Friday, December 4, 2009

Workers and the Poor: AFL-CIO Blog

The minimum wage definitely needs to be raised. However, we all must consider regional difference between let's say, Arkansas and California.

More important then "minimum wage" is the issue of living wage. The short term answer is a guaranteed income for all over the age of eighteen (of course, we need to deal with orphans as well, and there still is an issue related to AFDC), increasing with age.

Over the long term we need an equity union to perhaps write off or down the liabilities and bring the cost of assets back to earth.

With respect to a guaranteed income, it should be only enough to meet the bare essentials including the idea that youth can share apartments and houses (although everyone should get equity from their "rent" payments) up to a certain age (suggested for discussion, 23).

Concerning meeting needs, there is a huge difference, climate wise, between McAllen and Minot. And PLEASE let's not dally another second regarding the opportunity costs associated with automotive squandering and MUCH HIGHER PRIORITIES like home heating, cooking, and electricity...

In Peace. Friendship, Community, Cooperation, and Solidarity,

Mike Morin

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