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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

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Monday, January 6, 2014

How can anyone paid a poverty wage be "lifted out of poverty?"

How dumb do these people think we are?

Question: How will a poverty wage of $10.10 an hour lift anyone out of poverty? This defies all common sense, logic and reasoning.

What we should be demanding is the Minimum Wage be based on all cost-of-living factors.

Once more we have millionaire labor "leaders" peddling Wall Street misinformation.

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Lift 4.6 Million Out of Poverty, Study Says

As Congress debates the increase, a new study shows the real-world impact of raising hourly wages


It is no wonder Time doesn't provide a link to this so-called "study."

If Congress were to go through with the plan backed by President Obama to raise the minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10, 4.6 million people would rise above the poverty line, a new study says.
The raise in minimum wage would reduce the poverty rate by as much as 1.7 percentage points according to a study by University of Massachusetts – Amherst economist Arindrajit Dube, who explains in his Dec. 30, 2013 report:
“Starting from the current 17.5% poverty rate among the nonelderly population, the estimate suggests a 1.7 percent reduction in the poverty rate from a 39 percent increase in the minimum wage as proposed in the legislation.”
In the long-term, the plan would reduce the ranks of the nation’s poor by 6.8 million, according to the Huffington Post.
Even with those impressive results, Dube pointed out that increasing the minimum wage isn’t the most direct way to fight poverty. Policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit and food stamps are more effective, he writes in the study.
[Huffington Post]