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Thursday, December 30, 2004

It's all about the Unions and the Minimum Wage

Well sort of.

I recently finished reading Thomas Frank's book, What's the Matter with Kansas, thanks to a fellow liberal drinker.

I finally came to the realization that the Democratic Party has to become more vocal in supporting labor, namely increasing union membership and laber union power.

We also need to keep this all simple. The way conservatives have become the party of moral supremacy, without actually doing anything in the form of legislation. They do not allow the connection to be made between Big Business and the immorality we see on TV and in our general culture.

These are the two main ideas I took from this book, the manner in which republican politicians grandstand about moral issues yet do almost nothing legislatively in response and how they actually incourage the immorality by allowing Big Business to run free and unchecked.

In response, we need to campaign for an absurdly high minimum wage and unionization of all workers to ensure higher standards(also possibly higher taxes for companies with high % of outsourced labor and imported manufactured goods). While these issues will never see the light of day in the current Congress(they actually might never see the light of day in a Democratic Controlled congress, especially if the DLC is involved), these issues will allow people to at least make the choice between economic interests and moral issues.

The Democratic party needs to be the party of the laborers in order to be relevant today.

In a related story the popular blog Rubber Hose by upyernoz has finally linked to me!

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