Here’s yet another in a long line of articles about the predatory practices of post-capitalist company Bain, where Mitt Romney did his part to usher in the era of the super boss, the one who buys your company from far away and then runs it into the ground after torturing you nearly to despair with wage cuts, applying for your own job again, allowing things to sink into disrepair, and sucking all the money out of a once prosperous business until it’s a worthless bankrupt failure.
How can anyone who could see this as good business claim to be a capitalist? This is a legal con game, a legal shakedown, and a way to destroy the American way of life.
Mitt Romney, American Parasite – Village Voice.
Robert Reich (The Most Important Economic Speech of His Presidency).
Reich has some great glosses on this long-awaited speech from our President. It sounds like Obama is pinning his hopes of the Paycheck Party electing him President next term, instead of the Democrats or Republicans. This is the most pro-Paycheck Party speech he’s ever made, and if he has any sense, he’ll start hinting around about the power of the Minimum Laws to make these changes happen right here in America at last.
The Minimum Severance Pay law first, to keep them from firing us without consequences. The Minimum Wage hike, to make the jobs we take between jobs bring us enough money to survive. The Minimum Vacation Law, to make them hire more workers instantly, because they will need them whether they like it or not.
A guy could win an election by supporting the Minimum Vacation law alone. What else do we need done to make this happen in the next four years?
Grover Norquist has done a fine job of getting the Republicans who are elected to sign a pledge against raising taxes. This is OK for the fortunate members of the Paycheck Party who actually pay taxes, but really does nothing to help our paychecks, except in a very subtle way. What we need is a Paycheck Party Pledge for politicians to take to show that they really have our interests at heart, and not the men who paid for their election campaigns.
Here’s a couple of ideas for a Paycheck Party Pledge for our politicians to make:
I, the undersigned politician, hereby agree to do everything in my power to help pass the Minimum Laws of the paycheck-earning majority who elected me.
I promise to support and fight for the passage of the Minimum Vacation Law, which will guarantee without exception or modification the right of every paycheck earning person to thirty days of paid vacation a year after the first year of employment and for every year thereafter until the termination of their employment. These days will be in addition to the standard holidays already paid for.
I promise to support and fight for the passage of the Minimum Severance Pay Law, which will provide every paycheck earning person the right to be paid one month’s salary, based on the highest monthly salary earned, for every year the employee has worked, upon termination of their employment, either voluntary or not.
Have any more ideas? Share them in the comments section.