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Friday
Aug292014

Martin For US Senate - US Senate candidate Andy Martin supports minimum wage increase 

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin announces his support for an increase in the minimum wage

 

Andy says a minimum wage increase is relatively meaningless as a matter of pure economics, but it could change the frame of reference of the Republican Party

 

Andy says “If we want to make people less dependent on government, our economy has to produce good jobs. Both the Democratic and Republican Party paradigms have failed. I propose to pursue the ‘Market Basket’ economic plan”

 

(Manchester, NH) (August 29, 2014) 

 

Dear Republican:

 

I am still euphoric at the successful resolution of the Market Basket controversy. But there are deeper lessons to be learned from Market Basket and its enlightened management.

 

Today I am proud to announce my support for an increase in the minimum wage, with a small business exception for firms of ten or less employees.

 

Republicans generally oppose minimum wage increases. One of my opponents, Bob Smith, has a stone-age attitude and wants to erase the minimum wage and other worker protections.

 

I grew up in a family that valued hard work. I started delivering papers at 11 (yes, boys did that at 11 in those days) and had a very successful paper route. One Christmas I earned the equivalent in today’s dollars of $2,500. The week after I turned 16 I started a part-time job. I was earning the equivalent of $25.00 into day’s dollars. I had to work because I had a car to support. I worked in college and I have worked all my life.

 

But my family not only valued work. We also valued workers. I grew up respecting workers. At Thanksgiving and Christmas our workers who did not have families were always invited to join us for dinner. My Franco-American uncle from West Manchester, Lucian Marcoux, was the hardest-working man I ever knew.

 

Because of my upbringing I immediately joined the Market Basket associates when they began their protest; within days I had radio ads, and eventually TV ads, supporting the workers in their efforts to protect their company from corporate and private equity predators.

 

The Republican Party used to be the party of “Main Street” and “Wall Street.” It was an amalgam of small businesses and large corporations. Today the Republican Party is out of balance. Scott Brown is being supported by Wall Street billionaires who want “more.” Brown’s supporters usually want to take their increased profits out of the hides of their workers.

 

I have economics training. So let me be blunt and up front. The minimum wage boost may help a few people directly, but it won’t benefit or hurt the overall economy in a major manner. But as we seek to rebalance our economy and rebalance our political party we need to become again the voice of ordinary workers. We need to stop peddling the “hopeium” that so-called “job creators” are out to help workers or to invest in our economy. Today the Republican Party is run by and under the control of job destroyers such as Bain Capital and other firms that export jobs to enrich themselves.

 

Last time around we nominated a vulture capitalist as our presidential candifate. Romney didn’t do all of the bad things he was accused of. But he did enough of them. He didn’t “kill” anyone but he threw a lot of people out of work when he didn’t have to, all to make more money for himself and his wealthy associates.

 

Supporters of unbridled “capitalism” have been promoting the claim that when rich people get richer, everyone’s economy improves. The “recovery” from the latest recession proves that is no longer true. The so-called 1% has gobbled up over 95% of the income gains since the bottom of the recession. Most of us are still struggling. Ninety-nine percent of the people are doing poorly or not much better or are less economically secure. That’s why our economic growth is so sluggish. What kind of an economy is it that produces extreme wealth for a handful of people and mediocre opportunities for the rest of us? An economy where people are experiencing downward economic mobility? That’s a Scott Brown economy.

 

Brown is constantly being invited, and paid, to attend “private equity” conferences where people scheme to see how many more jobs they can export to China, or how many payrolls they can slash. Private equity vultures take over companies, fire employees and export our jobs to China and elsewhere.

 

In 2012, Mitt Romney could and would have become president if he had made a simple trip to Freeport, Illinois and put his hands up and told his Bain Capital cronies “enough.” I was astounded that in the middle of the presidential election Bain Capital was stripping out the machinery of a plant which made world-class products and exporting those jobs to China. [See link below] Romney was not enough of a man to say no to the people who were still managing a large part of his own wealth. So he lost the presidency. I seriously doubt Romney even realizes why he lost as he is importuned to attempt a comeback in 2016. It ain’t happening.

 

There is a middle way. We don’t have to live in a country where Democrats try to give away the store, and Republicans are bankrupting the store on Main Street so a handful of wealthy people can become wealthier. We can follow the Market Basket way.

 

Market Basket offers good jobs, good pay, good benefits, and a good working environment, all while making record profits.

 

Today we have elevated “shareholder value” above all other factors. Maybe is an abstract econometric equation that might make theoretical sense. But the “shareholder value” catechism has impoverished our economy and impoverished working families. The middle class is eroding and disappearing. Where’s the “value?”

 

So, no, my support for an increase in the minimum wage does not suggest I believe the move will massively change our economy. But we must massively change the “economy” of the Republican Party if Republicans are ever again to be a majority Party. No more “private equity” presidential candidates (if Scott Brown wins he will run for president in 2016).

 

We can’t count on the Democrats blowing up our economy as the only avenue to electoral opportunity for us in the future.

 

Democrats are failures but so are Republicans.

 

By all means let’s work harder for lower taxes and smaller government. In New Hampshire those goals are our common “religion.” But let’s not loose sight of the fact that when workers have jobs, good jobs, the economy benefits and all of us benefit.

 

John McCain was in New Hampshire a few days ago to support Scott Brown. In 2008 McCain was buying $500 shoes. How many of you buy $500 shoes? (They are probably $750 six years later.) How many of you can afford to? So let's get real. K Street and Wall Street are playing New Hampshire voters for suckers. In 2008 when McCain ran for president he couldn't remember how many homes he owned. McCain and the Republican Party supported the bailout of big banks; they didn’t support homeowners who were victimized by fraudulent foreclosures. So naturally McCain backs Brown, who long ago sold his soul to Wall Street.

 

I support an increase in the minimum wage as a symbol of my commitment to seek economic justice for every American. Everyone needs to “profit” from our economy, not just Scott Brown’s campaign contributors. All of us can “profit” from a fairer economy. We had a more open and opportunity-based economy several decades ago and we let the benefits slip away. Now we must fight to reestablish an economy that works for every American. That should be and must be the Republican way if we hope to become once again the majority party in this great nation. Please join me and support me on Election Day.

 

Loyally,

 

Andy

 

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News conference details: Manchester, NH August 29, 2014

 

WHO:     

 

New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

 

WHAT:    

 

Andy Martin backs increase in minimum wage

 

WHERE:

 

Manchester, NH, Northwest corner of Elm and Webster Streets

           

WHEN:

 

Friday, August 29, 11:00 A.M.

 

Thursday
Aug212014

NHDP - VIDEO: Scott Brown Tries To Hide Opposition To Increase In Minimum Wage

Brown Employs D.C. Double-Talk to Avoid Answering New Hampshire Voter
 

Franklin, NH—Scott Brown tried to hide his opposition to increasing the minimum wage - not once but twice - at an event in Franklin yesterday.  Brown was confronted twice by a New Hampshire voter who asked if he would support increasing the minimum wage and giving a much deserved raise to more than 110,000 Granite Staters. Both times he tried to hide his opposition by not giving a simple yes or no answer.

“Scott Brown is ducking New Hampshire voters, refusing to answer questions, and hiding his opposition to a responsible increase in the minimum wage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Scott Brown has been cashing in on his Senate candidacy and lining his own pockets with Wall Street cash he collected from speaking to a hedge fund conference. But when it comes to answering New Hampshire's families' questions on the minimum wage, he runs and hides. That makes him wrong for New Hampshire."

The former Massachusetts Senator has a pattern of cashing in on his reputation and Senate candidacy and avoiding straightforward questions.  In May, Brown collected $20,000 for flying to a Wall Street hedge fund conference in Las Vegas. Just a few weeks later, he was forced to resign from the board of a scandal plagued beauty supply company turned weapons manufacturer.  The sketchy penny stock company had used Brown’s stature as a former U.S. Senator to woo investors and its executives had previously been sued for securities fraud.

Last month, when asked about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision by a reporter, he opted to run and hide in a restaurant bathroom rather than talk about his belief that employers should be able to deny women coverage for basic health services.


“New Hampshire can't trust Scott Brown.  Scott Brown is running for Scott Brown and the Big Oil and Wall Street special interests that fund his campaigns,” added McClain.
 

TRANSCRIPT:
 

"AUDIENCE MEMBER: Speaking of struggling working Americans what's your position on increasing the federal minimum wage after all these years?  BROWN: Something I've-- In a prior existence, I supported an increase, that being said - what's the key to an increase in the minimum wage? Well you can't have the Federal government mandating and dictating all the time.  What you need to have is everybody at the table.  You need to have the job creators the people who are actually signing the front of the check at the table.  Now is this something that should be periodically reviewed, absolutely.  I've said that publicly and have felt that.  And as a result of those discussions where everybody was at the table, I actually voted to increase the minimum wage because it was agreed upon by everybody - they worked, they sat, they figured it out.  By mandating and not including our job creators it's not something that is effective.  We need to have not only the employees but the job creators at the table to make determination and if in fact something comes up I hope to be at the table to have that opportunity to be part of that conversation and then we can make the determination as to what's an appropriate amount."  VIDEO
 
"AUDIENCE MEMBER: Can I just follow up, when I asked you about minimum wage you talked about job creators, but we have job creators that have existed for many, many years and the minimum wage hasn't been raised and I'm not, maybe I didn't understand you.  I understood that you that you voted for increasing it in the past but I don't understand what your position is now.  You kind of talked around job creators but you didn't talk about your position on minimum wage.  BROWN: Yeah I did actually.  AUDIENCE MEMBER: Okay I didn't understand it, I'm sorry.  BROWN: Let me say it again.  I actually said that we need job creators and employees at the table to make those decisions so everything's on the table because when you look at the issue of minimum wage what are the challenges right now facing people who actually are hired.  You have right now the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, we have a state profit tax here in our state, you have Obamacare and the tentacles of that and the amazing challenges that are coming in after the election with the business mandate.  And then you throw in the high cost of energy." VIDEO
Sunday
Aug032014

Watchdog - Michigan union tricks teachers into prolonging membership  

Friday
Jul252014

AUFC - Senator Kelly Ayotte Challenged to 'Live The Wage'

 

Would Ayotte Still Say No to Raising the Minimum Wage If She Tried Living on $77 for a Week?

 

Washington DC – On the fifth anniversary since the last federal minimum wage increase, Americans United for Change dared Senator Kelly Ayotte to take the ‘Live The Wage Challenge’.  The challenge: step into the shoes of a minimum wage worker, live on just $77 for a week, and then see if she still opposes giving 28 million workers an overdue raise. Earning just $7.25 an hour, the average full time minimum wage worker struggles to survive on only $77 a week after paying taxes and housing expenses. Earlier this year, Ayotte voted to squash even having a debate on legislation raising the minimum wage to $10.10.

SEE: ABC News: ‘Members of Congress Plan to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week’


Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change, the group behind the national ‘Give America a Raise Bus Tour’: “To Senator Ayotte who draws a six-figure government salary and says $7.25 an hour is a livable wage, I say walk the walk. Ayotte should try living the minimum wage if she’s going to keep voting against raising it for others, many of whom are struggling to support a family. Now five years after the last minimum wage increase, Ayotte may not have noticed that the prices of food, utilities, and basic necessities never stopped going up.  But minimum wage workers certainly have. A frozen minimum wage combined with inflation is why more and more Americans are falling into poverty even while working full time, and that’s wrong.”

 

History has shown time and again that raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, unlike proposals Ayotte supports to minimize taxes for millionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas,” added Woodhouse. “Putting more money in the pockets of minimum wage workers makes them stronger consumers, which leads to more hiring to meet a greater demand for goods and services.  Businesses like Costco and GAP have proven that investing in workers and paying a livable wage is a recipe for success.  Senator Ayotte has an opportunity to gain a little perspective on how difficult it is for minimum wage workers to stretch so few dollars and make choices between basic necessities. If she’s not willing to take the challenge, why not? What is she afraid of?”


Top 10 Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage to $10.10:

 

  1. Nationally, raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would boost the wages of 28 million workers by $35 billion, generate $22 billion in economic activity, and support the creation of 85,000 new jobs.
  2. In New Hampshire, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would increase wages for 113,000 workers by $143,575,000

 

  1. The 13 states that didn’t wait for Congress to act and raised their minimum wages on January 1 have since seen higher average job growth than neighboring states that kept theirs at the same rate.
  2. More than 600 economists and business leaders agree it’s time to raise the minimum wage.
  3. Nearly a quarter of all of minimum wage workers - including child care providers, janitors, and nursing assistants - are the primary bread winners in their family. 35 is the average age of workers who would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $10.10; 88 percent are older than 20, one third are over 40. 
  4. Full time minimum wage workers earn just $15,080 a year. According to MIT, the living wage in New Hampshire is $20,140 to be able to afford housing, medical care, transportation and food. If full-time Granite State workers made $10.10 an hour, they would earn $21,008 a year.
  5. Raising the minimum wage would reduce government spending on Food Stamps by $46 billion over the next decade. 
  6. Low Wages Cost Taxpayers A Quarter-Trillion Dollars Every Year.
  7. Six In Ten Small Business Owners Want A $10.10 Minimum Wage. Only 20% of Americans think they could live off Minimum Wage.

10.  Workers making the minimum wage have been facing a continual pay cut since July 2009 as inflation has eroded the purchasing power of the minimum wage. Cumulative loss is over $6 billion.

Friday
Jul252014

NHDP - Scott Brown Makes Excuses for Opposing Increase in Minimum Wage 

On 5th Anniversary of Last Time Congress Voted To Raise the Minimum Wage, Brown Makes Excuses
 
110,000 Granite State Workers Hurt by Brown’s Opposition to Minimum Wage Increase

 

Manchester, NH—On the 5th anniversary of the last increase in the minimum wage, Scott Brown is offering New Hampshire workers more excuses for his opposition to increasing the minimum wage. On Fox News yesterday, Brown said he opposes increasing the minimum wage until we “bring business leaders to the table.” But business leaders in New Hampshire and across the country have already called for increasing in the minimum wage.
 
“It seems Scott Brown was too busy advising a shady cosmetics company turned weapons maker, and collecting $1.3 million in stock, to notice all the business leaders supporting increasing the minimum wage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.

In March, a Small Business Majority poll showed that a majority of small business owners supported raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Big companies like Costco and Gap have already raised the minimum wage on their own. And business leaders across the country have signed an online petition, because they agree that it’s time to raise the minimum wage. Yet that’s not enough for former Massachusetts Senator and Wall Street favorite Scott Brown.
 
“Scott Brown is running out of excuses for his outright opposition to raising the federal minimum wage, which would give 110,000 Granite Staters a much-needed raise,” said McClain. “It has now been five years since the last time Congress raised the minimum wage, and New Hampshire families can’t wait any longer. If Brown has his way, they will continue to struggle—and that’s another reason Scott Brown is wrong for New Hampshire.”