Scott Walker Says Poverty Pay Is A Living Wage

Scott Walker
It never fails that some Republican announces they are running for the highest office in the land because their particular supreme being whispered in their ear that they should be president. In Scott Walker’s case, his demigods, the Koch brothers, anointed him a couple of months ago as their next big purchase in their drive to takeover America. However, just prior to Walker’s announcement that he was running for the presidency, he claimed that it was god, not the Kochs, who planned for him to be president.

The Koch surrogate Walker said, “My relationship with God drives every major decision in my life. Each day I prayed and then took time to read from the Bible and from a devotional named Jesus Calling leading up to my announcement that I would run for president. With a lot of prayer I am certain: This is God’s plan for me.” If Walker is driven by private utterances from god, and Jesus Calling, then it is curious why he parrots his real god, Charles Koch’s reason for creating a nation living in poverty.

Walker said, “America needs new fresh leadership and big bold ideas from outside of Washington. We enacted big, bold reforms and took power out of the hands of big government special interests and gave it to the hardworking taxpayers.” One of the “big bold ideas” Walker wants to bring from Wisconsin is right out of one of his puppeteers, Charles Koch, who said in a self-promotion commercial that Americans earning poverty wages need to shut up and stop complaining. The uber-rich billionaire said that a family of four earning $34,000 annually belong to the richest one-percent of income earners in the world. Scott Walker did Koch one better and claims that that Wisconsin and America’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a living wage, and low-income workers in Wisconsin have nothing to complain about.

Hidden within Wisconsin’s last minute budget, besides eliminating retail and factory workers’ right to one day off per week, is the elimination of the state’s 100-year-old definition of a “living wage.” According to the century-old Wisconsin statute, “Every wage paid or agreed to be paid by any employer to any employee shall be not less than a living wage. A living wage must provide minimum comfort, decency, physical and moral well-being.” Under Walker’s new rule, not only is the state’s Department of Workforce Development stripped of all power to investigate complaints that an employee is not being paid a “living wage” according to the Wisconsin labor statute, Walker replaced all references to ‘living wage‘ with ‘minimum wage‘ throughout Wisconsin’s laws.

Walker’s not-so-stealthy maneuver was to counter about 100 low-income Wisconsin workers’ lawsuit against  him for refusing to even read, or consider, their complaint that the current state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is not a living wage. For the record, a worker earning $7.25 hourly brings in a whopping $14,500 annually. The federal poverty line for a family of three is $20,090 annually, and for an individual it is $15,930. Not only is Wisconsin’s, or America’s, minimum wage not anyone’s definition of a living wage, it is well below a poverty wage. In 2013, the number of Americans in poverty earning what Walker calls a “living wage” was 45.3 million. Tragically, many of those tens-of-millions were holding down more than one “living wage” job, and it is exactly what Walker promotes in Wisconsin and the Kochs believe is world-leading extravagance.

It is likely that Walker’s idea that poverty wages are living wages came directly from the Kochs who have no hesitation comparing hardworking, highly-productive, and poverty-stricken Americans earning poverty wages with peasants living in still-developing third world nations such as China and India. It is important to note that the great majorities in those nations live in absolute squalor and barely subsist from day to day; exactly what the Kochs plan for American labor.

Walker was also parroting another member of the Koch cabal, billionaire CEO Bud Konheim, who last year echoed Charles Koch’s claim that Americans earning poverty wages are wealthy. Konheim said, “We’ve got a country that the poverty level is wealth in 99% of the rest of the world, so we’re talking about woe is me, woe is us, woe is this. The guy that’s making, oh my God, he’s making $35,000 a year, why don’t we try that out in India or some countries we can’t even name. China, anyplace, the guy is wealthy.” It is little shock that Scott Walker bested Koch and Konheim by claiming that in Wisconsin, a worker earning minimum wage, $14,500 annually, is earning at a “level of pay needed to provide ‘minimum comfort, decency, and physical and moral well-being.”

In America, a family of three would have to earn at least $48,000 annually just to afford the basic necessities to survive such as food, housing, and healthcare according to the Economic Policy Institute. Yet another organization not owned and operated by the Koch brothers, the Working Poor Families Project, estimates that the required minimum income to meet the most basic survival needs in America is $45,000 annually. As an aside and to illustrate just how many Americans are barely earning enough to meet basic survival needs, the nation’s median household income is approximately $51,000, or about three times what a Wisconsin “living wage” earner barely survives on.

There are myriad reasons to despise men like Scott Walker, but at the top of the list has to be his assault on hard-working Wisconsin residents living on less-than-poverty wages. There is a good reason why the Koch brothers anointed Scott Walker as their designated surrogate to lead the nation, and chief among them is his great showing in attacking Wisconsin’s labor force. Walker, like his Koch masters, has made no secret that he has no use for, and will abolish, the minimum wage that he has designated a “living wage.” Just because he replaced the word “living” with “minimum,” it doesn’t mean that Wisconsin workers stuck earning $7.25 an hour are not mired in poverty which is precisely what Walker and the Koch brothers plan for 98% of Americans.

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33 Replies to “Scott Walker Says Poverty Pay Is A Living Wage”

  1. Yeah, $7.25 would be perfect… if it was 1975!

    He doesn’t realize how much of a struggle it is to survive day to day on a weak paycheck. He never had to deal with that. To say that the current minimum wage is OK is to basically spit on every hard working man and woman in this country who have to put a roof over their head, food in their bellies and clothes on their back.

  2. These people are SICK, SICK, SICK.

    That doesn’t mean, however, that they don’t deserve to be executed when the revolution comes.

  3. Too bad his “God” is not the veangeful one in the Old Testement, because he would have been stricken down long ago for violating many of the Ten Commandments. If it is “God’s plan”, it’s a plan to humiliate the sorry sack of Sh**!

  4. Scott Walker, when you live on $7.25/hr with your family for 6 months, then you can say you walk the walk. Right now, you are full of hot air.

  5. Charles Koch was the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in the 1980 presidential election, sharing the party ticket with Ed Clark. Their ticket promised to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve Board, welfare, minimum-wage laws, corporate taxes, all price supports and subsidies for agriculture and business, and U.S. Federal agencies including the SEC, EPA, ICC, FTC, OSHA, FBI, CIA, and DOE.[2][15] The ticket received 921,128 votes, 1% of the total nationwide vote. (this info was obtained from Wikipedia and somewhat modified)

    Does all that sound familiar?

    I’m pretty sure that losing that election, with only 1% of the vote, is what decided the Koch brothers to work from behind the scenes. They select the weakest person they can con and put him/her front and center. IF they can win an election, it will be the Koch family pulling all the strings. Using the person that becomes president is their ultimate wet dream.

  6. After US taxes, FICA, CA Disablity, CA income tax, health insurance that would be around net $180 a week for shelter, food, clothing, transportation, if car then insurance.

    When I used to drive Coldwater Canyon into Beverly Hills/Century City, I’d see many housekeepers trudging a mile or 2 up the canyon from Sunset blvd, which is the nearest main street with bus service.
    I always felt so sorry for them because I knew they made very little for cleaning toilets and scubbing the floors of the muli-million $$$ mansions.

  7. 2016 Republican Voting Check List:
    ___We hate Muslims – Check.
    ___We hate Blacks – Check.
    ___We hate Hispanics – Check.
    ___We hate LBGT’s – Check.
    ___We hate the Government – Check.
    ___We hate Healthcare – Check.
    ___We hate Science – Check.
    ___We hate Education – Check.
    ___ Women are a “Lesser Cut of Meat” – Check.
    ___Yep, we’re ready. Vote Republican.

    VOTE REPUBLICAN AT YOUR OWN PERIL

  8. I always know when I hit a hot spot when I get a thumbs down and the person is too much of a coward to put forth any argument disputing my comments.

  9. Scott Walker is a simple-looking moron who is every bit as stupid as he looks. On top of it all, he is a heartless, soulless creep who happily does the bidding of the equally heartless Koch brothers. How anyone could seriously believe he’s presidential material when he’s not even gubernatorial material is beyond me.

  10. SO WHY ARE WISCONSINITES ALLOWING WALKER TO CONTINUE DESTROYING THE; POOR, WORKING POOR, MIDDLE CLASS, UNIONS, AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION” and all in the name of Jesus?

    We don’t need another politician that was elected to serve “ALL THE PEOPLE” claim that he’s getting his help from Jesus. I wonder how all the other folks or other religions and non-religions feel? America has laws regarding the “Tyranny of the Majority over a Minority”. How does he (and other politicians and courts) get away with it?

    For what was a “Blue State” where are all the Democratic Voters? And where are all the common sense Eisenhower Republicans? I can’t believe how folks are “cutting off their noses to spite their faces”?

  11. None of what you say (which is true) will reach the ears of Walker’s masters…this is something they’ve been working on in many states–the verbiage with a little help from spinmister Frank Luntz…

    “…Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaking from the House floor on Wednesday, suggest[ed] the government stop using the term “welfare” and switch to “transitional living fund.”

    Luntz didn’t like that suggestion.

    “For generations that have been on welfare it is a government check,” Luntz said, adding that about 80 percent of Americans would agree, “A government check is a government check” no matter what it is named.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/luntz-pollster-sold-business/2014/01/10/id/546341/#ixzz3fu0GFCGc

    However, if you do read the article above, you will see Luntz has washed his hands of politics (his final message; a pox on both your houses). He was recently a guest on Larry Wilmore’s show…looked like was curve’in left to me…

  12. The simple fact of the matter is that America is not a third world country! The costs of food, housing, clothing, healthcare, and everything else needed to live a halfway decent existence in America are expensive and will continue to get more and more expensive. Then there is the fact that under a Walker/Koch regime they will fight tooth and nail to get rid of any help for the poor! No more Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or any other “welfare”. The America they envision for themselves is a third world country for everyone but them and their rich allies.

  13. “For what was a “Blue State” where are all the Democratic Voters?”

    Good question. However, voter suppression played a big role, Koch money played a pivotal role, and Citizens United has created this mess. Every Dem better get out and vote in 2016, or we may not HAVE the right to vote if the GOP takes full control.

    Koch is the biggest dirty money culprit of this. Koch wants our votes NOT to count, and they have succeeded in some states..gerrymandering as well. All dishonest, the GOP cannot win elections, they have to buy them.

  14. This consummate A-H has never worked a real job in his miserable life. Always the public largesse.
    Wise up America: this is a self-loathing sociopath that built his career on the misery of others, and he gloats when he gets by with it.

  15. Ay …that’s the rub. Civilization can not afford FASCISTS to live.
    We seclude maniacs like Charles Manson, but not society killers like Walker and most of the Repukes.

    Why not? Because there are too many of them ?

    Then we are cowards, and we are dead.

  16. I was for Walker’s recall, against his re-election and still question how he got them both. And I don’t even live in WI. He’s a lying scumball who sells his soul for his ego, which is why the Koch’s support him. Will Sheldon Aldelson be far behind?

  17. Exactly! I’m sure if we payed our executives here what they make there it would be plenty, right? I mean, if $10,000 annually is the 1% elsewhere then that should perfectly suit them here too.

  18. Apparently it’s ok for CEO’s to retire. Remember not too long ago some Right Wingers were whinging that retirement isn’t biblical.

  19. You would think that with a name like ‘po boy’, you would realize that most of us here aren’t in the 1%.

    Hell, if anything… you aren’t in that 1% group either, so sit down and zip it. You have no right to badmouth us when you are in the same problem as us.

    Oh, and that photo? Upper middle class. Not elite class… Upper middle class. That’s not the 1% here. The 1% are the billionaires who want to take everything from us to fuel their insatiable greed. They are the true enemy, not people like me or rey or Moongrim.

  20. Well! I say Scott Walker is an Interloper, Punk, Weasel, Elected-Lobbyist Slut for the rich!

    Further, I believe hubris will destroy him.

    Or maybe a garbage truck.

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