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Bernie Sanders Applauds Amazon On Tuesday U.S. Democratic Senator and prominent Amazon critic Bernie Sanders praised the company's move to increase minimum hourly wages to $15 and ...
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(Dazzling! This didn't take long at all, when Bernie goes into high gear, eh? and Bezos even thanked Bernie today!

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from Jeff Bezos ~~~ Thank you @SenSanders. We're excited about this, and also hope others will join in

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However, in the world of the tawdriest of corporate-pleasing journalism, do you think the Associated Press article on this would even mention Bernie Sanders ONCE? Hell, no. That is all the more reason to share this article as widely as you can on Facebook, and with family, friends, and associates.)

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Letter from Bernie Sanders, sent out October 2, 2018:

Today as a result of your help, we have won a major victory for American workers.

This morning, after a long campaign, Jeff Bezos of Amazon announced that the company would raise its minimum wage for all United States employees to $15 an hour -- a move that will impact more than 350,000 full-time, part-time and temporary workers.

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I want to thank the Amazon workers who worked with us on this campaign and the more than 100,000 of you who signed a petition demanding that Mr. Bezos do exactly what he announced today. This is what happens when we stand up and fight for justice together.

I also want to give credit where credit is due, and that is to applaud Jeff Bezos for his decision today. It is no secret that I have been a harsh critic of the wage and employment practices of Amazon and Mr. Bezos. Today he did the right thing. And the decision could very well be a shot heard around the world because there is no reason why other profitable corporations should not follow his lead.

The time is now for Walmart, McDonald's and the fast food industry, the airline industry, and the retail industry in general to start paying their workers a living wage -- at least $15 per hour. The American people are tired of having to subsidize profitable corporations who pay their workers wages that are so low that many of them are forced to go on food stamps, Medicaid, subsidized housing and other federal programs.

That has got to change, and Mr. Bezos' decision today is a major step forward in that direction.

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No intelligent person will ever be able to say in the future that Bernie didn't accomplish anything. This is proof.


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This is utter bullshit, as politely as I can say it. Here's the cost that Bernie stole from us, as pronounced by the makers of the F-35, an utterly useless piece of bs technology that, in the unlikely event that it worked, would kill untold millions of humans click here.

Stephen, Do you actually approve of this?

$15 bucks an hour can't even pay for shelter, let alone food, clothing, healthcare, and education. Gimme a break, please.

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"Bernie stole from us"?


In your view, what did he steal? again, please? can you elaborate what you write of?


Yes, of course, I approve of this pay increase, and I approve of Bernie's tactics to get this done, and I approve of where it is going to go from here.


Did you hear any other Senators else clamoring for this pay increase? Can't you comprehend what a positive step towards the future economic well being of all Americans?



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Stephen, do you not see what just happened here??

It's easy to see there's no gain for the employees, and no extra expense to the employer. What was "given" with one hand, was taken back with the other.

No benefits were offered, and all incentives have been cancelled.

Additionally, all employees that may have been making that amount already have simply lost their bonuses - an outright loss!

This is a typical corporate ploy that wasn't even an offer, as it contained no option to accept or decline. Whatever was lost, was lost. Amazon's shareholders and Bezos are probably having a good laugh at how easy it was to fool Sanders and everyone else.

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I don't believe Bernie is the stupid bumbling oaf, "fooled" by Bezos, as your portrayal depicts.


You entirely miss the point that he pressed for this pay increase, and he got it. No one else in the Senate could be bothered.


He continues to be my hero, and this shows what kind of President he would be. In this era of stolen votes, he might lose again, but, indeed, he is getting great things accomplished, and will continue to do so, whether the naysayers, kvetches, and complainers can ever appreciate his efforts or not...


I think it is very petty of you to make the comment that you did.

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I say he is somewhat "fooled", because he quickly jumped on the "praise" bandwagon, when nothing of the sort was actually warranted.

Yes, he *technically* got what he asked for, but only from Amazon, and it was only given at the expense of the employees' incentives. These employees didn't gain anything, and are not about to anytime soon. It was really that disingenuous.

It should be noted what happened here has little to do with achieving an actual commitment from all U.S. companies to pay that "living wage". The minimum wage remains where it is, and nobody in the USG is moving to change that.

I'm sorry to burst your bubble here, Stephen, but if Bernie isn't clueless to what just happened, then he's being a typical politician who's just spinning the whole thing to make it look like he's done something useful.

Maybe Bernie should try the same trick with Walmart or McDonald's, and see how far he gets. If either of them do anything, it will resemble what Amazon did - put up the wages, and take back the difference somewhere else to make up for it.

This, in addition to his support for the insane military expenses (and war itself, by association) makes Bernie a real conundrum.

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You are generous to give Bernie the benefit of the doubt with regard to his role in fooling people into thinking this PR move was in any way for their actual benefit. Bernie went over to the Dark Side when he colluded with the DNC by stumping for the Uterus of Wall Street, throwing Tim Canova under the bus in favor of that reptile, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and touring the country supporting fake progressives being promoted by the moribund Democratic Party.

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I was actually being "generous" with Stephen, just to stick to a point. Personally, I regard Bernie as just another politician who failed to walk his talk, when push came to shove.

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Thank you. Thanking Bezo's Amazon with its penis logo is the last utterance anyone should do. Decommissioning the ruling class muscled armament industry should be at the top of the list, and while we are at f*ck a $15 per hour wage. Why not demand $30 per hour which would be more appropriate, and if we don't get it, we will f*cking take it.

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Do you think he is just another mofo? :)

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:-)))) you know it, probably all kind of fo!

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This is a reply to David as well as Stephen; I could go on and on, but here is a thought starter click here, from the brilliant Lee Camp.

Stephen, As for Bernie, without writing an article on it, I was one who strongly advocated for him, giving over $600 that I didn't have, offering bumper stickers for the cost of a stamp and return envelope, and more. That is until his total about face to drag others into the arms of the Queen Hawk, Hillary.

When I was running against Hatch--if one can call it that, given the absolute media block-out I experienced--I had many principles I was going to follow, but my main, indeed only, specific strategic plan was to immediately befriend Bernie and "learn the ropes" from him, as well as work with him.

I have been majorly dismayed by his support of Russiagate, that now has us set on the knife edge of WW3 and the extinction of humankind and life on earth. He always seems to jump on this or that bandwagon when there is nothing serious to lose. But as noted, let us praise every success, no matter how small it may be. Dale Carnegie 101. I used that concept regularly in the classroom, and it often did lead to further progress.

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Agree totally on F-35.

I do think this is at least good news on $15 if it is not all just PR.

60 years ago at age 14 my first job paid $0.75 and hour. That is about $1,500 a year, which even in 1958 was not enough to live on, which was enough to pay my college tuition at the University of Maryland, and buy books, if I lived and ate at home.

$15 dollars is about a 5% inflation rate. So $15 now has barely kept up with "real" inflation, not the phony number the gov puts out.

If you want to play around with the numbers here is a calculator http://www.moneychimp.com/calculator/present_value_calculator.htm

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From what I have read the working conditions at an Amazon warehouse are terrible. I read "Nomad Land, Surviving in America.....". It is a book about how to live in a van. Amazon uses a lot of van dwellers, and migrants. They hire them through a company called Workforce. Most people can only work at the pace required for a few months at a time, and they are treated like slave labor. It is physically exhausting work on a par with sweatshops.

I don't know if Amazon uses prison labor, it wouldn't surprise me if they did. A lot of the big corporations do.

My guess would be that if this is real it is because economically to get steady workers Amazon is having to go to $15, I am too cynical to think they are doing it out of the generosity of their heart...but while they are at it they are going to try and get all the good publicity they can.

Let's watch and see what happens before popping champagne corks.

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We are still settling for crumbs off the table. We need to yell louder about and expose the utter corruption that is sucking us dry. We are the workers who are getting sucked dry by the oligarchs. I fully advocate an economy wherein input (resource depletion) and output costs (pollution and planetary demise) are taken into consideration.

I also ask, "Are garbage men any less important that brain surgeons?" Or "Plastic surgeons?"

Let's have a strongly enforced regulation that the ratio of the highest paid "workers" to the "lesser paid workers" is no more than 10:1. Is there some problem with that which I may be missing?

Need I mention the military, which takes no less than 60% of our discretionary spending, to bomb civilians, rape them, rip off resources, pollute the planet, and pisses off the rest of the world?

As Adam Smith noted in The Wealth of Nations, something to the effect that one automated pin factory could eliminate about 90% of its work force and yet still produce the amount of pins? Apply this across the board of manufacturing and it's readily apparent that the parasites on top have simply learned to manipulate the system, in addition to literally creating it? Money flows upward, to those who deserve it least.

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Thank you for your comment. I agree that all Bernie Sanders actually did is to cajole some pocket change out of Bezos in his never ending crusade to divert the actual revolution into the "controlled opposition" that the ruling class can get on board with at the least effort on their part.. Disgusting to hear Cenk yet again oozing praise on phony progressives. Yes, some workers will be celebrating this gesture but it should have been at least $22 and Bernie and Bezos both know this move let a tiny bit of steam off the pressure cooker that has been the criminal wage disparity between the people who actually do the work and the swollen maggots who rake in the profits,

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We have 21 trillion dollars missing as has been reported in several places in the recent past. If there were 300,000 people in the US there's a few more than that presently, but if you divided that money by those people each person we get $70,000 a year. If there's 4 people in an average family that would be $280,000. Maybe my math is off, but that is what it looks like from my point of view. I applaud any little thing any politician does that's right, hence I actually approve of Bernie doing what he's doing, I just think there needs to be a lot more done.

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When Bernie stole from us was a few trillion dollars for the idiotic F-35 built in Burlington Vermont. I'll keep it short but I hope you get that point.

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Actually, there's over 300,000,000, which reduces your calculations somewhat. But the point is still perfectly valid!

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I was just seeing if anyone was paying attention! Thanks da, off by a few zeros kind of like my bank account.

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At least you have a bank account. :(

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So precisely what are you saying is "utter bullshit"?



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Will Amazon CEOs etc be raking in fewer dollars when paying their workers $15? Will they concoct ways to keep their millions coming in?



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The CEOs won't even notice this gesture. It will come out of the PR budget and working conditions which are similar to the treatment of galley slaves rowing so Pharoah can water ski will remain unchanged.

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I really like your very apt analogy about Pharaoh water-skiing, but I truly don't think this is such a trivial breakthrough in American economic history, as it seems all the naysayers evidently want to show up here on OpEdNews to loudly minimize or in one way or another downplay or even impugn the significance of this breakthrough.


But tell me, when has any US Senator done anything even remotely like this before? Not once in the 58 years in which I have been politically cognizant, unless you want to include the 1964 Civil Rights act, signed when I was 16 years old.


I accept Bernie's accomplishment in this Amazon matter for what it obviously and truly is. There will be more of same, I am sure.

You can dump all over LBJ for many reasons, but remember what a breakthrough it really was at the time.



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Some excerpts, (emphasis is mine) from the link I give below them...

"There is, moreover, a calculated political dimension to the action, which takes place only a month before the midterm elections. Bezos, owner of the Washington Post and prominent backer of the Democratic Party, has donated millions toward electing Democratic candidates, particularly those with military backgrounds. The company is currently bidding for a $10 billion contract to provide the Pentagon with cloud services."

"Most of cost of the raise is paid for by the estimated $789 million Amazon received as a result of this year's tax cuts. Amazon paid $0 in taxes in 2017."

"On top of this, Amazon workers reported to the World Socialist Web Site that the company is telling them to expect cuts to the Variable Compensation Plan and MyReward bonus program, as well as the Restricted Stock Units plan. What is being billed as a raise may actually result in a pay cut."

"But studies show that when wages are raised from the $10-13 range to $15 per hour, workers end up with incomes that are too high to qualify for social programs."

"Curtis Skinner of the National Center for Children in Poverty estimates that a raise to $15 an hour could end up costing a parent over $10,000 a year. According to the Center for Community Solutions, an Ohio worker who receives a raise from $11.50 to $15 actually makes $29 less each month as a result of losing eligibility for food stamps, housing subsidies, and Medicaid. Such is the absurdity of American capitalism."

The Fraud of Amazon's $15 Wage

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(Makes ya feel so warm and fuzzy, doesn't it?!)

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The policy is deliberate and the outcome predictable, i.e., planned. The elites are not giving anything away and if there is any program cutting into their graft and corruption they will choose a way to compensate...it is after all their government, their rule of law, their military, their prisons, their surveillance state, their terrorists, their federal reserve, their IMF, their World Bank, their pollution of the biosphere. As long as we thank them for what appears to be a favor, it will soon be our asses, not theirs.

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I should have known....and calling American capitalism "absurd" is a bit too kind, IMHO....I prefer the Biblical "root of all evil" description.

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Not so fast, Bernie....this is just another Bezos scam.

First, Bezos didn't increase the salary to $15 out of the goodness of his heart, he did it because he had to compete with Target and Walmart who were already raising their wage to $15.

WHY AMAZON REALLY RAISED ITS MINIMUM WAGE TO $15

And then there is this:

Amazon to cut bonuses, stock benefits as it raises wages

By JOSEPH PISANI | October 3, 2018 at 4:46 PM EST - Updated October 3 at 4:57 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon made a big splash this week with its $15 an hour minimum wage announcement, but lost in the fine print: Existing warehouse workers will no longer receive stock in the company or collect bonuses.

The online giant says next month it will end bonuses, which paid workers extra based on their attendance and warehouse productivity, as it boosts its minimum wage.

Amazon will also phase out its restricted stock unit program, which gave shares to workers if they stayed with Amazon for a certain amount of years. Amazon says it will replace it with a program next year that will allow workers to buy stock, but didn't provide details.

Amazon.com Inc. says "compensation will be more immediate and predictable" with the changes.

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It is an obligatory "good PR move," for a guy who might otherwise be catastrophically hated.


It will also lead to good things for more American workers, thanks to Bernie's leadership and stewardship of the partial redistribution of wealth. (The Republicans Right really hates those 3 words!)



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Another predictable article from you, Steohen, but at least it stimulated some useful comments.

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I try to write about things that no one else has, so I don't know what you mean by "predictable." Still waiting to read your first article....

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