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A GOP Sojourn You Should Consider! "VOTE BLUE in 2014"

In Blake Farenthold, Boehner, gender pay gap, GOPISM, Income disparity, Red State voters, Vote 2014, VOTE BLUE on September 23, 2014 at 9:02 PM

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As we move through the early parts of the week, how about gamut run through American conservatism and GOPism. Time actually does not permit much beyond working to inform people of the dangers of returning the US to the GOP. So, I am going traipse through a few areas of GOP governance that can be called nothing shy of pathetic and ridiculous.

We have critical mid-term election a few weeks, and we have a nation killing general election in 2016. The rational person should be energized to avoid a past upon which the Republicans simply do not wish to reflect.  Yet, it is a safe bet the GOP will garner from 47 to 54 percent of the vote.  A safe bet despite all past data indicating that pathetic extent of GOP federal governance. 

Any reflective journey of the GOP must include recent GOP Senatorial actions to block a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Yes, let’s revisit the gender pay gap. 
The pay gap has lessened, but in reality there should be no pay gap. Can you imagine a world with men universally earning less than women? Now let’s add a condiment to that picture. Men earning less with full support from the American congress and top corporate executives (Boards of Directors and corporate shareholders)! Before we move to another area of GOPism and unbelievable voter support across geographic regions, let’s think a little deeper. Not only do the aforementioned power brokers members of congress and corporate elitist have history of supporting pay inequality, you and I play a key role.  How many years has the disparity between pay to men and women for the same or similar jobs been an issue?

From income disparity as a non-issue for the GOP, to the overwhelming pathetic state of Red state voters. People who vote GOP as a matter of paradigm as sure as they yell “USA, USA, USA” with any push back on GOP dogma. 

After the following brief Twitter embeds, take a look at a Huff Post piece with nine (9) maps that should cause voter consternation in the GOP heartland or should I say GOP ‘homeland.’ 

First off, poverty rates are a lot higher in the South.
poverty map
Source: USDA

In fact, as many as one in four Southern kids lives in poverty, compared to the national average of one in five.

And minimum wages are much lower.
minimum wage

This map shows how much money the 19 states that rejected Medicaid expansion will lose by 2022 as a result of doing so (assuming all other states participate).

This is particularly troubling because the South has several health crises on its hands. Like obesity.
Source: CDC

The existential influence of the GOP Southern Strategy has literally led to a veritable Stockholm Syndrome among Red State voters.

Now, let’s take a stroll through GOP elected official corruption. Yes of course, Former Illinois Governor a Rod Blagojevich and former Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. are serving sentences in the federal prisons system. But, the amount and scope of GOP corruption as as many fissures as a Merkat colony tunnel system. While former Virginia Governor Bob MacDonald currently wears the GOP King of Corruption crown, others in his party share the court as if competing for the thrown vacated by MacDonald.  

One such example…..

Post by Americans United Against T-Bagging John Birch Society Shit Talkers.

Let’s detour for a few minutes to the utter ridiculous!
Would you like to see a Texas Republican who is noted for his anti-Obama Derangement and following the GOP 2013 Summer Recess “Impeachment em”Town hall mantra? Check this guy out. Also not one of the ladies is a minor!

A party leaders disparages the unemployed, yet he did nothing over the past six years to assist people who may have lost jobs due to his parties economic malfeasance.


by Occupy Democrats.

Be afraid of the GOP! If you feel your vote in November has no value or if you have benefited from the Affordable Care Act, be afraid. From, the 6:04 minute mark to the end of the segment, Paul Ryan clearly declares doom for the ACA. His comments translates to your healthcare future should the GOP win a majority in 2016. He mentions “fundamentally flawed,” he mentioned “patient centered” and he mentions “taxes.” He never mentioned care for those who did not have care or those who required additional benefits for life saving medical benefits. He does not mention rebates based on insured premiums. He cares nothing about 24 million Americans who have in some way benefited from the law.

Ryan knows the dated information (below) related to healthcare CEO compensation.

The 2011 figures seem exorbitant, but there is more. My experience in corporate compensation and salary administration reminds me, CEO pay at the levels shown in the image hit company profit and lost statements along with aggregate top management team compensation. How can a political party so obviously run interference for such opulently compensated corporate elitist while turning their backs on people how need medical and dental care? Let’s look from another perspective.

While the ACA legislates primarily in the realm of insurance coverage, take a look at an image related to compensation for four top St. Louis area hospital system CEOs. It is important to remind readers, St. Louis is not a Major metro area on a comparative basis.
One medium to small US Metro area!
What happened to the prospect of medical care serving for the good of the people?

Paul Ryan makes it clear the GOP will return to healthcare pre-2010.

Let there be little doubt, any sojourn through the GOP should send the rational person running to “VOTE BLUE.”

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Income Disparity: Food Fast Style (How About Some Higher Wagers With That CEO Pay?)

In bloomberg, CEO Pay, CEO-to-worker Compensation Ratio, DEMOS Dot Org, Food Fast, Income disparity, MacDonald's, Reaganomics on September 4, 2014 at 11:05 PM

One of the nation’s leading fast food chains offers the perfect case of income disparity.  In 2012,  Bloomberg published a piece with a 44 year old 20 year MacDonald’s employee as its underlying human story. 

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Tyree Johnson, a 20-year McDonald’s employee making minimum
wage, stands for a photo outside of his home, the Wilson Men’s Hotel, 
in Chicago. 
Johnson would need about a million hours of work — or more than a century on the clock — to earn the $8.75 million that McDonald’s, based in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, paid then-CEO Jim Skinner last year. Johnson’s work flipping burgers and hoisting boxes of french fries, like millions of other jobs in low-wage industries, helps explain why income inequality grew after the 2007-2009 recession ended.

The Fast Food industry lobbies against raising the minimum wage while lavishly compensating CEOs in ever spiraling ratios (to employees). 

If you need a visual I remind of a photographs that went viral as the owner of Papa John’s Pizza went public with support for Mitt Romney and publicly threatened employees against support for the Affordable Care Act.
 In April of this year DEMOS Dot Org reported study results that should alarm any American.  Alarm that would be exasperated if we think in terms of the jobs base associated with fast food and other minimum. 

Key Findings
Analysis of US company-level pay disparity shows that Accommodation and Food Services is the most unequal sector in the American economy, driven by extreme inequality within the fast food industry. 
  • Accommodation and Food Services had a CEO-to-worker pay ratio of 543-to-1 in 2012. Over the period from 2000 to 2012 the average ratio was 332-to-1, 44 percent higher than the sector with the next-highest compensation ratio. 
  • In 2012, the compensation of fast food CEOs was more than 1,200 times the earnings of the average fast food worker. Proxy disclosures recently released by fast food companies reveal that the ratio remained above 1,000-to-1 in 2013.
Pay disparity in the fast food industry is a result of two factors: escalating payments to corporate CEOs and stagnant poverty-level wages received by typical workers in the industry.  
  • Fast food CEOs are some of the highest paid workers in America. The average CEO at fast food companies earned $23.8 million in 2013, more than quadruple the average from 2000 in real terms. 
  • Fast food workers are the lowest paid in the economy. The average hourly wage of fast food employees is $9.09, or less than $19,000 per year for a full-time worker, though most fast food workers do not get full-time hours. Their wages have increased just 0.3 percent in real dollars since 2000.
The DEMOS article is literally a must read for anyone interested in the depths and scope of growing income disparity. It is particularly germane for those interested in industry-to-industry worker to CEO pay ratios. 

Let’s take a look at Food Service and then move to a more comprehensive table for the DEMOS piece.

A table that spans industries: linked.

We will closet out linkage to DEMOs via this last graphic.
Corporate shareholders and Board directors will ensure the CEO is compensated as the data reflects. There is no rollback of “compensation opulence.” Moreover, I have not read one author or publishing team that espouses executive compensation rollback. The salient point is why not allow fast food workers to unionize and why not pay base level workers at a much higher rate of pay? It is a simple proposition that once established will assimilate into business operations as well as profit and loss considerations as readily as a new menu item.

While the major shareholders and board of directors ensure financial rewards of the CEO, who is looking after the bottom 30% (ers) who service as the basis of our economy? Relief for the everyday worker will have to come from the Democratic Party and American progressive and left leaning independents.
I posit disparity in income between the CEO and workers is yet another manifestation of Supply-side/Trickle-down economics (AKA Reaganomics). Reaganomics: the very backbone of all GOP economic policy and yet another danger of handing the GOP the US Senate, and worse yet the presidency in 2016.

More On Topic Information: Huffington Post

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Income Inequity: A Warning Of Things To Come!

In CEO Pay, Income disparity, Income inequity, trickle-down economics on March 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

photo: Occupy* Posters

If anyone seriously thinks raising the minimum wage and extracting additional revenues via taxing the wealthy are ridiculous liberal policy, you should pay close attention.

Since the late 1970s and through its early stages feed copiously by Reaganomics (Trickle-down, supply-side economics), income disparity has gone virtually unreported. Let’ face facts, the US Media now owned by six mega conglomerates, media will not expose and report on the gift to its owners and top executives. The GOP damned well would never have opened the topic for scrutiny and probing. Thus, were it not for probing progressives, a President who cares, and Internet media, you would suffer from blissful ignorance about the scope of disparity. 
Since our artificial economic heaven burst with the Bush Great Recession (December 2007, denied by Bush until December 2008 after the 2008 General Election), the following charts figures have stop points in 2007. Each figure is a well known exhibition that should be at the forefront of all progressive political advertisements.

Mother Jones
For those who are a bit laisezz-faire about graphics, this one clearly delineates the telling data.

This chart was updated to include 2010. It looks as if the uber wealthy took the Great Recession “Hit”, but recuperated and has launched itself on another upward trend,  on the strength of their “trickle-down” economy.
USNews Dot Com
US citizens should make no mistake. Regardless of you politics, your social paradigm (shy of bigoted or racist hatred) what you are about to see is inexcusable.  

Rob-servations Dot Com is running a very basic, in-your-face reality check.  We are going to post a few Robsevations and link the page for your viewing.

Income Inequality, Series 1 (from Feb. 19)

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Pope Francis, President Obama And Progressive Economist Are UnClolseting Income Inequality.

In Income disparity, People Francis, President Obama, UnCloseting Income Inequality on January 23, 2014 at 10:52 PM

President Obama referenced this data during a recent tour around the country. The GOP called the president’s tour a campaign tour, we considered it interacting with the people on issues that matter most. The relevancy of the chart comes to light in just a bit. (September 11, 2013) It is important to remember who served as the US President in thr early 1980s. Hint: Trickle-down economics (AKA Reaganomics).

Barack H Obama, 44th President of the United States of America: Income inequality, December 4, 2013.

Pope Franics, Pontiff, Income inequality, December 12, 2013


Since the inception of the site, The Progressive Influence joined many progressive media in delineating the unfairness, and danger of growing income inequality. Linked; Linked.…. ________________________________________________  
Huffington Post is reporting the result of an exhaustive study by four noted economist: Facundo Alvaredo, Anthony B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty, and Emmanuel Saez.


Huffington Post excerpt…
new paper by economists Facundo Alvaredo, Anthony B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty, and Emmanuel Saez lays out just how much better at making inequality the U.S. is than everybody else and tries to explain how it got that way.
Since the 1970s, the top 1 percent of earners in the U.S. has roughly doubled its share of the total American income pie to nearly 20 percent from about 10 percent, according to the paper. This gain is easily the biggest among other developed countries, the researchers note. You can see this in the chart below, taken from the paper, which maps the income gains of the top 1 percent in several countries against the massive tax breaks most of them have gotten in the past several decades. (Story continues after chart.) 
top 1 percent

The higher the dot, the more income inequality has grown in that country. See the red dot waaaay up in the left-hand corner, far away from everybody else? That is the United States, where the top earners have made more while getting their taxes slashed by over 40 percent.

The facts are irrefutable and enunciate inevitable social unrest. While we suspect the economists may possess inclinations towards progressive economic theory (if there is such an animal [right SJ ???] ) or they may share a paradigm that embodies the reality of income disparity.

Our need to report on today’s study results is mitigated by the thoroughness and detail of the Huffington Post article, linked above.  We are opting to develop another screed based on research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Off The Charts Blog.

We progressives have spoken and written profusely about income inequality. Isn’t it amazing that politics and religion are now joining via the Pope Francis (and his first public address) around the issue. The issue is also now in the pubic domain due to the election of a Democrat as president in 2008 and a re-election in 2012. It shouldn’t take a triple-reverse somersault to realize the election of any republican to the White House would have led to continued “closeting” of income inequity. Let’s face it Pope Francis also knows the time is right due to an ally in the White House . Standing alone with the ultimate Top 1% (er) Mitt Romney as president. 

Look for a few pieces on this topic as the weekend progresses.

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