Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Salon: Alex Halperin: "McDonald’s Pay Chasm": $8.25/hour to $8.75 million/year: The Price We Pay For Education and Not Having Enough of it

McDonald’s pay chasm: $8.25/hour to $8.75 million/year

Progressives are constantly complaining about how much more CEO's of companies make compared with their. Employees especially in the service industries like fast food and say that this is some type of crime that well. Skilled white collar workers make so much more then low skilled workers, not realizing that American workers. Are paid based on their skills and production what they bring to the table as employees and just finishing high school. Or not even doing that, limits the amount of jobs you'll have a shot at in life and how much money you'll be able to make. Unless you are an athlete or an entertainer, have some raw and natural ability or abilities that you don't need a college education. To accomplish, so when you see minimum wage workers or people making just above that, that probably has. Something to do with the skills or lack of skills that worker has, where all they really need is a basic education. To perform those jobs, as well as training on the job to do that, which generally takes a few days.

We now live in a knowledge and skills based economy, we have now for at least twenty years, where just a high school diploma. No longer guarantees that an American worker will be able to live in the middle class, as factory worker or a truck driver. To use as examples that those are also highly skilled jobs that requires a formal education to be able to perform and perform well. So the better your education and skills are, the better job opportunities you'll have and the better opportunities you'll. Have to make good money in life and be able to be a white collar worker that manages or runs a company that. Has service industry workers working for you, rather then quite frankly being one of those service industry. Workers making 8$ an hour and probably has another low skilled job just to be able to pay their bills, its really simple. You more you know, the better you'll be able to do in life.

We have a lot of these service industry workers and I'm not talking high school adolescents who work at McDonalds. Or some place on the weekend but grown adults who might of been working a job like this for twenty years. Because they didn't graduate from college or even go to college or perhaps even didn't finish high school. But it doesn't have to be this way, we can empower more people in this country to get a good education, a college. Education even whether they are in high school right now or are working adults who are working low skilled jobs. For basically the amount of money that we spend in Afghanistan and Iraq, its just a matter of priorities, where we want to spend our tax dollars.

AlterNet: Via Blog For Our Future: Richard Eskow: "Four Terrible Arguments for Raising the Medicare Age": How We Should Reform Medicare

4 Terrible Arguments for Raising the Medicare Age and Why They're Wrong | Alternet

Just to write the counter to what Progressive blogger Richard Eskow said about why raising the Medicare age. Would be a bad idea, its pretty simple if raising the retirement age is done right. That one it wouldn't effect current. Medicare retirees, even if they are currently younger then what the new retirement age would be. Two that there would be a couple exceptions to the new retirement age, it wouldn't effect people who work very physically demanding jobs. So these workers wouldn't have to work longer before they could collect Medicare and Social Security. And it wouldn't also effect low income workers, so these people could not only collect Medicare early. But also continue to work while they are still collecting Medicare and Social Security, because they simply. Need to in order to pay their bills. There's bogus info coming from both the right and left when it comes to Medicare and how it could be reformed. And what certain reforms would do to the program, saying that more people would be uninsured if the retirement age. Were to be raised, is example of a false attack from the left.

But raising the retirement age is simply not enough, we have to go much further but we don't have to do anything. That would hurt the people who depend on Medicare, like requiring wealthy people older and people who aren't. Retired yet to pay more for Medicare, before they retire and once they are on Medicare, turning Medicare into a public option. Where non seniors would be allowed to buy into Medicare and use it as their main source for health insurance. Which is what Democrats attempted to do by in 2009-10, House Republicans will probably never go along with this idea. Unless maybe if the states were allowed to set up their own public option as it relates to Medicare, something I would be in favor of doing. Congress is up for reelection again in 2014 and if Democrats were to hold onto to the Senate and take back the House. Democrats could do this is under what's called budget reconciliation starting in 2015.

When you hear Progressives go off on how horrible or mean spirited an idea of raising the retirement age would be. All I ask that you do, is one consider the source the only reforms Social Democrats tend to be interested when. It comes to Medicare reform is turning it into Medicare For All Single Payer and then look at the proposals yourself. To see what they actually would do and also notice that both Liberal Democrats and Conservative Republicans support this idea.