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What a Dick

What do you do when you get walloped 56 – 42 in an election?

If you’re this man, you use your money as “air support” for Right-to-Work legislation.

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Must be tough being a billionaire, eh?

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This is why taxes are going up on the wealthy

Income growth inequalities

This graphic for income growth over the last thirty or so years does a pretty good job explaining why taxes are going up for the wealthiest Americans. That orange line at the top isn’t me, it’s not my family and it’s probably not yours; it’s the wealthiest 5% of Americans. The next line is the wealthiest 20% of Americans.

The rest of us are headed in the other direction.

The next time you see an article about millionaires and billionaires wanting to pay $300,000 a pop for membership rights to a private island so that they can avoid taxes, remember this is the context. Our government’s “tyranny” is our only line of defense against CEOs making more money than ever before, especially in places like Michigan where wealthy conservatives are going are unions. That union exists to keep income growth at a competitive level; right to work is nothing more than the right to work for less. Of course, the most effective way to combat this would be the institution of a law saying that executives can’t be paid more than X times more than the lowest paid employee.

Here’s another way of looking at it.

Growth of CEO pay in America

Are CEOs doing 200 times the work of their workers? Those who speak against taxing the country’s very wealthy often use the argument that the wealthy accrue a lot of risk in investing their capital and that they should be rewarded for the risks they take.

But their workers take a lot of risks, too. They risk their health by taking on extra hours to get ahead at work. They risk getting into accidents or breaking down on the side of the road by putting off car repairs that they can’t afford. They risk their safety by living in an unsafe neighborhood because they can’t afford to live anywhere else. Workers making 1/200 that of their companies executives don’t have fewer risks; they have just as many with far more at stake.

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Mark your calendars

There are two upcoming events you should mark your calendars for if you’re here in Michigan.

1. UAW will be protesting Rick Snyder’s State of the State address tomorrow in Lansing and at other locations across the state. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it but I encourage everyone to make it out for an hour, two hours, or the whole time.

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2. On a lighter note, the 2013 Arab Film Festival is coming up in Dearborn, MI at the end of the month. I’ve never been, but I’m looking forward to going with my boyfriend. Tickets are $9 per showing.

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Today is the day

In a matter of a few short hours I’ll be down at the capitol building in Lansing, joining thousands of other protesters to let Governor Snyder and the Michigan GOP know how we feel about ramming through right-to-work-for-less legislation through out of the blue in the lame-duck session.

I’m trying out the Twitter thing – and I’ll be posting updates as often as possible on the blog. (Check out my feed on the sidebar.)

The plan is to take a lot of pictures, not get arrested, and scream until I can’t scream any more.

See you there.

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This is what democracy looks like

At least in Michigan.

Photo credit Jonathon Oosting from MLive.com

Photo credit Jonathon Oosting from MLive.com

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