Lifting America up by raising the wag...

Lifting America up by raising the wage floor

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Interesting

Lemont, IL

#1 Jul 19, 2014
The good news is that it's not all bad news these days.

Take the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour please! That's a poverty wage, a shameful stain on our extremely rich nation. But don't count on Washington to lift our wage floor indeed, pigheaded Republican congress critters refuse to consider it, even declaring there should be no wage floor to sustain America's middle-class framework.

So where's the good news? Probably right where you live. Millions of low-wage workers themselves from fast food workers to adjunct college professors have been organizing and mobilizing, pushing local leaders to take action against the immoral inequality that's ripping our society apart and sinking our economy. Sure enough, local officials are responding Seattle, Chicago, New York City, Austin, Providence, San Francisco, and even Oklahoma City, as well as other locales, either have raised their wage floors or are battling the corporate lobbyists to get the job done.

And here's a pleasant surprise: Breaking away from the McDonald's-Domino-Taco Bell herd of low-wage exploiters, several smaller fast food chains are acting on their own, raising their starting pay levels as high as $15 an hour, plus benefits. The Boloco burrito chain in New England, for example, has raised its minimum to $9 an hour, plus subsidizing its employees' commuting costs and contributing to their 401(k) fund. A Boloco co-founder says, "If we're talking about building a business that's successful, but our employees can't go home and pay their bills, to me that success is a farce."

Exactly! If you can't pay your workers a decent wage, then you don't have a legitimate business. The multimillion-dollar executives at poverty-pay outfits like McDonald's aren't running a business, they're running a labor extortion racket.
Patriot

Frankfort, IL

#2 Jul 19, 2014
Why don't liberals that control states like Illinois, California, New York, just raise it to $20 right now? No one can stop them. They are just Kool - Aid chefs and you believers are useful idiots.

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Orca

Mokena, IL

#3 Jul 20, 2014
The kool aid king or queen from lemont clearly states that if minimum wages aren't increased it's someone's fault that they fail. See they know not to work harder to be more successful. No someone owes it to them. Typical liberal, blame someone else because they want to be deadbeats.

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Lemont, IL

#4 Jul 20, 2014
Nope, no deadbeat here. OBVIOUSLY you are the one who "hardly works" as YOU are on this site 24/7!

Profits have SOARED in the past 20 years, yet worker pay has remained stagnant. No, I don't feel that a burger flipper SHOULD automatically earn $20.00/hr, but IF after a respectable period of time the worker proves to be a GOOD worker, who is actually helping those profits soar, there should be raises and/or bonus'......incentive. You don't think it's BS that such a HUGE amount of people that work for corporations like walmart and McDonalds FULL-TIME STILL have to depend on welfare & medicaid just to SURVIVE!? You complain about your hard-earned tax money going to pay for all these people on welfare, yet you don't realize that if these greedy, massive-profit-making corporations would PAY their employees at least enough to SURVIVE, then they wouldn't NEED the government help! Basically, our taxes are subsidizing these greedy, massive-profit-making corporations! Your taxes aren't going to pay for welfare, they are going into the banks of these greedy corporations.
Patriot

Frankfort, IL

#5 Jul 20, 2014
Interesting wrote:
Nope, no deadbeat here. OBVIOUSLY you are the one who "hardly works" as YOU are on this site 24/7!
Profits have SOARED in the past 20 years, yet worker pay has remained stagnant. No, I don't feel that a burger flipper SHOULD automatically earn $20.00/hr, but IF after a respectable period of time the worker proves to be a GOOD worker, who is actually helping those profits soar, there should be raises and/or bonus'......incentive. You don't think it's BS that such a HUGE amount of people that work for corporations like walmart and McDonalds FULL-TIME STILL have to depend on welfare & medicaid just to SURVIVE!? You complain about your hard-earned tax money going to pay for all these people on welfare, yet you don't realize that if these greedy, massive-profit-making corporations would PAY their employees at least enough to SURVIVE, then they wouldn't NEED the government help! Basically, our taxes are subsidizing these greedy, massive-profit-making corporations! Your taxes aren't going to pay for welfare, they are going into the banks of these greedy corporations.
Obviously you don't understand capitalism. Wages are set by supply and demand. For instance.......in North Dakota where jobs are plentiful and unemployment is low due to fossil fuel exploration......which liberals are against......McDonalds & Walnart are hiring starting at $18 an hour. More than liberals are asking for? Liberals and their policies are the problem wages are low and the economy is stagnant like your complaining about. You can't see the damage your inflicting on the nation?

Since: Apr 07

New Lenox, IL

#6 Jul 20, 2014
Orca wrote:
The kool aid king or queen from lemont clearly states that if minimum wages aren't increased it's someone's fault that they fail. See they know not to work harder to be more successful. No someone owes it to them. Typical liberal, blame someone else because they want to be deadbeats.
Have fun working yourself into an early grave. Better start digging now.
Orca

Mokena, IL

#7 Jul 20, 2014
The Pirates of Lenox wrote:
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Have fun working yourself into an early grave. Better start digging now.
i will work 40, 50 years I love what I do keeps me young and tough. Have fun collecting your welfare checks loser.
Patriot

Frankfort, IL

#8 Jul 21, 2014
The Pirates of Lenox wrote:
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Have fun working yourself into an early grave. Better start digging now.
The truth always surfaces. Liberalism is socialism. You want to take it easy in life, do nothing like the Europeans, but yet you want the hard working peoples wealth and subsidies. Your not entitled to someone else's wealth. That's the problem with illegal immigration. Immigrants came here from Europe for an opportunity to WORK and create wealth for a better life. Now immigrants come here to lay around and be subsidized. What will you losers do when you run out of other peoples money to spend ?
Mike

Chicago, IL

#9 Jul 21, 2014
Unfortunately, wages have not kept up with inflation/gdp in the last 50 years. By wages, I mean middle/working class and below. The top tier has increased significantly in the same time. People have been happy with their 3% raises each year because the government tells them that this is the increase in the cost of living. However, the cost of living has increased far more than 3%/year since Nixon removed the gold standard. As a result, the working/middle class are far worse off than previous generations.

These number are not adjusted based on the governments idea of the consumer pricing index.

US monetary base increase since 1964 (money printing by the Fed)
Through 2007 - 2000% increase
Through 2013 - 3200% increase
From 2007 - 2013 - 53% increase

GDP increase since 1964
Through 2007 - 3400% increase
Through 2013 - 4200% increase
From 2007 - 2013 - 21% increase

Average wage increase from 1964
Through 2007 - 782% increase
Through 2012 - 868% increase
From 2007 - 2012 - 10%

So GDP increased 4200% and the US dollars in circulation increased 3200%, but the middle class wages only increased 868%. Something seems off to me. Wages are pacing at 1/4 the rate that money is being created. Does this mean that we are making 1/4 the wage we made in 1964?
Amazed

Lemont, IL

#10 Jul 21, 2014
Patriot wrote:
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The truth always surfaces. Liberalism is socialism. You want to take it easy in life, do nothing like the Europeans, but yet you want the hard working peoples wealth and subsidies. Your not entitled to someone else's wealth. That's the problem with illegal immigration. Immigrants came here from Europe for an opportunity to WORK and create wealth for a better life. Now immigrants come here to lay around and be subsidized. What will you losers do when you run out of other peoples money to spend ?
SERIOUSLY!? Just HOW MANY of those wealthy you speak of ACTUALLY WORKED HARD for their wealth and subsidies?? Statistics please. I'd bet that MOST made their wealth OFF OF THE SWEAT OF IMMIGRANTS while paying them peanuts!! Why in the world would Reagan, of all people, give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in this country?? SO THAT HIS WEALTHY STUFFED-SHIRT buddies can reap the profit off of their sweat! Get your head out of your arse!
Amazed

Lemont, IL

#11 Jul 21, 2014
Oh and PATRIOT, for future reference:

You're:
You're is a contraction of you are. It has no other uses. This is a 100% rule. If you cannot expand it to you are in your sentence, then it is wrong.

Example:

You're an illiterate old hag.
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Your parents are obviously brother and sister.

Are you the one who is supposed to be a retired TEACHER?? That's SAD!!
Former Resident

New Lenox, IL

#12 Jul 22, 2014
I say give them 100 dollars an hour right now. That will really help with their standard of living. Why stop at 15? I don't get it. If it's there for the taking, why not just take it from these greedy corporations?
POS POTUS

New Lenox, IL

#13 Jul 22, 2014
Lemont Loser wrote:
You're A Blind Left Wing Tard
You Are A Blind Left Wing Tard
Your A Blind Left Wing Tard

No matter how it's typed we all know what you are.
POS TEA TARDS

Lemont, IL

#14 Jul 22, 2014
POS POTUS wrote:
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You're A Blind Left Wing Tard
You Are A Blind Left Wing Tard
Your A Blind Left Wing Tard
No matter how it's typed we all know what you are.
You're a delusional backwoods hillbilly tea tard

You are a delusional backwoods hillbilly tea tard

Your parents, who are actually brother and sister, raised a delusional backwoods hillbilly tea tard.

No matter how it's typed, we all know what YOU are.

Since: Dec 12

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#15 Jul 22, 2014
Mike wrote:
Unfortunately, wages have not kept up with inflation/gdp in the last 50 years. By wages, I mean middle/working class and below. The top tier has increased significantly in the same time. People have been happy with their 3% raises each year because the government tells them that this is the increase in the cost of living. However, the cost of living has increased far more than 3%/year since Nixon removed the gold standard. As a result, the working/middle class are far worse off than previous generations.
These number are not adjusted based on the governments idea of the consumer pricing index.
US monetary base increase since 1964 (money printing by the Fed)
Through 2007 - 2000% increase
Through 2013 - 3200% increase
From 2007 - 2013 - 53% increase
GDP increase since 1964
Through 2007 - 3400% increase
Through 2013 - 4200% increase
From 2007 - 2013 - 21% increase
Average wage increase from 1964
Through 2007 - 782% increase
Through 2012 - 868% increase
From 2007 - 2012 - 10%
So GDP increased 4200% and the US dollars in circulation increased 3200%, but the middle class wages only increased 868%. Something seems off to me. Wages are pacing at 1/4 the rate that money is being created. Does this mean that we are making 1/4 the wage we made in 1964?
When you print money instead of having it tied to a hard commodity such as gold that is what occurs. Thanks Richard Nixon
Patriot

Frankfort, IL

#16 Jul 22, 2014
Amazed wrote:
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SERIOUSLY!? Just HOW MANY of those wealthy you speak of ACTUALLY WORKED HARD for their wealth and subsidies?? Statistics please. I'd bet that MOST made their wealth OFF OF THE SWEAT OF IMMIGRANTS while paying them peanuts!! Why in the world would Reagan, of all people, give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in this country?? SO THAT HIS WEALTHY STUFFED-SHIRT buddies can reap the profit off of their sweat! Get your head out of your arse!
You need to accept that you are not entitled to their wealth. You can start your own company and create your own wealth instead of eyeing others. You can pay everyone on payroll a living wage and you will would be a hero. We need people like you to step up to the plate and practice what you preach.
Teamsters

Frankfort, IL

#18 Jul 22, 2014
Patriot wrote:
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You need to accept that you are not entitled to their wealth. You can start your own company and create your own wealth instead of eyeing others. You can pay everyone on payroll a living wage and you will would be a hero. We need people like you to step up to the plate and practice what you preach.
You don't get to tell anybody what they need to accept. You don't have any balls. You were born at the wrong time in history. You should have been a serf or a slave. You accept whatever your masters decide to pay you. No, you accept what wages your union went and negotiated for you. You were not smart enough or willing to work hard enough to start your own company. Tomorrow go thank your union steward and your fellow truck drivers that you have a job that pays you a living wage. Immigrants work for less. Believe me the owners know that fact. But others had the balls to do the fighting for you.
I would tell you to practice what your preach but it's really pointless. You would have been dead a long long time ago if you had to actually live by the right wing standards you want everybody else to accept.
Dick

Mokena, IL

#19 Jul 22, 2014
Sounds like someone wants the govametnt to be they union....
Patriot

Frankfort, IL

#20 Jul 23, 2014
Listen, The liberals are intolerant of anyone that doesn't want to live off the government nipple like they do. Look at the hatred they spew on here. They know everything.......yet everything they control and run has collapsed. They respond.........don't look at our results, look at our intentions? Liberalism is a flawed IDEOLOGY that has resulted in failure throughout the world. CAPITALISM results in the MOST for the MOST. Why do they hate CAPITALISM? There are no hand outs and subsidies for the lazy and unproductive.

Just some advice..........When you stop paying and rewarding people to stay home........they will get a job.
Astronaut Yellowhammer

Palos Hills, IL

#21 Jul 23, 2014
Patriot wrote:
Why don't liberals that control states like Illinois, California, New York, just raise it to $20 right now? No one can stop them. They are just Kool - Aid chefs and you believers are useful idiots.
In the 13 states that saw their minimum wage rise on Jan. 1, 2014, job growth has been higher so far this year than in states where the minimum wage has stayed the same. Extreme pro-business interests often argue that raising the minimum wages will lead to job losses, but once again the evidence suggests otherwise. The Center for Economic and Policy Research looked closely at the data and found states that raised their minimum wage have seen an average of 0.99% while the static states saw only an increase of 0.68%. Of the 13 states, all but New Jersey saw employment gains and 9 of the 13 states are above the median state in job growth. 4 of the 13 states saw their minimum wage increase because of new legislkation, while the rest saw automatic increases related to inflation. the state sin question are: Arizona, Colorado, Conneticut, florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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