Some 120,000 Swiss signatories have put their names to a petition demanding a monthly minimum wage of CHF 2,500 (€2,000) for every single member of the working adult population, reports RT.com. Enough names have been collected for a government vote.
Anything less than the proposed amount would be deemed illegal, even for people working in the lowest paid jobs.
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All we have to lose is our chains.
This is US$2800 or about $33,000 a year -- minimum guaranteed wage!
I suppose they can salve their discomfort by gleefully rubbing their hands and think of Rodney Tom's coup in the state senate. If they are truly desperate, they can generate a warm glowing feeling by reminding themselves that the state has the most regressive tax system in the country.
This isn't new. As far back as the turn of the last Century WA (home of the radical IWWW "wobblies" and the only state in which a city-wide General Strike has ever been declared) has had a reputation as a bastion of unabashed Socialism. It's not for nothing that the (probably apocryphal) statement by then-U.S. Postmaster James Farley ("there are 47 states - and the Soviet of Washington") in 1936 has continued to remain part of our local cultural lexicon.
Paul Constant believes ALEC is a good thing, judging from his latest post citing Larry Sabato (neocon extraordinaire) as a reliable source, right?
After all, at the site below, about an organization with strong ties to ALEC, I find this:
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
And listed as an advisor to the organization is Larry Sabato? ? ? ? ? ?
I'm confused, could you clear things up for me or is Paul Constant either a complete moron or himself affiliated with ALEC??
Enquiring minds want to know, dood!
Whether a $15 minimum wage will help more people than it hurts is a legitimate question, and both sides are entiteld to argue their points without the other distorting their every word and labeling them as evil morons. But while the Freedom Foundation certainly, but quite transparently, "spins' statistics to make a point, Goldy flat out lies to do so. Who is really guilty of spewing "bullshit"?
What is the point of the report, anyway? "See, they're not good guys!" is maybe interesting and maybe true but doesn't seem relevant to the content of the bill
there's a group explicitly devoted to promoting specific electoral and legislative outcomes and this reliably amusing high minded political species, moderacy, has come to make sure we give the group's literature a fair shake!