Chris Rock explains "Minimum Wage"
His explanation - "Minimum wage means they would pay you less if they could."
I realize some will think that his remark should go in the "Lounge"
But I often think our comedians understand politics and societal realities more than any other group. (Or at least they are allowed to actually speak the truth, when no one else can do that.
Chris Rock has been SPOT ON for years. He gets a message across very succinctly, imho.
LOL..."can someone explain to me why I shouldn't be selling drugs..."
Besides...they both stole it from Lenny Bruce
'Cause they CAN pay them less than minimum wage. And they won't call the cops.
buying shoes with socks sewn inside.
THINK them to have been.
If you look at the right's economic policies and what they've done when they've implemented them in other countries, they've gotten rid of the minimum wage altogether. "Let the free market dictate wages." But they also set up an economy where only the very very rich do well (and not 1% - much less than 1%) and the poverty rate is very high. They don't like a social safety net either, so you end up with people who are hungry enough they have no choice but to work for whatever they're given - anything at all.
Read Shock Doctrine. Everyone should read it, or at least google the video and watch it online.
absolutely refuse to understand that they would be wholly engulfed and rolled over in the rising tide of poverty the policies of the right would bring, that they would have spent their lives raising their pitchforks in defense of their rich masters - only to find themselves in plywood shantys, steeling themselves for another trip to the outhouse in the December cold of a year not less than a generation or two away.
"If I could pay you less, I would" as a chapter/theme of his novel "Sag Harbor."
which was amplified by Rock's usage.
unfair our system is through the incredibly thick skulls of the public.
old days when the Court Jester could get away with making fun of the King!!! Aren't we lucky?
And here on a 'democratic' site, we fear our word deserve The Lounge.
Or the Dreaded Key with the Lock.
I know I am scared. It is the only way in which to control the people....fear.