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Swiss Vote to “Work For Less” in Sunday National Referendum!


By Frank Byronn Glenn — I was wrong.  I was very wrong.  I said in an article a few days ago that the American people should follow the lead of the Swiss, and use a national referendum to vote in a $25 an  hour minimum wage.  I both “denouce and reject” that headline.

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In one of the more puzzling event in the world Sunday, the Swiss people voted overwhelmingly  — by a 76% – 24% margin to defeat their national Minimum Wage Initiative.  In most countries, just getting such an initiative on a national ballot would have been a  modern day political miracle — but to get it on the ballot and then stomp it to death with such gusto defies the intellect.

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Why, I ask, “Once you have the corporate over-lords clearly in your sights — would you ever back away and let the opportunity slip away?”  I mean, the initiative going down to such a huge defeat is tantamount to the Swiss people saying, “No, we don’t want a significantly  higher standard of living.  We’re just not worth it.”

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As I said  in my earlier article, I talked to everyday Americans that shocked me by saying that $25 an hour was just too much money for entry-level workers to make.  Where, I ask you, would they ever get that idea?  I could (almost) understand a person making $18 to $25 per  hour in a low-end,  semi- professional  or white collar job worrying that suddenly a fast-food worker, a household domestic or nanny — or an agriculture field worker — would be earning as much per hour as they were — and that they might not like — or even feel a little threatened about their status in society because of it — but to outright resoundingly reject defies logic.  They have got to believe that because of the type of work they perform — they just are not worth it.  And it’s pretty hard to imagine that they just deductive came up with that opinion all by themselves.

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There was even a story circulating  about a Swiss citizen working as a household domestic making approximately  $3250 per month saying that she was going to vote against the initiative because if her employer was forced by law to increase her monthly pay from $3250 per month to $4300 per month, she would most certainly lose her job.  What could possibly have made her think that unless her employer had told her on no uncertain terms — that that was the case?

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But I can tell you one thing.  If a nation’s citizens, when given the chance, soundly reject an opportunity to take control of their own destinies and create a better life for themselves and their countrymen — an opportunity which is rare enough in and of itself — then the odds of their duly elected representatives in government — beholding, as they generally are, to financial contributions by corporations and wealthy individuals — ever passing significant, standard of living changes upwards in the minimum wage and closing the income inequality  gap — are probably “slim-to-none”.

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So — Americans — don’t do it.  Don’t take my advice.  Do not — under any circumstances — follow the lead of the Swiss.  Keep fighting for a minimum wage upwards of $15 per hour!  And if the opportunity comes  — seize it — and never look back!

 


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