March 12, 2014
A Living Wage versus a minimum wage.
Is the quest for a minimum wage a red herring perpetrated by large corporations and advanced by politicians in favor of their big dollar supporters?
When one realizes that regardless of the minimum wage, if it does not reach that level necessary to support the essentials necessary to sustain a lifestyle consistent with a worker’s environment it does little more that pay lip service to a societal disparity.
We need only review the charts that reveal the upward mobility of the American worker to understand that the Regan Era “Voodoo” economics that has existed through each political Party for the past forty years is the one of the greatest destroyers of the American Dream. This Dream that through the combination of security, health, education and work your children will have a better life than you.
There is little question that it is the American Dream that stoked this Country’s fires of greatness. It is the Dream of every human, a dream, ever threatened by the greed and avarice of a few. Who are these few that would dare to dampen the kindling of the greatest social experiment in the history of civilization?
We need not look far. These few are the major owners and stockholders of the companies that pay a wage to their employees that when projected through a forty hour work week would not add up to an amount necessary for a person to provide sustenance for themselves in the location where they work.
They do this legally. Their method is to “buy” our political leaders. Unfortunately, this does not stop at the highest levels. It is a practice that continues from the highest office to the lowliest municipal politician.
We do not begrudge them their wealth nor the favor it buys but we take exception to their methods. The ancient books of every major philosophy agree of the inherent evil of the owner stealing wages from their slave. In this regard, many workers today are no more than a slave to the slave master.
We urge the Department of Labor to set a determinate living wage for each Congressional District.
We urge all employers take on the responsibility of determining a living wage for their employees and to set this as their minimum wage.