Bachmannia!

The greatest of all time calls it quits!

Obama Crosses the line twice!

Game Over!

We're finally out of Iraq.

99 Problems

He got 99 problems but Mitt ain't done.

Revelations

20+ weird things you may or may not have wanted to know about Sarah Palin.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I need your help!

If you've been on here lately, you may have noticed that I've actually posted a couple of posts within the last week. Well, here's another one, and it's pretty big. I'm trying to get in to Netroots Nation 2014, which happens to be taking place in an area that I know very well. All I need from you is a vote and you can do that by clicking on the photo below.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Video of the day

None of my doctors were this cool, but then again, I never actually broke my ankle, just a few tears and sprains.

The Fair Wage Argument

The following is a piece of a research paper that I had to do this semester that sort of explains why the minimum wage should be raised. Read, analyze, enjoy and give me a grade.



"While it is unusual for us to take a public position on a public policy issue of this kind, we simply believe it is time for Congress to take a responsible look at the minimum wage and other legislation that may help working families,"

Those are the words of former Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott during a 2006 testimony before congress, discussing the need for an increased minimum wage, we are at that point again. Everyday in America, there are people who work full time, for minimum wage and despite working 40 or more hours in a week, can't afford to completely cover basics such as rent, utilities and food. As stated before, this problem can be helped by raising the minimum wage from it's current level of $7.25 an hour. In the richest country in the history of the world, we shouldn't have people working full time and still be in poverty. One way to reverse this is to increase the minimum wage. According to a February 2014 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could lift as many as 1 million people above the poverty line and off of government assistance, thus freeing up those funds to be used for others, and this is reinforced by a March 2014 study by Rachel West and Michael Reich of The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at University of California at Berkeley which concludes that raising the wage would also save $46 billion in expenditures towards the Supplemental Nutrion Assistance Program(SNAP) over the span of ten years.

As expected, many would argue that increasing the minimum wage would slow down hiring, increase prices, which in turn would lead to fewer customers and even lead to layoffs in the fast food industry and other low wage industries. This argument is being presented by many of the executives in the restaurant industry, particularly the fast food industry. Of course this argument is refuted by a study by David Madland and Keith Miller of The Center for American Progress which analyzed the impact of raising the minimum wage on the overall economy, and according to their study, raising the wage would have a minimal at best effect on jobs. What this means is that people aren't going to get fired due to a higher minimum wage, and according to a 2011 study conducted by Dr. Timothy Richards of Arizona State University with help from Dr. Lisa Mancino at the U.S. Department of Agriculture entitled "Demand for Food-Away-From-Home: A Multiple Discrete/Continuous Extreme Value Model" showed that an increase in the minimum wage would probably increase prices by a slight amount, but it wouldn't stop many people from going out for fast food or hurt the bottom line of places like McDonald's which reported a profit of $1.5b in the third quarter of 2013, which according to the National Employment Law Project, is $300 million more than what McDonald's workers receive in public assistance every year while still holding down jobs.

Increasing the wage would not only get a lot of people off of food stamps, it would stimulate this sluggish and unstable economy. According to a 2011 study by the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank entitled "The Spending and Debt Response to Minimum Wage Hikes" by Daniel Aaronson, Sumit Agarwal, and Eric French∗, increasing the wage by just $1 an hour would lead to an extra $250 per quarter per houseld, per month, and an extra $700 per quarter in spending on average. Most of this spending is for long term, durable goods such as cars and furniture. This extra disposable income from a higher minimum wage could lead to billions in economic stimulus and President Franklin Roosevelt even called the minimum wage “an essential part of economic recovery,” in the 1938 State Of The Union speech.

The program given to everyone in attendance during 1963's March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom has a list of ten demands to help meet the goals of the organizers and attendees at the event. Goals 7 and 8 dealt with wages and goal number 8 specifically called for a raised minimum wage of $2 an hour,up 75 cents from the then current rate of $1.25, and in today's dollars, this would be over $15 an hour. Inflation is one subject that does not get a lot of discussion when it comes to the debate over wages. Over the years the American dollar has lost a lot of it's buying power and because of this, despite having a minimum wage that's $7.25 in most states, it's really like making 95 cents an hour back in 1963, when Martin Luther King and a myriad of other civil rights leaders were pushing for a minimum wage of $2. What this means is that people making minimum wage today are around 30% poorer than people making minimum wage 50 years ago.

Thanks to the rate of inflation, the cost of living has gone up dramatically during the last few decades making it increasingly difficult for people on the lower end on the wage scale to live comfortably. During the last five decades food prices have gone up drastically leading to many people turning to programs like WIC and SNAP for help covering this essential need. A dozen large eggs could be bought for 50 cents in the 1960's, but today, you'll be lucky to find a dozen eggs of any size for less than $2. The increased cost of living isn't just being felt in the price of things like eggs, ice cream and cookies, it's also effecting the cost of things such as rent, utilities, healthcare, child care, education, transportation and even entertainment. All of this can combine to make life difficult for people at the bottom of the wage scale and makes it nearly impossible to save up enough money to build an emergency fund for any unforseen circumstances.

In conclusion, the minimum wage is too low to sufficiently live on in this country and raising it would be a surefire way to help not only people making minimum wage, but America in a general sense and if something isn't done soon, we will continue to see the problems listed in this paper.


Works Cited
"The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income" Congressional Budget Office, 18 February 2014.
Franklin Roosevelt. 1938 State of the Union Address
Rachel West and Michael Reich . "The Effects of Minimum Wages on SNAP Enrollments and Expenditures" March 2014
David Madland and Keith Miller. "Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help, Not Hurt, Our Economy." Study for The Center for American Progress. 13 December 2013.
Dr. Timothy Richards and Dr. Lisa Mancino. "Demand for Food-Away-From-Home: A Multiple Discrete/Continuous Extreme Value Model" 2011
Sylvia A. Allegretto, Arindrajit Dube, and Michael Reich, “Do Minimum Wages Really Reduce Teen Employment? Accounting for Heterogeneity and Selectivity in State Panel Data,” Industrial Relations 50 (2) (2011): 205–240.
McDonald's 3rd quarter earnings report, 2013
Daniel Aaronson, Sumit Agarwal, and Eric French∗, "The Spending and Debt Response to Minimum Wage Hikes" 2011
Various Authors, "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" 28, August 1963

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Video of the Day

In this edition, we get to see community organizer, anti-white activist and possible foreigner, Barack Obama, on an episode of the hit internet comedy series "Between two ferns". He was on there to sell Obamacare to people in my age bracket, discuss spider bites with Zach Galifinakis and talk about how awful the last "Hangover" movie was. Click on the video below for awkward laughs and a big revelation about the Bush administration.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Midnight Distraction

I haven't done one of these in a while but that's mainly because I'm not on the computer as late as much as I used to be. In this one we get to see a state representative from Minnesota insinuate that if the NBA were to end today, blacks would go out and commit crime from the boredom of not having basketball to watch on television. Click and be amazed.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Picture of the day

Currently in the state of Michigan, the legality of banning gay marriage is on trial. The entire case stems from a Detroit-area couple who want to adopt each other's children but can't due to not being married, and they can't get married because they're a lesbian couple. To change this, the two women decided to sue the state of Michigan to get the 2004 ban on gay marriage overturned. As expected, this issue is a deeply emotional one that brings out people on all sides of the issue to debate about it.



Seeing as this trial is not only taking place in my town, but literally down the street from where I attend college, I had to stop by and see the swirl of activity surrounding the courthouse. As I stepped off the bus and in to the 12 degree weather with the chorus to Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz's "Knockin Heads Off" blaring in my earbuds, I could see a crowd near the federal courthouse. There were news vans, cameras, random people walking back and forth from office building to office building and none of them stood out as much as the silent protest in front of the steps. They literally said nothing while walking back and forth in a loop in front of the building. The closest any of them came to speaking to me was the nasty look I got when I asked if I could snap a photo of them. I guess it's better than having my morals questioned. Those photos are below.

Monday, February 24, 2014

John Dingell to retire

John Dingell, who represents Michigan's 12th congressional district, is set to retire this year. John has served in congress since 1955 when he took over the seat that was held by his father. Of course, when you serve the public for almost 6 decades, you get to be there for a lot of huge moments such as the civil rights act, title IX and a myriad of military operations by the United States. To learn more about who might be replacing Detroit's favorite congressman, click on this sentence. To see his voting record, click on the picture of a 29 year old Dingell below.


UPDATE: His wife, Debbie Dingell, is apparently going to try to replace him in congress. Read about that right here.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Another International Incident

The Olympics are in full swing and we've hit one of those big moments that the world was waiting for, the U.S. vs Russia in a very hyped hockey game. The game lived up to and exceeded expectations and even had me on the edge of my seat at 9am. Of course, while everyone enjoyed what turned out to be a thrilling victory for the Americans over a tough Russian team led by Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk, the excitement may have been a bit of a distraction to the NBC graphics department.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Video of the day

February is Black History Month. It's a time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Black people to America. It's also the only time of year when we get complaints as to why there isn't a "white history month" despite the fact that every kid learns about white people everyday, even during black history month.

When celebrating Black history month, try not to look like an idiot like the school in the video below. Click, be amazed and share.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Video of the day!

Many of you may not know this but I occasionally like to watch videos of random TV things from around the planet. In particular, I have a bit of a fondness for Japanese game shows. From the mentally draining challenges to the physically demanding and nearly impossible scenarios, I am pretty hooked. This video is something that I wasn't aware of until today and now I'm sharing it with you. Be amazed at a game show prank that would get everyone sued in America.