The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much
Posted in the Leominster Forum
#1 Apr 24, 2014
Republicans in America suffer a crippling anxiety. It's the terrible fear of corporations paying poor workers too much.
The GOP is so afraid that the nation's lowest wage earners will get a raise that Republican politicians across the country are working overtime to outlaw wages above $7.25 an hour for these workers.
They're passing legislation forbidding towns and counties from raising the minimum wage in their jurisdictions. Republicans insist: no pay bump for those raking in $15,080 a year! On the other side, however, there's no amount of pay, perks, private jets, premium health plans and golden parachutes that Republican politicians believe could possibly be too much for a CEO.
That Oracle CEO Larry Ellison took home $78,440,657 last year is completely reasonable in the minds of Republicans. That it would take a minimum wage earner 5,201 years to earn what Larry took out of his company for one 365-day period is, according to Republican-think, a morally correct calculation.
That is why Republicans are working so hard to prevent Walmart and McDonald's workers from earning more money while, at the same time, doing nothing but congratulating Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus for grabbing $79.9 million for six weeks of work.
Republican Mary Fallin, governor of Oklahoma, is among them. She signed a law last week forbidding towns in her state from increasing the minimum wage. Fallin, whose state lays claim to the third highest proportion of minimum wage earners in the country, a percentage that rose from 2011 to 2012, justified denying these workers a few extra pennies an hour by saying that would raise prices.
She and her GOP cohorts haven't fussed at all, however, about the cable bill increases likely to result from Marcus' proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast, the corporate marriage which would result in that $79.9 million dowry payment to him.
#2 Apr 24, 2014
You forgot to mention off shore accounts, and all the tax loopholes. I am just kidding. Very informative, I hadn't read up on the merger.
#3 Apr 24, 2014
Went by Ellisons Mansion in Newport last week, appears he's spending the 79 million on renovations!!!!
#4 Apr 24, 2014
hi suck on a buttered up lollipop
#5 Apr 24, 2014
Nobody will work even if the minimum wage is raised to $10 per hour. They would rather be on welfare.
#6 Apr 24, 2014
yes including Zrobyn red breast fu
#7 Apr 25, 2014
Jesus said we would always have the poor among us...,,he knew even back then that Fitchburg would one day have Lynch and Gomez
#8 Apr 25, 2014
Free EBT account
Free pickup and return for daycare
They would have to have a job that pays at least $40K or more a year to be able to get all of this.
Why should they work when they can stay home, stay up late, wake up mid afternoon and hang out on their 3 decker porches watching the cars drive by and get all these benefits.
When someone becomes a slave to welfare it is very tough to break the cycle and get them off it. They become so accustomed to receiving all these benefits they could never see themselves ever losing it.
#11 Apr 25, 2014
I never said wealth was an evil thing now did I?
What the opinion said was, one party is working to and investing money in actively stopping from allowing minimum wage increases for people who work full time and earn 15K making them eligable for Welfare.
We're not subsidizing people here, we're subsidizing Walmart, McDonalds, Exxon Mobile, Bank executives and so forth.
And all that has ZERO to do with campaign contributions, care to address the fact that 10 dollars an hour was considered base in 1990??????
You think having more poor people in the country is a good thing?
You think tons of cash at the top and no middle is going to help the US stay competitive in the world?
You think our economy will continue to grow when nobody except the super rich have any momney to spend?
#12 Apr 25, 2014
You speak of "they" as if you know all of them, "they" is not a response you can claim on all those people, "they" are lazy is in your head only.
#13 Apr 25, 2014
The onpy chart you need on productivity and wages...
You DO know what increased "productivity" means right?
And what THAT means along with stagnant wages right?
Sorry I feel I have to spell it out for you but your response proved you either lack the ability or want to deny the facts.
Why would you not want Americans to prosper along with corporations profits which Americans work at creating?
#14 Apr 25, 2014
Yes I can. I was one of "them" ! I know how to use the system. I also had the welfare mentality.
#15 Apr 25, 2014
take care of me
#16 Apr 26, 2014
All that means is you are lazy
#17 Apr 26, 2014
I donít care if I am lazy and is labeled lazy. At least I donít have to work. Why should I work and my friends donít have to? Welfare is now a life long lifestyle that is passed down from generation to generation.
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