|Vol. 14 No. 24
December 2, 2019
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
by Jamala Rogers
Almost lost in the hubris was the release of a Brookings Institute report that 44 percent of U.S. workers are employed in jobs that pay an average wage of $18,000.
“Most of the 53 million Americans working in low-wage jobs are adults in their prime working years, or between about 25 to 54, they noted,” CBSNews.com said.
“Their median hourly wage is $10.22 per hour — that's above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour but well below what's considered the living wage for many
Back in the post-World War II days through the 1980s, manufacturing jobs and government jobs helped create a middle class. As technology, the global economy and
Republican budget cuts started eliminating those jobs — and the wealth from the almost 70 percent rise in productivity from 1979 to 2018 went to the one percent —
there were a whole lot of folks left behind and forced to work in jobs with stagnant wages.
And since these wages are stagnant and prices keep on rising — with everyone needing a smart phone and the latest apps and music — people continue to borrow
money they don’t have. The average personal debt is $13,000 per person, up $1,000 from a year ago.
And apparently this “personal economic enslavement” is okay with economists because it allows U.S. consumers to spend more and more on goods and services.
That’s what is driving the rise in our economy and keeps it humming along.
People say, ‘Well, we’re doing okay because unemployment is low.’ Yeah, unemployment was low under slavery, but at what price — people’s freedom. And we
have low unemployment today, but the jobs pay low wages that force people further and further into debt maxing out their credit cards, making them slaves to the
whims of creditors and predatory loan companies. -- READ MORE
On the other hand, I can’t help looking at this as a kind of national circus with Trump and his orangish hair leading the pack as the lead
clown. His propensity to seek attention from the national press through outlandish actions and tweets almost sucks the oxygen out of the
room in terms of other events and reports receiving national attention. What do they say about bread and circuses?.
Like any other person who believes in facts and rationality, I truly believe that Trump should be impeached.
I have followed along on CNN, CBS and other news sources on almost a daily basis watching the Trump
impeachment hearings — as well as the investigation of the Whistleblower allegations — for umpteen
months now. Trump should be impeached.
by Jamala Rogers