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Living wages and hungry kids (12/29/2013)
From: Lorraine Redig

Winona

If all the “Bobs” received living wages for their services, producing a natural balance between production and consumption, one in six kids wouldn’t be hungry. They are now.

But capitalism isn’t designed to produce equal opportunity. A few who believe they are destined by Divine Providence to live in splendor use the systematic wealth transfer systems to grab material wealth others produced. That’s why the richest 10 percent of Americans were able to control 71.5 percent of the nation’s wealth by 2007. The middle 40 percent had 26 percent, while the poorest 50 percent had only 2.5 percent (Federal Reserve Working Paper 1-7-09).

But Jesus asked us to establish a cooperative society based on love, justice and peace.

Capitalism’s “special ones” absolutely DEPEND on the loyalty of those they exploit in order to continue making the policy in this republic, so they diffuse our power of united love by dividing us through multiple damage control fights. We accept capitalism’s divisions and fight left and right against each other over how to outlaw or modify unacceptable results of capitalism, so wealth transfer and hunger continues.

“Unskilled” jobs that capitalists value and pay below human rights levels include those that bring new wealth, such as raw food, fiber directly from nature into the economy. If it weren’t for new wealth there would be no life, no economy. Those producers HAVE EARNED a living wage in exchange for their production!

Supply and demand is the most recent name for the oldest wealth transfer system. The buyers put farmers’ and labor’s production up for sale at auctions they control to find how little they have to pay to get those goods or services. Withholding part of what those producers earned destroys the balance between production and ability of producers to be consumers.

Love is the power to make this into “a nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We need a democratic, cooperative structure to enable supply and demand producers to set their own market prices and labor’s wages at human rights levels. The common good is good for everyone. 

 

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