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Considering how much the rest of us have to pay for the same goods the US gets, maybe $0.25/hr wages for them will finally bring things back to par.
It shocks me to see how much I can buy in the states for so little money. I sent $700 dollars down there a few years back and ended up with 10 pairs of shoes, 20 pairs of pants, 25 shirts and t-shirts, 3 jackets (one was 250 so the rest only cost 500), 10 hats, plus socks and blah blah. That same list would cost me 10 times as much here in Canada.
Obviously I am exaggerating 25 cents bringing us back to par, but with the price of goods in the US I think you would still be living better than welfare recipients here in Canada.edit on 16-11-2013 by MALBOSIA because: forgot about shirts
There is reason why the stuff was so cheap. It's made in China and other countries where slave labor is allowed.
The goods we have here are made in China too. We have less manufacturing
than the US, Im sure of it.
Our made in China goods seem to still be waaaaay cheaper in the states.
And the portions of food you get in the US for the price... no wonder Americans
complain about obesity.
Cost of liquore....
Way to cjeap to not end up unhealthy.
reply to post by nosacrificenofreedom
there is another group out there that is paid very little for their work...people who are mentally handicapped, after they graduate from school at around age 23 they go to a workshop,
in california many workshops run by HOPE, they get a special designation that allows them to pay very little to these workers....the work came from companies,when, the economy was good and they had too much work, send it over to the workshops for really cheap......it's been a while sin ce they have had any work to do,though, but this story made me think of this.
thought you all would find it interesting
I know some mentally handicapped people get jobs,but, they are higher functioning then the ones I am talking about.edit on 18-11-2013 by research100 because: add sentence
Efforts to Rewrite Americans' Rights; Changes that Imprison More People for Longer and Make More Money Guns, Prisons, Crime, and Immigration This page documents how bills pushed by ALEC corporations result in taxpayers subsidizing the profits of the private prison industry by putting more people in for-profit prisons and keeping them in jail for longer. The bills also would put more guns on streets and interfere with local law enforcement decisions about how best to interact with immigrant communities. Through ALEC, corporations have both a VOICE and a VOTE on specific state laws through these model bills. Do you?
OK, I can buy that to an extent. But is it a significant effect? We've got, what, 2- 2.5 million prisoners? They can't all be working. Pick a number, maybe half of them? Maybe a million for round numbers? How does that stack up against 11 million illegals, and only the Lord knows how many Chinese and other Asians doing work for American companies for less than the "appropriate wage?"
Why folks have a problem with corporate prison industries?
-Jobs & Wages
Private employers can not compete with anyone using slaves. Slaves presented with all inclusive compensation packages including free health care, dental, vision, clothing, utilities, housing, food, transportation, security, education and counseling sponsored by their state's taxpayers.
I think we have a difference here. We agree that prison rates went way up. If I'm not misunderstanding you, you think it was because corporations came in, and I think the "War on Drugs" and tougher sentencing rules were a public reaction to the perceived threat of increasing crime. Maybe we can find common ground here.
The graph illiterates that indeed prison occupancy levels are dropping. At that rate it should only be a few hundred years until we return to the percentages of incarcerated we had before prisons were for profit.
I'm a lot less excited about that now that I know the IRS will target groups and individuals on a political basis. I'm also concerned about the efforts in Wisconsin to go after individuals who supported Governor Walker by petition.
I think I will have the most difficulty explaining why anyone might not like lobbyist and political groups that do not disclose their connections and supporters.
I don't know if sentencing laws in the states are being controlled by Corrections Corp. of America, or even ALEC. CCA spent a little under a million last year, and your article says ALEC spent $87 million, but that's to support 50 think tanks. That's less than $2 million per state per year.
Would you understand that some people still believe, a government by the people and for the people; not the corporations establishing profit margins for the share holders?
Sure. Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party, Libertarians, protests in Congressmen's offices, the list is lengthy.
Through ALEC, corporations have both a VOICE and a VOTE on specific state laws through these model bills. Do you?
And here we're back to full agreement, thank you.
I hope you can understand why people may not like exploiting others whether or not they deserve it.
There are many ways to say how you treat others effects everyone.