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    When Reich writes "the share of the economy going to wages rather than to profits is the smallest on record." We should get angry about that.

    It means that everybody's 'dirty little secret'...the share of our monthly income we send in interest to banks...adds up to a lot of money.  

    And the size of our paychecks is not sufficient to make up for it.

    For others of us, it's that our pay is much too small to begin with.

    The last time you bought lunch, did it cost more than an hour's pay at minimum wage?  ($7.25 an hour)  

    If it did cost more than that, think what a worker working an eight hour day at federal minimum wage is supposed to do.  (Many work two jobs, and double and triple up their housing.)

    We have CHOSEN this society, we have voted for it and endorsed it and participated in it.

    The only way to change our misplaced priorities, is for enough of us to demand better so that others gain hope that our movement can make a difference and join us.

    50 million Americans in poverty is not acceptable.  To change that, we need fair taxes and laws that prevent the greedy from rigging the system against those on the bottom.

    •  Thanks for this most excellent comment. This (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, KenBee

      is an example of the kind of message we need to get out into popular discussion to avoid this TeaParty short-circuiting of popular discontent against government instead of falling wages, excess concentration of wealth, and disproportionate share of return to capital rather than return to labor.

      But, we also need to translate these concepts into popular language such as you do with the example of how many hours of labor does it take to buy lunch.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 08:03:34 PM PST

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