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Businessman: Raising Minimum Wage is “an existential threat to the business model” he uses

Workers are just human fodder, who just gum up the works and get in the way of the dreams of some tin-pot “small business” owner, just a glorified term for a guy running a restaurant. That’s the view of a low life who is whining about the proposal to raise the minimum wage for waiters, a minimum wage that was set much lower than the minimum wage for everyone else because of the power of the restaurant lobby. And it’s indicative of the philosophy underlying the opposition to hiking the minimum wage (a very meek and mild proposal, as an aside).

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It’s Not Wage Stagnation, It’s Wage Robbery

You take for granted that the malevolent Koch Brother billionaires and FOX will go all out to keep robbing workers. That’s just what they do. But, a much more pernicious danger undercutting workers is the inaccurate way in which the traditional “liberal” media and a whole raft of politicians describe what has happened to wages. It’s typically referred to as “wage stagnation”. That is false: it’s wage robbery.

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$11.50 MINIMUM WAGE HIKE Passed in Montgomery County: Dems $10.10 Proposal Looking Meager

It’s catching fire…though not as high as some of us would like, Montgomery Country tonight passed a hike in its minimum wage to 11.50 by 2017. Do I hear $15-an-hour please at the federal level, on the way to $20-an-hour?

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$15-An-Hour Minimum Wage VICTORY To Be Certified Within Hours: $15 Should Be Minimal National Demand

There is now little doubt: within a few hours, election officials will certify the passage of a $15-an-hour minimum wage in the city of SeaTac.

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Wal-Mart’s Nightmare: $15-an-hour Minimum Wage Still Leading (UPDATE #4)

The biggest threat to the Wal-Mart profit-through-poverty-wages model continues to hold on to a lead in the ballot count. That would be the initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour in the city of SeaTac. It’s almost a done deal — though the fight won’t end once the vote is certified.

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BREAKING: $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage WIDENS LEAD! Likely To Win (UPDATE#3)

Within the past hour, the newest ballot total count shows the $15-an-hour minimum wage SeaTac initiative has WIDENED its lead — to 53 votes from just 19 a day before, which was a lead that had shrunk — a nice reversal from yesterday’s narrowed vote. And, in my estimation, this means the initiative will now likely come out on top at the end of the count.

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$15-An-Hour Minimum Wage: Thisclose, 19-Vote Lead (UPDATE #2)

With about 250-300 ballots left to count, the ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour in the city of SeaTac is leading by just 19 votes. It’s lost a bit of ground since Tuesday’s lead of 43 votes. But, win or lose, it could set a different standard for the debate around the minimum wage.

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UPDATE: $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage–Still Hanging Tough!

The votes keep trickling in. But, as of close of business today in Seattle, the initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour in SeaTac is hanging on. And it looks better today.

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$15 Minimum Wage WINS by 43 VOTES

Uh, yeah, every vote does matter. Especially when it comes to making sure people don’t live in poverty. Mark one up for a move to a serious minimum wage!

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Why Minimum Wage Gambit Smells Like Obamacare

The lowering of expectations. The willingness to let people wallow in poverty and be bankrupted by big corporations because of the lack of courage in political leaders. That is what I would argue is the conclusion from the president’s minimum wage rhetoric, which is pretty much health care all over again.

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Big Progressive Win…The SeaTac Minimum Wage

Fabulous to see my old comrade from back in the first David Dinkins campaign become the next mayor of NYC. I think he’ll do very cool things. But, I’m even more thrilled to see a significant victory out West — a serious hike in the minimum wage. Can you say $15 an hour?

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Minimum Wage Bottom Line

You don’t have to remember much about the minimum wage debate. Except for this.

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Protesting The Beast

Everyone probably has heard about the street protests against minimum wage poverty. Here’s some bad ass action.

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No Zits Here

Ah, The corporate bag of rhetorical nonsense. The gift that keeps giving. As in, we get to starve people by impoverishing them when they work for us because actually we’re such good people — we give jobs to teenagers. You’ve probably heard of that argument by the fast-food industry…hey, you may have gotten that loud of bullshit yourself when you had one of those jobs. But, it is bullshit.

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Raise the Poverty Wage

For a very long time, I’ve pointed out the moral outrage of the so-called “minimum wage”, so-called because it is really a poverty wage, not a minimum wage. Minimum wage gives the impression that it is the minimum a person can live on. But, you can’t live on that wage. That’s where a hike in the poverty wage is welcome, even if it is still not enough.

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An American Scandal and A Meek Proposal: Part II

Yesterday, I wrote that the president’s proposal to hike the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 was a meek proposal. And that it was pure rubbish to argue, as he did, that that hike would help people get ahead. Just to add today a bit more.

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