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  •  Not just buy more stuff. (23+ / 0-)

    Buy more stuff where they work.  If I owned a big retail store, I'd pay $15/hr since I know for a fact that 100% of that extra pay will go right back to my sales line.  Not to mention worker retention savings, employee morale, better customer service, etc.

    •  You're right. (5+ / 0-)

      I work at Trader Joe's. They start you off (in Mass) at $12 an hour, with regular pay increases (small, but regular). On top of that we get 10% off. And the prices, even without discount are pretty good - better than most on most of the ingredients (meat is an exception).
      I don't shop anywhere else much (except cat food or when I am not working) anymore. TJ's pays me, but they also get a nice chunk of that income back.

      Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

      by MA Liberal on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 02:30:03 PM PST

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    •  I really want to ask the Chamber of Commerce (3+ / 0-)
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      Why, if they really are in favor of "commerce," are they fighting so hard to make sure people have no money to spend?

      Money paid in the community is money spent in the community.  But if people are living on the edge, they're worrying about necessities like staying in their homes, keeping the lights on, keeping the heat on.  They don't go out to eat, they don't buy clothes just because its spring, they don't go to the movies.

      The Chamber and these so-called "business leaders" just don't seem to get it through their marble-like skulls that for most of the people in the 99%, money is a tool of COMMERCE.  We get it, we use it.  More money into our pockets means more money into the pockets of the business community.

      Why don't they want businesses to succeed?

      History should teach humility and prudence, but America doesn't seem to learn. I've never seen a virgin who loses her innocence so often. -- Gordon Wood

      by stormicats on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 05:41:35 PM PST

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    •  This. (1+ / 0-)
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      There's a reason Henry Ford paid his workers enough to be able to afford his cars, as much of an asshole as he was otherwise.

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