Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Is the huge, well-funded army of employer lobbyists the obstacle to workers getting a Minimum Wage that is a real living wage?

Notice: I sent this to all Minnesota State Legislators.

An interesting tid-bit of information:

Lobbying expenditures are five times bigger than campaign contributions (election-related, including PACs, super-PACs, 527s, etc). Lobbying is much bigger, although campaign finance is more controversial and higher-profile as a form of influencing the political system.

I have an interesting suggestion:

Before you vote on the Minimum Wage, why don't all of you disclose who the lobbyists are that have been bribing you to betray Minnesotans who expected you to deliver a Minimum Wage that is a real living wage?

Come on; come clean.
Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council
58891 County Road 13
Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Phone: 218-386-2432
Cell: 651-587-5541

Primary E-mail: amaki000@centurytel.net

Buyer and voter beware!

Beware of Bait and Switch while Holiday shopping... and when voting.

Bait and switch... it is an illegal advertising gimmick in the retail world but in politics it has become the way of life, the new normal.

For example: Obama campaigned for the Democratic Party's nomination telling everyone he was for a single-payer universal health care system like they have in Canada; this was the BAIT--- once elected, Obama pulled a SWITCH and delivered Obamacare/Romneycare or as it should be known, the "Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2010.

Another example: Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party Governor Mark Dayton campaigned for office saying he would raise the Minimum Wage to a real living wage; this was the Bait; once elected, Dayton, a multi-billionaire whose inherited fortune is the result of poverty wages paid to employees, is now pushing a miserly increase in the Minimum Wage which would keep the Minimum Wage a poverty wage--- the SWITCH.

Buyer (Voter) beware of Bait and Switch.

In the retail world Bait and Switch is illegal; it is time to tell the politicians we aren't going to be sucked in by Bait and Switch.

If we can't get anything else out of this worthless Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party's super-majority where Republicans have no say about anything, we should at least be able to get a real living Minimum Wage out of these shysters that corresponds to actual cost-of-living factors as tracked by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Working people are entitled to this in return for their votes; especially from a political party which makes the claim that it is for labor.