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  •  I read in another diary (0+ / 0-)

    the minimum wage would be $16.24 an hour if it had kept up with productivity gains since the 1960's...

    During this trickle down era, almost all productivity gains have gone to business, not to workers hurting growth and costing jobs.

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    by joedemocrat on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:53:29 PM PST

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    •  That's almost exactly what it is in Australia - (1+ / 0-)
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      and Australia isn't exactly considered a socialist paradise from a Western European perspective.

      The UK minimum is about 9.75 US, and is pretty much the shame of Europe.

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:38:32 PM PST

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    •  Also All gains in Family Net Worth Went to the 1% (0+ / 0-)

      pretty much since Carter.

      And that means the well-off 91st-99th percentiles were at the same dead stop as the rest of us shnooks, even during the Clinton so-called boom. They went nowhere too. You'd think there'd be a way to reach them.

      Chart only covers the good years before Bush.
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      by Gooserock on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:23:00 PM PST

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