I watched Fox News’ Bulls and Bears. one of the topics was the President request to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. All on the panel except for one liberal guest panelist was against it. One panelist pointed out that it was a wage for working teens. Well that is not really true.
In all the arguments, I hear about minimum wage jobs constantly from the fiscally conservative side, they make it sound like a person within a year is making far more. The business of child care where there are minimum wage paychecks or close to it abound, is completely ignored. I know Pres. Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage is not going well with child care business owners.
As a child care teacher, years ago, I was fortunate to worked for a non-profit well-known church organization that paid well and offered great benefits for some years. Being hired during the good times, my hourly pay grew into the early teens per hour before I moved on into center directing. In the later years before they closed down most of their child care centers, new hires did not get health benefits and received the minimum wage or as close to it as possible.
As a child care director working for a for-profit business chain. I had to learn quickly how my decisions on pay for new hires affected the profit/loss on my center. I wanted experience classroom teachers also called assistant group supervisors to make at least $8.00 an hour. I wanted to pay Lead teachers, also called group supervisors, with experience at least around $11.00 an hour. My profit/loss statements had me bringing that hourly pay down to $10.00.
When I moved on to another for-profit center around 2006, the corporate head took me to task for starting an experienced classroom teacher/assistant group supervisor at $8.15 an hour. The highest she wanted me to start a classroom teacher was $7.50 an hour. If that $900 an hour becomes law, child care businesses will be cutting teacher hours and/or raising child care fees for parents to much higher levels.
Mike Huckabee! He is terrific! He was my original choice for President in 2008. I remember a Democrat family member who had only knew him as an “also ran Republican presidential candidate.” The family member watched Mr. Huckabee’s first Fox News program broadcast interviewing Bill Maher. Positively surprised, she could not get over how he was talking to the atheist Maher about the Lord which caused Bill Maher not to be his usual insulting nasty self to Christians. Here, Mike Huckabee is responding to some critics to his position on Occupy Wall Street. He is terrific again and he is also absolutely right about the morality issue.
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I close with the following. Go here to read about how Occupy Wall Street protesters caused several cafe workers to lose their employment.
Oh, what to make of this liberal, leftist groundswell to occupy Wall Street! All this solidarity! I heard the word, solidarity mostly used with socialist and communist spoutings. It is spreading to cities across the country. Some are just angry at the wealthy getting wealthier during these downed economic times. Some are saying this is the liberal leftist answer to the right-wing TEA Party. Some are not only protesting against those on the right, but the Obama administration, due to being too timid with those deemed the rich fat cats. Listen to actress and Occupy Wall Street protester, Susan Sarandon. And then, there are some who really do not know why they are there. They joined in, because they like seeing young people rising up and coming together, but cannot tell you exactly why there is a rising up and a coming together.
I hear on the local Philly urban talk radio station which is the only talk station that promotes liberal leftist perspectives in the city and the surrounding areas, excitement from some of the talks show hosts. They really think the Occupy Wall Street crowd and occupiers in other cities are showing the right-wing and wealthy crowd that they are coming out swinging to do class warfare. I wonder, out of all the protesters I see on TV, who is registered to vote?
Unlike the TEA Party gatherings, there is a destructive mob mentality with the Occupy whatever/wherever folks. I saw enough on TV and on Internet video using foul language to express their political beliefs. Those who know why they are protesting are pretty much anti-capitalism. I heard a few say they are socialists/communists. I wonder how that makes some of the old guard Democrats feel about the socialist/communist connection I wonder how do those on the Democratic side feel about some of the leftist occupiers protesting the Obama administration! I leave you with this video and this video with Andrew Breitbart. You will see some cannot tell you why they are protesting, while others use a weak generality and then others let you know they are anti-capitalism and pro socialism/communism.
I admit I use to have what you could say was a tolerance or a consideration for socialism. I considered communism, only because of the way it was presented and taught in a few of my college courses back in the early 70s. But that consideration was very brief. I was never into fascism at all. I was into government controlling things.
When the late and former President Ronald Reagan talked about government being the problem and getting government off the backs of people, I actually thought we did not need someone like him. Today, I am a capitalist baby and understand and agree with what Ronald Reagan said about government. I do not agree with the Obama administration moving this country further down the socialist road. The capitalist system is the best for individual achievement.
I am not a libertarian as is Judge Andrew Napolitano, but do like him and agree with many of his views. Click on the picture of the Judge below and get a very quick video lesson on the market systems differences.