Saturday, July 25, 2009

walking forward and going nowhere

The minimum wage was increased this past week.
Have you seen the graph from the '40s until now?
Since the dollar is worth less, our income sustains
us in a smaller way than I ever remember.
But if you listen closely, there's a rumble everywhere
that due to this small increase in wages, business's
will have to lay people off, etc, etc.

I don't know about you, but hearing many
spreading fear over every little thing going
on in this country, well, it's very depressing
that those people do not want to work with others
to make things better for most people who can
barely manage just to survive day to day.

And some things never change, do they?


tut-tut said...

Glad to see Buffy has something new out. So right on the mark.

It is disheartening, isn't it? I don't know what we're going to do, on this end.

Merle Sneed said...

Our economy has been rebuilt on low prices. Low prices mean production in other countries and cheap labor in the stores. Things will not change soon.

Merle Sneed said...

I will stay with you at least a day longer than Smithee.

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

C.M. said,"Have you seen the graph from the '40s until now?"...
Hi! C.M.,
Oh! No, but I will seek it out!

..."I don't know about you, but hearing many
spreading fear over every little thing going
on in this country, well, it's very depressing..."

This have gone right over my head
because I don't watch to much television. (Only to use it as a "portal" to watch DVDs...)
But, I do believe I heard something about "fear" being "spread" while walking past a television.

C.M., Nice sounds, images, and a
Nice quote.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Tess Kincaid said...

I've stopped watching the news on TV. I read it online and that has made a big difference in my fear factor.

Coffee Messiah said...

tt: It's been quite awhile since her last album. And yes, it's unnerving when we've lived through better times ourselves.

merle: You're right. Cheap labor and a shorter week, less pay will be like this for quite awhile I'm afraid.

dd: The minimum wage started around .25 hr. That it's now $7.75 shows it hasn't come far, and with the dollar worth less, well, we haven't come very far. ; (

willow: It seems those in question stand behind big busy-ness and use scare tactics to change the minds of those already struggling, but afraid to look into the reality of any situation on their own, and buy into what they are told. And you're right, there seems to be so much non-news on the tube it's become a complete waste of time.

Anonymous said...

Buffy tells it like it is! Unfortunately, there is no end to this. Haven't seen the graph but I do know the buying power of a dollar to-day, is probably close to that of two bits, in the '40's ( if not less ).

Coffee Messiah said...

subT: Yikes, I didn't realize the minimum wage was really raised to $7.25. ; ( It was .40 an hr in 1949 I think, when they raised it to .70 an hr. Anyway, the numbers are meaningless and the value of the dollar even more so ; ( Thanks for chiming in.

Anonymous said...

Heh, should see some of the old military pay scales!( which is a big loop-hole, in itself; I mean, we paid taxes on the tax money that was funding us, in the first place! ) 'Tis about as inane as a town fining itself( which does happen )!!! Unbelievable :^(

R.L.Bourges said...

Great quote above the comment line, cm. Great song, too.

As for the wage situation, plus ça change, plus c'est pareil.

Enjoy what there is to enjoy, nonetheless.

robin andrea said...

That "rumble" you hear comes from the media who mouths exactly what their owners tell them to say. It is amazing how the rich begrudge low-wage earners an increase in wages whether during good times or bad. Some things never change, cm.

Tom said...

and worse is it is nearly impossible to find a job...and with student loans and government money evaporating, it is getting harder for the kids to afford to get a higher education. I shudder to think how things will look 10 years down the road, if we don't rebound from this soon.

Anonymous said...

@Tom, our gov't has no money, the banks have it all!

California Girl said...

You are so right. Our system is far from perfect but when we do get things moving, such as the overdue increases in min. wage over the past 2 yrs, it does not sit well to listen to the doomsayers. I mean, you were a small business owner and you aren't chiming in negatively.

Kurt said...

Buffy rocks!

Dot-Com said...

So true, some things never change. People complain, but they always want others to deal with the problems.

Coffee Messiah said...

subT: Yep, when you look at how many times you pay taxes on things, well, the percentage of tax paying is higher than anything else it seems.

rlb: Of course, although for some, when they struggle to make ends meet, that's hard to do.

robin: Seems like we may be close to finally making it stop a little, but then you look around and it's all being thrown right back at us big time ; (

tom: What irony eh? It was hard finding a job before this all unfolded, but since many jobs have disappeared, there is nowhere else to go. You see/hear it everyday, yet, you also hear things are getting better. Really? ; (

cg: If we received any help that we heard small business's were supposed to get, we'd certainly still be in business. But it's not true, yet small business is always held up as a poster child. It's simply not true.

kurt" She's still amazing. I remember seeing her in Lake Tahoe as kid with my parents: Ray Charles and the Raylettes with Billy Preston too and Buffy Sainte Marie. Both shows were fantastic.

dc:Sad, isn't it.

Colette Amelia said...

Wow! that gave me shivers. That babe can rock!

I am putting that on me facebook!

Coffee Messiah said...

colette: It's a very good song.