Chew On This America
by Kris Trites
Much of the buzz since Obama’s Inauguration speech has been hopeful. I couldn’t watch. Inaugurations are classically full of pomp and circumstance that seem incongruous and prodigal. The inauguration festivities cost was around $180 millon, paid in part by ExxonMobil.
You may have noticed when you received your first paycheck of 2013 your FICA deduction was more. Thank you fiscal cliff deal! And the Republicans have the nerve to talk about the privatization of Social Security. There are so many reasons why we need Social Security. Here’s the lowdown on your paycheck from MoneyLifeandMore:
So the least productive Congress since 1940 got a raise this year because Obama issued an executive order ending the pay freeze on federal workers. Funny, I didn’t hear them complaining about that executive order. So we are taking less home, they got a raise and it’s still business as usual on the hill. Maybe they should think about the minimum wage!
Congress last raised the minimum wage in 2007 in increments to 2009 and the amount when adjusted for inflation was less than what minimum wage workers earned in 1968. Raising the minimum wage is proven to spur the economy and isn’t that what we need right now? Here is what RaiseTheMinimumWage.org has to say:
A 2009 study by the Economic Policy Institute estimates that Obama’s campaign pledge to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2011 would inject $60 billion in additional spending into the economy.
When the federal minimum wage was first enacted in 1938 at the height of the Great Depression, its twin goals were maintaining a wage floor to keep workers out of poverty and stimulating the consumer spending necessary for economic recovery. President Franklin Roosevelt called for its enactment as “an essential part of economic recovery,” explaining that by increasing the purchasing power of those workers “who have the least of it today, the purchasing power of the Nation as a whole – can be still further increased, (and) other happy results will flow from such an increase.”
I love to ask questions in Google, like Martin Scorsese asking Siri in that Ipone commercial, so when I asked “Why can’t anything get done in Washington?”, the answer was a Washington Post Opinion article by Mark Miller “It’s the filibuster, stupid.”
Here is a statistic from CitizensForEthics.org:
I don’t usually think of myself as a pessimist, but what will change when the Republicans control the House and the Democrats control the Senate? I guess that is a true balance of power but Obama’s wheels of change will, once again be stuck in government gridlock. Honestly it’s not Obama per say, looking back at history as money and corruption have insidiously spread throughout all areas of our government, while Wall Street and big corporations have become rich and the rest of us just watch, ones can’t help but wonder what can possible happen going forward for the better…How can we change it?
Joe Costello, a government insider has written an incredible book “Of By For” that not only outlines the reasons why our government is failing us but talks about how to make a difference and is agitating for change. Get your copy here OfByForTheBook by Joe Costello
Climate Change is another article. What will happen when the Co2 levels are irrevocable! Check out CO2.org
― Thomas Jefferson