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What the wage gap really means to people

By Megan Carpentier
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 16:22 EDT
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It means, as this great Bloomberg article by Leslie Patton notes, that a 20-year McDonald’s veteran makes $8.25 an hour and can’t put together 40 hours a week even working at two different McDonald’s restaurants, while the CEO of McDonald’s made $8.75 million last year.

It means the CEO of Dineequity, which owns Applebees and IHOP, made $5.4 million last year even as minimum wage for Applebees servers in New York State was $5 an hour before tips.

It means the CEO of Yum! Brands, which owns Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, made $20 million in 2011, while an assistant manager at one of his Pizza Huts made an average of $26,500 last year.

It means the CEO of Macy’s took home $17.7 million last year while one of the holiday hires selling you some sale cashmere will make an average of $8.50 for every hour she stands on her feet.

And it means having around 47 percent of this countries’ politicians slam you for not paying enough taxes while they fight to make sure the millionaires can pay less.

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The new Washington consensus: Everybody wants to punch Republicans

By Megan Carpentier
Monday, December 10, 2012 13:29 EDT

During the election season, many a liberal undoubtedly had the uncharitable urge to punch a Republican, whether it was a relative posting on Facebook about the need to defeat the radical Commie Obama, or any one of a number of conservative male lawmakers who let fly with some choice thoughts on rape victims. Well, now Republicans are feeling the same thing… about each other. I guess there is something both sides can agree on in…


Let’s get real: Gun control is about protecting domestic violence victims like Kasandra Perkins

By Kay Steiger
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 13:41 EDT

Kasandra Perkins was murdered on Saturday by her NFL linebacker boyfriend Jovan Belcher. Murdered. He then drove to the football stadium where he took his own life in front of his coach and general manager. While this came to a shock to many, it should have come to no surprise…


Your Learn-Nothing Republican Party: Disabled people can’t have rights because ABORTION

By Megan Carpentier
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 16:04 EDT

Today on the floor of the Senate, a group of conservative (and soon-to-be up-for-reelection) Senators joined forced and ignored disabled veteran, former GOP presidential nominee and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS), his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), advocates for disabled veterans and, you know, the other millions of disabled…


Why I can’t get excited about the ‘fiscal cliff’ (and why it’s bullsh*t)

By Megan Carpentier
Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:24 EDT

Official Washington, and its official chroniclers in the press corps, are quite excited for the OK Corral-like showdown over the December 31, 2012 expiration of tax cuts and the January 1, 2013 imposition of “Obamacare” tax increases and automatic spending cuts related to the failure to pass a real budget…


Dear ABC News: ‘Holly Petraeus Is Beyond Furious’ is not actually news

By Megan Carpentier and Arturo Garcia
Monday, November 12, 2012 15:01 EDT

Is there anyone — General David Petraeus included — that didn’t think his wife, Holly, would be mad if and when she was apprised of the fact that he’d made his biographer his mistress? And yet, (in a piece bylined by much-praised Presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz), ABC News asserts…


An open letter to Republicans: It’s time to confront your rape problem

By Megan Carpentier
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 16:07 EDT

Today is a day for licking your wounds, working out your rage and drying your tears, I get that. But, look, after almost two solid years of pushing everything from “forcible rape” language to having candidates talk about women’s vaginas as though they are sentient entities capable of distinguishing between…



By Megan Carpentier
Monday, November 5, 2012 16:01 EDT

Tomorrow, November 6th, 2012, is Election Day. And as many, many people have noted, your right to vote is something people died for, protested for, were beaten and tortured for and, in some cases, immigrated here to get. If you need more information on where to vote and who and…


What do Republicans have against rape victims?

By Megan Carpentier
Thursday, October 25, 2012 15:33 EDT

Sexual assault is a horrible crime committed far too often in the United States and successfully prosecuted even more rarely. It takes a huge physical toll on its survivors — and not everyone survives — as they are forced to contend with physical injuries related to the violence used and…


Why using hate speech is about you being an a**hole, not being ‘edgy’

By Megan Carpentier
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 16:27 EDT

Ann Coulter is a performance artist, plain and simple — while she may, in fact, hold at least some of the opinions she gets paid to spot off about, it’s her intention to cause offense at each and every opportunity because that, and not the stating of her opinions, is…