This is the hell Americans are living in: the senate took 9 MONTHS to decide whether or not to give us more money during this pandemic. They finally decided to give every American $600.
Not monthly, not for several weeks.
Our minimum wage is $15.
That means they’re giving us one paycheck that is equal to a 40 hour a week work week at minimum wage.
J U S T O N C E
Took them 9 FUCKING months of raking in a senator’s fucking salary of cash into their pockets piddling and poking and getting tax breaks for themselves.
And this is what they give us.
THEY MAKE $174,000 PER YEAR.
Biweekly salary of $174,000 a year is $6,692 per 2 weeks
Weekly salary of $174,000 a year is $3,346 per week
Daily salary of $174,000 a year is $669 per day
Hourly salary of $174,000 a year is $89.23 per hour
That means that in the 9 months they refused to give anyone money through this pandemic, have let people die and encouraged people to go out and get infected, they have made $120,456 EACH.
AND THEY WANT TO GIVE US $600.
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Ott (Estonia): “Well, now when you tell me what gerrymandering is then this sounds like cheating.”
Linda (UK): “That’s illegal. I’m sorry, firstly, gerrymandering needs to be illegal.”
Dan (Australia): ”In Australia, redistricting is done by an independent commission, not done by the politicians who won those districts, so it is a lot fairer.”
On Voter Registration
Ott (Estonia): “What is voter registration? I mean, I know what it is, but I understand, why do you have this kind of thing?
Olga (Germany): ”In Germany, you don’t need to register yourself for the vote.”
Ott (Estonia): “In Estonia, voter registration is automatic.”
Hridaya (India): “I actually had somebody who is an election officer come over to my house and help me out with my process of voter registration, and mind you, this is in a country of 1.3 billion people.”
On Voter Purging
Linda (UK): ”Come on. No one thinks of a word ‘purge’ and thinks of anything positive. We have seen the ‘Purge’ films.”
Clara (Italy): “Georgia likely removed nearly 200,000 from voter rolls wrongfully? How?”
Olga (Germany): ”I can’t imagine for this to happen in Germany.”
Nikita (New Zealand): “Nope, you don’t get to vote. Nope, you don’t get to vote either. Nope.”
On Making Voting Inconvenient
Ott (Estonia): “To me, it sounds like 19th century to be honest.”
Olga (Germany): “What I really appreciate about Germany is it’s so easy for you to go and vote. It’s on a Sunday. It’s on a free day.”
Hridaya (India): “In India, it’s actually illegal to keep your employees from voting.”
Dan (Australia): “So in Australia, we have this thing called a ‘democracy sausage.’ You take a selfie with your democracy sausage. You haven’t voted in Australia unless you’ve gotten your democracy sausage.”
Ott (Estonia): “In the last Estonian parliamentary elections, I think I cast my vote during breakfast. I have this identity card. I insert it into a computer reader, pick my candidate, and cast my vote.”
Jezza (New Zealand): “It took me two minutes.”
Ott (Estonia): “Approximately a minute.”
Linda (UK): “Five minutes.”
Hridaya (India): “Five to seven minutes.”
Olga (Germany): “Five to 10.”
Dan (Australia) “Ten minutes.”
Linda (UK): “Wait, wait, wait, it took him the amount of time it will take for me to fly from the U.K., from London to New York.”
Hridaya (India): “This feels like the opposite of easy to vote.”
Ott (Estonia): “This is not acceptable. It’s just not acceptable in a democratic country, I think.”
Linda (UK): “I’ll say 80 percent, just because they haven’t been doing too well recently with everything else.”
Linda (UK): “64 percent.”
Nikita (New Zealand): “Yeah, that’s not good.”
Sibs (South Africa): “That’s almost half of the Americans have no voice.”
Hridaya (India): “It’s like you want to stop people from voting.”
Sibs (South Africa): “Why is that so?”
American democracy is broken.
Republicans in particular seem to want to make it hard for many Americans to vote.
Unfortunately, the conservative justices appointed by Republicans frequently uphold these kinds of voter suppression tactics.
We have to fix our democracy.
Voting Blue right now is the best chance we have to do so.
Posted 11.02.20; updated 06.29.21
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