Thursday, April 17, 2014

Republicans and Conservatives would prefer a Minimum Wage of $0/hr

It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased, Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, Chapter V
The Republican Party, as part of their War on America, are tasked with bringing the Working Class to heel while grinding the historical anomaly of the American Middle Class into dust.

Everything else associated with the Republicans, from their embrace of Rampant Racism to Putin Love to outright lying about Obamacare, is a byproduct or tactic serving the Grand Design.

Hence, when a Republican is asked by an American about the Minimum Wage, the GOPers response should not be a surprise, of course he's against raising it.

Here's the latest from Florida where Republican Congressman Dennis Ross was asked,
Would you support the Obama act of raising the federal minimum wage? 
Congressman Ross - No. [...] I think it would do more harm to our economy than anything. You work at Arby’s, the cost of products, the cost of services are going to go up. [...] If we are going to make it a living wage, who’s going to pay for it? Who’s going to pay for it?  
During the give and take, Ross was then asked,
I want to know, would you take a walk in my shoes? Lay your tie and your suit down, just for a day, 24 hours, and take a walk in my shoes. The people that I work with, we’re keeping the economy floating and going in the cycle. But the people that hire, they’re just paying money, just throwing money. But I’m actually working every day. So why wouldn’t you support it?
Congressman Ross - Because it’s not right. Economically, it’s not right. It does more harm to our economy.
Republicans are elected and compensated handsomely to crush Labor, abolish Unions and destroy the Social Safety Net. When Ross says "it's not right economically" he means it's not right for Job Creators.

The "jobs" metric and Job Creator hosannas are a massively dishonest way of discussing the American Economy until one understands the Prism in which Republicans view the Economy and the American Worker. The American Worker is viewed as an unnecessarily expensive cost of business.

A Job Creator could have set aside $20 per hour in wages to hire workers. So, he could create 1 job at his company at $20/hr or 2 jobs at $10/hr. But, now imagine if he had the "freedom" to pay less than the minimum wage? Why he could create 5 blessed jobs at $4/hr! And he could create an Infinite number of jobs if he was able to pay $0/hr. The Ultimate Job Creator!

Of course, what I am describing is Slavery. But, that is precisely what the Republican Party has been tasked by their Plutocratic Overlords with recreating; the Ideal America, one with massive fortunes built upon thousands of years of free labor.
"We should look at the Chinese... Those people work hard. There aren't labor laws; There aren't minimum wages; They're working harder than we are..." - Eric Bolling, Faux News 04/15/14
When did Eric ever go to China? His career before Faux was spent on the NYSE gambling in commodities. Most likely, Bolling is recalling the Mitt Romney 47% Video in which Mitt with mirth  and joy recalls seeing a slave shop in China,
When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there. It employed about 20,000 people. And they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially becoming married.
And they work in these huge factories, they made various uh, small appliances. And uh, 
as we were walking through this facility, seeing them work, the number of hours theyworked per day, the pitance they earned, living in dormitories with uh, with little bathrooms at the end of maybe 10x10 room, rooms. And the rooms they have 12 girls per room. 
Three bunk beds on top of each other. You’ve seen, you’ve seen them? (Oh…yeah, yeah!) And, and, and around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire and guard towers. And, and, we said gosh! I can’t believe that you, you know, keep these girls in! They said, no, no, no. This is to keep other people from coming in.
But, the desire to America into a Neo-Feudal Wage Slavery doesn't just exist amongst the Upper-Echelons of the Right-Wing, its' permeated all the way down to the dregs of Conservatism.

At the 2013 CPAC (Conservative Punk Ass Chickenhawks) a spokesman for the Frederick Douglass Republicans, K. Carl Smith, held a panel which allowed Right-Wingers to engage in their favorite pastime of bad faith denials of their rampant racism.

While Smith spoke, conservative Scott Terry, flanked by his compatriot Matthew Heimbach festooned in a Confederate-flag T-Shirt, rose to complain the Republican Party was alienating, "young Southern white males" and minorities were "systematically disenfranchising” him and whites. Smith tried to interject and when Smith spoke of Frederick Douglass forgiving his former slave masters Terry scoffed, "For giving him shelter? And food?"

Mighty Joe Biden's observation from the last Presidential election still holds true, the Republican Party's Grand Design is to "to put y'all back in chains."


Jerry Critter said...

Here is your choice,
1. Pay them $0 and provide food and housing
2. Pay them a living wage and they provide their own food and housing.


All your labor dies.


You die.

Take your pick!

Grung_e_Gene said...

Jerry, they won't die. Congress ensures welfare goes to the Koch Brothers, Frank Langone, Tom Perkins, Sam Zell and they can always import another batch of slaves to work to death.

Jerry Critter said...

The rich don't pay taxes. The slaves have no income to pay taxes.

Everyone dies.

ChickenHammer said...

I never worked a minimum wage job per se; as a teen I unloaded a lot of trucks that paid by the load but not by the hour. I don't know how it compared to the prevailing minimum wage. I took the jobs I though paid a fair wage and I passed on the ones that didn't.

I do not understand why we need a minimum wage set by law. I've always negotiated my own wages and everyone else is capable of doing the same. If a job doesn't pay enough to make you happy find another job that does. Been there, done that, and always found a better job.

I'll check back for comments in a week and a half. We're going phone and internet free while we vacation in the Caribbean for the next thirteen days. Enjoy your self hatred; I'm still the only happy person who posts on your blog. :o)

Grung_e_Gene said...

It must be so hard for you Chicken hammer, what with your 401(k) worth hundreds of thousands of dollars returning 400% per annum, with your ability to hop from job to job bargaining a better deal for more money everytime, dry-firing your piece 2 hours a day yet with no one to shoot.

Yet, you need to troll here incessently about how this evil liberal society is keeping you down!

Despite all your lies and mean attempts at insulted, I find you a pittable man.

Anonymous said...

I've seen many trolls like CH over the years. Probably the same one. Never argue facts but just use anecdotal bullshit to make their "case". He is definitely worthy of pity and not much else.

Tom Harper said...

Good post. I couldn't agree more -- the GOP, acting on orders from their puppetmasters, are determined to turn the U.S. into a neo-feudal fiefdom for their bosses.

As far as trolls are concerned: they come in all political persuasions. My other blog keeps getting bombarded by the same troll. I know who it is. He's a fellow liberal; he's just pissed off at me for personal reasons. His comments don't get published, but that doesn't stop him from spewing out ten or fifteen comments at the same time, hoping I'll think it's all different people.

He also has his own blog, with literally hundreds of "comments" at the end of each post. And I know the "comments" (they're all anonymous) are just him, bantering back and forth with his imaginary friends.

Kinda sad.

Dervish Sanders said...

Wage slaves are better than actual slaves. With actual slaves you've got to pay for their food and shelter and at least be a little concerned with their health. If a wage slave can't pay for the necessities of life why should the employer cares? If the wage slave dies there is always another one to take his or her place.

And you can't negotiate for a higher wage if there are a multitude of desperate people willing to work for less. Chickenhammer speaks as if there were more jobs than workers, which is not the case.

ChickenHammer said...

Good to know you still love me Gene. I would have got back to you sooner but I've been on the beach and off the network for the past ten days. Life is good!

Syrbal/Labrys said...

Anyone that says they don't understand a need for minimum wage has obviously never lived on that sort of job. And as usual, the same old GOP bullshit "If you don't like that job, get another" --- like jobs grow on trees here in "offshore-everything-ville"!

I've worked MANY minimum wage and below jobs. Good damn thing my husband did NOT, or we all would have starved. Had I been a single parent at any point -- divorce or widowhood, for instance, we'd have been homeless in the blink of an eye.