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In 1913, Henry Ford wrote the following as the directors had been reaping the rewards of profits - "The wages we pay are too small in comparison with our profits. I think we should raise our minimum pay rate".

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Couple things to shout about

First, a quote from my corporate hero :
There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.
Second, an article on Truthout.  Not exactly for it's scathing review of progressives, but for a section on recovering Democracy.
( I clipped and rearranged a couple items in the following clip from the article )
Structural political reforms are needed for that movement to transmit change through government at all levels. <clip> The two-party system is sclerotic. <clip> The reason for this is that the rules of the game that elect our representatives actually hurt [Democracy].  
 A truly democratic electoral (and thus political) system would include:
  • Public financing of campaigns.
  • Free media time for campaigns.
  • Universal/automatic voter registration.
  • Direct election of the president (abolition of the electoral college).
  • Instant runoff voting to allow voters to express their true preferences and prevent spoilers.
  • Proportional representation (allowing more than two parties).
Together these measures would serve to both expand the electorate and broaden representation in our legislatures.
I am not sure (yet) what all Proportional Representation entails, but I'll find out.  Everything else sounds right on spot.