Watch out! For those of you who are currently depending on minimum wage jobs to feed your families during the current economic crisis, be aware that if certain Republican candidates have their way, your wages will go well below the poverty line.
Joe Miller, Republican candidate for the Alaskan senate seat wants to eliminate minimum wage. He has company. Linda McMahon, the millionaire owner of the WWE and the Republican candidate for the Senate seat in Connecticut; Dino Rossi, Republican candidate in Washington State; Rand Paul, Republican candidate for the Senate from Kentucky, all agree with Mr. Miller. With no federally set minimum wage, your take home pay could seriously diminish.
As a point of general information, Social Security does not only provide income for retirees. The disabled and orphaned children also collect Social Security. The Republican Party would have us return to the age of Dickensonian work houses and orphanages for the indigent.
These draconian measures are only some of the tenets of the new Republican Agenda. Unlimited campaign financing by mega corporations sits squarely as a giant roadblock to democracy. Current regulations do not even require the disclosure of where the PAC money originates that goes into candidates war chests. PACS with innocuous sounding names front money for corporations whose agenda is not favorable to the general public. For example, a PAC named Citizens for Clean Energy may be a front for the same mine owners who ignored safety violations and that caused the collapse of the coal mine that killed and injured miners recently.
Is this the type of America you want to sign up for, then vote Republican in November. If not, get off your sofa and vote for your local Democratic candidates.
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