Feb. 21, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
This will be my briefest post ever, but it will also be o0ne of the most important I have ever done. I am calling for an immediate increase in the minimum wage to %12.00 per hour, with future increases to be pegged to changes in the Consumer Price Index. For years, Libertarians and wacko reactionaries like Rand Paul and Michele Bachmann have opposed even the very existence of a minimum wage, but anyone in their right mind knows that both of them are nuts who don’t know or care anything about the poor, or working class Americans. They support the preposterous notions of trickle-down economics and “free market” trade policies. And even conservatives like House Speaker John Boehner are running around spouting utter nonsense about how raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. The truth of the matter, of course, is that putting more spendable cash in the hands of the working poor will create more demand and thus new jobs. It is not too surprising to see these thick-skinned Republicans unable to clearly see what is best for lower income Americans: all of them are independently wealthy and don’t give a damn about those below them on the income scale. Not only that, but they hate the federal government and want to use it only for lowering taxes on the richest 1% and deregulating Wall Street.
We progressives know that the wealthiest 1% have far too much already and are widening our already record wealth disparity by exploiting workers and trying to disenfranchise them. That is why, for economic justice to occur, we strongly support an immediate increase in the minimum wage!