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    Andy Brown

    The Republican’s new rhetoric doesn’t align with its policy positions that continue to exacerbate income inequality. When highlighting Republican rhetoric about the need to reduce income inequality, the smart media should take care to hold the GOP accountable for its actions, not just its words. Prospective GOP presidential candidates have suddenly started talking about income inequality ahead of the 2016 elections.

    Cruz, Paul, and Rubio all oppose recent calls to raise the minimum wage. At a January 25 private donor event, each of these senators argued that raising the minimum wage would eliminate jobs. Cruz claimed “the minimum wage consistently hurts the most vulnerable,” while Rubio called focus on raising the minimum wage “a waste of time.” During the same event, none of the senators “said they could stomach any tax increases,” and Rubio called the ACA a “perfect example” of “cronyism,” blaming health reform for halting job creation. Just this month, Cruz introduced a bill to repeal the health care law, while Paul echoed calls to repeal and suggested instead to “try freedom for a while.” Such positions are consistent with the GOP’s historic stances on these issues. As MSNBC’s Steve Benen noted, supposed Republican attempts to address income inequality, “in practice, … apparently mean endorsing an agenda that cuts off unemployment benefits, slashes food stamps, cuts funding for public services, eliminates health care benefits, and rejects minimum wage increases.”

    I wouldn’t be expecting Faux to point out these disjointed rhetoric and actions anytime soon.


    The marketplace sorts out income levels. That’s not the business of Big Brother. A good way to deal with true income inequality that is unjust is to take a hard look at the wages and benefits of those working in the public sector.


    Why? Could you name a public sector salary/benefit package that puts a person in the top 1% of wage earners? Or even the top 10%?

    Conversely, can you name a public sector salary/benefit package that puts a person in the bottom 10%? (Actually, you probably could)

    Point is, public sector wages are generally middle class wages. This is where more people *should* be on the wage scale.


    The marketplace sorts out income levels. That’s not the business of Big Brother.

    You keep trotting that shit out no matter how many times it’s been proven wrong.

    Buy Hey!
    We know you really aren’t interested in seeking out facts that disagree with your dogma.
    You have stated as much right here.

    I ask you again;

    Please provide a list of any historically successful Free Market Economies.

    Andy Brown

    F&B opined: “The marketplace sorts out income levels.”

    Not true. Not even close. The courts have ruled on this in several instances and you are, as usual, horribly and irresponsibly uniformed. Employers will continue to exploit workers because of the difficulty in getting fair treatment without going to court. See, for example, and not limited to, Schultz v. Wheaton Glass Co. (1970), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Corning Glass Works v. Brennan (1974), U.S. Supreme Court.

    Again, all you do is regurgitate GOP Party line rhetoric. When are you going to grow up and realize what is really going on out there. Your buffoonish approach to being involved in these discussions is humorous.

    In 2009, President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which allows victims of pay discrimination to file a complaint with the government against their employer within 180 days of their last paycheck. Previously, victims were only allowed 180 days from the date of the first unfair paycheck. This Act is named after a former employee of Goodyear who alleged that she was paid 15%-40% less than her male counterparts, which was later found to be accurate. President Obama has vowed to reduce the wage gap between the genders: women currently make approximately 80 cents for every dollar that men earn. In April 2014, he signed two executive orders to help eliminate wage disparities among federal contract workers. One order bans federal contractors from punishing workers who discuss salaries with co-workers, and the other calls on the Labor Department to create rules that require federal contractors to submit salary information, broken down by race and gender, to the department. The day after Obama signed the orders, Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have imposed the measures included in the executive orders on the entire American workforce. It was the third time since 2010 that the Senate failed to consider the legislation.

    F&B further bloviated: “That’s not the business of Big Brother.”

    If the marketplace held that responsibility and acted on it, which I have just documented that they don’t, the courts and the Executive branch wouldn’t have to be involved. But it’s not as you suggest, not by a long shot, and you are a fool if you believe the tripe you post to that end.

    F&B additionally vomited: “A good way to deal with true income inequality that is unjust is to take a hard look at the wages and benefits of those working in the public sector.”

    Croneyism is indeed a problem, but when comparisons are made on a national basis, the Conservatives and the Republicans as a whole are far more guilty of using public money to line their pockets then any other party or ideological group. For example, The Tea Party Republicans are masters in their rhetoric and their attempts to make the federal government the villain, and to demand spending cuts and condemn the growing of the national debt, in the process undermining faith in our government and putting vulnerable Americans at risk by destroying the social safety net and acting like economic terrorists by refusal to uphold the good faith and credit of the United States government, an action that could cause a second Great Depression and worldwide economic chaos as well!

    But when one lifts the veneer of these Tea Party radicals, one discovers that there is utter rank hypocrisy.

    Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, for example, who refused as a Presidential candidate to support a raising of the debt ceiling and condemned federal programs and spending. And yet, her husband gained federal Medicare funds for his faith based counseling agency that supposedly helps gays to become straight! Also, federal agricultural subsidies were paid for their family farm, and also, the Bachmanns received a federally backed mortgage backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which the Congresswoman had condemned for bad borrowing practices and wished to be disbanded. What utter rank hypocrisy, and apparently, Michele Bachmann is arrogant enough to think that the American people were fools and saps enough that either they would not find out, or that they would not grasp the unethical behavior of this woman who claimed to have the credentials to be our President! That’s just one example. There are many other hypocrite Conservatives whose documented positions totally refute what you wish were the truth. I mean really, Vern, how ignorant can you be?

    After all, it’s no surprise that Conservative Republicans are hypocrites in business as they are actually better known for their moral depravity and ethical vacuum. Congressman Bill Young of Florida, who left his wife of 36 years in 1985 for his secretary, and totally ignored his children from that first wife, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde of Illinois, who led the impeachment move against President Bill Clinton in 1998-1999, who it was shown he had a child with another woman while condemning Bill Clinton for his sexual exploits, Congressman Bob Livingston of Louisiana, who was supposed to be Speaker of the House in 1999, after Newt Gingrich left, but was also shown to have had children and relationships outside of his marriage, Newt Gingrich, the most obvious hypocrite of all, had spent his years in Congress, cheating on his wife, serving her with divorce papers while undergoing cancer surgery, married the woman he had the affair with at that time in the late 1990s, and then divorced her, after having an affair with wife number three, the blond bimbo who accompanied him on his Presidential run in 2012, Ken Mehlman, Republican National Chairman under George W. Bush, who finally “came out of the closet” after doing great damage to gays and lesbians; former Congressman David Dreier of California; Senator Larry Craig of Idaho; and most recently, Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, all of whom have done everything to harm and limit gay rights, while all being clearly gay men. Clearly the Republican party and the conservative movement are NOT the paragon of virtue. and NOT good role models for “Family Values” nor sound economic policy.

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