According to Media Matters Bill O’Reilly is calling for mercenaries to fight in Syria. Once again reality is mirroring the very things in my work of fiction–TAKE THE PILGRIM ROAD. If you’ll remember, pilgrims, the fictional president sent mercenaries to the upstart nation to defeat them. How well did that work?
Fort Lauderdale is banning sleeping in public and panhandling on busy intersections, according to ThinkProgress.org. Prior to this, the city outlawed personal possessions in public places. The punishment for violating the ordinance is loss of possessions, $500 fine and six months in jail.
While we pilgrims agree that homelessness is obscene in such a rich country as ours and it does erode neighborhoods and businesses, but we make a bad situation worse by criminalizing this. What should the city do? Create beds and shelter people who find themselves homeless. It shouldn’t be a crime to be poor.
According to the Study of Consumer Finances the wealthiest three percent of households controlled over half the nation’s wealth. Furthermore, according to the University of California, Berkeley 95% of the income gains from 2009 to 2012 went to the top 1% of the population. This comes from Buzz Flash. Read the article here.here.
What do you suppose the answer to inequality is? You guessed it — cooperatism. Preserve all the benefits of capitalism: entrepreneurship, open market, strong middle class; without the weaknesses: inequality, lost competition; dominance of the few over the many. Let me know what you think.
Wage theft is soaring according to NYTimes.com. An increasing number of businesses are failing to pay for overtime, making labor work off the clock, or calling them independent contractors, according to the New York Times. This type of behavior would not exist if labor formed cooperatives. They would be the owners and would make their own decisions regarding wages and overtime. Stand up to wage theft and join a cooperative.