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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 19: A McDonald's employee prepares an order during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of job seekers filled out applications and were interviewed at a San Francisco McDonald's restaurant during a one-day nationwide event at the chain as they look to fill 50,000 positions at stores nationwide. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 19: A McDonald's employee prepares an order during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of job seekers filled out applications and were interviewed at a San Francisco McDonald's restaurant during a one-day nationwide event at the chain as they look to fill 50,000 positions at stores nationwide. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Where Did 15¢ Hamburgers Go?

People use “the value of the dollar” as a justification of higher prices. “A dollar just doesn’t buy what it used to,” they opine. But is that really true?

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march near Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march near Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Are You Really Sure You Want A $15.00 Minimum Wage?

So if there is a $15 minimum wage, how much more are you willing to pay to enjoy your favorite McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, or Subway delicacies?

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich awaits his introduction to speak to Occupy Los Angeles protesters after the Move Your Money March through the downtown financial district during what is being called Bank Transfer Day, on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Occupy movement members are calling for people to move their money from banks to credit unions today in support of the 99% movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich awaits his introduction to speak to Occupy Los Angeles protesters after the Move Your Money March through the downtown financial district during what is being called Bank Transfer Day, on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Occupy movement members are calling for people to move their money from banks to credit unions today in support of the 99% movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Do You See A Pattern Here?

Robert Reich is fighting a so-called war he perceives that conservatives (I guess that would be Republicans) have on the middle class and poor.

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BOWLING GREEN, OH - MAY 17: A Wal-Mart greeter waits to welcome new customers to the new 2,000 square foot Wal-Mart Supercenter store May 17, 2006 in Bowling Green, Ohio. The new store, one of three new supercenters opening today in Ohio, employs 340 people with 60 percent of those working full-time. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
BOWLING GREEN, OH - MAY 17: A Wal-Mart greeter waits to welcome new customers to the new 2,000 square foot Wal-Mart Supercenter store May 17, 2006 in Bowling Green, Ohio. The new store, one of three new supercenters opening today in Ohio, employs 340 people with 60 percent of those working full-time. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
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What You Don’t Know About Walmart

By reducing packaging costs on store brands Walmart will save $2.4 million dollars in shipping costs, 3,800 trees, and a million barrels of oil per year.

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The Seattle Space Needle is viewed during dusk with Mt. Rainier in the background May 30, 2000 in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Dan Callister/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
The Seattle Space Needle is viewed during dusk with Mt. Rainier in the background May 30, 2000 in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Dan Callister/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
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Seattle Passes $15 Minimum Wage

For a 30 hour worker that would mean a yearly salary of $23,400 or $31,200 for a 40 hour worker. Nowhere near a “living wage” in a city like Seattle.

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OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 20: A sign advertising the new Burger King turkey burger is displayed at the drive thru of a Burger King restaurant on March 20, 2013 in Oakland, California. Burger King debuted a limited release turkey burger in an effort to appeal to health-conscious diners. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 20: A sign advertising the new Burger King turkey burger is displayed at the drive thru of a Burger King restaurant on March 20, 2013 in Oakland, California. Burger King debuted a limited release turkey burger in an effort to appeal to health-conscious diners. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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If The Government Ran A Fast Food Restaurant

Everyone says government should be run more like a business.. But what if main street businesses were run more like the government?

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 2:: Joan Stallard (L) of Washington DC talks about the issue of the Supreme Court striking down the limit one can donate to political as Scott Dorn (R) of Washington DC looks on in front of the U.S. Supreme Court April 2, 2014, in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court struck down the limits on how much one person can donate overall to political campaigns. The limit to individual candiates is still $2,600 per candidate. ( Photo by Rod Lamkey/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 2:: Joan Stallard (L) of Washington DC talks about the issue of the Supreme Court striking down the limit one can donate to political as Scott Dorn (R) of Washington DC looks on in front of the U.S. Supreme Court April 2, 2014, in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court struck down the limits on how much one person can donate overall to political campaigns. The limit to individual candiates is still $2,600 per candidate. ( Photo by Rod Lamkey/Getty Images)
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Money In Politics: What Does It Buy?

Elections are more about emotion than issues. Which explains why negative campaigns are so effective.

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: Team owner Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks to the media prior to the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena on October 30, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: Team owner Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks to the media prior to the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena on October 30, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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How Important Are Employee Perks To Your Workers?

New mom’s AND DAD’s get four months paid parental leave, reimbursement for day care and adoption fees, and $4,000 in spending cash after the birth of the child.

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DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 14: A Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is shown at the press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show January 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 5000 journalists from more than 60 countries are expected to attend. The 2014 NAIAS opens to the public on January 18th and ends January 16th. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 14: A Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is shown at the press preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show January 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 5000 journalists from more than 60 countries are expected to attend. The 2014 NAIAS opens to the public on January 18th and ends January 16th. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Unintended Consequences of The GM Bailout

The largest industrial bankruptcy in history took place on June 1, 2009. GM came to court with $82 billion in assets and $173 billion in liabilities.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05:  Various unions, social causes and organizations attend a rally calling on greater social equality, organized by non-unionized fast food workers demanding for a wage raise from $7.25 per hour to $15.00 per hour and to be unionized on December 5, 2013 in New York, United States.  The day held various protests in front of fast food outlets around the country and culminated in a larger rally attended by various groups in downtown Manhattan.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Various unions, social causes and organizations attend a rally calling on greater social equality, organized by non-unionized fast food workers demanding for a wage raise from $7.25 per hour to $15.00 per hour and to be unionized on December 5, 2013 in New York, United States. The day held various protests in front of fast food outlets around the country and culminated in a larger rally attended by various groups in downtown Manhattan. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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My Three Political Pet Peeves

Yesterday I was a guest on Rick Tryon’s “Politics in Montana” radio show in Great Falls and the topics were my three pet peeves about our political climate.

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