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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...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


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

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

AFL-CIO joins in coalition with business organizations to oppose enshrining a real living Minimum Wage in the Minnesota Constitution by way of a constitutional amendmemt subject to approval by voters.

The Minnesota AFL-CIO and its partners like the foundation-funded Democratic Party front group, Take Action Minnesota joined in coalition with big-business organizations to oppose inserting the Minimum Wage into the Minnesota State Constitution on the basis that it is the job of legislators, not the people, to vote to make the Minimum Wage a Constitutional Amendment--- why did they take this position while they at the same time all advocate a poverty Minimum Wage for workers?

Obviously these groups all want the Minimum Wage as a political football to opportunistically kick around at election time for their own political selfish interests.

They should have supported this proposal for the Minimum Wage to become part of the Minnesota Constitution as a constitutional amendment but with the stipulation that it begin with a real living wage tied to all cost-of-living factors, that it be routinely upgraded to stay in line with all cost-of-living factors, then indexed for inflation with periodic increases to better the standard-of-living for working people--- in this way, the Minimum Wage would forever be a real living wage in line with all cost-of-living factors while providing for a better standard-of-living for the entire working class.

Think about this:

Why would these groups claiming to represent workers and the poorest workers not support this?

It makes no sense not to get behind a Minimum Wage that would remain a living wage forever part of the State' Constitution.

What right does the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the rest of these DFL front groups have to push for a Minimum Wage that is a poverty wage? They are advocating for $9.50; their new found business coalition partners support even less--- they would like no increase at all.

Think about this:

What sense does it make to advocate one more poverty Minimum Wage and then advocate that this poverty wage should be indexed to inflation--- it makes no sense since a poverty wage indexed to inflation remains the exact same poverty wage in relation to cost-of-living.

A constitutional amendment for the Minimum Wage is the best way to go--- provided the Minimum Wage starts out at a real living wage.

None of those among these groups advocating for a $9.50 Minimum Wage would be willing to live on this kind of poverty wage themselves--- if they say they would then that's exactly what they should be paid.

The fact of the matter is that the Minimum Wage has to be routinely tweaked for both "cost-of-living" and for "inflation." Not every rise in prices is due to inflation and not all rises in the "cost-of-living" are inflation.

Militarism and wars are the main propellents of inflation and monopoly price-fixing is the main reason for most prices rising drastically.

We should have learned by now by seeing these piddly increases in Social Security benefits that the government is running a scam as to how much these benefits increase. We don't want the same scam run on us with the Minimum Wage.