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The program was heard on KPFA.
"The Morning Mix Project Censored - December 6, 2013 at 8:00am" was the morning show.

The interview starts around 30 minutes into the broadcast.

I am curious, what are your thoughts and opinions on what was said?

http://www.kpfa.org/...

Try this link as well.
http://www.kpfa.org/...

It's an interesting interview, the hosts are in no way what i would consider conservative. Yet, they seem to agree with Rall and that is the only reason i linked to the interview. Censorship isn't what i think happened, but it is how Rall sees the events that transpired.

I admit to not having followed this saga very closely but, since we are rational adults, should we hold an intervention with Rall? Talk it out...

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That's 20 bucks more a year on 1500 dollars worth of annual merchandise.

People have done the math on this. Who would possible reject to paying 20 dollars a year more to double wages?
Doing this won't affect sales, or profits, in fact, it would probably increase income as workers would have more disposable income to spend at walmart.

This could be done, and it could be easily, but walmart doesn't want it to be done. WHY? For whatever reason, they have a vested interest in perpetuating poverty. as do all republicans that want to cut benefits, eliminate the minimum wage, and rollback worker rights.

as soon as we understand that they want serfs instead of workers, the sooner we will understand the depraved truth.

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Seattle’s first Socialist council member is now on record with a “radical” option for union workers in their standoff with Boeing: take over the factories.
“The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” council member-elect Kshama Sawant told an audience of Union Workers,
Boeing is seeking a contract with union workers that would result in work for eight years on the new 777X airliner — provided that new employees go without a guaranteed pension.
“The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don’t need the executives. The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do,” Ms. Sawant said.
She referred to such takeovers as “democratic ownership.”
“We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/...
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This is a tacit admission that our form of capitalism has failed.
Here is a pretty good article on the subject from the economist of all places.

http://www.economist.com/...

Income inequality is soaring, poverty is rising, the rich are getting richer, and they are doing it faster than they ever have before.

Billionaires have doubled their net worth in the past five years- that has never happened before. the billionaire class is worth trillions, and those trillions are purchasing land, water, and food stocks- things that everyone else has to purchase for survival. before long those trillions will exponentially generate trillions more.

The battle between capital and labor has been lost, and it was never a fair fight- labor has lost- badly.
When half of the country doesn't own any assets, stock, real estate, or savings, and they rely on government assistance for basic substance we need to question, well, everything.

The one piece of the puzzle, that most forget to add into the puzzle, is the role of FIAT money.  Money creation is no longer backed by gold, its backed by guns, courtesy of the military. When dollars are created by debt, and no one would dare to reject debt dollars, what is the value of that debt, or the interest to pay that debt? Supply side doesn't work, showering the top with cash doesn't trickle down fast enough, and when it does the purchasing power of those dollars is anemic.

In the near future the debt will be 20 trillion, but so what. As long as counter-parties take dollars, we will always be able to print more, to pay more.

Banks create loan and credit dollars out of thin air, and charge interest on those trillions of phantom dollars. The government pays 200 to 400 billion in interest (depending on what creditor is paid) to service the debt. But the poor and middle class have to fight and struggle to make ten bucks an hour. In a nation where there are tens and tens of trillions sloshing around, none of that is getting to those that need liquidity the most.

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In addition, the bigger question there is why employers feel entitled to employ people, often at low wages, without providing healthcare for them. Is the idea that when they get sick or die, they'll be replaced like lab rats? That's a pretty diseased view of how capitalism should work.

The "blame Obamacare" meme has one origin, and it's not the economic impact of one new, modestly sized policy. Instead, there's an underlying streak of smugness that overtakes corporate executives after enough big bonus checks and trips on the private jet: they start to believe that success is in their control, while failure is due to evil outside forces. When companies are earning a lot of money, it's because they're smarter and better. If they're facing rough times, it's because someone – usually the government – is thwarting the purity of capitalism.

It's all bunk, of course. Nearly all the roadlocks put up by government – taxes, gridlock, policy failures – are easily hurdled by today's megacorporations. Government also provides enormous practical subsidies – in agriculture or for minimum wage workers – that somehow corporations never seem to complain about.

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my siblings don't shop at walmart, my parents don't shop there, and i will never step foot in your store until you raise worker wages.

you have lost 100k from our family and all of that revenue is going to Costco.

Same goes for McDonalds. I used to get coffee there every single morning, now i will never step foot in your store again.

How much money have you denied walmart with our boycott? we need to add it up over a few years and the numbers will be HUGE.

Walmart is warning that xmas sales will suck this year, i have to believe that half of us not going there is having an effect. raise worker wages, and we will come back.

how much money have you denied walmart?

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This is a real question that i ask above. we all fly on these jets. are we ok that they are slashing worker wages?

The south Carolina plant pays it workers half as much as their Washington state counterparts.

The SC plant workers have fewer benefits, weaker workplace protections, and their voice to collectively voice concerns and opinions has been muted for fear of job loss.

Is it any wonder that the SC is slower to produce, and isn't anywhere near as efficient as the Washington state plant?

Boeing is demanding massive tax breaks, that is money that won't be going to schools, workers are in effect paying for those tax breaks. Boeing employees are paying their employers as a bribe, what's the payoff for the employees- they get to work for lower wages, while the Boeing managers make larger and larger bonuses.

Boeing wants to turn this country in China or Bangladesh, they wish to extract every single cent they can from labor and from the state.

the saddest part of this is, the workers will rack their bodies, and give their time to the company- they will do this for lower wages, and less tax for their home state (that tax revenue funds essential public services, fire dept, school etc etc) then after Boeing extracts everything that they can, they will leave the state or the country as quickly as they can.

at some point, Boeing will be able to slash their workforce even more drastically as robotics mature, at that point, what will the lower wages, and tax breaks really mean?
Managers will get to keep their millions, but the workers will be unemployable, instead of settling for less, workers need fight for more, and they need to fight for it now!

capital in the name of profit will make labor redundant, we need to stop this while we still can. no one should sell their labor, their time, for the minimum wage! people are worth more than that.

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Fill A Stadium with the rich, it will be worth 5-6 Trillion - 50 thousand people
Fill a stadium with the bottom 20% and it will be worth less than zero.- 60 million people
Fill it with the bottom 50% and it will be worth less than 1.5 trillion. -150 million people

Fifty thousand Americans are now worth 5 to 6 trillion.
One hundred and fifty million Americans are worth less than 1.5 trillion.

Half of all working Americans make less than 25,000 a year and are one paycheck away from becoming homeless.
Billionaires have doubled their net-worth since 2009, while everyone else is struggling to find a way to pay for medical coverage.

Two Americas indeed.
Capital vs. Labor:
The battle has been lost, and it has been lost decisively. Workers have no say, no power, no leverage and even less dignity. As capital finds ways to reduce wages, slash benefits, and eliminate jobs, the economic situation will only get worse.

These people that sit at the stadium aren’t the 1% they are the 1% of the 1%- and they now have so much cash, that they are buying every single asset that is for sale on earth.

They own the companies we work for, the companies that produce the food we eat, and the institutions that provide the medical that we need.
They have been on a massive spending spree to purchase the land we live on (to rent it back out to us) and they are lobbying to change rules in order to purchase roads, water sources, parking meters, and politicians.

If you look at the chain, since they own both the company we work for, and the house we live in- they will cut costs at the office by reducing pay, all the while they will increase the rent. Maximizing profits afterall.

Now at some point, wealth accumulation at the very top, rolling downhill will crush everything in its path.
Has the inequality situation reached critical mass yet?

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Washington State is willing to bribe Boeing with 8 billion in tax incentives. This bribe to stay put in the state that made them the premier corporation for aviation and space travel amounts to five hundred thousand per job retained in state. In other words, the state is willing to give Boeing 500k per worker in tax incentives if they bless the state with the presence.

What is Boeing doing with such a sweet tax deal and with their efficient and loyal workers? they are completely ungrateful, they have offered an ultimatum, a take it or leave it offer to the state and the workers, give us more, give us everything, or we go to a "right to work state" where we won't have to work with unions, and where we won't have to respect our workers.

Is this really the right track to take when manufacturing  billions of dollars in machines?

Boeing is threatening to move even more union labor jobs from Washington state, to their union free labor plant in south Carolina.

reports are that the south Carolina non-union plant is slow to build, causing massive delays on the production line. word is the workers at the Carolina plant make half as much as the workers in Washington state.  The workers in the right to work state, get less work place rights, fewer benefits, no retirement package, and reduced wages.

my question:
should a profitable company, with 70 billion in revenue, that creates state of the art jets that carry millions of passengers a year, really look to reduce worker wages and benefits? Those workers have enough to worry about as far as quality control goes, do they really need to worry about job security and a hostile workplace?

We Must Raise the Minimum Wage. Raising wages, better than raising taxes.

There are plenty of pressing issues at the moment, but this one issue needs to be heard- NOW!
Inflation has ravaged wages, and salaries have become so stagnant that the country is beginning to resemble an impoverished nation.

You know when the right wing think-tank's do studies saying that welfare pays more than the minimum wage- well if some part of that welfare, say public housing in indexed to inflation, it actually is. Due to a lack of union power, wages no longer increase to inflation, but if one welfare program does, well you get the picture.

There is another angle to this, if we can raise the floor on wages, that will generate more FICA revenue, and less dependence on welfare programs. If tax revenues can go up, and public assistance goes down, the deficit will begin to shrink without having to cut any assistance programs, and it will shrink without raising tax brackets.

the working poor, The Working Poor, THE WORKING POOR!
We need to eradicate this term!

If walmart charged one buck more per cart of items they could easily raise all workers wages by a few bucks an hour. Those workers that got raises would then turn around and spend that money right back at walmart and other local stores. so, no, profits would probably go up.

Same goes for fast food. Maybe if they paid their workers more, they could afford to eat out and spend that money at locally owned stores. All it would cost would be a few cents extra for the price of a burger.

prices are going up either way, i remember when a fast food meal cost 3 bucks, now it costs 7 or eight bucks. Inflation is killing everyone, but if wages don't go up to counter that inflation, we all suffer.

and if they make enough to eat, some people won't need public assistance in the form of food stamps.

A MCD meal in NYC costs an hour of work.
Should a worker have to waste one hour of wages to eat poor quality, GMO laced, unhealthy food?

They lose another hour of wages on transportation costs.

Food doesn't come cheaper than MCD in NYC, but buying lunch will cost them an hour of work.

Do the math, an eight hour work day, and two of those hourly wages are spent on subsistence and transit. The minimum wage therefore is meaningless (in that it doesn't cover the cost of living) in large cities where the cost of living is astronomical.

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Ahh, the power of the magical and mystical free market at work.

If Donna had done nothing, she would have ended up spending about $1,000 more a month for insurance than she will now that she went to the marketplace, picked the best plan for her family and accessed tax credits at the heart of the health care reform law.
"The info that we were sent by LifeWise was totally bogus. Why the heck did they try to screw us?" Donna said. "People who are afraid of the ACA should be much more afraid of the insurance companies who will exploit their fear and end up overcharging them."
Donna is not alone.
Across the country, insurance companies have sent misleading letters to consumers, trying to lock them into the companies' own, sometimes more expensive health insurance plans rather than let them shop for insurance and tax credits on the Obamacare marketplaces -- which could lead to people like Donna spending thousands more for insurance than the law intended. In some cases, mentions of the marketplace in those letters are relegated to a mere footnote, which can be easily overlooked.
The extreme lengths to which some insurance companies are going to hold on to existing customers at higher price, as the Affordable Care Act fundamentally re-orders the individual insurance market, has caught the attention of state insurance regulators.
By warning customers that their health insurance plans are being canceled as a result of Obamacare and urging them to secure new insurance plans before the Obamacare launched on Oct. 1, these insurers put their customers at risk of enrolling in plans that were not as good or as affordable as what they could buy on the marketplaces.
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And raise it now!

case in point, look no further than a casino in NYC.

Jeannine Nixon looked as if she had hit the jackpot. Ms. Nixon, a customer relations representative at Resorts World Casino in Queens, had just learned that she would be making $40,000 a year, up from $22,300.
“It’s life-changing,” Ms. Nixon, her voice cracking, said on Thursday. “I can finally feel relieved.”
Ms. Nixon, who lives in subsidized housing, said she recently postponed a blood test because she could not afford to pay for it. A single mother, she takes two different buses every morning to take her son to school, before taking two other buses in the opposite direction to get to work. “If I had a car,” Ms. Nixon said, “it’d be a 15-minute ride.”
Peter Ward, president of the Hotel Trades Council, said, “This is the outcome we want, if we’re going to have gambling in New York.”
“We’ve worked to create a situation where the middle class is suddenly within reach of gaming workers,” Mr. Ward added, “not a bunch of minimum-wage jobs where people have to live on the dole to survive.”
In making his decision, the arbitrator selected by both sides, Elliott D. Shriftman, considered the success of the business, the paycheck necessary for full-time workers to sustain themselves, their spouses and their children without government assistance, and the company’s ability to pay.
“This will restore a path into the middle class for workers in that community that has been eroded over the last several years, given the broader changes in the city economy,” said James A. Parrott, chief economist for the Fiscal Policy Institute, a liberal research group.
read more at:
http://www.nytimes.com/...
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This is important, AGI, doesn't matter when it comes to the ACA, MAGI is what counts. If a family or an individual has MAGI deductions that they don't currently take, look to see if you can take them. If they do take them, they may be able to qualify for subsidies.

I am hearing from lots of people that are saying they just missed the cutoff for a subsidy, but that may not be the case. Something as simple as a IRA deduction can change everything.

This is in no way tax advice, talk to your tax planner/Prepper and call the ACA hotline.

Read this for more info:
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/...

Under the Affordable Care Act, eligibility for income-based Medicaid1 and subsidized health insurance through the Exchanges will be calculated using a household’s Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI).

The Affordable Care Act definition of MAGI under the Internal Revenue Code and federal Medicaid regulations is shown below. For most individuals who will apply for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, MAGI will be equal to Adjusted Gross Income.

Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) =

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