• @shyguyblue
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    1293 months ago

    Democrats keep trying to increase minimum wage, read a fucking News source.

    • @shiroininja
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      203 months ago

      The problem is, we need caps on profit margins on necessities, and to stop the making of things we need for basic survival investment opportunities.

      But that would be difficult to get done. So they go for the low hanging fruit of wages, which never permanently solve anything because they’ll just keep raising prices under this scamflation cycle we’ve been in since COVID.

      • Scratch
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        163 months ago

        Every service that is necessary for human survival should have a not-for-profit vendor.

        • @LemmysMum
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          Every service should be not-for-profit.

          Ftfy.

    • @Viking_Hippie
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      133 months ago

      When all it takes to stop them is the nonbinding opinion of an unelected advisor, are they really trying, though?

          • @LemmysMum
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            13 months ago

            Politicians love non-voters, one less idiot they need to convince.

            • @III
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              33 months ago

              I mean, look at how hard Republicans work to increase non-voter numbers. Kinda telling what the outcome is.

        • @[email protected]
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          -13 months ago

          Maybe if Democratic legislators vote harder, the Republicans won’t be able to stop them!

          • @[email protected]
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            13 months ago

            It should be like one of those buttons you hit with a hammer at a fair. Higher up it goes, the more your vote counts!

      • @shyguyblue
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        63 months ago

        Or a single House speaker that refuses to even bring it up for a vote. Or or a dipshit that brings it up for vote, then filibusters their own bill (coughMcConnellCough)

        • @Viking_Hippie
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          23 months ago

          The obvious fact that Republicans are much worse doesn’t make it ok for the Democrats to not fight for the things the overwhelming majority of their voters want.

      • FlashMobOfOne
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        The parliamentarian’s word is law, baby.

        If only people could eat Democrats’ excuses, no one would ever go hungry.

    • @[email protected]
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      63 months ago

      They just repealed right to work in Michigan, and Meijer employees presumably used that leverage to significantly improve wages and benefits.

      • @shyguyblue
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        43 months ago

        Right to work is another BS right wing policy that needs to die. I put in less than two weeks notice, I’m an asshole; company drops me in an instant, business as usual.

    • @MisterFrog
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      13 months ago

      When will they finally increase it to something plausible, and then appoint some department to review and increase it in line with inflation every year according to XYZ rules.

      Seems silly to need acts of congress to increase it every time.

    • @[email protected]
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      Minimum wage is not the same thing as a living wage. The minimum wage should be a living wage, but it isn’t.

      See: NY. We just got our minimum wage increase and it’s 15-16/hr depending on where you are in NY… That’s what we were fighting for more than ten goddamn years ago. $15-$16/hr is an absolute joke on Long Island and NYC. I finally managed to claw my way up to 60k/year and as a single guy the thought of homeownership on long Island is as fantastical and far-fetched as a unicorn, forget about 15/hr… You can’t even rent most illegal apartments at that income alone.

      The conversation needs to be about what constitutes a living wage and how to calculate it at a given time for each area not just blanket minimum wage increases to specific numbers that sound nice to chant like “fight for fifteen.”

      • @gofsckyourself
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        23 months ago

        Achieving a living wage starts by raising the minimum wage.

      • @rambaroo
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        Lol getting down voted out of pure tribalism. The complete unwillingness of their base to seriously criticize Democrats is such a massive fucking turn off to voting for them.

    • @rambaroo
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      Minimum wage and living wage are two very different things. Most Democrats absolutely do not support a living wage, and don’t try to lie to us about how they do.

          • Blooper
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            73 months ago

            No, one of the two parties makes posts like this to make stupid people say “both sides” whilst said party passes laws to suppress black votes, discriminate against gay folk, and ban abortions.

            Quit trying to “both sides”. It’s what stupid people say.

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              But I’m not saying that. I’m saying that a two-party system is stupid. And I’m saying that as a citizen of a country that has 9 political parties. edit: to make it clear, if I’d be an American, I’d definitely vote for Dems, no question about it.

              • @gofsckyourself
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                13 months ago

                Why are they trying, and not doing tho?

                This is saying that tho

                You can’t say “but Democrats” then say “I’m not saying that”

        • @rambaroo
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          Republicans aren’t stopping states like NY or CA from passing a living wage. Democrats are stopping that.

          So sick of the straw men and blatant gaslighting coming from the democratic party. Anything to excuse why corporations keep getting their way with Dems. Meanwhile it takes 10 fucking years to increase the minimum wage in a blue state.

      • @NateNate60
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        My home state of Oregon mandates a minimum wage of $13.20 in rural areas and $15.45 in the Portland metro area, and it adjusts to inflation. Oregon has been governed by Democrats for years. Thanks to these and other laws, I can go down to a McDonald’s and get a job that pays $16-17 an hour to start in my city. TriMet in Portland is always advertising a $28 starting wage for bus drivers (no CDL) up to $37 after three years. Rent in my city is $800-900 for a one-bedroom flat with excellent free public transit and fair bikeability. Fuel prices are reasonable. We have strong protections for tenants against abusive landlords. Strong anti-discrimination laws. Everyone has paid sick days. No regressive sales tax. Working-class people can afford a roof over their heads and decent food on the table.

        Check out the neighbouring state minimum wages.

        • Washington (Democratic government): $16.28
        • California (Democratic government): $16.00
        • Nevada (divided government): $12.00
        • Idaho (Republican government): $7.25

        But yeah, keep harping on about how both parties are the same and that Democrats don’t do more to help the working man.

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          303 months ago

          My home state of Oregon mandates a minimum wage of $13.20 in rural areas and $15.45 in the Portland metro area, and it adjusts to inflation.

          I was part of that! I was on a team that made a web site that visualized the effect on poverty levels on a county-by-county basis when the minimum wage was at different levels. It made the need for a split minimum wage obvious, since the minimum wage that is necessary for metro areas is inappropriate for rural areas. Rumor has it that the legislature used it in the decision making to some degree.

        • @Feathercrown
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          103 months ago

          That’s actually better than I thought. People in other states are so used to the dysfunction that they literally don’t believe these things are possible.

          • @NateNate60
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            63 months ago

            Good news doesn’t spread as quickly as bad news and rage bait. “McDonald’s Workers Can Afford Flat on 1/3 of Income” isn’t a good headline but “Families Increasingly Priced Out By Red-Hot Housing Market” does.

          • @NateNate60
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            43 months ago

            I think that’s why it’s important to encourage participation in the primary process. There are the neoliberals mixed in with the social democrats and actual socialists. We should be voting for and supporting the latter in the primaries if we want to influence the party in a leftward direction.

        • @rambaroo
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          None of these are living wages. You don’t get a cookie for doing the bare minimum of keeping people out of effective slavery. Give me a fucking break.

          • @NateNate60
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            13 months ago

            Your other comment says—

            So pathetic how you claim to support democracy but shit on anyone who criticizes your precious political party and then make juvenile excuses for doing so.

            I don’t. But it’s undeniably true that one party is much better, in my opinion, than the other. They aren’t a perfect party but to equate them with the Republican Party simply because they aren’t doing a perfect (or in many cases, even a good) job is stupid.

            Right now, the choices are “bare minimum” or “nothing at all”. These choices are not the same. One is clearly better.

            If you would like a more nuanced opinion then read carefully the rest of my comments in this thread. I’m not going to repeat my points for every person who comes along with the same retort and insult thinking they’ve “got” me.

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          “Look at how well the democrats allow the capitalists to treat me as they ensure they can continue to exploit my labour for their own profit uninterrupted!!11”

          (seriously - start by looking at those companies profit margins for a tip of the iceberg idea of just how much they are making off of your labour before you do a happy dance over a couple of dollars more they’re willing to throw your way to keep you from demanding actual freedom)

          But yeah, keep harping on about how represented you are in the sham they call electoral politics…

          • @[email protected]
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            I think OP is just saying that democrats are better than Republicans. We have multiple parties in my country but people vote for tree ones that support capitalism and rich people. We also have people that support a politician that was found guilty of fraud.

            Rich people have power so they can do what they want.

            • @MotoAsh
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              OK so one of the slavers is nicer than the other… You’re still owned by slavers. Holy fuck, Liberals are just as fucking dumb as conservatives.

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                  Funny meme, doesn’t make me wrong. The comic itself agrees with me.

                  Funny how people deny the truth when it’s not stated as a joke. Almost like you all aren’t actually processing the message. Democrats are liberals. Democrats are still allowing Republicans to keep your wages down.

                  • @NateNate60
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                    33 months ago

                    You use the word “liberal” like it is supposed to be an insult

              • @NateNate60
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                33 months ago

                Arguments against electoral democracy by so-called socialists always boil down to “it’s not perfect so why bother”.

                Okay, so keep complaining. Your vision of a better tomorrow isn’t going to magically come true if you complain hard enough. You can help make it come true only by participating in the political system we have today. Even if you think it doesn’t work, you have no choice but to participate anyway and hope you are wrong.

                This is how I got banned from Hexbear. I told someone “You can either participate in the current system or plot to overthrow it. Are you working with the next Lenin or Mao, or merely fantasizing about it?”

                So what about you? What are you doing to build the future you want?

                • @MotoAsh
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                  I’m not complaining to complain and I’m not saying don’t vote. What the flying fuck are all these assumptions coming from you?

                  What I’m saying is the two party system gives you a choice between two enemies. Yet you dumbasses CONSTANTLY pretend that Democrats good just because Republicans bad.

                  A vote doesn’t, and SHOULD NOT, come with an ass kissing.

                  • @NateNate60
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                    I make these assumptions because the type of people who use the type of language that you do and espouse similar views to you tend to also do these other things. It’s called “generalisation”, and although I apologise if I’ve made an incorrect one, it is a part of human thinking and everyone does it, including you.

                    It is my belief that the terms “good” and “bad” are poor labels and not suitably descriptive, especially for most political ideologies. I can only say that Democrats tend to enact policies that I agree with more while Republicans do not. That is why I say that Democrats are “better”. Whether “better” means “good” is irrelevant. I don’t like the two-party system and I work to change it by circulating ballot initiatives to move us toward proportional and ranked-choice voting. But when we only have two choices, it makes sense to vote and campaign for the one you disagree with least, then criticise and exert political pressure as necessary to nudge them in the right direction. Note that political pressure comes only collectively as a voting bloc, and a voting bloc that doesn’t participate isn’t going to be effective at exerting political pressure and having their demands acceded to. I understand that you vote, but not everyone who thinks the way you do does.

          • @[email protected]
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            133 months ago

            Have you ever been to California actually? Yes the situation is bad but not everywhere is California is like that.

          • @[email protected]
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            53 months ago

            That’s waaaay more complicated than just minimum wage. $16 isn’t even a living wage here in L.A. where we’ve got lots of homelessness.

            We ought to employ Land Value Taxation to fund the basic necessities for survival, and the remainder should go towards a UBI.

            • @NateNate60
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              For what it’s worth, the minimum wage in LA will rise to $17.28 in July of this year. I get that’s still not very high by LA standards, but I stress that progress is better than stagnation.

          • @NateNate60
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            Yes, and that’s because the progressive and left-wing of the Democratic Party is losing a power struggle against the centrists and neoliberals. If you want to change that, be sure to vote in the party primary elections and to encourage everyone you know to do the same.

            Register to vote

      • squiblet
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        There’s an $18 minimum wage in Denver, for instance. Republicans sure as hell didn’t vote for that.

      • @coffeebiscuit
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        133 months ago
        • puts fingers in ears and starts screaming “lalalala…”