We have been hearing a lot about attacks on Social Security and the Minimum Wage.
Richard Trumka, the President of the AFL-CIO, hailed Jerry Brown increasing the Minimum Wage in California to $10.00 an hour--- but, we needed to read the small print: $10.00 an hour beginning in 2016!
Anyone care to explain exactly what $10.00 an hour will buy you in a state like California with such a high cost of living? And the cost of living will be even higher when this $10.00 an hour kicks in in three years--- 2016.
How much does a loaf of bread cost in California?
How much is a gallon of milk?
How much is a package of hot dogs or a dozen eggs?
How much is peanut butter?
How much is rent?
How much is gas?
How much is electricity?
How much is college tuition?
How much will Obamacare cost?
Why isn't anyone placing this $10.00 an hour and the paltry increases in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in perspective of what a working class family can purchase with the Minimum Wage?
Games are being played for political expediency by both Democrats and Republicans.
Here in Minnesota we have the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party's leader in the State Senate, Tom Bakk, who boasts in his campaign literature that he was an officer in the Building Trades Unions calling for a pathetically miserly "increase" in the Minimum Wage opposing the billionaire DFL Governor, Mark Dayton's call for increasing the Minimum Wage a dollar an hour more than what Bakk wants it to be--- Bakk is crying the blues for the hospitality industry, billionaire Dayton--- an heir to the Dayton-Hudson-Target Store fortune--- wants to make sure Target Stores get to keep paying employees a poverty wage as profits soar.
And then, tossed into the mix, there is Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson calling for the Minimum Wage to be raised to a miserly $10.00 an hour. Knutson knows better. Knutson comes from a family of Socialists and Communists who taught her about "cost-of-living" and "standard-of-living" yet she kowtows to a bunch of Dumb Donkeys.
No one is talking about the politics and economics of livelihood when it comes to the Minimum Wage or Social Security--- both of which are inseparably linked... as goes the Minimum Wage, so goes Social Security.
If you want a miserly poverty Minimum Wage, Social Security will continue to pay out a pathetic poverty income. You get out what you pay in.
Again, and this needs to be stressed; none of these politicians, the over-paid pundits or the over-paid labor leaders want to talk about "cost-of-living" and "standard-of-living."
Because we don't have a national political party bringing these concepts into the proverbial "public square" which democracy requires if we are going to find solutions to our problems.
Pay a worker poverty wages and you have a working class family living in poverty. Any school child understands this.
We need to get thousands of Americans to endorse the idea of a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity."
Meetings, petitions, letters to the editor, tabling, educational picket-lines, demonstrations.
Let's really defend and protect Social Security and make the Minimum Wage a real living wage.
Let's talk about the politics and economics of livelihood for a change.
As Stewart Acuff says, "Every worker needs to become a warrior for justice."