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  •  I agree the minimum wage should be raised (0+ / 0-)

    along with our investment in education, social security, medicare, medicaid, unemployment insurance, and all the other safety nets that keep the poor and elderly, the sick and disabled from starving and going homeless.

    What we need is to establish a minimum quality of life that is high enough that people don't need to kill themselves with the abuse of addictive substances such as drugs alcohol, tobacco, and fast foods to escape their misery.

    That would save us billions by making our people more productive, keeping a greater percentage of healthcare preventative rather than therapeutic, encouraging the exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities  that many people can imagine but are dissuaded from pursuing by a lack of capital for investment.

    What the GOP is scared of is our not being internationally competitive with emerging third world economies. In Europe this has led to a race for the bottom with ever more stringent austerity designed to make people willing to compete with India and China for a job telecommuting to provide computer support.

    What might be a wiser policy is global nation building and instead of resource wars cooperation to mediate the climate change which threatens to make all our other struggles irrelevant by 2020.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:35:28 AM PST

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