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Americans Should Follow The Swiss Example and Demand a $25 An Hour Minimum Wage!


By Frank Byronn Glenn –– The Swiss vote in a national referendum on Sunday, May 18, 2014 on whether to raise the national minimum wage to $25 an hour or not.  Meanwhile the American Congress diddles and dithers in angst — mostly over whether or not their corporate overlords will disown them if they raise the minimum wage to $10 dollars an hour in the United States.   Congress people who make around $90 an hour for a forty hour week — plus another amount equal to that in perks, franking privileges, expenses and other political largesse.  And we’d be lucky if  Congress worked even a 20 hour work week, so their pay is actually closer to $200 an hour for actual time worked. And they are worried they will anger their masters, like Sheldon Adelson  and other billionaires, who could spend $100,000 per day until the end of time and never deplete a dollar of their starting capital.  And the politicians, primarily Republicans — are so dug in that raising the minimum wage can’t even be debated on the floor of the House, much less voted on.  It is political anathema –and political poison for them to even acknowledge the issue would warrant an honest debate.

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And then there is progressive  old “left coast” Seattle, which has the gall to talk about the possibility and viability of a $15 dollar per hour minimum wage — an idea that right wingers predict would be the beginning of the end of the modern era —  as we know it.  It will “kill jobs” they say.  It will collapse the economy — increase unemployment.  Like they even cared about that.  These “out-sourcing” kings, queens, princes and princesses and their political lackeys have already sent every job minimum wage or above that they possibly can — out of the country —  where they are paying 30 cents to 2.50 an hour to make things like an inhaler at a cost of 15 cents that they turn around and sell to chronically ill people  in the U.S. for $75 dollars a pop.

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Help in easing the income discrepancy and the wealth inequality for the working poor and middle class in the United States will never originate or come from the House of Representative or the Senate in these United States.  Politicians are too dependent on donations and financing from the rich to further their careers and maintain their life-styles to ever do anything meaningful on behalf of the American people. In Switzerland, the $25 minimum wage increase applies to entry level jobs like house-keepers, nannies, fast-food workers, agriculture laborers, and other entry level and menial jobs.  The Swiss have a really stream-lined method of getting good ideas, programs, and policies onto the ballots so the whole country can vote on them as a national referendum.  Americans should learn from the Swiss.  If average, working-class Americans are going to ever improve their lot economically in this country, it is not going to come from the House of Representatives or the Senate — and probably not even the Presidency.  It is going to come because Americans have taken to the streets by the millions — demanding fairness —  and suddenly politicians are more afraid of losing their jobs — and maybe their heads — than they are of disappointing or displeasing their corporate and individual wealthy “sugar-daddies” and “over-lords”.  Anybody that thinks the politicians in the House and the Senate will — of their own volition — do anything significant to improve the lives of everyday Americans are smoking one too many of those funny cigarettes you hear about.  It just is not going to happen.  The politicians have too much of a vested interest in placating the rich people who finance their campaigns — and ultimately — their cushy jobs and luxurious life-styles.  Most of them are in the same economic class as the rich people they fall all over themselves to pass laws, policies and programs to benefits anyway.  So it’s win-win for them.

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And the weirdest part,  is  that corporations, rich individuals, their PR men, corporate-owned media, and their political “yes men” have been so successful in pushing the idea that only the rich are entitled to have a decent life-style — that I have even heard working class people say they think $25 per hour would be just “too much” for everyday working poor and middle-class Americans to get paid.  Too much for what, I ask?  It’s like the abused house-wife syndrome — where an abused spouse thinks that the beating she gets from her husband is her fault.  Is what she deserves.  And that what she should do is just try and work to harder not displease him — not rile or upset him so often.  The sad plight of Americans –economically — will not improve  — until everyday Americans value themselves highly enough to do  what the Swiss have done — demand to be paid enough money for their labor that they can live a reasonable worthwhile and secure life.  Raise their children — send them to college, take vacations once in a while — enjoy affordable, available quality health care — and retire with a modicum of dignity and security at the end of a long working life of dedicated and committed service in their country — and in their communities! Good for the Swiss!  You deserve it, too — Americans!


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