February 02, 2007

MINIMUM WAGE PASSES SENATE, PLUS NEWS ON DEBT AND TRADE AND CATS



Goat Rope...It's not just for people. Do your animals read it?

We received the following note and this photo yesterday from the Direct Action Welfare Group (DAWG), an allied organization.

According to DAWG, the feline Goat Rope fan is


one of three children born out of wedlock to Wednesday, a single mother we rescued from the homeless cat shelter just in time for her to have triplets. Soon as she can find a daycare she will be out pounding the pavement for a minimum wage job but currently she is receiving welfare and foodstamps to help feed her brood.


It looks like his mom will be working for a higher minimum wage soon.

(Random thought: if you have a cat, grab it and show it this post. Then it will be a cat looking at Goat Rope looking at another cat looking at Goat Rope. Then, if you have a camera, take a picture of the cat looking at the picture of a cat. That would almost be an infinite regression. That would rule...)

Lots of news today, first,

SENATE PASSES MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE 94-3! That's a positive development, although the bill wasn't clean (meaning that it had extraneous amendments attached). Now it goes to conference with the House. Ideally, the amendments would be removed but that remains to be seen. Congratulations though for everyone who worked on this! We've come a long way...

Did I mention that El Cabrero's beloved state of West Virginia (ECBSWV) was the first state under the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign umbrella to increase it at the state level? (OK, so others had done it before the campaign kicked off, but let's not get too technical.)

HERE'S SOME GLOOMIER NEWS that reflects the current state of (the lack of) economic justice in the U.S. According to the AP, personal savings have dropped to their lowest level in 74 years (that would be 1933, not exactly a banner year for shared prosperity):


People once again spent everything they made and then some last year, pushing the personal savings rate to the lowest level since the Great Depression more than seven decades ago.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the savings rate for all of 2006 was a negative 1 percent, meaning that not only did people spend all the money they earned but they also dipped into savings or increased borrowing to finance purchases. The 2006 figure was lower than a negative 0.4 percent in 2005 and was the poorest showing since a negative 1.5 percent savings rate in 1933 during the Depression.



BUT HERE'S SOMETHING A LITTLE BETTER: There are signs that the new Congress will no longer rubber stamp "free" trade agreements. This item from The Hill indicated that Democrats may delay moving on trade deals unless labor and environment standards are strengthened.

GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: HOPPIN' LIKE A TOAD

7 comments:

cuz in canal said...

Primo querido:
You know I never miss a blog of yours, even tho' my intellectual level keeps sinking as I get older, and I'm reduced to paying as much attention to the pictures as the articles. Which brings me to the question: Is that your picture (or maybe la cabrera's??) of Frida Kahlo?? I don't remember seeing it at the farm when we were there. I'm a big Frida Kahlo fan, even tho' I may have misspelled her last name,and I love that picture. Let me know.....

El Cabrero said...

Prima querida,
Actually it's a big Frida calendar La Cabrera (aka La Cabra) found at a bookstore.

It probably wouldn't be hard to find. She took it to school after Seamus inspected it. Her kids love Frida

cuz said...

Aha - luckily I live near a fabulous Barnes & Noble, and I'll just bet I can pick up a calendar there. My favorite portrait is, of course, "Me and My Parrots", even tho' Frida has a cigarette in her hand. Regards to La Cabra, she is indeed an amazing person.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thank you for the link to DAWG. I've book-marked it.

Just about the time I read your random thought, my cat, Alex, attacked my leg to get my attention. I picked the firball up and allowed him to stare at the picture of the feline in your blog. I believe, even though I can't understand cat language, that Alex thought that he was looking at his own reflection. (At least that's what his prideful meows sounded as if he were saying).

I hope the House and Senate agree on the Minimum age bill-and that our millionaire president signs it.

El Cabrero said...

If only we'd gotten the infinite regression picture. I'm not sure how many cats that would take.

Thanks for the comment!

Jspiker said...

That's a "damning" personal savings statistic... and you hit the nail on the head. I hope the next depression holds off until the baby boomers arrive. Our grandkids are going to have a tuff life.

So much for the "trickle down theory"...

I'm working on a picture of the cat watching the cat watching the cat ...but it's going to be hard to pull off.

Cats have a mind of their own...
Everything they do has to be THEIR decision.

I'm trying my best to get my cat to talk about it...

He's stubborn as a mule.

El Cabrero said...

My grandkid just turned 3. I'm wondering what will await him....

Thanks for even trying with the cat thing. I think cats and goats are psychically related. Same mentality, except the latter are a little more social but more cantankerous, if that's possible.

Nice work on West Virginia Blue, by the way!