's can't offer a dollar menu while paying their employees a living wage, then perhaps we don't need dollar menus. People shouldn't have to work three jobs just to survive.