At least according to folks that don’t have to worry about money!! Matthew Owen, “Home Mortgage Consultant” for Mega Bank Wells Fargo, is pretty clear on his position: Earning minimum wage is the best path for success. “Matthew in the Middle” recently trumpeted in a bunch of ads about how raising the minimum wage in Eureka (Measure R) would ruin the chances for poor people to better themselves. It’s amazing how folks who have plenty of money speak as if all it takes is “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps”. Somehow that’s the way to a better standard of living, even if you can’t pay your PG&E bill.
Matthew was right with part of his letter. Measure R will pass. Why? Because raising the minimum wage is needed and is the right thing to do. Corporate Big boxes like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, Kohls, etc., etc., can easily afford to pay for this increase. Matthew was also right that this increase will probably be taken to court, and potentially ruled unenforceable. Why? Because Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, Kohls, etc., etc., will pay Mega bucks for attorneys to fight this ordinance. Legal defense of the ordinance will be up to the “very competent” Eureka City Attorney (ug!). Who will fight for Measure R? No…It will come down to those “minimum wage” folks, who barely can afford a pot to piss in, to fight for the enforcement of this ordinance.
This ordinance may pass handily. Sadly and just as handily, rich power elite will ensure it is never enforced. We urge you to Vote for Measure R and at least send the message.
This Big Corporate money dominated Democracy is a bitch, isn’t it?