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Re: “The hate that Trump bred

This is the result of too much uncontested historical revisionism.

Look to period documents re the causes and motivations of the Civil War, not to later re-writes that include "State's Rights" that allow ethical wiggle room for Confederate devotees.

It is dirty work now as then, but removal of Supremacist symbols should continue apace. Take out the trash.

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Posted by Miller on 08/20/2017 at 1:04 AM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

A modest increase in minimum wage will not have any sort of dire effect. Relatively few workers even make the minimum wage. 11% of people under 19 and only 2% of workers over 25.

As long as the increases are not higher than the rate of inflation (which is not and hasn't been the case for years) any negative effect would be virtually non-existent.

Historically, increases in the minimum wage do not lead to labor reductions but to relatively small increases in price - you would only reduce your payroll if your business shrunk, otherwise most business already operate with the minimum possible staff. Expenses go up you pass on the overhead = a relatively small bump on the sticker price.

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Posted by Miller on 08/12/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

Another thought, take a closer look at the businesses that employ most of the HHAs and PCAs and see how much they really take in vs what they pay.

If the $'s there but not making it to the rank and file, its time to bring in a Union. Not like the boss can threaten to send all your jobs to Mexico....

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Posted by Miller on 08/11/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

Set public sector wages at all levels to a fixed multiple of the minimum wage. Minimum wage would keep up with inflation, driving other wages up based on skill/availability. Jobs that require some education and certification would certainly see wages increase.

The labor force participation rate is collapsing due to a lack of jobs, while inflation increases are glossed over with rigged CPI values. The former depresses wages, while the latter further reduces disposable income. In a consumer driven economy this is a recipe for disaster and the warning signs are everywhere.

I don't know an across the board raise for certain sectors is a fix, but certainly we've seen enough evidence that the medical care "market" does not respond to market dynamics in ways that allow it to function positively (the cost of a good or service being what the market will bear). The biggest problem is many people need HHAs and PCAs, but they can't afford to pay what that service is worth, leading to depressed wages AND a shortage of workers. In any other sector of the economy, the business would simply disappear.

@Luxembourg, a break on sales tax and gas taxes would help. A break on property taxes maybe less, landlords are not going to lower rents just because they have less overhead.

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Posted by Miller on 08/11/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Trump's transgender ban: Another time to resist

@ Tom Janowski
This leak did nothing to warn us or inform us of anything dire. It serves only to further undermine Trumps already tottering credibility with foreign leaders, and illustrate how little control he (and by extension ANY of our elected officials) have over our intelligence and MIC.

Yes, he is slowly being hamstrung by leaks and unsubstantiated accusations etc (recall, NO member of US intell or Justice dept actually did forensic work on the DNC servers - it was all done by a private firm and accepted at face value!!?? And on this we pin all our accusations while the Seth Rich angle/ murder is crammed down the memory hole).

What does this say about the rest of our Govt and the threats and possible revelations waiting to be unleashed on the non-compliant? Why is our economy still spinning down the toilet, capable seemingly of creating wealth only for a handful? Our foreign policy degenerated to one massively debt-financed disastrous military intervention after another, again, benefiting only a handful of individuals? Common sense domestic policy initiatives that have widespread support languish and morph into big business give-aways that produce no tangible benefit, except for a relative handful, or stall to complete inaction.

Congress, normally gridlocked and more than willing to abrogate most of their responsibilities to the pres, suddenly swings into action to tie the president's hands, but not on any issue that directly effects most Americans.

I am no Trump supporter, but his struggles are dragging into light the fact that our entire federal Govt is facing a crisis of legitimacy, long in the making.

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Posted by Miller on 08/07/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Trump's transgender ban: Another time to resist

Checking up on my news, am amazed to discover verbatim transcripts of the President of the US conversations with two other heads of state have been published by Washington Post.

He may be all manner of negatives, but he is not lying when he says he was(is) wiretapped.

Elements in the Intel community are engaged in a Federal power struggle, fronting for whom? If Trump is driven out in a political coup, as appears increasingly likely, what will be the consequences?

The Nation isn't descending into Banana Republic status, we're heading there in a free-fall.

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Posted by Miller on 08/04/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Trump's transgender ban: Another time to resist

David Brooks isn't qualified to speak about other people's moral failings.

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Posted by Miller on 08/04/2017 at 9:55 AM

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