Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

Aug 5, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Northern Michigan News

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City - one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant - but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car.

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Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#289 Sep 12, 2013
Joe wrote:
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You fail to understand the argument. The vast majority of the superwealthy are no more skillful or intelligent than the average person. Most of them got lucky, had connections or inherited the wealth. And they become richer through investments the average person cannot afford to make.
Now how can we turn wealth into the public good? One, we need to raise the capital gains tax. Two, we need to tax short-term investors heavily to stop the practice. Long-term investments provide for a much more stable economy.
They will always be a 1%. But that doesn't mean all that money has to stay with the 1%.
how do you plan to take it away from them? by force, or by tax?
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#290 Sep 12, 2013
Joe wrote:
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You fail to understand the argument. The vast majority of the superwealthy are no more skillful or intelligent than the average person. Most of them got lucky, had connections or inherited the wealth. And they become richer through investments the average person cannot afford to make.
Now how can we turn wealth into the public good? One, we need to raise the capital gains tax. Two, we need to tax short-term investors heavily to stop the practice. Long-term investments provide for a much more stable economy.
They will always be a 1%. But that doesn't mean all that money has to stay with the 1%.
Sounds a little 'socialistic', ya think?(using everyone's collective wealth for the public good).

The very BEST thing you can do to leave a legacy for your family is to purchase LIFE INSURANCE. Leave behind a BUNDLE of wealth for your loved ones after you are dead.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#291 Sep 12, 2013
Joe wrote:
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You fail to understand the argument. The vast majority of the superwealthy are no more skillful or intelligent than the average person. Most of them got lucky, had connections or inherited the wealth. And they become richer through investments the average person cannot afford to make.
Now how can we turn wealth into the public good? One, we need to raise the capital gains tax. Two, we need to tax short-term investors heavily to stop the practice. Long-term investments provide for a much more stable economy.
They will always be a 1%. But that doesn't mean all that money has to stay with the 1%.
Sure, pal, sure...keep telling yourself that...

what about just the regular wealthy? were they just lucky too?
Sterkfontein Swartkrans

Furlong, PA

#292 Sep 12, 2013
The only way American workers will achieve justice is to arm themselves and take what is rightfully theirs by force!
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#293 Sep 12, 2013
Sterkfontein Swartkrans wrote:
The only way American workers will achieve justice is to arm themselves and take what is rightfully theirs by force!
Just curious.... What is rightfully yours that can be taken by force??

If it is money, certainly they don't carry it in their pocket.

If it is a good paying job, they might give it to you today, but they might fire (or have you killed) tomorrow.

What is IT that you think you can take by force?? Do tell!!
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#294 Sep 12, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
<quoted text>how do you plan to take it away from them? by force, or by tax?
Hopefully through taxes.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#295 Sep 12, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Hopefully through taxes.
have you considered going door to door in affluent neighborhoods and just asking them to give you their hard earned money? it would cut out the middleman and you would be honest with yourself about what you are doing...having others pay your way for you...
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#296 Sep 12, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>have you considered going door to door in affluent neighborhoods and just asking them to give you their hard earned money? it would cut out the middleman and you would be honest with yourself about what you are doing...having others pay your way for you...
The rich can afford to pay higher income taxes. Some may raise a fuss, but in the end they won't feel a thing.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#297 Sep 13, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Hopefully through taxes.
so you're saying it's ok to take money from those that earned it, and give it to those that did not earn it?

Whats your take on the current status of the non taxpayers outnumbering and outvoting the taxpayers, is that good, or bad?

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#298 Sep 13, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Hopefully through taxes.
my guess is, you are a democrat, they live to raise taxes. its their main goal in life, take from achievers, and give to non achievers.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#299 Sep 13, 2013
Joe wrote:
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The rich can afford to pay higher income taxes. Some may raise a fuss, but in the end they won't feel a thing.
so your begging for handouts should be successful for you. good luck!
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#300 Sep 13, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
<quoted text>my guess is, you are a democrat, they live to raise taxes. its their main goal in life, take from achievers, and give to non achievers.
Of course I'm a registered Democrat. The Party isn't perfect, but more Democrats tend to have empathy and compassion compared to GOPers, Libertarians and Independents.

Regarding your question about taxes, I have to remind you that people who qualify for an EITC (myself included) pay sales taxes, property taxes, per capita taxes, and income taxes. At one time in life I didn't qualify for an EITC. But now I need a helping hand because my wages are too low. If I was paid a living wage, tax dollars could be saved and generated. Don't be angry with me. Be angry at the low-wage business model costing our nation billions.
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#301 Sep 13, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>so your begging for handouts should be successful for you. good luck!
I need help and simply take advantage of what is being offered.
Storm Warning

Fall River, WI

#302 Sep 14, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Of course I'm a registered Democrat. The Party isn't perfect, but more Democrats tend to have empathy and compassion compared to GOPers, Libertarians and Independents.
that is bullszhit, Democrats now a days are anti White scum, they marched in lockstep when Odonga stole the cost of living increase from the elderly, they march in lock step whe he spys on everyone, they look baffled and bable about Bush when confronted with the evil of tsa molesting kids breaking people things using dope and wiping their fat azzes with the bill of rights, All a democrats really is is a commie butt baahing anti Boy scount scumbag
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#303 Sep 14, 2013
Storm Warning wrote:
<quoted text>that is bullszhit, Democrats now a days are anti White scum, they marched in lockstep when Odonga stole the cost of living increase from the elderly, they march in lock step whe he spys on everyone, they look baffled and bable about Bush when confronted with the evil of tsa molesting kids breaking people things using dope and wiping their fat azzes with the bill of rights, All a democrats really is is a commie butt baahing anti Boy scount scumbag
Learn to write grammatically correct before you spout off.
Storm Warning

Fall River, WI

#304 Sep 16, 2013
who died and left you in charge ?
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#305 Sep 16, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Of course I'm a registered Democrat. The Party isn't perfect, but more Democrats tend to have empathy and compassion compared to GOPers, Libertarians and Independents.
Regarding your question about taxes, I have to remind you that people who qualify for an EITC (myself included) pay sales taxes, property taxes, per capita taxes, and income taxes. At one time in life I didn't qualify for an EITC. But now I need a helping hand because my wages are too low. If I was paid a living wage, tax dollars could be saved and generated. Don't be angry with me. Be angry at the low-wage business model costing our nation billions.
Still the quintessential loser. Joe says don't be angry that I'm too lazy to get out and make something of myself, and just help support me. Sad!
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#306 Sep 16, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>Still the quintessential loser. Joe says don't be angry that I'm too lazy to get out and make something of myself, and just help support me. Sad!
Needing help doesn't make someone a loser. A person who reaches out is being resourceful in acquiring the tools to improve their life. We're not islands. We have to recognize our current limits and take the courageous step in seeking help.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#307 Sep 16, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Needing help doesn't make someone a loser. A person who reaches out is being resourceful in acquiring the tools to improve their life. We're not islands. We have to recognize our current limits and take the courageous step in seeking help.
Nice spin on justifying why you need handouts. A bum is still a bum, no matter how you attempt to dress it up. I like how you believe that your courageous in your begging others to support you.

It is no wonder that you are a failure.
Joe

Brooklyn, NY

#308 Sep 16, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>Nice spin on justifying why you need handouts. A bum is still a bum, no matter how you attempt to dress it up. I like how you believe that your courageous in your begging others to support you.

It is no wonder that you are a failure.
You have issues with anger. Have you considered counseling?

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