Re: the minimum wage
As a perpetual wage worker, I think a raise of the federal minimum wage to $9/hr as Obama has proposed would be great, but we should keep in mind a few things:
1) The minimum wage has been steadily decreasing in buying power since the late 1960’s. In order for it just to be returned to the level it was at at that time (disregarding the objective gross exponential rise in worker productivity, and thus corporate profits, during the same period), the minimum wage would need to be at least $10 an hour.
2) It’s true purpose is not to help workers in the first place, it’s for Obama to bring mainstream organized labor back into pocket with the Democratic party. Labor has been showing signs of drifting and increased militancy after repeated betrayals by the Democrats over the past four years. We need to be prepared to agitate for direct action as a means of improving the lives of workers and not get sucked into looking to the capitalist state for much help. And
3) Its probably not gonna happen anyway.
Current president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, debating with pro-Tea Party radio talkshow host Michael Graham in 2010. Higgins was elected president last year.
Mr. Higgins is nothing short of lethal in this. We need more people with this kind of fire.
YOU GO IRISH MAN WITH YOUR IRISH ACCENT
I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO HATE THIS BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY BRILLIANT AND ADORABLE AND GREAT
Awesome Irish leftist president Michael D. Higgins being awesome.
World History Quiz!
Got this from a friend…
Only one question…Are you ready?
Who is this person?
He’s the most powerful person ever.
He has sole command of the most powerful and profitable military and death squads ever.
He’s the most corporate national leader ever.
He spent more money to get into office than anyone else ever.
He is the focus of a huge cult of personality, patriotism, partisanship, and obedience.
He oversees the most high-tech illegal spying apparatus ever.
He engages in lawless imprisonment and torture and assassination.
He depends on extreme secrecy, dishonesty, and immunity.
He’s taken part in one of the largest transfers of wealth upward ever.
His opponents tend to be delusional and to be opposing a caricature of him.
His supporters tend to be delusional and to be supporting a caricature of him.
Serious critics tend to be lumped by his opponents with his supporters and by his supporters with his opponents.
There is not a single thing that anyone believes he holds so dear he wouldn’t compromise it or sacrifice it, other than his own behind.
You can phone a friend or ask the audience…