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> John Edwards & economic justice, Progressiveism to the rescue?
nebraska29
post Apr 12 2006, 06:28 PM
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Potential presidential John Edwards has took up an interesting issue as of late, that being, increasing the minimum wage.

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Among the specific remedies Edwards mentioned were raising the $5.15 an hour minimum wage, unionizing service industry employees, cracking down on high-interest "payday lenders," increasing tax credits for the working poor, and creating government investment accounts that would match wage-earners' contributions. He also lauded a pilot program in North Carolina that pays for qualifying students who also work to attend college, and encouraged faith-based groups to fight teenage pregnancy that contributes to the cycle of poverty.

Georgia legislators passed a payday lending law in 2004, but also have prohibited municipalities from raising the minimum wage. Georgia also is a right-to-work state where employees can't be required to join unions, making workplaces difficult to organize.

Of Edwards' ideas, Davison said she wants to better promote the federal Earned Income Tax Credit for low-wage workers, and was intrigued by the matching investment accounts, which she said might be considered locally.



Questions for debate:

1.)Will Edwards be able to sell this to the American public in 2008?


2.)As a democrat, do you like his ideas or do you find that they are just a re-hash of decades old positions? Please explain.


3.)Is Edwards sincere about this, or is it just a trick to get re-elected?
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post Apr 13 2006, 07:17 AM
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1.) Will Edwards be able to sell this to the American public in 2008?

As jobs continue to get shipped out of the United States, service industry employment will predominate. Many, many service industry jobs are notorious for substandard wages.

Maytag shipped jobs out of Michigan into Mexico. If Maytag wants U.S. consumers to be able to afford their appliances, American workers will need to make a living wage.

That is, of course, unless legislation is passed for indentured servitude to be instituted for those whose credit is severely extended and who are not paying their bills. Tougher restrictions for those declaring bankruptcy has already been legislated.

2.) As a democrat, do you like his ideas or do you find that they are just a re-hash of decades old positions? Please explain.

I like Edwards' ideas. What is wrong with the idea of American workers being able to make a living wage? Alternatively, see the response to #1.

3.) Is Edwards sincere about this, or is it just a trick to get re-elected?

I have no reason to believe that Edwards is being insincere; he knows how it feels to be economically disadvantaged. Of course he wants to get re-elected--should we hold this against him?

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