Just Because There are No Watch Towers

Falling through the universe at the speed of life

Republican Senator and would-be Fascist dictator, Josh Hawley bragged that he voted against every single Biden Cabinet nominee. The Senate’s role in confirming nominations is to prevent a cabal of criminals from taking over the White House again. To arbitrarily vote against a President’s nominees just because they are the President’s nominees, isn’t doing your job. It’s the opposite of doing your job. Like Trumpaholics everywhere pettiness is important. “I voted against all your nominees. I voted against the stimulus. Nan, nah, nah, ne, nah, nah! I don’t care if unemployment goes through the roof. I don’t care if the economy collapses! I’ll put my foot down and tell my constituents, “I won’t help Joe Biden no matter how many of them have to suffer and die!”

Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential campaign was centered around a $15.00 minimum wage. That was four years ago, shouldn’t that be at least $16.50 by now? That’s how we got here by letting the minimum wage languish in the first place. Mitt Romney (never trust a man named after sporting goods.) and his Republican brethren offer a counter-proposal, ten. Ten measly dollars an hour in 2021. Marie Antoinette lost her head over “Let them eat cake,” under the Republican proposal, workers couldn’t even afford the cake without food stamps. Republicans take a concept designed to stave off economic misery and prevent Capitalist exploitation and beat workers over the head with it.

Try your luck luring workers at $10.00 an hour. You’ll get laughed at and probably beat up. Millions for defense but not a penny for tribute. I went to the store the other day looking to buy an electric toothbrush. They were locked up behind an assault proof cabinet that could have saved the Capitol, and only the head warden could be trusted with the holiest of holies, keys. The sign said push button for service, so I pushed it. No one came until the light went out. Then a clerk approached and asked, “Do you want to buy a toothbrush? I answered, “yes.” She replied, “Just push the button,” and walked away. The only reason someone steals an electric toothbrush is because they can’t afford one. Toothbrushes aren’t high on the list of thrill seeker crimes. “Hey, let’s go down to store and shoplift some toothbrushes and some canned goods!”

At a more accurate minimum wage of $22.00 and the store doesn’t need the assault proof cabinet. You can keep your damn cheesy toothbrush; I’ll buy my own thank you. The Republican’s favor state sponsored peonage, the alternative text emancipation proclamation and the director’s cut of modern poverty.  “The slaves may travel wherever they like but are still economically dependent on their master.”

“As long as he owns your tools, he owns your job, and if he owns your job he is the master of your fate. You are in no sense a free man. You are subject to his interest and to his will. He decides whether you shall work or not. Therefore, he decides whether you shall live or die. And in that humiliating position anyone who tries to persuade you that you are a free man is guilty of insulting your intelligence.”
― Eugene V. Debs, 

There is supposed to be some other positive aspect of work other than just a paycheck. I’m an upstanding citizen and a productive member of society. I work two jobs and find myself perched precariously on a high wire with catastrophe all around. So that the actual disaster is merely a question of when. You wouldn’t dare suggest a union nor listen to anyone else’s suggestion because you might get fired. So, these Republicans look their hungry constituents in the face and say $10.00. I’d wager the desk clerk at the Cancun Hilton earns more than that?

These Republican nabobs of negativity are so contrary, If Joe Biden proposed $10.00 an hour minimum wage the Republicans would leap to their feet and counter. “We won’t vote for it until you raise it to $15.00 an hour.” So, if Biden were to propose opening all Federal land to oil exploration and fracking. Republicans would counter with a bill closing all Federal land for oil exploration.  The bill would pass unanimously before the Republicans realized they’ve just been played like a pinball machine with a broken flipper.

A lower Minimum wage helps employers, no it doesn’t. It doesn’t matter how many hamburgers you can make in an hour, if you can’t sell them. The employment contract is expected to be based on mutual respect but when an employer hires a person at peon wages they are saying, “You know, I would pay you even less if I could, but the law say I can’t.” When those peon wages are so low as to be non-survivable you have created a corporate culture of lethargy. I don’t want to wear myself out for my other job tonight. If I do a really good job, I make the same money as if I didn’t, and only tire myself for my trouble. Once the corporate office two thousand miles away from here sees what a good job I’m doing, I’m sure to get a raise!

The $1,200 stimulus checks have proven themselves successful in staving off an economic hiccup the likes of which we have never seen before. Raising the minimum wage to sane and humane level would be a like a stimulus every Friday. Our economy is 70% dependent on consumer spending and consumers without spending money don’t. The first sign of a distressed neighborhood are the empty store fronts. Who in their right mind would build a store where the people don’t have any money? Stone walls do not a prison make, just because there are no watch towers or barbed wire, doesn’t mean it’s not a gulag.

“It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By “business” I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry; by workers I mean all workers, the white-collar class as well as the men in overalls; and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level-I mean the wages of decent living.”Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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