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    Hillary’s State Dept. helped suppress the minimum wage in Haiti.

    Did Hillary Clinton's State Department help suppress the minimum wage in Haiti?
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    Hillary Clinton colluded with big business to maintain slave wages for workers in one of the world’s poorest countries, according to the host of an RT American comedy news show.
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    Comedian and activist Lee Camp of RT’s Redacted Tonight mocked Clinton’s efforts to "keep 37 cents per hour out of the hands of destitute Haitians."
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    "In 2009, while Bill Clinton was setting up one of the family’s shell companies in New York, in that same year Hillary Clinton was at the State Department working with U.S. corporations to pressure Haiti not to raise the minimum wage to 61 cents an hour from 24 cents," Camp said April 17. "Seriously."
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    Seriously?
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    Sort of. Memos from 2008 and 2009 obtained by Wikileaks strongly suggest, but don’t prove without a doubt, that the State Department helped block the proposed minimum wage increase. The memos show that U.S. Embassy officials in Haiti clearly opposed the wage hike and met multiple times with factory owners who directly lobbied against it to the Haitian president.
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    The Clinton campaign refuted the claim, and the State Department didn't comment.
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    HOPE, not change
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    In 2011, Wikileaks made nearly 2,000 cables available to the progressive magazine, The Nation, and Haiti Liberté, a weekly newspaper in Port-au-Prince.
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    The two media outlets assessed the cables and found, among many other revelations, that the "U.S. Embassy in Haiti worked closely with factory owners contracted by Levi’s, Hanes, and Fruit of the Loom to aggressively block a paltry minimum wage increase" for workers in apparel factories.
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    The Wikileaks cables show U.S. Embassy officials began monitoring the minimum wage issue as early as 2008, when the Haitian Parliament began discussing doubling or tripling the daily minimum wage of 70 Haitian gourdes to keep up with inflation. That’s roughly equal to $1.75 a day, or about 22 cents per hour.
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    (Some context here: Three quarters of Haitians live on less than $2 a day, according to the United Nations’ World Food Program, while garments constitute about 90 percent of Haiti’s exports, according to the Guardian. Haiti increased the daily minimum wage to the equivalent of $5.11 in 2014.)
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    But back in 2008 and 2009, embassy officials repeatedly told Washington that a hike would hurt the economy and undermine U.S. trade preference legislation known as HOPE.
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    Did Hillary Clinton's State Department help suppress the minimum wage in Haiti? | PolitiFact Global News Service
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    My Thoughts:
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    But, but, but I understand that Hillary was a propionate of the people, for the people and would do everything in her power to assist them. Well that’s known as a big bag of BS now. The ONLY person she’s for is the big corporations and companies, who donate millions to her foundation.
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    A tripling of minimum wages is fine for Haiti, but a doubling of minimum wages in the US is a horrible thing:
    GOP Candidates Resoundingly Reject The Idea Of A Minimum Wage Hike
    The growing calls for a $15 minimum wage have infiltrated not just the Democratic primary campaign, but now the Republican one as well. But while Democrats are debating how high it should be raised, Republicans are explaining why they think it should remain where it’s been since 2009.

    In the first question of Tuesday night’s GOP debate, moderator Neil Cavuto asked Donald Trump if he was sympathetic to workers around the country who were demanding that the federal wage floor be more than doubled.

    “I can’t be, Neil,” Trump responded. “The reason I can’t be is we are a country that’s being beaten on every front, economically, militarily. There is nothing we do now to win.”
    Those lines are consistent with Trump’s running stump speech on American demise, but then the front-runner took a curious turn. In explaining his aversion to a minimum wage hike, Trump asserted that “our wages are too high.”

    Very interesting.

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    Every ecumenist has stated that to force a $15.00 wage on employers would cause, lay offs and mom & pop places to close. I agree that a $10.00 level would be good though, but this was about Hillary's State Dept. working against the wage raise there because the businesses and big companies there wanted to keep it down, just for profits. Sure is a far cry what Hillary pukes out about being for the poor people and the down trodden isn't it?
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  5. Rates of pay scales should be based on skills and demand and not the same for every person.

    Higher skills & output ---- higher pay
    Higher skills , low output --- lower pay
    No skills ----- lowest pay

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    "it's true that the State Department (then led by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State) strongly opposed a minimum wage increase in Haiti in 2009. However, the State Department's efforts did not occur in a political or economic vacuum, and Clinton wasn't the sole architect of efforts to quash a minimum wage hike (as the meme suggests). It was a concerted effort on the part of Haitian elites, factory owners, free trade proponents, U.S. politicians, economists, and American companies that kept the minimum wage so low, and to lay the blame squarely at the feet of any sitting Secretary of State would be an incomplete assessment, and thus inaccurate."

    This began in 2009 and was finalized in 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken grant View Post
    Rates of pay scales should be based on skills and demand and not the same for every person.

    Higher skills & output ---- higher pay
    Higher skills , low output --- lower pay
    No skills ----- lowest pay

    Correct Ken.
    Bottom line is, flipping hamburgers wasn't intended to be a career position. If you work hard, don't sleep in class & get an education, you can become a productive member in society.
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