Funny how all that works

By: Monday July 7, 2014 1:30 am

Continuing the timeless level of inaccuracy the right-wing has had in America, from how awesome Iraq would be to how Americans will always hate soccer, a really really high rate of being wrong.

 

Come Saturday Morning: This and That

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 6:59 am

Too many things happening this week, but I’ll point you to a few choice bits…

VIDEO: #FastFoodGlobal Rally in Austin, Texas

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 7:53 am

A handful of fast food workers walked off their jobs in Austin, Texas yesterday, the closest thing our city had to a true May Day celebration in the streets. It happened as part of a global one-day strike led by the Fight For 15 movement. Dozens gathered outside a Popeye’s Kitchen on the east side of town, along a strip of fast food restaurants that cluster near the intersection of Martin Luther King, JR Boulevard and Airport Boulevard. This strip of strip mall purgatory could be any arterial street in America, reeking of fry grease and automotive exhaust.

Despite Falling Revenues, Walmart Increases Pay for Top Execs

By: Monday May 12, 2014 9:19 am

Sometimes the effects of our social and income inequality are easy to see, but hard to measure.

But not in this case: despite falling revenues, and despite only reluctantly paying minimum wage to its workers, Walmart increased the pay for its top executives. The people who do the labor get little. The people who make the decisions that can cause falling revenues get more (and more and…) Could it be any clearer what is going on?

Do the Math: American Economy and Society

By: Friday May 2, 2014 1:20 pm

When most people talk about economics there are lots of statistics, as if economics is about math. Economics is really about people. It shows who we are as a nation and tells us what we will become. In 21st century America, our hope now is that we’ll someday better people than we have become. But do the math; it’ll be a hard road.

Late Night: Crappy May Day

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 8:00 pm

Despite some anomalous developments out here in the Northwest, things look as dreadful as ever for working people this year, as wages reach their lowest share of GDP since the last handlebar mustache era.

That it has proven impossible to raise the federal minimum wage, incrementally, from utterly disgraceful to merely pathetic illustrates the bipartisan amnesia about what the minimum wage is.

Why the Richest Americans Don’t Care about Income Inequality

By: Wednesday April 30, 2014 8:00 am

The same bill in Congress that would cut food stamps pays out farm subsidies to America’s billionaires, including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Charles Schwab and S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A.

Stumbling Past Econ 101

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 10:45 am

Income converted to capital isn’t consumed in the same time frame as money paid out in wages. That’s why increasing the minimum wage will have a stimulative effect.

Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits — For Its Own Profit

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:05 am

Walmart supports an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) benefits, to erase the cuts Congress voted into place last fall. Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ken Jacobs, When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 1:59 pm

The 21st century United States is a nation of great income inequality and entrenched poverty. Progressives have demanded federal action to fight these problems, but Republican control over the House has made this nearly impossible. However, campaigns on the local and state levels have begun to transform the debate over income inequality. Beginning in the 1990s, living wage campaigns in cities across the nation began showing how local communities can make a difference. Some of the nation’s most politically progressive cities began pushing for paid sick leave, domestic partner benefits, and card check for unionization.

In the last two years, Occupy Wall Street brought economic inequality to the attention of national politicians and opened space for political leaders to push for higher minimum wage laws.

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