Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Economics 101


Which candidate for president has already established a record of help working families?  

The answer to that question is Hillary Rodham, who began by working for the Children’s Defense Fund, by going door-to-door to make sure, that children with disabilities would get a quality education.  As our First Lady, Hillary Clinton worked with Congress to push through a Children’s Health  Insurance Program that continues to protect millions of children.  And, although, she was unsuccessful, she tried to get Congress to pass national healthcare reform starting in 1993.  

Recently, she has supported raising a federal minimum wage, because it would enable low-income families to spend more at businesses in their neighborhoods.  

Hillary recognizes that in the 21st century, women are often the sole or primary breadwinner in an increasing number of families.  Our government should make it easier for working parents, and caregivers to succeed.

Today, she wants Congress to make quality, affordable childcare available to all Americans and limit the costs to 10 percent of the family income.

Clinton wants Congress to act, by expanding Child Tax Credit to provide relief to tens of millions of working families, who are struggling with the costs of raising children.  Guaranteeing equal pay for women won’t just increase their paychecks it’ll boost family budgets.  Paid family leave will keep skilled, talented Americans in the workforce.  Those are the reason every other advanced country does it.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Henry Ford understood that paying his autoworkers the unprecedented sum of $5 a day would enable them to buy the cars that they build.

In 2012, billionaire venture capitalist, Nick Hanauer explained: “If there was no one around who could afford to buy what we had to sell, all those companies and all those jobs would have evaporated.” 

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