No full-time worker should live in poverty

The current federal minimum wage is totally inadequate. Workers cannot make it by on $7, $10 or $12 an hour.  We must ensure that no full-time worker in our modern society receives starvation pay and must therefore, increase our minimum wage to $15 an hour and make it a living wage.  A job must lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage.

It is pathetic to hear billionaire bully Donald Trump declare that he wants to give huge tax breaks to the rich but opposes raising the federal minimum wage up from $7.25. Many Republicans actually said there should be no minimum wage, which is tantamount to endorsing slavery!

If the minimum wage had kept up with productivity and inflation since 1968, it would be than $22 an hour today.

The federal government should be an employer of last resort and humanity should evaluate the fundamental human needs of a society where globalization and automation have managed to alter the labor required to keep the population fed and comfortable. All human progress is at risk of being lost due to an unfair and unnecessary disparity among the rich and poor.

Clearly, the world has a chance to avert self destruction but not if we continue to operate under an economic system where somebody has to lose in order for someone to gain. Capitalism and competition must yield to cooperation and collaboration if we are to spare our children and future generations the foreseeable suffering of a global society where it’s every man for himself.

We are one human family and we must start to live like brothers and sisters at home and across the globe.

America can be a leader in this process because we have achieved sole superpower status while remaining a beacon of liberty, prosperity, justice and hope.

The inherent dignity of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, while disregard or contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts that have outraged the conscience of mankind.

Fortunately, there is a way to achieve better standards of living for all peoples and all nations. We must pursue the path to peace and progress. We must lift the world out of poverty to ensure a future for humanity and to fulfill our potential as intelligent beings.


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