Minimum Wage, Prices Don’t Need to Go Up

I’m a writer and independent scholar, so I don’t think I’ve ever managed to average minimum wage.  However, I love my work and don’t need to pay for clothes or transportation.  On the other hand, there are a lot of people who work at jobs I could never manage to do, like fast food cooking or home health care or waiting tables.  These people often get less that $8.00 an hour.  Out of that they have to pay taxes and Social Security. 

Now, the argument is that if these people were paid $15.00 an hour, prices would have to go up.  That seemed to me to be a knee-jerk argument.  Management’s first impulse is to pass the cost along.  However, I propose another solution, which I shall submit when I’m elected to the Senate.

A modicum of research led me to the fact that the CEO of McDonald’s makes $9700.00 an hour — that’s not including the private jets or stock options.  Now, if he and the other CEOs took a pay cut of say, $3000.00 an hour, think of all the people who could get a raise!  Does anyone need to make more than $6700.00 an hour?  I could live quite nicely on that.

Here is a recent list of the disparity between CEOs and the work force.  Think about it the next time you shop.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mcdonalds-starbucks-ceos-more-9-110100507.html

And, if you don’t want to write my name on your ballot, at least get out and vote!

 

Worse than the Food

This is a recent story from a friend whose mother is in a place in upstate NY. I suspect that there is another side to the story but too much of it sounds familiar. I was in the hospital longer than I needed to be because Medicare wouldn’t cover rehab unless I’d been hospitalized for three days.

 

“Re. her rehab it’s been a catastrophe: 1. the hospital tossed her out after 5 days (after major cancer and removal of leg from the hip down), because insurance didn’t want to cough up more. 2. she ends up in rehab well before she should have been beginning exercise… but because of Medicare strictures, they began forcing her to exercise, and sit on chairs, even with giant metal staples stuck in her which were pushed about. I had to get one of the surgeons to call the facility and ask them to stop but because of Medicare they had to “prove” she was “rehabbing”…. 3. we got her to the nursing home and I was excited because their website advertises a “therapy pool” and I felt that water therapy was probably the only way my mother could keep up her strength, and they agreed but, once we signed on, we were told she could not use the pool… because they had “no way” to get her into the water, insisting that wheelchair bound people needed special cranes to get her in. So she doesn’t have any options other than drugging herself up and waiting to vegetate.”

 

It’s not just Medicare that’s the problem, I feel, but that too many of these places are for profit and cut as many corners as possible. How can there be a pool at a nursing home without a crane? Our YMCA has two.  Isn’t it odd that both nursing homes and prisons are now run to make money?  Is there a connection?

 

When I’m elected, I will fight for fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grain bread and sugar-free desserts. And an ombudsman assigned to every patient.

 

And, of course, soup spoons!

The Plot to get rid of the Old and Infirm

Well, I finally found an overlooked issue for my campaign. I have recently discovered, through personal experience, that there is a quiet conspiracy to rid this country, and maybe the world, of “useless” people.

Before I continue, I want to add that on other issues, I’m against poverty, war and injustice and will tailor my take on these to my audience.

On to important matters.

While a web search brought up cheery articles about organic food being served in long term care facilities and even a few places where the residents were actually asked what they wanted to eat, the vast majority of nursing homes, especially for-profit chains, still have a long way to go in serving healthy food.

Breaded meat, mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, and iceberg lettuce salads all seem to be standard fare. Fresh fruit rarely appears. Even when the meals are well prepared, they are still high in cholesterol, sugar and carbohydrates and low in vitamins and fiber. Alternate options include: soup (to be eaten with teaspoons) salad with cocktail shrimp (boring but not lethal) and macaroni and cheese. These are all offered to people with heart disease, diabetes and a host of other medical problems.

These meals are supposedly designed by nutritionists.   If so, I’d like to know where they studied. In a week of meals, I found almost nothing that a diabetic should eat. There was also little to interest the number of people who had lost their appetites through medication or depression. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there was no attempt to provide food for people who needed to lose weight.

The problems I discovered are not localized. I have heard reports from all over the country and would like to have more.

BECAUSE all the signs point to a systematic plot to assure that the group of people who are chronically ill and/or elderly, stay that way. Instead of healthy food, they are given medication for high blood pressure, diabetes and, most often, constipation. These are all conditions that can be helped with diet and exercise.

When I am elected Senator at Large, I intend to use my six years in office to find out who is behind this. How far does the conspiracy reach?

Let me know of your experiences. Solutions are also welcome. Here are links to two that I found.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/rosenwald-md/post/nursing-homes-serving-local-sustainable-food/2012/12/26/e05ee052-4f7d-11e2-8b49-64675006147f_blog.html

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26927.cfmLots of life left

A new all-inclusive blog

Since the Powers that Be are keeping me from blogging about my renewed senate campaign, I have started a new one.  Take that, shadowy Conspiracy!

I have named it Cassandra for the Greek woman who: According to Aeschylus’s tragedy Agamemnon, Cassandra was loved by the god Apollo, who promised her the power of prophecy if she would comply with his desires. Cassandra accepted the proposal, received the gift, and then refused the god her favors. Apollo revenged himself by ordaining that her prophecies should never be believed.

I never had an off from Apollo but I do know how she felt.  So I am flinging out my observations, comments and prophecies with little hope but to at least leave a record that I tried.

I’m starting with my new run for the US Senate.  One term only; I just want the perks.  Feel free to write me in on the ballot in any state.

Thanks to all.  Sharan