What does "Disney" have to do with a "living wage"?
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
So you've got a choice of one of four options to fix our economy in the long run: cut social security, medicare and/or defense, or return taxes to the rate they were before Bush. I don't think any of the first three are likely to happen.
Yes how dare the Unions demand a wage that's higher than any other job in the same field that is non union.
Yes how dare the Unions strong-arm, whichs borders on fascism, any American worker than will not join their union.
Yes how dare the Union put out a sub standard product that the Asian car market out sells American cars because the craftsmanship is lousy out of the Union shops.
Yes how dare the Union be involved in crime and corruption.
Yes how dare the Union take money from all their Union members then support a political party against the paying Union members wishes.
Yes how dare Union thugs beating on elderly and handicapped people at Town Halls.
Technically it wasn't really a filibuster because there was no bill awaiting a vote in that session, but it doesn't really matter, he sure showed the Republicans and Democrats in Congress how a real filibuster is done, none of this chickens*** they've been doing for the past decade. The longest I've ever argued is 6 hours; two 3 hour finals exams in a row; Religion and English, and that was NOT easy. Standing up and speaking practically non-stop from 10:30am to 7pm (with two 10 minute breaks, although he still stood right there when two other Senators spoke), without any sort of toilet, lunch or dinner breaks. Furthermore, I was 17, and sitting down, he is 70 and standing up.
I have watched all 8.5 hours. He was somewhat repetitive towards the end, where there was a half hour summary (although it was arguably required, given that he covered so many points). It was a comprehensive critique of not only the Bush tax cuts, but Congressional economic policy in general. Even if you don't agree with him it's still worth a look.
Totally, he's brilliant. Sarah Palin doesn't actually serve in any branch of government, she's more of a conservative Al Gore.Originally Posted by harmarket
He talked about the top 400 people for a little while. He mainly used them as an example of how income inequality is increasing, not of why rich people are evil and don't deserve tax cuts.Originally Posted by Barbbtx
He also brought up the point that the millionaires and billionaires can create as much supply as they want, but if the middle/lower classes can't afford the products it won't be economically viable and they'll just accumulate wealth. This was his response to the claim that "millionaires and billionaires will be taxed, and they create jobs, and thus taxing them 4.6% extra will destroy employment". Agree or disagree, he did respond to it.
The government is a collection of individuals, just like a business. We long ago decided that tyrannies in the government are unacceptable, and that we should dismantle this system and create a government where the decisions are made by representatives of the people.Originally Posted by Barbbtx
Corporations are also tyrannies. In fact, they're the most totalitarian institutions in existence, certainly in America. All decisions are made from the top down, by a few elites, with little regard for the human cost, only the financial cost. The eventual dismantling of these corporations, and a restructuring where the workers control the means of production, is ultimately inevitable, and would, in my opinion, be as great a success for freedom as the same process was to governments a few centuries before.
Fascist.Originally Posted by Hautey
Amen. World income inequality is something that we should work toward dismantling, but at a time when the disparity between the United States, China, Bangladesh, etc is so radical, now is not the time.Originally Posted by Z3n
No problem!Originally Posted by KeeKee
Firstly, I don't think it's in dispute that workers in developing nations make significantly less than American workers. In Bangladesh (as Sanders pointed out), the minimum wage is 22c an hour, here it's $7.25. 1.2 billion people worldwide live on under a dollar a day.Originally Posted by Heavy Duty
Now... American workers earn into the tens of thousands of dollars per year. The cost of living here is significantly higher. Real wages have stagnated/declined since the mid 1970s. People are having a hard time to live on two or three jobs in some cases.
Companies are going overseas because people are willing to work for a significantly smaller wage than the American worker. It's got little to do with strikes/safety standards (although these things do take their toll, obviously). Corporations care about... money. If it's cheaper to use Bangladesh workers then they will. America has to choose... the middle class, or making it harder for corporations to go offshore. I choose the middle class.
He doesn't need 60 votes, he only needs to stop the bill getting 60 votes.Originally Posted by Chappy
Watch the speech. He advocates income tax cuts for 98% of the nation, and increasing the estate tax to 55% for 0.33% of the population. He says it was a ridiculous compromise, and I agree...Originally Posted by Kal'Stang
So you do want the American workforce to get a wage like the 3rd world, dramatically furthering the already absurd income inequality? Cool.Originally Posted by Heavy Duty
I think it's an example of how extreme the left have become that a person who has always been seen as a fringe leftist is their champion. I really don't see how they can come back from that.
Had they kicked out the Green party extremists like the GOP did the Birchers there might be a prayer for them, but they didn't and now they are paying the price for it.
The Democrats are doing the exact opposite of what their base wants, and a fairly large segment of the American population at large.
Every role in the military is in support of combat forces. Just because someone is behind a desk doesnt mean they are not on the front line. Their support is critical to those of us that were fighting on the front lines. The ammo that I fired came from someone sitting behind a desk. Without it there is no fighting for anyone's freedom.
So if you want to embarrass yourself everytime you made some idiotic comment about something you had no clue about, you should sit down and shut up before a veteran came along to rub your nose in your own BS.