Finally a sane voice that looks beyond the smoke.<quoted text>
I smoke all natural tribal made cigarettes.
The "Takers" have been stripped of spending power by the "makers" though right to work laws, union busting John Birch Society indentured servitude mentality of the Devoes, Koch's, Walten's Oil companies etc
The economy sucks because the people who actually do the work have been royally screwed. Capitalism will be the cause of our republic to fail.In classical economics demand must outweigh supply in order to grow. If the people who actually buy products can't afford them, demand falls. When companies like Bain steal all of the cash and strip the workers of pensions and jobs demand has to fall. Look at the largest employer in the country, WalMart, they pay below cost of living wages, won't allow employees to work more than 33 hrs a week, or provide any benefits to those that aren't management. That pushes their employees to seek government assistance for food and medical expenses.In the meantime the corporate executives and the Walton's make millions in pay and bonuses.
Why anyone making less than $50,000 a year, which is 85% of Repuglican voters support that type of inequality is beyond me.
Retaillers can't afford to pay the wage you envision, if they did a mr. coffee would cost 200 bucks.
Damn, it's simple economics.