[Hpn] Save the economy 200 K contest

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Sun, 23 Oct 2005 21:48:07 -0400


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The Service Employee International Union (SEIU) has kicked off a =
$200,000 save the economy contest.  In 175 words, we are to are to 1) =
state the problem, 2) tell how our idea fixes it, and 3) how the =
solution benefits working families.

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We have submitted the following statement:

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Universal Living Wage

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This year, 4.5 million people will experience homelessness.  The federal =
government says 42% of them are working at some point during the week.  =
Clearly, the work ethic is there, but the wage to afford basic housing =
is not.  These folks come from our 10.1 million minimum wage workers.  =
Minimum wage jobs, the ones that can't be outsourced, were once stepping =
stones.  Now they are the jobs raising whole families when coupled with =
subsidies.

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The antithesis of being housed is homelessness.  The proposal, through a =
ten year plan, is to fix the Federal Minimum Wage by indexing it to the =
local cost of housing throughout the United States. =20

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By using existing government guidelines: 1) work 40 hours in a week, 2) =
spend no more than 30% of one's income on housing, and 3) using the HUD =
section 8 rental calculations, we ensure that anyone working 40 hours in =
a week will be able to afford basic rental housing, food, clothing, =
utilities, and access to health care. =20

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US military pay practices, using geographic considerations, mirror this =
approach.

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The contest closes December 5, 2005.

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Starting January 9th, Judges will choose 21 finalists through two rounds =
of voting.  The public (that's you) will then vote online to eliminate =
nine ideas.  After the first round, 12 ideas will remain, and after the =
second round, three ideas will remain.  These remaining three will be =
the prize winners.  1st prize $100,000, 2nd and 3rd $50,000 each.  All =
21 will be featured in a book.  We are encouraged to visit the website =
and to comment on the various ideas submitted.  We at the ULW Campaign =
strongly encourage you to go online and make strong supportive =
statements.  Ideas are posted on www.sinceslicedbread.com.

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Winners will work with leading economists and experts to develop and =
further refine ideas of promise.

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We have the ability to promote the Universal Living Wage, first by =
posting comments and most importantly by voting.  This is an opportunity =
to fund our initiative.  Please go on line to www.sinceslicedbread.com =
today and make a positive, thoughtful comment on the Universal Living =
Wage.  Then, stand by to vote after January 9th.

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Yahoo!  What fun!

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In Unity There is Strength,

Richard R. Troxell

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a $200,000=20
save the economy contest.<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; =
</SPAN>In 175=20
words, we are to are to 1) state the problem, 2) tell how our idea fixes =
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<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=3D"Times =
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week.<SPAN=20
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there, but=20
the wage to afford basic housing is not.<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: =
yes">&nbsp;=20
</SPAN>These folks come from our 10.1 million minimum wage workers.<SPAN =

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be outsourced, were once stepping stones.<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: =
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being housed is homelessness.<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; =
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using existing government guidelines: 1) work 40 hours in a week, 2) =
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more than 30% of one=92s income on housing, and 3) using the HUD section =
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calculations, we ensure that anyone working 40 hours in a week will be =
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afford basic rental housing, food, clothing, utilities, and access to =
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size=3D3>The contest closes <st1:date Month=3D"12" Day=3D"5" =
Year=3D"2005">December 5,=20
2005</st1:date>.</FONT></P>
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<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=3D"Times =
New Roman"=20
size=3D3>Starting January 9<SUP>th</SUP>, Judges will choose 21 =
finalists through=20
two rounds of voting.<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The =
public=20
(that=92s you) will then vote online to eliminate nine ideas.<SPAN=20
style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>After the first round, 12 =
ideas will=20
remain, and after the second round, three ideas will remain.<SPAN=20
style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>These remaining three will be =
the prize=20
winners.<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>1<SUP>st</SUP> =
prize=20
$100,000, 2<SUP>nd</SUP> and 3<SUP>rd</SUP> $50,000 each.<SPAN=20
style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>All 21 will be featured in a =
book.<SPAN=20
style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>We are encouraged to visit the =
website=20
and to comment on the various ideas submitted.<SPAN=20
style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>We at the ULW Campaign<B=20
style=3D"mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> strongly</B> encourage you to go =
online=20
and make strong supportive statements.<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: =
yes">&nbsp;=20
</SPAN>Ideas are posted on </FONT><A href=3D""><FONT face=3D"Times New =
Roman"=20
size=3D3>www.sinceslicedbread.com</FONT></A><FONT face=3D"Times New =
Roman"=20
size=3D3>.</FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT =
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size=3D3>&nbsp;</FONT></o:p></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=3D"Times =
New Roman"=20
size=3D3>Winners will work with leading economists and experts to =
develop and=20
further refine ideas of promise.</FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT =
face=3D"Times New Roman"=20
size=3D3>&nbsp;</FONT></o:p></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=3D"Times =
New Roman"=20
size=3D3>We have the ability to promote the Universal Living Wage, first =
by=20
posting comments and most importantly by voting.<SPAN=20
style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>This is an opportunity to fund =
our=20
initiative.<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Please go on =
line to=20
</FONT><A href=3D""><FONT face=3D"Times New Roman"=20
size=3D3>www.sinceslicedbread.com</FONT></A><FONT face=3D"Times New =
Roman" size=3D3>=20
today and make a positive, thoughtful comment on the Universal Living =
Wage.=20
<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>Then, stand by to vote =
after=20
January 9<SUP>th</SUP>.</FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT =
face=3D"Times New Roman"=20
size=3D3>&nbsp;</FONT></o:p></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=3D"Times =
New Roman"=20
size=3D3>Yahoo!<SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>What =
fun!</FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT =
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size=3D3>&nbsp;</P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=3D"Times =
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size=3D3>In Unity There is Strength,</FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=3D3><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman">Richard R. Troxell<o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></P>
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