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