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David Brooks, just another brick in the wall

The conservative monolith in this country constructs an impenetable brick wall around issues they are unwilling to compromise on. The items sacred to them are tax rates (marginal, capital gains and dividend), workers’ right to organize and govenment regulation. The minimum wage, worker’s hours and benefits are protected against within that wall. If tax rates go up, workers effectively organize or wages go up, their wealth is chipped away. It is so sad to see that, notwithstanding their claim that they are the wealth creators, in fact the wealthiest succeed because of their manipulation of government policy.

The bogus arguments against raising the minimum wage mirror those against increasing tax rates: jobs and competitiveness will be lost. The arguments against a higher minimum wage, sick leave, benefits and full time work are bullshit; but they continue to win the day.

The scales are past the tipping point; the workers of the world can no longer unite to force change—their goal is merely to survive. Without goverment intervention, the inequality gap will continue to widen. As the wealthy own the legislators, any intervention will be in their favor.

Asher Fried

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Jan 22 2014 - 7:16pm