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Poll: 71 Percent Support Raising the Minimum Wage

nawlins72 Wrote: Mar 10, 2013 12:08 PM
AmericanLiberal wrote: "Government spending, even the crass militarized kind used by Reagan, works every time--at least when the private sector is deflated." Which must explain the great successes of the Soviet Union, North Korea, and Cuba.
AmericanLiberal Wrote: Mar 10, 2013 1:51 PM
Wrong. In Reagan's case, the massive governmental juice was supplemented and eventually replaced by private sector growth. There is no private sector in the countries you mention.

Again, buddy, deal with the argument in front of you, not the argument you can refute. I know it is intellectually easy to dispense with state socialism, but unfortunately for you, that is not the argument being made. And it is why your side is losing. You are failing in the marketplace of ideas, largely because the right-wing echo chamber has made you fat and lazy in sizing up of the terms of discussion. And so you lose.
nawlins72 Wrote: Mar 10, 2013 2:11 PM
Those countries exemplify your model far better than a mixed economy, clown. What better example of technocracy responding to economic signals than these?

Serious question: How on earth could anyone oppose a policy that would effectively give low-skilled workers (workers who barely make enough money to feed themselves, let alone a family), higher wages? After all, we live in difficult economic times, and it doesn’t seem wholly unreasonable that individuals working in low-skilled jobs should be entitled to a minimum, universally agreed upon standard of living. And indeed, as you might expect, this isn’t by any means an unpopular idea: According to a recent Gallup poll, almost all the Democrats -- and precisely half the Republicans -- surveyed would vote “for” a proposal...