State of Arkansas Archives: on Jobs

Mark Swaney: Abandon minimum wage in favor of living wage

Swaney said he will fight to make things better for the working class. "The first thing that I have in mind is an increase in the minimum wage," Swaney said. "In the Green Party, we actually support abandoning the entire concept of minimum wage, which is nothing more than a slave's wage. We believe we should be gradually moving towards a living wage and we believe everyone who works a 40 hour week ought to be paid enough in that 40 hour week to take care of themselves and one or two other family members.
Source: KAIT-8 on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 26, 2014

Jim Holt: Restrict China trade until they float their currency

Q: Should the federal government take steps to stop the flow of jobs from the US?

A: Absolutely-when the loss results from rigged trading conditions. By using tariffs on countries who rig the game so that trade between us does not reflect true free-market costs. Currency manipulation would be a major example. Right now the government of China does not float its currency. The medium of exchange between our two economies is not accountable to the free market. Because of this, pure free trade with the managed economy of this communist giant is impossible whether we put tariffs on them or not. The Chi-com industries pay everyone in undervalued money and get overvalued dollars in exchange. One day, it will all collapse of course. Until it does, it represents a conspiracy between the Communist rulers of China and their manufacturing class to pay their workers peanuts (through currency manipulation) and use these artificially lowered costs to takeover American markets.

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Questionnaire Aug 12, 2004

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