What truly is the definition of fair exchange? Is it what appears to be fair to most people or is it in actuality what is fair? Fair exchange means to give and receive reciprocally something of apparent value that is free from bias, dishonesty or injustice. It means that both parties give up something and receive something of value equivalent to each other.
When I worked at the railroad back in 1974 I was paid $5.83 per hour for 40 hours of work and time and a half for overtime. In 2013, I would be making $27.67 an hour or 4.75times what I made in 1974. I made $233.20 a week and now and would have to make $1107.70 per week or $4430.80 per month ($53,169.60 per year) for the dollar value to be a ‘fair exchange’. The minimum wage was $2.00 an hour and I was making 2.9 times that value. I was an Electrical Inspector on the Penn Central/Amtrak RR and was considered a skilled technician.
I remember being able to pay all of my bills and save money on top of that. Yet, in today’s economy, people are not being paid on a ‘fair exchange’ formula. Following this formula, minimum wage should be $9.50 an hour. However it is $7.25 an hour which is 76% of what it should be. I applied at Comcast in 2002 and they offered me $14.00 per hour (the minimum wage was $5.15 an hour), which was a dollar below the inflation rate. I was not hired by Comcast and five years later they called me back and offered me $12.50 an hour FOR THE SAME JOB! WTH?
Do you see wherelarge corporations are trying to screw the very people that make them huge profits? We the people, meaning the majority of middle class workers, have been getting screwed by Corporate America for too many years. The CEO’s buy multiple ‘summer’ homes, construct moats around their castles and invest their monies offshore for giant ‘tax breaks’ while the rest of us can barely make ends meet. Yet, time and again we vote representatives into Congress that defend the corporate agenda and screw the rest of us.
Don’t you think it’s about time that this stopped? Don’t you think that we should vote people into Congress that truly represent our interests and NOT that of the greedy corporate executives? On Election Day in 2014 we had another chance to fumigate Congress of the leeches, pinheads and rubber stampers that have been screwing us all along. People like John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz who say what their base wants to hear and pockets checks from Corporate America for manifesting their agendas.
Eric Cantor is gone and only 36.4% of the voting electorate showed up to vote. 77% of that was middle class whites earning more than $75,000 per year! It was NOT a Republican mandate! It was the lack of Democrats and Progressives showing up and voting. Wake up people! You have the power with the flick of a lever to stop these greedy bastards in their tracks. Do it in 2016! Vote for YOU and your family and NOT the Koch Brothers! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)