Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Robert Reich is Right, But...

Good man, that one. Robert Reich is all kinds of cool and correct. See this post:

"Gridlock in Washington doesn't stop your state or city from raising its minimum wage. Minimum wage campaigns are underway in thirty states and a dozen locales. And because most minimum-wage workers are in retail and fast-food businesses, raising their wages won't hurt the competitiveness of businesses in your state or city because retail and fast food is sold locally. To the contrary, by putting more money into the pockets of low-wage workers in your area, you're helping the local economy because those workers will be able to buy more local goods and services. Please start or join a minimum wage campaign in your community."

It is all completely true. There is nothing there with which I don't agree. And he has his cause; he has it and he does it well. Intelligent, well-spake of course, knowledgeable way beyond anything I am. I learn tons from him. 

What about this is remotely attractive?

His cause is not my cause and my cause is not his. Mr. Reich is a champion for the workers, for sure. And yes - minimum wage SHOULD be raised. That's not even a debate in my mind. My side, then? Let's look around at the much, much bigger picture. Why do we have so many minimum wage jobs? Well, first obvious answer is greed, naturally. We have lots and lots of low-paying jobs, and even with those, lots and lots of people who aren't making ends meet and lots and lots who don't even have jobs. That's a whole lot of people.

Because we have too many people. We have more people than we have jobs. This is not likely to change. Why? Because we have been moving toward a society where so much is automated or made easier to do that we don't need as many workers. But we forgot to tell the population. We were supposed to create a future where people did not have to do as much work, and had a better life, because technology made everything so much better. But we forgot to tell the economy. We forgot to factor in that people were still going to need to make money, or forgot to get around that part while we improved everyone's life. 

And we have so much consumerism and waste along with the greed... do we need fast food? Of course not. In fact, it's terrible for us. We'd all be better off eating better, healthier. But we can't, because it's a vicious cycle of poor people who go for cheap food because they don't have jobs or the education for a better life or because they actually WORK at fast food places because that's the only place they can get a job and that is serving a dual purpose of trying to find something for them to do and trying to feed them at the same time - around and around it goes and where it stops....

I applaud Mr. Reich for the amazingness that he does. We need him. Moreover, however, we need to put a halt on increasing the population. The reasons for this are many; I'm addressing population and wages in this post. Not enough jobs? What's the answer? Create more jobs? How? Why? What kind of jobs? Will education keep up with it? Who can afford the education? A whole lot more would have to change for society to to "provide" as many good-paying jobs for the vast number of people out there.

Lowering the population solves that. We don't *need* fast food workers. We don't need anal bleaching technicians. We don't need professional cuddlers. Yes, those last two are jobs out there. I'm all for creating jobs, but can we please focus on quality instead of quantity? Are bleached anuses really furthering the good of humanity? Don't bother - it was rhetorical.

We don't have to forbid anyone from having kids, lest we think we are stepping on someone's right, as is often squawked when the conversation raises its head. We can educate educate educate, provide proper birth control, and stop giving tax breaks for having more children. Easy. Can't raise three children on minimum wage jobs? First of all, don't have three children. Second... well, there isn't really a second, because the first one takes care of it. 1 child = tax break like already exists. 1nd one - NO tax break. Just the one for the first one. 3rd child? You start paying in because now you are putting a strain on resources for everyone else. Easy. Simple. Elegant. No one is forced to do anything.

Of course, there is a societal argument that some are going to be tempted to bring up with this... but I'll let that come out on its own, if it wishes....

Thank you, Robert Reich, for what you do. Again, we NEED you and your passion and intelligence. At the same time, we need to level out our numbers, and this is just one of the many reasons why.

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