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Old 07-02-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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The modern GOP is based on an unlikely coalition of wealthy business executives, small business owners, and struggling whites. Its durability depends on the latter two categories believing that the economic stresses they've experienced for decades have a lot to do with the government taking their money and giving it to the poor, who are disproportionately black and Latino.

The real reason small business owners and struggling whites haven't done better is the same most of the rest of America hasn't done better: Although the output of Americans has continued to rise, almost all the gains have gone to the very top.

Government is implicated, but not in the way wealthy Republicans want the other members of their coalition to believe. Laws that the GOP itself championed (too often with the complicity of some Democrats) have trammeled unions, invited outsourcing abroad, slashed taxes on the rich, encouraged takeovers, allowed monopolization, reduced the real median wage, and deregulated Wall Street.

Four decades ago, the typical household's income rose in tandem with output. But since the late 1970s, as these laws took hold, most Americans' incomes have flattened. Had the real median household income continued to keep pace with economic growth it would now be almost $92,000 instead of $50,000.

Obviously, wealthy Republicans would rather other members of their coalition not know any of this -- including, especially, their role in making it happen. Their nightmare is small-business owners and struggling whites joining with the poor and the rest of the middle class to wrest economic power away. So they've created a convenient scapegoat in America's minority underclass, along with a government that supposedly taxes hardworking whites to support them.

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Supreme Court justices are appointed for life in order to ensure their independence from politics. But when it comes to the core political strategy of the Republican Party, the five Republican appointees are, in effect, an extension of the GOP.
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He forgot the snake handlers.

Or do they belong to the other three groups?

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The real reason small business owners and struggling whites haven't done better is the same most of the rest of America hasn't done better: Although the output of Americans has continued to rise, almost all the gains have gone to the very top.
The aforementioned "struggling whites" have been ignoring this fact since the Reagan Revolution.

Just as the snake handlers ignore facts that prove Earth is more than 6K years old.

These kooks can deny anything in the interest of brand loyalty and allegiance to ideology/dogma.
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Reich nails it. But he will fail in educating the dupes. The propaganda is far too powerful and entrenched. It's almost a religion.
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Reich nails it. But he will fail in educating the dupes. The propaganda is far too powerful and entrenched. It's almost a religion.
A lot of things Reich says make sense. Although his blame is a little more GOPcentric than it should be. Republicans have never ruled with the kind of majorities Obama started with and yet he pretty much status quo'ed the really important stuff to go off on his green energy and shovel ready tangent. Oh and the wonder of Obamacare.

If the left were more industry friendly ( in a production context) and less outright hostile to the mainstream faith (see Labron) the Democrats would see perpetual majorities.
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A lot of things Reich says make sense. Although his blame is a little more GOPcentric than it should be. Republicans have never ruled with the kind of majorities Obama started with and yet he pretty much status quo'ed the really important stuff to go off on his green energy and shovel ready tangent. Oh and the wonder of Obamacare.

If the left were more industry friendly ( in a production context) and less outright hostile to the mainstream faith (see Labron) the Democrats would see perpetual majorities.
In other words, if the Left would only surrender to the global corporatist ruling structure and accept Jesus as their savior, our democracy would be assured?
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Liberals are a joke they don't know how to be in power. All they are good at is being little pain in the ass b****es while the big boys do the real work and make sure America stays strong. Almost 6 yrs into hope and change and this is what you give us? Friggin pathetic.
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Liberals are a joke they don't know how to be in power. All they are good at is being little pain in the ass b****es while the big boys do the real work and make sure America stays strong. Almost 6 yrs into hope and change and this is what you give us? Friggin pathetic.
Liberals have the ****ed up idea that it's the people who should be in power.
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If the people were really in power we would have been done as a country in about 1776 1/2. The people get a say in whose in power and that is about it. Liberals don't live in the real world.
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Making $7.75 an Hour, and Figuring There’s Little to Lose by Speaking Out
By MICHAEL POWELL
Published: July 1, 2013

Shenita Simon watches a twilight rain wash across Brownsville. Softly, from her apartment in a public housing tower, she begins to talk of her life’s impossible mathematics.

This 25-year-old woman with striking black eyes and hair pulled back in a bun is a shift manager at KFC — her title is good for 50 cents an hour above minimum wage. From this, she and her husband, Jude Toussaint, an unemployed antenna installer, buy clothes for their three children and food, and help her mother with the rent.

Her wages erode on all sides. Often, she said, she finds her check is hours short. And when she works overtime, she receives two checks, each at straight time, as if she worked for two different employers rather than a single KFC across from Bargain Land on Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn.

Last year boiling oil spilled over and scalded her hands; she received $58 a week in workers’ compensation, she said. Nearly every day her manager called and demanded: When are you returning to work?

She looks you square in the eyes.

“I’m beyond not satisfied,” she says. “This isn’t the life I want for my children. This isn’t the life I want for myself.”

Forget the gilded dreams of 90th-floor penthouse-dwelling hedge fund masters for just a second. We’ll mourn the ridiculously high price tag for brownstones in another column. The economic comebacks of New York, of New Jersey and of so many states ride piggyback on the growth of low-wage jobs, on the hiring of those who dip French fries in boiling oil and pull flesh off the bones of factory chickens.

Fast-food businesses have added 25,000 jobs in New York in the past decade. Last week I sat in a low-ceiling City Council hearing room and listened and squirmed as fast-food workers — the Wendy’s hamburger slinger, the Papa John’s bike delivery man, the woman who mops floors in KFC — recounted the prosaic facts of their lives for a fact-finding panel.

There was a Mexican man with gray hair and a bushy mustache who trained as an architect. His two daughters live in Mexico and depend on him, and he sleeps in a basement and makes $5 an hour delivering Papa John’s pizza.

“I delivered during Hurricane Sandy,” he said in Spanish. “They told us to ride bent over, so that the pizzas didn’t get wet.”

Naquasia Legrand, a 22-year-old from Canarsie, Brooklyn, works at two KFCs. She washes dishes at one for $7.75 and mops floors at the other for $8. She says she must work four or five hours each week off the clock.

She needed to buy a MetroCard last week so she skipped lunch. She shakes her head. “I think I deserve to eat lunch.”

The apostles of our new economy advise us that the middle and working classes need to “retool,” to learn new skills, to become more productive. Yes, well, O.K. When, where and with what time and whose money?

There is good news to be heard here. Workers who earn minimum wage realize their employers have no real hold on their tongues.

“I’m making the minimum wage plus 50 cents,” notes Ms. Simon. “I definitely can find another job.”

A great ferment brews. The car washers of the Bronx and Brooklyn have voted to form unions, as have security guards at Kennedy Airport. Twice in the past nine months, fast-food workers — with the aid of Fast Food Forward, a community organizing and labor coalition — have rallied and demanded higher wages and an end to wage theft.

How this ends is uncertain. American labor law is a beaten cur. Strikes are risky, and fast-food corporations are well-heeled adversaries. The current campaigns hope to embarrass these corporations.

As often, though, this sector carries an immunity to shame.

Papa John’s chief executive, John Schnatter, makes $2 million per year and lives on a faux medieval estate outside Louisville, Ky. He spoke recently of trying to subvert Obamacare’s provisions by cutting the hours of all of his workers to less than 30 hours. YUM! Brands, which owns KFC and Taco Bell and whose chief executive makes $11.3 million per year, helped lead the battle against paid sick days.

Mention long odds to these workers and they lead you back to the mathematics. They bob along the poverty line in an impossibly expensive city. What’s to lose?

Ms. Simon, still dressed in the black KFC shirt with “The Original Original” logo, shakes her head when asked if she’s worried about annoying her employer. “I have no lies to tell,” she says. “This is just my life.”

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Obviously you can't make a living at KFC. It's not KFC fault when i was 16 i got one of my first jobs at Taco Bell. It's a job a kid can do or a very unskilled adult. It can't pay more then minimum wage that is the business model.

I agree we have a huge jobs problem but blaming fast food is a joke. Blame the govt.
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Obviously you can't make a living at KFC. It's not KFC fault when i was 16 i got one of my first jobs at Taco Bell. It's a job a kid can do or a very unskilled adult. It can't pay more then minimum wage that is the business model.

I agree we have a huge jobs problem but blaming fast food is a joke. Blame the govt.
How many years ago was that?
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How many years ago was that?
Why does it matter? Kids and people with super low Iqs work at fast food. Its pays minimum wage and it will never change. To make that the reason things are tough is a joke. Those jobs 20 yrs ago paid minimum wage and 20 yrs from now it will still be minumum wage.
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Hell fast food will probaby be completely automated in another 20 yrs. Maybe one guy running a whole store with a bunch of robots doing the work.
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In other words, if the Left would only surrender to the global corporatist ruling structure and accept Jesus as their savior, our democracy would be assured?
Surrender isn't required. Just maybe an economic plan beyond envisioning a nation full of tofu farmers and solar panel installers.

And nobody's asking you to come to Jesus. Just maybe as a party show half the reverence you tend to show for the hijabifiers who'd only love to kill you if given the opportunity.
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Hell fast food will probaby be completely automated in another 20 yrs. Maybe one guy running a whole store with a bunch of robots doing the work.
Yup. This is exactly what happens when you force the issue with a "living wage" as minimum. And they think they're being charitable by spawning joblessness.
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Why does it matter? Kids and people with super low Iqs work at fast food. Its pays minimum wage and it will never change. To make that the reason things are tough is a joke. Those jobs 20 yrs ago paid minimum wage and 20 yrs from now it will still be minumum wage.
It matters because America is nowhere near the country it was twenty years ago. 20 and 30 years ago, America was producing jobs that were the next steps in the ladder, up from minimum wage jobs. I guess you didn't get the memo, or your ears are so full of Fox bull**** that you can't hear anything else. Those low end jobs are the only jobs America can produce anymore. For many Americans, there are no more "next steps" on the ladder. They've been removed and sent offshore.
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Surrender isn't required. Just maybe an economic plan beyond envisioning a nation full of tofu farmers and solar panel installers.

And nobody's asking you to come to Jesus. Just maybe as a party show half the reverence you tend to show for the hijabifiers who'd only love to kill you if given the opportunity.
It was your love buddies, Graham and McCain, who stuck their heads up the Muslim Brotherhood's asses long before anybody else. I don't hear the Right Wingers ever talking about that. Of course, Right Wingers have mastered the art of never taking responsibility for anything they do. Hell, now your trying to blame the Act that dismantled Glass/Steagle on Bill Clinton. You guys are worse than the Chinese. If you don't like history, you just change it to suit your current line of propaganda.

I watched a film about Pinochet yesterday. They had some of his speeches in there. You could take one of his speeches and give it to Paul Ryan or Perry or Rubio, or any of the other stars in the Right Wing firmament, and nobody would notice any difference whatsoever. Same line of Right Wing bull****.

The Right Wing revolution that took over America under Reagan has destroyed this country. Read it and weep, because you puppets made it happen.
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There has been some fundamentally shifts in the underlying economic systems that can not just blame the decline of the American middle class earning on just government laws or policies. They are factor but not the only cause as the article argues.

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There has been some fundamentally shifts in the underlying economic systems that can not just blame the decline of the American middle class earning on just government laws or policies. They are factor but not the only cause as the article argues.
Wrong again, Garibaldi. They are the primary cause.
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Wrong again, Garibaldi. They are the primary cause.
Are they the primary cause that we increased productive through robotics, microcomputer and other technologies? Or that we have figured out how to geographically distributed manufacturing and production processes? Or that the rest of the world was finally able to produce enough STEM educated individuals that US and West Europe didn't have that monopoly? The laws are a factor just not the only reason.
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Are they the primary cause that we increased productive through robotics, microcomputer and other technologies? Or that we have figured out how to geographically distributed manufacturing and production processes? Or that the rest of the world was finally able to produce enough STEM educated individuals that US and West Europe didn't have that monopoly? The laws are a factor just not the only reason.
The productivity of American workers has steadily increased since the 80s, but their pay has not matched production. Why? Because of re-distributive laws and regulations that have grossly favored investors over workers. The entire scaffolding of modern American society has been rebuilt. What you talk of above are simply the effects of natural progress and innovation. Value is completely arbitrary, and the value of labor in America has been steadily undermined in the rewriting of statutes, especially tax laws and trade policies. Hell, the geographic redistribution of manufacturing you talk of is directly related to investor friendly, and labor antagonistic, trade agreements. And the STEM educated individuals you speak of are no better than Americans, but they work for a hell of a lot less money, and new immigration laws allowed American corporations to shift employment to them purely for their own profit.

Face it, the American government is nothing more than a whore to global corporate interests who buy the legislation they want (in many cases, writing it themselves) to funnel more of the wealth this country produces into their offshore accounts and away from the working Americans who earned it. It's a parasitic economy that produces nothing for America but serfdom for its people.

Read the Reich article in the OP. He was the ****ing Secretary of Labor, for chrissakes. You think he's full of ****?
Government is implicated, but not in the way wealthy Republicans want the other members of their coalition to believe. Laws that the GOP itself championed (too often with the complicity of some Democrats) have trammeled unions, invited outsourcing abroad, slashed taxes on the rich, encouraged takeovers, allowed monopolization, reduced the real median wage, and deregulated Wall Street.

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