7 Days A Week?

Okay. This got my blood boiling. It seems Wisconsin Republicans Glenn Grothman and Mark Born have authored some state legislation that would effectively create a 7 day work week for retail employees. And guess what. They’re circulating this piece of legislation on behalf of the state’s largest business organization.

Think on that.  A bunch of overfed CEOs are gathered at the table in some boardroom complaining they aren’t making enough money. They can’t afford the latest Ferrari or they can’t add that eighth room to their mansion. Poor guys. Solution? Make the workers work longer hours. Squeeze a few more drops of blood out of those lazy, minimum wage  earning drones. Maybe that’s over dramatized, but basically that’s what is going on and the GOP is taking the side of the business owners. To hell with the little guys. I guess it’s better for them to make sure the little guy stays the little guy because if ever the day comes they rise up, the GOP is in for a world of hurt. It seems like these days the GOP is doing exactly that. They are doing everything they can to make sure those that are on the bottom stay there.

I say that the minimum wage workers of the nation need to band together and bang on the GOP’s front door and tell them in no uncertain terms that they are not mindless drones, or machines owned by these companies. They are not mere equipment to be used by their employers until they break down and are replaced one day. They are human beings with families and dreams and a desire to live their lives, not work in your stores/factories. They didn’t come out of school with the dream of standing on their feet for 8 hours  a day, 7 days a week, checking groceries until the day they died. They maybe wanted to travel to Europe, or simply wanted to raise a family. Whatever their goal in life is, they have as much right to pursue it as anyone else, but the fat cats above are trying to take that away now. Even that much freedom is too much to allow. Where the hell do they get off? I’ll tell you CEOs what. If your profits are down and you need more people working, get off your own asses and do it yourself! It’s your business. The responsibility falls ultimately to you. Pull all those vice  presidents you’ve got and get them out into the trenches with other workers. Fill in a few shifts yourself. You say you’re too old to be doing such work? Well, I’m certain you’ve got many employees older than you doing that same work, so spare me that excuse.

The corporate culture in this country has grown so lazy and shiftless. They want more profits, they cut their employees benefits or salaries or they just force them to work more hours. They don’t want paying for health insurance to cut into their profits, so they cut workers hours, and therefore make them ineligible for decent benefits. The corporate kings of this country are raping and pillaging us and we’re letting them!

The GOP fight for them claiming that a higher minimum wage would cost jobs and hurt the economy, yet at the same time all their policies have not only not helped our economy but have hindered it. Billion dollar companies don’t pay taxes while struggling families are forced to carry the burden. I have been paying attention long enough to know what’s going on. The GOP has chosen to represent a small portion of this country with all the money. They do this because who’s going to finance their re-election campaigns? For instance, consider the Koch Brothers. They have been pouring millions of dollars into GOP campaigns for congress and senate so that when their boys get in there, they will do what they want them to do, and they will do what they want them to do because they want their money. It’s a vicious, corrupt cycle that needs to end before our government becomes nothing more than a prop. Honestly though, I don’t know how much longer the Koch Brothers’ wealth is going to last if they keep dumping all this money into politics. It’s just about the worst investment you can make. Look at all the backers who hedged their bets on Romney. They lost big time. Bad investment. And a lot of those guys supposedly make their money investing money and advising others how to invest. Kind of tells you something, doesn’t it?

The GOP fight against school lunches, yet have no problem with their free meals. They don’t want affordable healthcare for the public, but have no problem with their healthcare packages. They make millions in the private sector, but still take their federal pay and then complain about all the money we’re wasting on education. It just seems there is a major corruption of priorities here. They live in their ivory towers like royalty and hold court over us like we should be grateful.

I know this isn’t going away. It never will. They right the rules and their first priority is naturally to protect their own interests. Although if a day ever comes that we can fix this, I say we take away all of their salaries. In the beginning, senators and congress people didn’t get paid at all. If they must be paid at all, they should have to earn the median income of their constituents, and if they make any money in the private sector, they shall be ineligible for federal pay. They must live in their districts and spend the majority of their time there. They should receive no greater benefit than those they represent. The certainly can no longer vote for raises for themselves. I have no idea how that happened, but that has to stop. Remember last year when Congress voted for a raise for themselves? A raise is an increase in pay as a reward for a job well done, but they didn’t do a good job. If they were regular employees, they would have been lucky not to get fired. When did we allow them to raise themselves up above us like this? They are to be for the people and of the people. Right now, they aren’t.

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