Daniel M. Boody
Daniel M. Boody

We, the middle class and those living under substandard conditions, seem to be programmed mentally to only think increasing the minimum wage. I fully support a dramatic increase. But perhaps we should really put on the table a "maximum wage". Some day soon, I hope & pray we are strong enough to fight the control of the 2% and seek such legislation. I'm tired of settling for less that affects 98% of our population. Today, it may be "pie in the sky"

Sluggo Lee Carter
Sluggo Lee Carter
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Brilliant point, well said! :)

Kenny Williams
Kenny Williams
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Right on Daniel!

Doris Evans
Doris Evans
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Absolutely

E. Daniel Ayres
E. Daniel Ayres
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State it as a wage ratio from the "top wage" in an incorporagted entity to the "bottom wage" paid by that employing entitity. How about 20:1 for non-profts and 50:1 for "for profit" corporations. Our tax structure should seriously penalize incomes over the 40:1 ratio and tax dividends at the same rate as ordinary income.

Diane Balsara
Diane Balsara
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Most of our problems today seem to be that those who run the companies feel they are entitled to more and more and more compensation at the expense of the company itself. They are like vampires eating their own flesh. Henry Ford was once asked why he paid workers more than the other car companies? He answered so they can buy my cars! If you're not letting the money flow, then you're creating a downward sprial and eventually the 'trickle down' theory that does not work will start working...

Most of our problems today seem to be that those who run the companies feel they are entitled to more and more and more compensation at the expense of the company itself. They are like vampires eating their own flesh. Henry Ford was once asked why he paid workers more than the other car companies? He answered so they can buy my cars! If you're not letting the money flow, then you're creating a downward sprial and eventually the 'trickle down' theory that does not work will start working trickling up! Here is a great site to give an idea of what these high salaries equate to in loss of work force: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2012/ceo-pay-ratios/

Nick Billhimer
Nick Billhimer
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We can't create a "maximum wage," unless you want all that socialism crap conservatives keep spouting to be true! We are a capitalistic society, and everyone must be able to do the best for themselves they can, greed aside. However, we CAN legislate a minimum wage insofar as the government has a responsibility to look after the welfare of its citizens and its nations economy. This must be our goal. Regular "cost of living" adjustments should be negotiated and implemented on a yearly basis....

We can't create a "maximum wage," unless you want all that socialism crap conservatives keep spouting to be true! We are a capitalistic society, and everyone must be able to do the best for themselves they can, greed aside. However, we CAN legislate a minimum wage insofar as the government has a responsibility to look after the welfare of its citizens and its nations economy. This must be our goal. Regular "cost of living" adjustments should be negotiated and implemented on a yearly basis. That's how unions do it, and it's time we remembered the United States is a union!

Amy Williamson
Amy Williamson
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I strongly agree!.. Yes, the rich get richer & the poor stay poor!

Brad Wood
Brad Wood

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Sharon Beech Kennedy
Sharon Beech Kennedy

This sounds really good to somebody who has not had a raise in 10 years!

Clay Shorter
Clay Shorter

If the economy is to be rebuilt, then we have to start by rebuilding the working class

Andrea McCart Thompson Trendel

If politicians HAD ANY kind of heart, they would raise minimum wage to allow poverty stricken people to be able to refrain from needing government assistance, food stamps, medicaid.medicare, etc. There would NOT be as many homeless and deprived families as there are. But the rich and well to do would RATHER have five thousand dollars pocket change than to increase the minimum wage to living values for the REAL AMERICANS.

Thomas J Mooney
Thomas J Mooney

Social justice demands a "living wage".

Jeff Beutel
Jeff Beutel

People that make over 250K are earning CAPITAL GAINS... the 5% hike on people over that level means little other than being a symbolic gesture. WE CAN DO BETTER than a 2.8% cut for the middle class: 1) Double the Minimum Wage (puts the burden of "Market Maintenance" on the backs of the companies that live and die by the market - instead of the taxpayers), and tie it directly to inflation at the Fed, because every time the Fed prints money, corporate America raises prices. This is still...

People that make over 250K are earning CAPITAL GAINS... the 5% hike on people over that level means little other than being a symbolic gesture. WE CAN DO BETTER than a 2.8% cut for the middle class: 1) Double the Minimum Wage (puts the burden of "Market Maintenance" on the backs of the companies that live and die by the market - instead of the taxpayers), and tie it directly to inflation at the Fed, because every time the Fed prints money, corporate America raises prices. This is still Keynesian, but properly aligned with the corporate NEED to keep the “Free Market” viable (IMHO). NOTE: about 2% of corporations are not paying Minimum Wage, doubling it, would raise that to a projected 4% - while expanding the market by 30%. (Beyond Keynes).

2) Zero Corporate taxes (when the U.S. unemployment rate is 4.5% or below (we pay their taxes anyway as part of the "unit price"), We have done “Price Fixing” before, we need to insure that as their taxes go down so does their price. This brings companies from across the world to our door – exponential employment.

3) Tax Capital Gains at 80% until the age of 50, (keeping in mind that this is the cause of the "Fiat Dollars" printed by the fed that devalue our legal tender), people that live from dividends, are sapping the life out of the economy. Investments create ability, they do NOT create VALUE in the marketplace, in fact they REDUCE value. Keep in mind that during the 50's, the highest tax rate was 91%. Investment still happened enough to create a booming middle class, and our nation flourished. So, work hard while you are young, and bask in the glory of your investments when you have retired (at the age of 50, which opens the door for younger folks entering the workforce).

4) Reduce income taxes to 25% (or less if possible – as this is where the budding investment money should come from) for wage earners at less than 150K. The reason for this is that the wage earners are the only place in our economy where value is actually added to our economy. Knowing this, one comes to realize that the wage earner (middle class) already pays for ALL taxes, subsidies, raw materials, maintenance, and on and on... as well as being essentially blocked from participation in the American market where wages are low (refer back to #1). Demand is driven by consumers with money in their pockets, consumers are workers that are well paid...

Donna Smith
Donna Smith

Let's do this.

Dale Goodman
Dale Goodman

Well said Gloria.

Judith B Salzman
Judith B Salzman

We need "Demand Side Economics" in this country. Supply Side where the millionaires and billionaires come from is horrific and obviously does NOT work! Paying people at the low end of the spectrum decently provides the demand we need. Increase the minimum wage.

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