What exactly does “free stuff” mean? Should corporate tax loop holes costing billions of dollars, military spending and jingoistic foreign policy, and industries that make money as middlemen, skimming of the hard work of others be included? Factor in foreign aid to countries like Israel and Egypt that total close to $5 Billion dollars? Or subsidies for BigAgriBusiness and other white collar work that requires sitting behind a desk doing nothing all day but shuffling paperwork or emails? Yup, that’s some free shit right there. Why isn’t anybody slamming that gravy train?
And as far as wanting more money for doing less? How about outlawing slave labor? Because that in effect is what the opponents of raising the minimum wage advocate. How about we join the rest of the civilized world and consider human dignity as opposed to social darwinism? Do we really want to defend the right for one human to oppress and step on the back of another like the crab effect? Just pay people more money. Rising tide lifts all boats, right? Make the poverty level $28K, min wage $15 to reflect the cost of living increase, and maybe charge more for a burger. It’s a paradigm shift, but most just prefer to argue over individualism vs community.
If humanity wants to progress, then it’s gonna have to share. Period. This is how we’ve gotten this far, after all.
Edited by jake t buds - 5/18/16 at 8:59am