Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bernie Sanders Debunk Part II


Continuing my series of Bernie Sanders debunked part II

Millions of Americans are working for totally inadequate wages. We must ensure that no full-time worker lives in poverty. The current federal minimum wage is starvation pay and must become a living wage. We must increase it to $15 an hour over the next several years.-berniesanders.com

The minimum wage currently is 7.25 an hour. 290 a week and 12,480 roughly a year.
If you are single and make this much a year you can afford housing, utilities, internet, food, and a car believe it or not. If you are married and both of you work the minimum wage that is roughly 25,000 a year which depending on your maturity and responsibility you can live off that.

The minimum wage is for jobs that aren't supposed to be careers or starting pay that you have to work your way up to get a better wage. 

If you raise it (as I said in my last post) from 7.25 to 15 dollars an hour then inflation will skyrocket in the next 5 to 10 years making that 15 dollars worth 7.25 today. 

What Bernie should be promoting is financial maturity and responsibility. The lowest wage in this country is the highest in most nations. It is the individual's responsibility to budget his or her money and work their way towards a better life. It isn't the employer or the government's responsibility.

We must also establish equal pay for women. It’s unconscionable that women earn less than men for performing the same work. -berniesanders.com

Bernie forgets the Equal Pay Act of 1963 is a United States federal law amending the Fair Labor Standards Act, aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex. It was signed into law on June 10, 1963, by John F. Kennedy as part of his New Frontier Program.

Millions of American employees have been working 50 or 60 hours a week while receiving no overtime pay. That is why Bernie has been encouraging the Obama Administration to ensure that more workers receive overtime pay protection. The Administration’s new rule extending that protection to everyone making less than $947 a week is a step in the right direction. It is a win for our economy and for our workers. -berniesanders.com

The Military doesn't get overtime and neither do government employees. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 is a law that employers only have to pay overtime to those who made under 455 a week. If you change that law to those that make under 970 then employers will immediately do cuts to it's current staff nation wide. Therefore making unemployment skyrocket.

Lastly, we must support and strengthen the labor movement to ensure that workers have a say in their own economic futures. That’s why Bernie has been a strong supporter of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to organize and bargain collectively.
KEY ACTIONS -berniesanders.com
  • Proposed a national $15 per hour minimum wage.
  • Led the effort to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.
  • Introduced the “Workplace Democracy Act” to strengthen the role of unions and the voices of working people on the job.
  • As mayor of Burlington, was a strong collaborator with unions.
  • Leading the fight in the Senate for a $15 an hour minimum wage and a union for fast food workers, and federal contract workers. -berniesanders.com
Unions are obsolete. In the late 1800s and early 1900s they were necessary to end sweatshops, promote decent wages, improve working conditions, and end child labor.

From then to now the United States has made great progress towards the American worker. The Equal Pay Act and Equal Opportunity Act has essentially made Unions obsolete. The Unions no longer serve the purpose they once did. Now Unions are full of corrupt individuals who bully employees at companies to join to get them to pay their dues so those dues can pay a current retired Union member's pension... A.K.A Socialism.

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