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Posted: Friday, October 3, 2008 10:00 pm

This letter is in response to Monday's question in the News-Sentinel's Street Scene: "If you could ask a candidate a question, what would it be?"

During McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican Convention, he stated that everyone should be able to earn a decent wage. I would ask: "How much is a decent wage? How much do you, Sen. McCain, believe a person needs as a living wage?"

McCain voted against raising the minimum wage, protecting overtime rights and extending unemployment benefits. But he did vote for a national "right to work for less" law. Who did that benefit? Certainly not the working class. To use McCain's own campaign strategy, I could interpret his legislative voting as stating that McCain is for the exploitation of workers who receive substandard wages.

Barb Soderdahl

Galt

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2 comments:

  • posted at 6:05 am on Sat, Oct 4, 2008.

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    lodisafeway wrote on Oct 4, 2008 5:55 AM:The boo-hooing over our failures should end by looking in the mirror. Girard complaining about other people's boo-hooing?How ironic!

     
  • posted at 12:55 am on Sat, Oct 4, 2008.

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    During the journey through my working life I have become convinced that nearly all of us are not paid what we are worth - many are paid far too less; others far too much.Another lesson that has not been lost on me is that we are responsible for our successes and our failures - not the government. For those of us who are truly wronged by employers vis-a-vis harassment, fraud, etc., there are avenues to be taken to correct these problems. However, as I look around me now at the things I possess that to the outer world might represent my "success" in life, I find myself precisely where I should be based upon what I did or did not do to arrive here. My education (or lack thereof), skills (or lack thereof), ambition (or lack thereof) - these are all things that contributed (or taken from) my earning capacity in our free-market society. I can blame no one but myself if I am dissatisfied with my lot in life - nor can the government (or anyone else) take credit for my successes.The boo-hooing over our failures should end by looking in the mirror.

     

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