Progressive organizations behind White House policy have crafted specific, second-term plans for President Obama to enact a “living wage” that would force all employers to increase the salaries of the nation’s workers to meet “basic needs” such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, health care and recreation.
A call for Obama and Congress to enact a government mandate to force businesses to provide 12 weeks of paid benefits to employees who need time off to care for a new child, a sick family member or their own illness. Obama’s first-term economic agenda, prescribe the implementation of a higher minimum wage that would “raise the floor for all employees” nationwide. Non-wage benefits such as “sick leave, paid family leave and more control over their work schedules” would be included. The reference to a “living wage” comes straight from the pen of Karl Marx, author of the 1848 “Communist Manifesto.”
“Marx believed that only under communism could he find support for his ultimate goal of a living wage, ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.’” A “living wage” was implemented in 80 cities by 2003, sometimes spearheaded by the radical ACORN, Klein and Elliott document.
Baltimore, for example, embraced the living wage in the mid-1990s but failed to become a “workers’ paradise.” Instead, the city saw its economy “crash and burn,” Malanga stated that the living-wage bill was “just one expression of a fiercely anti-business climate that helped precipitate Baltimore’s economic collapse.” Such a bill was strongly pushed by ACORN.
The proposed Family Leave Insurance Act. The new bill, first introduced in the House of Representatives in 2005, builds upon the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. The measure afforded eligible workers unpaid family leave while preserving a worker’s job or a comparable job upon return. “But the new plan goes a giant step further – from job preservation to a new form of entitlement,” write Klein and Elliott. It would provide 12 weeks of paid benefits to employees who need time off – to care for a new child, a sick family member or their own illness. The benefits would supposedly be financed through employees paying premiums into a trust fund.
Government-funded, neighborhood-based programs to better integrate the newly amnestied immigrants into society, including education centers and health care centers. A “federal solution” to ensure that the amnestied immigrants are treated “equitably” across the United States. The recreation of a 21st century version of FDR’s Works Progress Administration program. A National Infrastructure Bank.This entity would “evaluate and finance infrastructure projects of substantial regional and national importance”
Wresting control of the military budget from Congress by attempting to place an ”independent panel” in charge of military spending while slashing the defense budget in shocking ways.
The vastly reduced resources of the U.S. Armed Forces will be spread even thinner by using them to combat “global warming,” fight global poverty, remedy “injustice,” bolster the United Nations and step up use of “peacekeeping” deployments.
A new “green” stimulus program and the founding of a federal “green” bank or “Energy Independence Trust,” which would borrow from the federal treasury to provide low-cost financing to private-sector investments in “clean energy.”
SOURCES—WND, AARON KLEIN, BRENDA ELLIOTT, STEVE MALANGA