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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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Workers paid poverty wages are going to be poor.

Does anyone else but me think that it is strange that these AFL-CIO unions claim they are supporting workers in the fast food industry, Wal-mart and Target workers in their struggles to get better wages when these same unions come along and support these poverty Minimum Wages like $9.50, $10.10 or like in Wisconsin where the Democrats were pushing for $7.60?

If the Minimum Wage was a real living wage directly tied to all cost-of-living factors the wages of these workers would rise to providing a decent standard of living... all of which begs the question, why haven't all of these workers been brought into the struggle to increase the Minimum Wage to a real living wage?

Then the working class would be struggling united, together.

How does it make sense to split the working class as the AFL-CIO has done?

Let's have one great big push to raise the national Minimum Wage so it is legislatively tied to all cost of living factors tracked by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, then index this to inflation with periodic increases to improve the standard of living of working class families.

The Democrats and their AFL-CIO partners are making these ridiculous claims that $9.50 and $10.10 are lifting millions of workers out of poverty. How can this possibly be when $9.50 and $10.10 are poverty wages? Workers are going to remain in poverty if paid a poverty wage.

Here we are with corporations boasting higher profits than ever and the Democrats and the unions refuse to fight and struggle for making the Minimum Wage a real living wage. This is disgraceful.