… The Children … and … The Troops (I mean why not)
Somehow, in the mind of John Fullerton or whoever wrote this 30 second add by a local aviation mechanic, Measure R will take away local jobs for teenagers.
Either, the language of the ad assumes that all wage earners between $9 and $12 are teenagers, or very cynically, No On Rer’s understand that higher wages mean more people will re-join the workforce as the higher wages actually begin to help them earn a living.
The way I hear the ad, it sounds like there is no argument that wages below $12 are below a living wage, but to pay more means losing a critical first step in a child’s entry to the workforce.
Maybe I’m wrong, but it doesn’t matter really, the point isn’t to make strong arguments, just to get you to fear R with concepts like Job Killer and being against children and troops.
About those troops. They are underpaid, but they are compensated better than local workers would be @ $12. This site gives the monthly compensation of an E2 (private fresh out of basic training) at $1750 per month. plus $225 for being in an overseas combat zone (the implication of “serving overseas”) plus a Basic Housing Allowance plus many meals that are paid for.
Now, of course the troops are not paid per hour, but if you break that monthly salary of $1,955 to 40 hrs per week and 4.33 weeks per month it works out to $11.29 per hour. So in order to gain the sympathies of the voter and connect this measure to being anti-troops in some way, John Fullerton again has to use his fancy accounting that has to assume the lowest paid troop and ignoring all the other benefits including paid housing and food that local workers and their families do not get.
But again, this isn’t about facts or policies, it’s about emotion. The sad thing is that it is conservatives like Mr. Fullerton who have brought us the free market economy free of trade barriers and favoring large companies like WalMart that have led directly to those empty shops the former soldier in the commercial laments.
Again, hopefully we can begin to see through these very expensive and deceptive narratives. If there is one great place to start – it would be giving those working hard 40 hours a week a chance to earn their own living in our very expensive society.
Here is the text of the ad. The same patriotic (ish) music that backed Charlie Bean’s ad provides the atmosphere for this one too.
I’m urging you to vote no on measure R.
I’m a local aviation mechanic and military veteran and it pains me to see fewer jobs available to our youth.
I’d normally support a minimum wage increase but the 23% recently imposed by the state is already alot in our depressed economy.
Measure R expects our local business owners, non-profits service organizations to absorb a $4 an hour increase in payroll in 8 short months? Really, to twelve dollars an hour? The highest in the State the second highest in the Nation? In Eureka? Where businesses are barely hanging on?
This wage is more than many of our troops serving overseas are earning.
Drive through town and count the empty buildings were jobs once stood.
At some point we have to realize that businesses can’t take whatever we throw at them.
We can’t afford more store closures and our youth need a place to start.
Vote no on Measure R, it’s a job killer and is the most important mesaure on the ballot.
Paid for by the Committee to Protect Eureka.