The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Opinion

January 28, 2014

Viewpoint: Three reasons for creating living wage

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Our great failing has been that we have not as a people stood up for the people in far away places with names we can’t pronounce being paid slave wages, working in unsafe conditions, and with little hope of ever buying the very products they make. This availability of slave labor around the world has created fear in the workplace here at home as we have seen millions of jobs shipped overseas.

We have to come together and demand more from our elected leaders in the creation of a living wage. We can no longer be like many Northerners before the Civil War who espoused a hatred for slavery but kept buying bolt after bolt of cotton cloth that originated in slave states.

I make mention of that time to illustrate our time as we here in this country cry out about terrible working conditions and slave wages overseas but it doesn’t offend us enough to give up our cellphones and laptops. We cry out about a living wage in this country and talk about how bad it is for low-wage workers, but we keep buying things from Wal-Mart and eating at McDonald’s because we just can’t be bothered by doing anything about it.

Political freedom and economic freedom are intertwined and it is not possible to have one without the other. Just remember, a neccessitous man is not a free man and no one is truly free if any one of us is not free.

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