Thursday, December 10, 2015
Nominating Bernie Sanders would virtually put Minimum Wage on the Ballot and Drive Voter Turnout Up
One thing that is hardly mentioned at all by the traditional media is that a Bernie Sanders nomination would virtually put the Minimum Wage on the ballot; and there is plenty of evidence to indicate that this could drive voter turnout through the roof and virtually guarantee him a victory, assuming people are allowed to vote and those votes are counted.
Edit: Regrettably with Bernie Sanders endorsing Hillary Clinton there isn't nearly as much a chance of her trying to increase the minimum wage despite her promises during the campaign. She's already demonstrated that when in office she supports business interests including Walmart where she was once a board member. These business interests made her rich and paid for the advertisements promising to defend the rest of us. It is far more likely that she'll support increasing the minimum wage if she faces enormous grassroots opposition from people abandoning her for a candidate that really does want to increase it like Jill Stein. Even better with these two horrendous candidates to choose from it is the greatest chance to elect an alternative party candidate since Abraham Lincoln.
This has been proven repeatedly including the latest poll in the following article as well as high turn outs in the past when state ballots put minimum wage before voters:
The following are some additional article showing that in 2014 states with minimum wage on the ballot had much higher voter turnouts:
How Putting Minimum Wage Increases On The Ballot Increases Progressive Voter Turnout 02/17/2013
Minimum Wage Raise Passes In Four GOP States 11/04/2014
Can minimum wage be used as an incentive for voting in future elections? While most states saw a drop in voter turnout this midterm elections, three states with minimum-wage increases on the ballot saw a spike in voters 11/09/2014
Of course the minimum wage isn't the only issue and working class people aren't the only disenfranchised segment of society and if we really want to live in a democratic society we need to include all people in the political process and increase grassroots participation in the governing process which is also what Bernie Sanders is calling for. Additional segments that need to participate more also include former prisoners immigrants and more some of which are addressed in the following article:
The traditional establishment, especially the most conservative segments of it, often try to give people the impression that felons should give up their right to participate in the democratic process when they commit crimes; but this overlooks the possibility, or virtual guarantee that many of these people were disenfranchised before they committed crimes that sent them to jail. This is most obvious to anyone who has either read about or visited abandoned inner cities that provide no hope education or opportunity from early childhood. This is easy for people to deny when they refuse to look into the situation, but that doesn't make it go away and it is far less expensive to educate these people than to put them on a virtual guaranteed path to prison, often doing more damage on the way.
It also fails to differentiate between white collar crime or things that should be considered crimes and so-called blue collar crime. We often get enormous amounts of propaganda about how we get paid what we're worth; but is a high paid advertiser who deceives consumers into overpaying for their products really worth much more that working class people that actually provide a service that improves quality of life for the public?
This is just one of many simple questions that aren't addressed by the traditional media or those that make a lot of money doing jobs that do more to shift wealth to the rich than improve quality of life.
Increasing voter turnout and better educating the public with the help of alternative media outlets can go a long way to changing this and reversing large declines in the environment and economic system that the current establishment is causing.
We should also consider whether Hillary Clinton would really defend the working class at home when she does no such thing abroad according to her E-Mails among other sources. Hillary’s State Department Pressured Haiti Not To Raise Minimum Wage to $.61 An Hour 01/18/2016