Commentary‎ > ‎


{Minimum Wage}~{Wrongful Executions}~{Socialism}

Minimum Wage

On October 1st [2018] the legal minimum wage in Berkeley increases to $15 an hour. And to prevent inflation from eroding its value, beginning next year on July 1 the minimum wage will increase in tandem with the rate of inflation. Unlike most minimum wage laws, including the federal law, the Berkeley ordinance is among the very few that will adjust the minimum wage to the rising cost of living. ...Also, employers are required to pay sick leave, which is up to 48 hours in businesses that employ under 25 employees. That's the equivalent of six days for full time workers. For larger businesses, the law entitles workers to sick leave up to 72 hours, which is the equivalent of 9 days. Especially important, the law has teeth. Employers who violate the ordinance could be fined as high as $1,000 for retaliation against an employee for exercising his or her rights, and up to $500 for other violations including the failure to post notices that inform employees of their rights. important concession that was made is to allow nonprofit and governmental entities to hire young people at lower wages provided the job includes a serious training and education component.... [Public Comment "Hurray Berkeley! $15 An Hour On October 1" by Harry Brill, Friday September 28, 2018, The Berkeley Daily Planet]

{Minimum Wage}~{Wrongful Executions}~{Socialism}

Wrongful Executions

2019 Mar 14. I heard Gavin Newsom saying something about how the death penalty is not worth the risk of killing even one innocent person. I might add it's irrelevant whether or not such a thing has happened in California yet. I'm reminded of The Thin Blue Line (wikipedia: 1988 American documentary film by Errol Morris, depicting the story of Randall Dale Adams, a man convicted and sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. Adams' case was reviewed, and he was released from prison approximately a year after the film's release. The Thin Blue Line has been lauded since its release and has won multiple awards).

From ....
Wrongful execution
...A number of people are claimed to have been innocent victims of the death penalty.[3][4] Newly available DNA evidence has allowed the exoneration and release of more than 20 death row inmates since 1992 in the United States,[5] but DNA evidence is available in only a fraction of capital cases. Others have been released on the basis of weak cases against them, sometimes involving prosecutorial misconduct; resulting in acquittal at retrial, charges dropped, or innocence-based pardons. The Death Penalty Information Center (U.S.) has published a list of 10 inmates "executed but possibly innocent".[6] At least 39 executions are claimed to have been carried out in the U.S. in the face of evidence of innocence or serious doubt about guilt.[7]

{Minimum Wage}~{Wrongful Executions}~{Socialism}


The system at work in the United States appears to be socialism that supports and favors corporations and wealthy persons over people in the middle & lower class economic conditions. This is also, ironically, a degenerate implementation of capitalism where the wealthy are in control of government. This is not the only way to implement socialism, nor is it a humane way. Preferable models provide for the health, shelter, food requirements and overall well being of all members of the society along some reasonable standards.

About Health care:

Medicare for all (or single payer or universal health care) would require establishment of a big enough and efficient enough bureaucracy to make it actually work well.  The bureaucracy workforce could consist of government employees who would displace insurance company personnel OR could enlist insurance companies to participate in administering the program. The latter would be more acceptable to insurance lobbyists and could come with stringent limits or steeply progressive taxes on profits, and/or big incentives for non-profit insurance providers.