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Wonder if this is the start of the revolution against the 1%.

Less a revolution than a slow awakening I would say. It's becoming a little too obvious that giving all the money to handful of people at the top is not quite the wonderful idea they suggested it would be.

Even in the US some people are talking about the need for a 'living wage' -and I doubt these people have ever even heard of Milliband.

I read recently that when Mc Donald's take on new staff a standard part of the induction process is to explain to them how they can claim food stamps- they actually take them through the procedure!

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Less a revolution than a slow awakening I would say. It's becoming a little too obvious that giving all the money to handful of people at the top is not quite the wonderful idea they suggested it would be.

Even in the US some people are talking about the need for a 'living wage' -and I doubt these people have ever even heard of Milliband.

I read recently that when Mc Donald's take on new staff a standard part of the induction process is to explain to them how they can claim food stamps- they actually take them through the procedure!

http://billmoyers.com/2013/10/24/audio-mcdonalds-tells-full-time-employee-to-apply-for-welfare-benefits/

This kind of subsidy is incredibly common in today’s low-wage economy. According to a study released last week by the Labor Center at UC Berkeley…

More than half (52 percent) of the families of front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public programs, compared to 25 percent of the workforce as a whole.

The cost of public assistance to families of workers in the fast-food industry is nearly $7 billion per year.

At an average of $3.9 billion per year, spending on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) accounts for more than half of these costs.

Due to low earnings, fast-food workers’ families also receive an annual average of $1.04 billion in food stamp benefits and $1.91 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit payments.

People working in fast-food jobs are more likely to live in or near poverty. One in five families with a member holding a fast-food job has an income below the poverty line, and 43 percent have an income two times the federal poverty level or less.

Even full-time hours are not enough to compensate for low wages.

This isn’t how a “free market” is supposed to work. These workers are selling their labor for less than the cost of production – less than what it takes to provide basics like food, shelter and health care. Low-wage employers are in turn keeping the cost of their products artificially low by socializing a chunk of their labor expenses. And while we may be enjoy a cheap burger, we end up paying more for it when taxes are pulled out of our paychecks.

Profits are privatised and business costs are socialised.

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And New jersey re-elected the most anti Trades Union Governor in loads of years.

Chris Christie - re-elected as pragmatism won over politics.

Boreis / CamMoron / Milipede - wake up and listen

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You lot...fall for the rhetoric everytime. :lol:

Watch what he does, not what he says.

If he was actually going to increase taxes on the wealthy he wouldnt have got this far.

He'll spend more yes, paid for via inflation on the common man, manifested via yet higher stock prices and home costs.

His 'celebration' was funny though....like something from idiocracy. I just dont understand america, where Beyonce giving a peepshow is how the state of the union address is presented (or was that obama's inaugaration?). Utterly bonkers.

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And New jersey re-elected the most anti Trades Union Governor in loads of years.

Chris Christie - re-elected as pragmatism won over politics.

Boreis / CamMoron / Milipede - wake up and listen

If by pragmatism you mean a conviction-less career politician who will say any BS to get elected, then yes.

The John Major of the republicans. If ever he actually gets to a level where the media shine a light on him he'll be about as popular too. Never heard anything worth listening to come out of his pie hole.

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Just FYI, I lived in the USA for several years and can tell you that the Democrats are almost identical to the Tories in terms of ideology, with the Republicans being far right loony bin wingnuts.

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Just FYI, I lived in the USA for several years and can tell you that the Democrats are almost identical to the Tories in terms of ideology, with the Republicans being far right loony bin wingnuts.

Bit simplistic. Many southern democrats are further right than northern republicans and vice versa. Theyre all neo-con warmongering statist globalist types anyway. Better go brand and not vote for any of the scum.

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Just FYI, I lived in the USA for several years and can tell you that the Democrats are almost identical to the Tories in terms of ideology, with the Republicans being far right loony bin wingnuts.

:lol::lol::lol:

I lived in the U.S. for a decade too and you are pretty much spot on.

If the U.S. political system was not bankrolled by corporates and 1%ers the democrats might be able to govern in the interests of the masses, the repub's however are too much loony bin wingnuts now to ever do that. They didn't use to be that way though.

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Bloomberg was a republican only in name when it came to it. You'd be very hard pressed to spot any real difference between him and the centre right of the democrats. Banning smoking in public places and banning sugary drinks being two obvious non-republican type policies. On taxation and spending he was cautious but not any kind of hawk from what I can see.

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And New jersey re-elected the most anti Trades Union Governor in loads of years.

Chris Christie - re-elected as pragmatism won over politics.

Boreis / CamMoron / Milipede - wake up and listen

Yeah, I reckon that's the way the Russell Brand generation will vote: for an entertaining & convincing speaker who says it like it is yet hugs hypocrites. I guess he could destroy one or both parties, but I fear he'll be a figurehead for an alliance of coprorations.

What is the best option? Vote local/federal/global? Otherwise it's withdraw and prepare for ... invasion of the gastric bands.

ps. I lived in Manhattan when the unions were king: people getting well paid for doing nothing, including me. But that's been transferred to tax credits and public sector unions, so I suppose it's more democratic these days. Maybe Christie is doing a parallel transfer for the benefit of corporations.

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:lol::lol::lol:

I lived in the U.S. for a decade too and you are pretty much spot on.

If the U.S. political system was not bankrolled by corporates and 1%ers the democrats might be able to govern in the interests of the masses, the repub's however are too much loony bin wingnuts now to ever do that. They didn't use to be that way though.

You do realize most of the donor to the repubs are also donors to the democrats, right?

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Yeah, I reckon that's the way the Russell Brand generation will vote: for an entertaining & convincing speaker who says it like it is yet hugs hypocrites.

What is the best option? Vote local/federal/global? Otherwise it's withdraw and prepare for ... the gastric band operation.

A Hitler?

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You do realize most of the donor to the repubs are also donors to the democrats, right?

Yes I do. But from what i have seen of the democrats at least at the edges they've tried to help out the common man a little. So if they were not dependent on the corporate donors there is a small possibility they might actually become a party of the people. The repubs on the other had have rushed headlong into the arms of the donors with not a care.

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A Hitler?

No, but all politicians share some elements.

Christie was very funny in his run for governor four years ago. This is his acceptance speech this time - some fun, but lots of mystical talk about "mission" + rising above partisan politics + two cracks at Washington. The voters love him, so they must be right:

He expresses no view on corporate power, state or private.

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:lol::lol::lol:

I lived in the U.S. for a decade too and you are pretty much spot on.

If the U.S. political system was not bankrolled by corporates and 1%ers the democrats might be able to govern in the interests of the masses, the repub's however are too much loony bin wingnuts now to ever do that. They didn't use to be that way though.

If I'd been living in NYC I would have voted for Randy Credico of the Tax Wall Street Party.

http://www.credico2013.org/

Unfortunately his camapaign was handicapped by only allowing the two wings of the Democrat-Republican Party coverage in the media and in debates.

One thing is for sure, Bill Deblasio is,as a friend of the Clintons and Wall Street, no fan of the ordinary person.

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