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For the last 6 years, our elected officials have doled out money to the wealthy elite in the form of bailouts and tax breaks.  Their hope was that this money would then stimulate the economy by trickling down to the rest of the country.  But the one common sense method that they never tried was raising the minimum wage for America’s working class. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio talks to Richard Eskow from the Campaign for America’s Future about how raising the minimum wage would help stimulate our economy.

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Originally posted to Ring of Fire on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:53 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  Please, understand that human beings need (1+ / 0-)
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    support for their lives:  food, clothing, housing, health care, education and job access.  If thse are minimized then people are left to struggle and weaken.  Please, understand that we will have a strong society and country with these basic supports readily available.  Social Services, Human Setrvices,  These are words that stand for  American ingenuity.  they are more Amrican than apple pie and adsbout as American as my mother a first generation Italian American of wonderful parts.

  •  For what it's worth (1+ / 0-)
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    the term neocon (neoconservatives) means people who favor an aggressive, proactive American foreign policy that sends troops first, then asks questions later (if ever) and overall presumes that America is superior to other nations and needs to play a military role to protect our interests, even dubious ones.

    There is no "neoconservative" position on domestic economic issues, though many of the same people would share the opinion you suggest they do.

  •  Ring of Fire is a hit and run author (0+ / 0-)

    Eight diaries, eight tip jars the only comments.

    Ring of Fire is commenting about interesting material but they are just dropping press releases here to pimp their broadcast.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed May 08, 2013 at 11:37:55 AM PDT

  •  Spread the word (0+ / 0-)

    Wherever and however you can. The single thing that Washington could do that would have the most positive effect on our moribund economy is to raise the minimum wage.  It is an action that takes directly from the profits of the rich, to give to the most deserving of the poor: those who WORK, and work hardest, at the nastiest jobs we have to offer.  And those people spend every cent they earn into the economy, pay Social Security and Medicare on every cent, and raise a disproportionate number of the children.  They are the people our economy needs to pay more, in order to get more back; they are the foundation on which the economy must build.  It's  the right thing to do for them, and it's the right thing to do out of enlightened self-interest -- even for the wealthy, whose short dip in profits would be more than compensated by future returns.

    So go, brother, and preach to that Ring of Fire.  And yes, putting it all in the mouth of a non-threatening White Male with a southern accent is a very good way to pump the message to those who need it and have drunk too much Kool-Aid.

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