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CNN’s Working Class Hero

Posted on Oct 12, 2006
Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs on ‘the Daily Show’ calls for a return to progressive values: “Why don’t we take on the concept that’s held the country in pretty good stead for 200 years and return to a national vision of shared burdens, shared responsibilities and shared sacrifice.”

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By GW=MCHammered, October 13, 2006 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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About forty-percent of Americans believe they’re in the top ten-percent of wage earners. Sadly, that is not a joke. I know wonderful people who think that the average manufacturing wage of $16 per hour is a lot of pay when historically, it’s $1 ahead of where minimum wage should be:

1) According to the U.S. Department of Labor, changes in the federal minimum wage from 1938 to 1968 jumped by a factor of 6.4. Meaning the 1976 minimum wage of $2.30 should be $14.72 today.

2) During the forty years from 1938 to 1978 the federal minimum wage climbed by a factor of 10.6 from 25-cents to $2.65. So the late 1966 wage of $1.40, should pay $14.84 per hour.

3) Home, gasoline and many car prices grew over 6% annually since 1974 suggesting that the federal minimum wage, just to keep up with rising prices, should have grown from $2 per hour then to over $14 per hour today.

Figure in productivity increases, this means that the federal minimum wage should be about $15 per hour. Instead, that figure is almost the average manufacturing wage. Is it any wonder that corporations enjoy skyrocketing profits? Snitching pensions and juggling paid-for social programs then passing along deplorable government debt is not acceptable. In fact, it should be criminal, Mister Congress.

Lou Dobbs is one of the few prosperous to regularly speak out for the low and middle class. He understands why a strong middle class is important to a successful democracy and a thriving capitalist economy… one that is not addicted to foreign credit. He also understands why strong borders are important to national security and why it is wrong for outnumbered Congressmen to grant the mountain of unelected lobbyists the power to write governing policies. He’s a fresh voice in the DNBA—- Drumbeat News Business of America.

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By Chris, October 13, 2006 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment
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In reference to Doug, I don’t consider myself liberal or conservative. I am not a registered democrat or republican. Some issues I am liberal on, some I am conservative on. Lou Dobbs Tonight is one of the few American news programs left that focuses on substantive issues. I could care less if Britney and Kevin break up.
In my humble opinion, the two-party system is broke. Both parties are corrupt and neither one seems to have any clear plan on how to combat such issues as the massive deficit, social security’s eventual implosion, e-voting, illegal immigration, and China’s flagrant violations of copyright and trade policy.

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By Josh, October 13, 2006 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment
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Doug, I’m just like you. It is called Libertarian.

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By Doug Lance, October 12, 2006 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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Does everyone have to be right or left. I’m a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. What camp does that put me in?

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By Spinoza, October 12, 2006 at 5:57 am Link to this comment
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I have considered Stewart a “liberal” that is reactionary for some time but if he is promoting Lou Dobbs then I know he is a reactionary. (The movie clip doesnt work).

Dobbs is from the far right,  anti UN, Fortress America/America First school that in the 30’s were pro Mussolini. He is associated with the likes of Pat Buchanan and indirectly Father Coughlin.  Progressives of Dobbs stripe were associated with National Socialism and known to be anti-democratic socialist. He writes for right wing publications.

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