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CBS News has this story on 21 states to boost minimum wage in January.

In Washington and eight other states (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and Oregon) the minimum Dollar risingwage is rising simply due to annual adjustments required by state law.

Of course, if State Representative Paul Curtman had his way this annual adjustment would have been eliminated by the legislature despite being an integral component of the 2006 referendum approved by voters to increase the minimum wage.

Those wage increases should translate into more than $838 million in new economic growth, according to EPI, as workers spend more money.

Delaware and Minnesota are slated to increase their respective minimum wages in mid-2015. Once those states are accounted for, the higher minimum wages next year should account for more than $1 billion in economic growth.

The U.S. economy has been steadily improving, with economic growth hitting a strong 5 percent in the third quarter, but proponents of higher minimum wages have pointed out that a large share of the new jobs created since the economic recovery began have been in low-wage industries. Groups like the National Employment Law Project (NELP) are pushing Congress to raise the federal minimum wage.

“The wage crisis is a national crisis, and one that Congress would wisely address by taking a page from the books of states and localities,” NELP executive director Christine Owens said in a statement. “Throughout the country, voters and local governments have heeded the public’s demand for higher wages. Now it’s time for Congress to do the same, and give workers across the nation the pay raise they need and have earned.”

Democrats in 2014 campaigned on the promise to keep pushing for a federal minimum wage increase, but with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress next year, the issue is unlikely to be taken up.

Brave New Films has released their documentary on Rupert Murdoch’s War On Journalism – OUTFOXED!  The full movie can be seen by clicking here.  With Politifact finding that Fox News only tells the facts that are “True” or “Mostly True” 21% of the time has America been Outfoxed? One thing for sure, once you see this movie you will know all the subtle and brazen tricks used by Fox and it will never be the same in your eyes.  Of course, this is a good one to share with your conservative uncle.

Fox News Outfoxed

CBS News tonight ran a story about a Republican congressman admitting he spoke to a group of Ku Klux Klan members.  The story, House majority whip admits he addressed white supremacist group, is about Republican Representative Steve Scalise.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, the House majority whip, has admitted to the Washington Post that he addressed a white supremacistChalkboard organization in 2002, before he was elected to Congress.

At the time, Scalise was a Louisiana state representative, and he appeared before a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), which was founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

If we were to use Glenn Beck’s chalkboard we could draw almost a straight line from Rep. Scalise and Missouri Republican U.S. Representative Ann Wagner according to For Wagner, the fight for leadership becomes personal.

That’s evident now as Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, is doing all she can to get Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., elected to the whip post in Congress,

Glen Beck made much out of the belief that “a friend of a friend is a friend of mine.”  His chalkboard full of lines noting connections, no matter how remote, were often used to paint good Americans in a shadowy light.  Using his technique it seems Mrs. Wagner is obviously a racist.  ”Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” only works if you practice it.

One of the most prominent proponents of MODERN MONETARY THEORY, Bill Mitchell is featured in this 22 minute video explaining what Modern Monetary Theory is and what it would mean in the everyday life of folks in America.  For example, Mr. Mitchell explains why bankers are against unemployment insurance.  Also, how a government and a household are not the same when it comes to budgeting their money.

Sister Simone Campbell’s What Pope Francis Would Say To Obama: Let Workers Unionize takes a look at the intersection of core values and biblical US President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply split on issues of abortion and contraception. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)teachings with today’s problems…

This post first appeared at National Catholic Center.

On March 27 of this year, Pope Francis and President Barack Obama met to discuss, among other topics, their shared concern about the moral and economic crisis of growing income inequality. Pope Francis has deplored “unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities,” and President Obama has called inequality “the defining issue of our time.”

Our Catholic faith teaches that addressing inequality must include just wages and working conditions for those in the labor force. As long ago as 1891, Pope Leo XIII affirmed the right of workers to form associations or unions to seek justice and fair wages. In 1981, St. John Paul II asserted the fundamental “priority of labor over capital” and called for “new movements of solidarity of the workers and with the workers.” And more recently, Pope Francis called on the faithful “to fight for social benefits, a dignified retirement, holidays, rest and freedom for trade unions. All of these issues create social justice.”

In keeping with our faith’s social justice tradition, I strongly support a key element of President Obama’s agenda, which is to raise the minimum wage. Ultimately, the minimum wage should be a living wage, providing low-wage workers with what they need to rise out of poverty and care for their families. That is justice.

Regular readers of this blog are aware that I have given up on the Sunday political shows.  Their relevance to everyday life in America is at an all-time low which also explains why many others have found alternative activities  and ratings have plummeted.  One of the central figures in these shows and their decline is George Will, conservative pundit for years on ABC and now on FOX.  Mr. Will also writes a syndicated column that has been a multiple winner of my “Most Consistent Builder of Straw Man Arguments” award.  Through the years I have had the opportunity to dissect many of his columns in local publications.

It appears Mr. Will has continued his downward slide in quality but upward trend in collecting awards with the announcement that he has been named “Misinformer of the Year.”

“[W]hen they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.” 

This single phrase has followed George Will for the last six months. The syndicated conservative columnist, considered by many a thoughtful intellectual rather than a bomb-thrower, severely damaged his brand when he wrote a June 2014 column dismissing efforts on college campuses to combat the epidemic of sexual assault and suggesting that women who say they were raped receive “privileges.” The column has sparked hundreds to protest his public appearances, challenges from U.S. Senators and women’s rights groups, and the dropping of his column from a major newspaper.

Will’s 2014 misinformation was not limited to attacking and dismissing rape victims. Throughout the year, Will failed to disclose several major conflicts of interest in his columns, and his tangled relationship with political entities backed by Charles and David Koch was cited by the outgoing ethics chair of the Society of Professional Journalists as the kind of conflict journalists should disclose in their writing. His history as a prominent denier of climate change also helped further undermine his credibility, with more than 100,000 people signing a petition demanding the Washington Post stop printing the science misinformation he and others regularly push in its pages.

Will has written a column for the Postsince 1974, which is syndicated in over 450 papers. He started his career as a Republican Senate staff member and speech writer before moving into the ranks of the conservative press, contributing to The American Spectator and working as the Washington editor for the National Review for a time. He has become a fixture in the right-wing think tank infrastructure, serving as a board member of the Bradley Foundation, which funds conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation, the Hudson Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Federalist Society. But Will was always careful to keep one foot in the mainstream — in addition to his Post column, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1977, he served as an ABC News commentator for three decades and was even a featured interview in several Ken Burns documentaries.mutebutton

Yet late last year, he left ABC to join Fox News as a political contributor, cementing his increasingly conservative and counterfactual tendencies.

No wonder people stopped watching!

Passing through Pacific last night I couldn’t help but think of how President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy is part of his socialist plan to destroy America, it’s obviously destroying Franklin County.

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Media Matters has assembled this collection of Colbert and Daily Show episodes from 2014.  Now, this is fun.  My favorite is the Colbert “Bachelor” segment detailing the date between Rand Paul and Rupert Murdoch or as Colbert nicknames them “Ru Paul.”  The Daily Show is a close second with Jon Stewart’s total decimation of Fox News and right-wing coverage of the “Latte salute.”

Which show is your favorite?

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