Corrupt Politics: The Minimum Wage's Function

correlationstonone:

…is to “put back” some of the social welfare expenses that corporations are foisting on the state. It is a tax designed to transfer basic humanistic responsibilities of the state to the corporation, freeing the market.

When someone is hired at less-than-subsistence…

(via corruptpolitics-deactivated2011)

Go to China and you’ll see businesses opening research labs and solar facilities. South Korean children are outpacing our kids in math and science. They’re scrambling to figure out how they put more money into education. Brazil is investing billions in new infrastructure and can run half their cars not on high-priced gasoline, but on biofuels. And yet, we are presented with a vision (in the form of a Republican plan to cut more than $4 trillion in federal spending) that says the American people, the United States of America -– the greatest nation on Earth -– can’t afford any of this.

It’s a vision that says America can’t afford to keep the promise we’ve made to care for our seniors. It says that 10 years from now, if you’re a 65-year-old who’s eligible for Medicare, you should have to pay nearly $6,400 more than you would today. It says instead of guaranteed health care, you will get a voucher. And if that voucher isn’t worth enough to buy the insurance that’s available in the open marketplace, well, tough luck -– you’re on your own. Put simply, it ends Medicare as we know it.

It’s a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit. Who are these 50 million Americans? Many are somebody’s grandparents — may be one of yours — who wouldn’t be able to afford nursing home care without Medicaid. Many are poor children. Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome. Some of these kids with disabilities are — the disabilities are so severe that they require 24-hour care. These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.

And worst of all, this is a vision that says even though Americans can’t afford to invest in education at current levels, or clean energy, even though we can’t afford to maintain our commitment on Medicare and Medicaid, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about that.

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From prepared remarks by PRESIDENT OBAMA, outlining a plan to reduce the federal budget.

Think about that.

(via inothernews)

Nope. Zero,” the president said to the speaker. Mr. Boehner tried again. “Nope. Zero,” Mr. Obama repeated. “John, this is it.” A long silence followed, said one participant in the meeting. “It was just like an awkward, ‘O.K., well, what do you do now?’
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President Obama to Speaker Boehner about how much he would be willing to cut from Planned Parenthood funding. (via comeondontbullshitme)

This makes me happy. REMEMBER WHEN THE GOP TRIED TO HOLD WOMEN’S BODIES HOSTAGE AND OUR PRESIDENT WAS LIKE NOPE?

(via wingspans)

“OK, well, what do you do now?” You completely fucking screw over DC women, is what you do. Or at least, it’s what you did.

(via cherrispryteaintsobrite)

(Source: The New York Times, via stfuconservatives)

motherjones:

The LA Times provides us with a refreshingly honest story hed and dek. #JournalismFTW

motherjones:

The LA Times provides us with a refreshingly honest story hed and dek. #JournalismFTW

political-cartoons:

liberal-life:

Wake up America

Disturbing statistics; however, I must say that that attitude always makes me cringe. The people who realize this are the people who we need the most to help us change these awful facts of American life.

political-cartoons:

liberal-life:

Wake up America

Disturbing statistics; however, I must say that that attitude always makes me cringe. The people who realize this are the people who we need the most to help us change these awful facts of American life.

The US budget is like a 1st grader playing Oregon Trail. Spend all the money on ammunition so you can shoot at stuff, then wonder why your wagon is falling apart and everyone is dying of dysentery.
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Malhavoc430 // Reddit (via mattchew03)

Oh god, I’m dying.

(via custerdiedforyoursins)

o.m.g.! This is probably one of the best things I’ve ever read.

(via mamavh)

I laughed in the middle of the university library.

(via theweightofdayspast)

(via stfuconservatives)

It’s an outrage to shut down the government over an extreme proposal that would deny millions of women Pap tests, breast cancer screenings and birth control,” she said. “Attacking Planned Parenthood’s preventive health care hurts women, does not cut the deficit or fix the economy, and must be stopped.
- Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (via aatombomb)

(Source: The Atlantic, via inothernews)

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