A Detroit police officer accused of manslaughter in the death of a 7-year-old girl will go on trial this week, as national attention remains focused on the militarization of U.S. law enforcement and police violence perpetrated against people of color.
Nearly every time someone suggests raising the minimum wage, some ass always smugly chimes in with “Yeah, but do you want to pay $10 for a McDonald’s cheeseburger? I don’t think so.”
Which is true. Most people would not, in fact, pay $10 for a McDonald’s cheeseburger.
The thing is, this is not something I or anyone else has to ever worry about. Guess why? Because if McDonald’s charged more than anyone was actually willing to pay for a cheeseburger, no one would buy them and they wouldn’t make any money, period.
But, my friends, this is how these corporations hold us hostage.
Think about this for a second. Nike pays its mistreated and abused sweatshop workers in Indonesia about 50 cents an hour, and still rarely charges less than $100 for their sneakers. Often they’re over $300.
Diamonds are technically free, naturally occurring objects, mined by actual slaves, and I’d say diamonds–even blood diamonds–are still pretty damned expensive.
Do you think J. Crew charges less because they use sweatshops ? Have you looked a J. Crew catalog recently?
In addition to losing rights to own or carry firearms, convictions for felonies can bring sentences of up to 20 years in prison each, enough to keep the disgraced former governor in prison for more than 200 years, but with no prior convictions, and given the nonviolent nature of the crimes, Former US Attorney Chuck James said it is also possible that the couple could receive no jail time at all – but that is highly unlikely. The bureau of Prisons will assess the pair and make recommendations for sentencing scheduled for January 6, 2015. Both the former Governor and his wife are expected to appeal. That’s justice, now for the poetry. While he was in office, McDonnell signed into law, House Bill 2095: