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Letter from Ralph Nader to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty

Mitt Romney
PO Box 149756
Boston, MA 02114­9756

Rick Santorum
PO Box 247
Verona, PA 15147

Tim Pawlenty
600 13th Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20005

May 30, 2014

Dear Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty:

Over the course of ten days earlier this month, the three of you ­­ all 2012 Republican Presidential candidates ­­ provided some sanity for Congressional Republicans.

On April 30, Tim said: “For all the Republicans who come on and talk about, ‘we’re for the blue­collar worker, we’re for the working person,’ there are some basic things that we should be for. One of them is reasonable increases from time to time in the minimum wage.” Rick followed up on May 5 with: “Let’s not make this argument that we’re for the blue­collar guy but we’re against any minimum wage increase ever.” On May 9, Mitt joined in, saying of the minimum wage: “I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.”

You must know why, in polls and declarations, a majority of Americans have supported raising the minimum wage for years:

●  Raising the minimum wage is good for workers, lifting millions of hardworking Americans over the poverty line.
●  Raising the minimum wage is good for businesses, boosting consumer spending, lowering turnover, and boosting productivity.
●  Raising the minimum wage is good for taxpayers, ending the subsidization of low wages that comes when public assistance programs pay for the well­being of the workers instead of the profitable mega­corporations that employ them, like McDonald’s and Walmart.

However, opinions that differentiate you from the pack are just that… opinions. What the 30 million Americans who are to be helped by a minimum wage increase need now are not more opinions, but

calls to […]

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Letter to Hillary Clinton, April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014

Dear Hillary Clinton,

 As First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and in your recent work with the Clinton Global Initiative, you have advocated for the cause of women’s empowerment around the world.  Today we write to ask you to also join us in an important women’s empowerment initiative here at home.  It involves an area to which you have a special connection and thus presents you, specifically, with an important responsibility to make a direct difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of American women and an indirect difference in millions more.

 The Walmart Corporation is the largest employer in the United States, employing about one in every hundred Americans. Unfortunately, America’s largest employer sets a horrible example with its miserly wage policy. Walmart pays hundreds of thousands of their workers less per hour, adjusted for inflation, than minimum wage workers made 46 years ago. With rising housing, health and transportation costs, Walmart workers cannot make ends meet on less than $10, $9 or even, for some, $8 an hour. The cashiers and hourly sales associates at the White Plains Walmart close to your house, for example, live in a city with a living wage of — as estimated by the MIT Living Wage Calculator — $13.05, but most hourly Walmart workers are paid thousands of dollars per year below that standard. It’s no surprise that one Walmart manager even admitted this disconnect between Walmart pay and fair pay by placing a bin out last holiday season to solicit donations from customers for his own needy workers.

 Seventy percent of the positions subject to Walmart’s hourly poverty wage regime are held by women. Most of these women are managed by men, who — despite […]

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Letter to Hillary Clinton Regarding Walmart Ties

Hillary Clinton
15 Old House Lane
Chappaqua, NY 10514

April 22, 2014
Dear Hillary Clinton,

As First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and in your recent work with the Clinton Global Initiative, you have advocated for the cause of women’s empowerment around the world. Today we write to ask you to also join us in an important women’s empowerment initiative here at home. It involves an area to which you have a special connection and thus presents you, specifically, with an important responsibility to make a direct difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of American women and an indirect difference in millions more.

The Walmart Corporation is the largest employer in the United States, employing about one in every hundred Americans. Unfortunately, America’s largest employer sets a horrible example with its miserly wage policy. Walmart pays hundreds of thousands of their workers less per hour, adjusted for inflation, than minimum wage workers made 46 years ago. With rising housing, health and transportation costs, Walmart workers cannot make ends meet on less than $10, $9 or even, for some, $8 an hour. The cashiers and hourly sales associates at the White Plains Walmart close to your house, for example, live in a city with a living wage of ­­ as estimated by the MIT Living Wage Calculator ­­ $13.05, but most hourly Walmart workers are paid thousands of dollars per year below that standard. It’s no surprise that one Walmart manager even admitted this disconnect between Walmart pay and fair pay by placing a bin out last holiday season to solicit donations from customers for his own needy workers.

Seventy percent of the positions subject to Walmart’s hourly poverty wage regime are held by women. Most of these women are managed […]

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Ralph Nader Letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

March 5, 2014

Dear Speaker Boehner,

What will it take for you to bring a raise in the minimum wage to a vote?  A recent poll shows that 80% of Americans, including 62% of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage. Seven Nobel Laureate economists explained that a moderate increase in the minimum wage would “provide a much-needed boost to the earnings of low-wage workers” while having “little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum-wage workers.” Conservatives Ron Unz, Peter Thiel and Phyllis Schlafly argue eloquently that a higher minimum wage will decrease public assistance spending. And yet, you still refuse to let “The People’s House” vote on this broadly popular, long-awaited and much-needed raise in the heavily lagging minimum wage.

Despite your lack of support for this long overdue restoration of the minimum wage to its peak purchasing power, I present the appeal of another constituency: six members of your own caucus. In July 2006, 26 Republican House members, including six current members of Congress, wrote you a letter urging you to schedule a vote on providing a “substantial increases in the minimum wage.” In the letter, they argued that the annual income of a minimum wage employee working full time — $10,700 per year — would leave a single parent with two children thousands of dollars below the federal poverty line.  They capped their argument with the strong and powerful statement: “Nobody working full time should have to live in poverty.”

Today, the poverty line for a single parent with two children is $19,790, which by 2016, adjusted for inflation, will be $20,633 per year, still thousands of dollars above the annual income of a minimum […]

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Letter to Ken Langone

January 9, 2013

Dear Mr. Langone,

We saw your recent CNBC interview on Pope Francis’ recent exhortation about rising inequality. You worried that the Pope’s condemnations of a “new tyranny” of inequality, of ideologies that “defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation,” and of the “idolatry of money” were “exclusionary.” You stated that he should not generalize: that “rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country.” In response to his claim that we should respond “thou shalt not” to an “economy of exclusion and inequality” — a structure that the Pope calls an economy that “kills” — you said that the Pope and others would “get more with honey than with vinegar.”

The Pope’s statements do not seem excessively negative in tone relative to passages from the Bible itself regarding the fate of the rich and the poor. To give a few examples:

James 5: “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.”

Matthew 23: “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who […]

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Letter to Target

The following is a letter sent from Ralph Nader to Target.

Ralph Nader Letter to Target CEO – re Min Wage – 10-17-2013

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