Published on Friday 5. June 2015
Published on Sunday 31. May 2015
A living wage is calculated to be between $12.50 and $15 per hour. Employees at McDonalds earn on average $7.72 per hour and at Walmart $8.82. Now here’s the irony. Tax payers subsidize these salaries through food stamps, a necessary supplement to keep these low paid workers from experiencing hunger. By the way, 14% of all Americans experience “Food Insecurity” as it is so nicely described i.e HUNGER. The irony is a double whammy. While the government is subsidizing Walmart’s low wages so that their employees don’t go hungry, Walmart earns money because many of these low paid workers buy their food at Walmart. To add to the irony, they threatened to cancel construction of three Walmarts in Washington D.C. when the city council tried to force them to pay $12.50 per hour. They have no moral incentive to raise wages because they know that the government will pick up the difference so their employees won’t starve. Add to this that the Paul Ryan budget, supported by many Republicans, will gut the program which 43.6 million Americans are dependent on so that they can eat at the end of the month. And the final irony is, guess who is against Ryan’s threatened cut. Yes, you got it, Walmart supports the food stamp program. Why wouldn’t they? It’s paying part of their employees’ salaries and helping their bottom line. God bless America!!
Published on Wednesday 20. May 2015
Published on Monday 11. May 2015
I have always had cats until recently because we travel so much that it would be unfair to them. The few times we travelled when we had TJ Maxx and Filene and left their care to a neighbor, they made it quite clear that this was not acceptable. I am trying to capture my love of cats in a works-in-progress book entitled “Give Me a Cat Any Day: Why Perspective Parents Should Seriously Consider Having Cats Rather Than Kids.” I say work-in-progress which is a slight overstatement as my illustrator refuses to illustrate any more reasons until I get a publisher. However, if you scroll down to page 6 you can see how far we have gotten. And if you know of or are a publisher please get in touch. I have also recorded a couple of songs in honor of our cats. The song “Sourpuss” is dedicated to Filene who was one sour puss. She wouldn’t let herself be held and only on rare occasions petted. But we loved her inspite of her disposition. Click on my two songs and enjoy.
Published on Tuesday 5. May 2015