Monday, September 2, 2013
Minimum Wage Movement
I think that a lot people are sympathetic to increasing the minimum wage but I think that the movement will flame out without accomplishing anything. It is a lot like the occupy movement or the 99%; a lot of people identify with the goals and are in those respective groups figuratively speaking but the majority politicians and the mainstream media will not take up the cause. This would create popular sustaining support and that is lacking. You have billions being spent to convince would be members of these groups to act against their own best interests. What we should look at is how many of these low wage workers are voting for Republicans. It has to be a lot because the Republicans keep getting elected and they are not going to raise the minimum wage. The silver lining might be that some editorial writers and cartoonists have seized on the fact that many of these workers get food stamps, housing assistance, and medical care covered by all taxpayers and that this amounts to a business subsidy. I think that this tact could be successful because people are tired of give aways to business in exchange for jobs that never seem to materialize in the numbers or wages that the companies said they would. So her's to hope that something will move because right now the majority in this country is being crushed by low wages, rising costs and a growing income disparity.