Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I've said this before and I'll say it again "Raising the minimum is like raising the Floor without adequately adjusting the ceiling." Whats in the middle gets crushed.
There is no incentive for employers to Raise Middle Class wages in conjunction with raising the minimum wage, basically the middle class will be making less if you adjust for inflation.
But we aren't addressing the problem. The problem is the COST of Good and Services. They are out of control. Everyone has an answer "Raise The Minimum Wage" but that doesnt solve the cost problem.
If "Government" can mandate a minimum wage they should also be able to mandate a "Maximum Price" as well.
Each Good or Service can only reach a certain price as to make sure all essential Goods and Services are affordable. Oh but that sounds Communist don't it.
Minimum wage? GTFOH
But then people say "What about the positive impact on the Economy?"
Of course the economy will do a little better you are just funneling the money BACK to where it came from The Employer.
"Its A Scam"
Meanwhile overall wage growth remains stagnant. As more and more people "Complete" for less and less "Middle Class" jobs.
Just as employers want. Competition for Labor brings down the Value of Labor. While the actual competition for Good and Services has basically diminished over the years as more and more companies combine merge and solidify market share creating virtual monopolies.
Some even make the argument that having a Consumer based economy is a good thing. Not when the consumer doesn't have Real Wealth or purchasing Power. Our Economy is A Debt Based Economy Slave to Banks! Don't get it twisted!!!
What we need is to become Producers not just consumers!!! Whats the root word of Consumer? Thats our fucking #1 Problem. We, Our CONsumer based Economy OVER Consumes and who really benefits? The People? Or the Super Huge Corporations and Banks?
People Talk about the Economy as if we are ALL living breathing vibrant active Participants in it. As if we are ALL Equally invested in it. Nothing could be further from the Truth. We Are The Walking Dead!
They say the Economy added jobs (did we get a promotion or raise?) The stock market went up a few points (but is having a 401k make you a player in the market?) Everyone feels as if they played a part merely by being an Consumer. You're a Pawn.
The invisible hand moves the Pawns across the board which ever way it chooses.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Just spoke with Ronnie Ingram about the "man" (if you can call him that) that was stealing his signs and the Sheriffs Departments possible knowledge.
This is bigger then politics. This "Race" is a Statement that Lenoir County is ready to move on from its racist past. If we fail here and now to see that Ronnie Ingram wins we fail for Generations to come.
Stand Now! The only way to Improve Law Enforcement relations with the Public is for Law Enforcement to be seen as a member of the Public. A Man of the People not Lord and Dictator and Enforcer.
Our Current Sheriffs Department is Sick and Corrupt and in need of MAJOR change. Hopefully when Ronnie wins that change can begin and our community can finally heal.
Friday, September 19, 2014
I was listening to this "simpleton" discuss ISIS and how he couldnt believe the President was telling them he was about to strike, I replied "Because its FAKE" thats why.
Should have seen his face. He was shocked I didn't believe in the Threat. I explained "Anything everybody else is for is reason enough for me to be against".
I continued "The house just approved this rather easily and most of the time they can't agree on anything. Something has to be up."
He said "You don't believe the Terrorist are killing people over there?"
I told him "I don't believe much of what I see or hear, and if you don't know what a False Flag is Google it". That was pretty much all I could take of his ignorance and I walked out saying "It always amazes me how naive most Americans are"
The Media tells us whats important. The Media tells us what to believe, the Media controls our thoughts and subsequently our actions. We are not independent actors and definitely not a factor.
No Hope For Humanity!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Socially we've come to an agreement that it is in Public Interest to "Remove The Scourge of Illegal Drugs" from the streets. In doing so we as a society have decided to Crack Down on those that are involved in it.
Countless Drug Dealers and users have been Arrested, Tried, Convicted and Sentenced in course of this Crack Down or has it has been phrased "War on Drugs"!
But what have we gained?
Drug Dealing is a Business. With paying customers. You shut down McDonald's people will just go the next Mcdonald's or Burger King. You havent addressed the Demand.
So how do you address the Demand for Illegal Drugs? As a Health Concern or as a Crime?
Well if we address it as a Health Concern then people would just use the Tobacco and Alcohol argument and you can quickly see where that road ends. But it's only a Crime because the of Laws that could easily be changed.
But in the meantime, there are more and more Dealers and users that are filling the jails and prisons. I've said this more times then I can remember, "If you lock up one Dealer it may take two or more to replace him"!
And he will be replaced trust me!
You see its like a revolving door and endless cycle. You get rid of one Older Dealer and just make room for a younger to step in and fill the void. But who's kids are filling this void? Who's kids are caught in this revolving door?
We need to seriously look at the societal impacts of this so called "War on Drugs" and analyze just exactly who are we Fighting and can this thing possibly be won?
Anthony D. Hall
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
We have been through a lot in the last 3 to 4 years. We've seen our economy teeter on the brink of collapse. We've seen thousands of Jobs go overseas. We've seen our brave men and women travel abroad, fighting two wars to defend our freedoms right here at home. We've seen our political process become more and more bitter, divisive and down right ineffective.
With the election of Barack Obama as the first black President, we've seen that most people in this country are ready to move past our ugly past of racism, and Jim Crow. But we've also seen that there are still some who want to hold on to that dark past, expressing hate and anger over the fact that a Black man is in the White House. We've seen partisan gridlock basically cripple Washington, DC and political posturing and grandstanding dominate our legislature in Raleigh.
One might ask themselves what makes anyone in politics think they can make a difference in this political climate? What gives people the belief that they can have an impact when all to often the ones with the most money and power have the most say in what goes on? What makes us believe our one little ol vote counts?
In 2008 Barack Hussein Obama, a little known, first term US Senator from Illinois had the Audacity to believe he could be President of the United States. He was right. But he had the help of 2,142,651 North Carolinians. And only won the state by a mere 14,177 votes. Who says 1 vote doesn't count? One vote adds up to thousands, Millions. We ALL can make a difference, but you can't if you stay home. Get up, Get Out, Get Active and Go Vote!
The deadline to register to vote is October 12th, so hurry and get that done! Early voting begins October 18th. Vote EARLY! Deadline to return absentee ballots is November 5th, and election day is November 6th.
The Democratic Party has some great candidates on the ballot nationally and on the state and local level. I urge everyone to take a good look at all the candidates and to decide for yourself who deserves your vote.
The republican party has decided the way forward is to cut education, cut medicare, cut social security and to give huge tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.
The Democratic party believes the way forward is to invest in America. To invest in Education, to invest in American manufacturing, to invest in agriculture, domestic energy production, renewable forms of energy and to invest in the middle class.
We don't believe the way forward is by cutting things down, we believe the way forward is through building things up! Through growing our economy, through adding jobs. There are two clear choices in this election: Forward or Backward. Those that Vote get to decide.
Voting is our right, to many have fought, bleed and died defending that right. We have an obligation to those brave men and women who have defended that right in past and in the present to vote so we can help preserve our future. It doesn't matter your political ideology or party affiliation, go vote! If you don't vote, you don't count!
Anthony D. Hall
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Guess Speakers will be Sen. Brent Jackson, Rep. Stephen LaRoque and the Honorable Rep. William Wainwright.
I urge ALL Democrats and candidates to come out and support Rep. Wainwright as he faces what will undoubtedly be an overwhelming RepubliCON crowd. We also need to be there with tough questions to ask LaRoque and Jackson.
Make no mistake the Republicans will use this as a campaign rally and we need to also. We need ALL HANDS ON DECK!
Anthony D. Hall
3rd Vice Chair
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then You Win!" - Mohandas Gandhi
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Health care ~ the media never mentions all the good things this Health Care reform does and we have a responsibility to insure the overall health and well-being of our community. Over 40 million uninsured is unacceptable, especially in the riches country in the World. Allowing kids to stay on their parents insurance longer, providing insurance pools for those that don’t have or can’t afford health care, not allowing insurance companies to drop you because of a preexisting condition. The President did the right thing and we can't let the Right Wing diminish this important accomplishment.
Poverty ~ addressing the issue of Poverty will solve so many of the other major problems we face in this country. There are numerous social and economic factors that come into play when you start to discuss poverty; one of those factors is education.
Education ~ increasing the quality of public education is a never ending goal. That goal won’t be accomplished unless Education Funding is increased and teachers pay is increased. The Republican controlling the NC Legislature promised that their budget wouldn’t layoff teachers or cut critical programs. The Republicans in Raleigh flat out lied to the people of North Carolina. The Republicans in the Raleigh don’t care about educations or else they would have gave education the funding they needed instead they force local school boards to make drastic cuts with nothing positive to show for it. The Republicans in Raleigh are going to cut educations again and we are going to fight them as hard as we can. We will not laydown and we won’t give up! We believe in our Public School system they believe in charter schools and private schools.
Economy and Labor ~ I think everyone knows that our economy hasn’t fully recovered yet but I don’t think everyone knows why. We have to remind people that the President's Economic Reinvestment and Recovery Plan is just that, a Plan. It will take time to fully implement this plan. I'm sorry there is no quick fix.
That doesn’t mean we just sit around and do nothing like the Republicans want to do. It is my belief that we should focus on changing our Trade Policies that send jobs overseas and stop giving tax breaks to companies that set up shop overseas. I firmly believe that our economy will not fully recover until our Manufacturing Industry returns to the United States.
On the local level we need to continue to urge our County Commissioners, City and Town Councils to provide incentives for Companies to come to our community. Without Middle Class Jobs there will be No Middle Class. As it stands right now the gap between the rich and the poor is widening at an alarming rate. The only way to stop that is to find a way to bring jobs back to the United States. We need to look at our Trade Policies, tariffs and foreign economic policy issues relating to our economy (WTO, IMF) and make necessary changes.
Energy and the Environment ~ Energy independence doesn’t mean "Drill Baby Drill" it means investing in renewable sources of energy that don’t have a negative effect on the environment. Republicans would have destroyed the entire Planet for an barrel of oil. They talk about the debt our government is passing down to our children and grandchildren but what about the Planet will we hand over to our children and grandchildren? What kind of World will we be leaving for them to inherit?
Civil Rights ~ sadly racism will always exist, prejudice will always exist, hate and bigotry will always exist. Therefore there will always be a need for someone to stand up to those that would dare try to take away the rights that our ancestors fought so hard for. Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglas, W.E.B Dubois, Martin Luther King Jr and many, many more devoted their lives to social change it is our obligation to continue to honor their names by picking up the torch that they carried and continue the fight. Just because we have an African American President doesn’t mean that we should stop fighting for civil rights. We want Civil Rights for all people, races, genders, age groups and sexual preferences.
Budget and Tax fairness ~ During the Clinton administration we managed to leave a Budget Surplus. During the 8 years of George Bush, they (The Republicans) managed to spend all that surplus leaving us with a huge budget deficit and they also managed to add trillions to the national debt. But the Republicans would have you believe it’s ALL President Obama's fault. Yes, we need to get back to having a balanced budget and the last President to have one was a Democrat.
Republicans talk fiscal responsibility but they don’t live it. The Republicans aren’t willing to do what is necessary to have a balanced budget. Like cuts to defense, ending tax loop holes, ending the bush tax cuts and making the super-rich pay their fair share. No, they don’t want to do any of those things. They are more concerned about what’s going on in your bedroom and who you decide you want to marry and creating faux outrage over voter fraud that basically is a not a real problem if you look at the actual cases of voter fraud. No, they don’t really care about the budget else they would have passed one in Washington DC.
Protecting & Strengthening Social Security and other Social Programs ~ in spite of the repeated attempts by the Republicans to weaken and Kill Social Security from the very beginning of the program it still is here. What needs to be done is we need to find ways to keep it going so that it will be there for us when we retire and for our children and grandchildren when they retire. We also need to strengthen Medicaid and Medicare. The Republican Party never supported these programs and never will. We can’t allow the Republican Party to strip and water these programs down any further.
Criminal justice ~ the criminal justice system is in need of a major overhaul. There are way too many people locked up for non-violent crimes. Our jails and prisons are overcrowded costing the tax payers billions of dollars. Minorities are disproportionately affected and this disparity needs to end. We need to focus on drug addiction treatment, locking up every little street level drug dealer doesn’t do anything but increase the demand for drugs because of the supply going down. Addicts will have less access to the drug and it because of the increased demand dealers will raise price forcing addicts to commit more Violent Crimes to feed their drug demand. We have a serious problem in our communities. The war on drugs hasn’t worked what it has done is destroy families and end lives. What need to do is treat this like and epidemic and try to heal people from dependency of drugs!
The Republicans have no problem telling us what they “Say” they believe. They get in front of the television, on the radio and in the newspaper and talk about fiscal responsibility, less government, less taxes but ask yourself how much of that has the Republicans in Raleigh actually accomplished? What they have done is destroy our public school system, done nothing to fix our economy and tried their best to divide this state on social issues trying to limit the rights of individuals all in the name of defending liberty. The Republicans don’t believe in Small Government they want to socially engineer the Government to work for the very few instead of the majority of the people. We believe that government is made up of the people and for the people not for the few wealthy elites. The Democratic Party will continue to be the voice of the people.
Anthony D. Hall
3rd Vice Chair Lenoir County Democratic Party
Lenoir County Health Board Member