Mar. 18, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
Ralph Nader is a great American hero. He first gained prominence in the mid 1960s, when his book Unsafe at Any Speed came out. In it, he exposed the deadly flaws which were existent in the relatively recent production of General Motors’ Chevrolet Corvair. He became a thorn in the side of American automakers with his continued oversight and criticism of their oft-shoddy safety features. He became a champion of the American consumer, and soon turned his focus to environmentalism. This gained him the ire of many industrialists and anti-environmentalists, who began to portray him as some sort of costly kook and largely marginalized him as being an environmental extremist, While always being controversial, he really engendered criticism when he entered the world of politics, running as a member of the Green Party rather than seeking the nomination of either the Democratic or Republican mainstream parties. Those on the right despised him for his prior pro-environment and pro-consumer stances (which they perceived as being anti-business), and those of us on the left pilloried him in 2000 for having cost Al Gore the presidency, which enabled the tandem of George W. Bush and DICK Cheney to win that hotly contested election. That pair, of course, was the absolute worst combination to ever occupy the White House, as they ended up, through their combined recklessness, irresponsibility, and outright paranoia, involving this country in two very long and very costly imperialistic wars, severely eroded our personal freedoms, and even sanctioned torture as a desirable intelligence-gathering tool. We began to view Mr. Nader as being – at best, a foolish, vain, and attention-seeking fool – or, at worst – a calculating (if naïve) self-serving, unwitting agent of the far right. Regardless of your own personal bias for or against this man, it is hard to realistically criticize or complain about his latest campaign, for it smacks of common sense and downright fairness.
Time For A Raise.org is an organization founded by Ralph Nader and the Center for the Study of Responsive Law. It is an advocacy group pushing for an immediate increase of the minimum wage to $10.67 per hour, which would equal, in terms of today’s buying power, the type of pay minimum wage workers would have received back in 1968, the very LAST time this wage was above the poverty level! It is a FAR more livable wage, just above (rather than much below), the existing poverty level, and greatly and justly in excess of the absurdly puny rate of only $7.25 per hour, which is the current minimum wage rate.
Critics of this proposal quickly point out, with nonsensical complaints, about how an increase like this will destroy restaurants and other small businesses,; how the nation can’t possibly support an increase like this now at this time; that it will tremendously raise prices across the board on virtually everything; and that it will definitely increase our already much too high budget deficit. These are all patent LIES being deliberately circulated by greedy and/or ignorant, stupid fools. These allegations are completely false and misleading. They are being spread about by the ever-anti worker Chamber of Commerce, greedy corporate CEOs who don’t care one bit about their workers’ health or living conditions (and always try to expand their profits by using their labor force as a cost-cutting device). They also mouth these lies through ever-willing and ignorant conservative congressional morons and toadies who are all too willing to peddle this trash on behalf of their corporate masters to an often unwitting and equally ignorant public. But, after suffering a huge Great Recession in recent years as well as massive unemployment and reductions in both wages and benefits, that public is starting to grow wiser and no longer supports one-sided economic policies like “free” market capitalism or preposterous notions like “trickle down” economics. After 35 years of skyrocketing corporate salaries, ridiculous and insulting Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, and the deliberate exporting of good-paying American jobs to slave wage labor economies in foreign countries, Americans by and large now know the score and are therefore supporting an increase of the minimum wage by a wide margin of 70% overall.
Please go to the Time for A Raise website at www.timeforaraise.org and watch their brief but very logical and effective campaign video. Be sure to sign their petition and tell your friends and relatives about this fabulous site too. Then study all the ways this site has to TAKE ACTION that only requires a very small amount of time and effort on your part, but will yield a huge benefit!
Get out and shout that IT’S TIME FOR A RAISE -NOW!