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An International Mimimum and Maximum Wage

A Capital Idea Part 47: An International Minimum and Maximum Wage

The topic of having an international minimum wage is something which I have never heard mentioned. The lack of attention paid to this issue is most illuminating, given that business people love to tout the "global economy," "global economic cooperation," and love to have international get-togethers to discuss how to better exploit their opportunities to become even richer -- mostly by exploiting the cheapest possible labor sources.

Political Theater 101

When it comes to Masterpiece Theater, PBS doesn't hold a candle to CSPAN2's Sunday airing of the Republican Senators Flat Earth Society production of the "The Risch Amendment". The plot of this epic play, was a debate and vote on the Risch Amendment, regarding adding words to the preamble of the START treaty about linking concerns of tactical nuclear weapons with strategic nuclear weapons.

Inspection- When Schwinn is No Longer Schwinn

Flying down the steep stairs in our house Christmas morning in Nyack, NY, where we lived when I was a little kid, of all the gifts a Schwinn bike was the ultimate sign Santa cared. I think my brother Jim, or Ted, may have gotten one, but the old Ho Ho man missed me...

2 Million Without Christmas Trees

Vice President Biden used the exact same devious lawyer answer as Frank Kryder's lawyer, the late Thomas M. Moorhead (Vice President of The Kryder Company, Inc.) of Baker and Daniels and Shoaff. This is a very bad sign for all BDS, Berry Street, and all Washingot DC Carliars, paralleled with the 2010 year Lunar Eclipse which is a very, very excellent sign in the heavens for me, Sagittarius. Such is the Law of X, both Shang Tang and Saint Andrew's Cross say.

On the subject of the parallel statements:

The greatest failure of the people is yet to come

Time and again, from granting leading roles to unnecessary intermediaries in Health Care Reform to trying to stimulate the economy with Tax Credits to the super rich, the President’s poor character has resulted in a litany of extremely expensive and inefficient legislation, that when coupled with the growing deficit, will drive America further and further into relative hard times on into the future.

Wendell Potter - Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out On How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care, Dec. 7, 2010.

Here is a link to a Wendell Potter (former insurance company executive turned whistleblower) video lecture on his book DEADLY SPIN: AN INSURANCE COMPANY INSIDER SPEAKS OUT ON HOW CORPORATE PR IS KILLING HEALTH CARE AND DECEIVING AMERICANS.

The link is...

I had heard a number of interviews with Wendell Potter first on Bill Moyer's Journal, then on Democracy Now, as well as on Countdown with Keith Olberman.

The Bible speaks strongly against showing favoritism to the rich in the book of James...

James 2

1My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. 2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Pushing the constitutional envelope for who?

Obama pushed the constitutional envelope for Corporations with his mandate that every American buy health insurance, but time and again he proves that he will not push the constitutional envelope or show even a glimmer of the same aggression in pure service to the people.

Vote him out.

Also, fight the good fight, join Adam Green’s The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)

Dump the Corporate Mono-Culture & Make Our Own

When the Disaster Capitalists zeroed in on New Orleans I felt the rich and old and DISTINCT New Orleans culture was under attack and at risk. I appreciated the New Orleans culture because, despite the economic disparity in the area's population, the richest part of the area's cultural expression came up directly from the underclasses -- from music to cuisine to Mardi Gras exuberence!

Podcasts keep blowing out

Trying desperately to listen to Friday's podcast, especially session 3 and it keeps on stopping time and again.

I'm feeling paranoid that some N S A g o v e r m e n t hacker interventionist is trying to sabotage Thom's programing because of our sympathies for W i k i l e a k s . I write like this so that the intelligence super c o m p u t e r s won't read the key words.

Crazy insane is when one's community support system starts eroding. Hartmann is part of my community / values / world view.

Help the masses clarify their enemy; Vote Republican in 2012

To hell with the coming Supreme Court Appointment. Believe it or not Supreme Court Justices can be removed. But the country can not continue to languish on and unfortunately, in the short term, the possibility of the Progressive movement installing a legitimate President in 2012 is on the fringe.

Vote Republican. Don’t comply with Obama’s manipulations. He has shown he will take advantage of the Voters and that is something that will get worse as the pressure for money continues.

The Estate Tax

Among the chief justifications from the left for the estate tax is that people who inherit wealth did nothing to earn that wealth and, therefore, don’t deserve to get it.

9/11 first responders

Can we get the rich who are getting this tax break to donate some of that money to the 9/11 first responders?

Critical issues

Thom has always seemed to regard the Supreme Court and the future of its members as a top priority issue that progressives and other patriots should be concerned with. After its decision to allow corporations to have the same political influence rights as US citizens, I never heard (must've missed it) and have always wondered what was their reasoning and justification for this critical decision? I can't even fathom how this issue ever made its way up the courts to become something to be concerned about.

Wise words, deaf ears...

These words from Montesquieu’s great work easily apply to Congress' recent passage of the infamous tax bill (the first strokes of the axe on the once sturdy tree of Social Security) and perhaps to the state of the nation as well::

The Spirit of Laws, Book V, Charles de Secondat Montesquieu

XIII. An Idea of Despotic Power.

When the savages of Louisiana are desirous of fruit, they cut the tree to the root, and gather the fruit. This is an emblem of despotic government.

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