PART. IV. JOBS and COMPENSATION
Section. 3. A minimum wage of $20 by 2024:
Today taxpayers subsidize companies who pay the minimum wage, by paying welfare to their employees who cannot subsist on the minimum wage. “Working poor” minimum wage workers are cheaper than slaves who would cost CEOs twice the minimum wage to feed, clothe, house, transport and keep healthy. But why pay more if middle class and small business millionaire taxpayers are willing to pick up the difference to make CEOs richer?
Small businesses will not pay $20 per hour for the second rate workers that America’s schools and immigration policies now put into our market place. Workers will be forced to up their game to merit the higher pay grade. The Valentine Constitution’s K-12 school curriculum does just that by developing the gifts and aptitudes of its students for commerce, teaching them real world skills, and providing mentorships and apprenticeships in their communities. Adults will learn real world skills in free classes taught by retirees nights and weekends, and in mentoring and apprenticing programs. A living wage prompts learning new skills and getting and keeping a job, reduces welfare and crime, creates stable families, and fosters competition, entrepreneurship and innovation nationwide.
… total annual Wall Street CEO compensation is capped at 100 times the company’s lowest paid worker’s;
Section. 2. 75% of the products sold in America must be made in America by American Citizens; and 95% of all of the jobs performed in America must be performed by American Citizens:
The Valentine Constitution brings jobs back to America and requires they be filled by Americans, not by migrants and illegals who are routinely cheated and mistreated in violation of our human rights policies, just so some (m)billionaire can add a few more feet to his yacht. A built in customer base of Americans who can afford to purchase the products we make here at home creates a more competitive marketplace, encourages Citizen and small business entrepreneurship, and stimulates economic growth.
PART. III. Our BUDGET
Section. 7. Welfare must be spent on essentials:
Welfare cannot be spent on frivolities, entertainment, candy, junk food or alcohol. It must be spent on basics with value, nutritious food and sturdy clothing. Welfare must go to the intended recipient for the intended purpose, for a child’s winter coat, not the mother’s new pumps.
Section. 6. Unemployment will not be paid if jobs are locally available, and must be worked off or repaid:
No unemployment will be doled out where jobs are available. It doesn’t matter if the recipient thinks the job is beneath them or not in their career path! They need to realize they’re on hard times. Both unemployment and welfare must be worked off, or repaid in good times so others on hard times can use the funds in their time of need.
SPEAK POWER to POWER
Nonprofits, protests, parties, candidates, Presidents with 2 house majorities, none have solved our persistent problems. Instead, polarized sides concern themselves and us in the petty details of their competing investigations. Valentine puts the solutions we need into written legislation we can demand by reserving our votes for candidates who support ratification.
Women and LGBTs want equal rights and pay. Parents want schools that develop children’s gifts into profitable skills. Un(der)employed adults want similar free after school classes. Workers prefer a $20 minimum wage to welfare. Blacks want a fair policing and court system. Fiscal conservatives want accountable, deficit free government and a single 5% tax. Environmentalists, fishermen, etc want sustainable energy, farming, fishing and forestry practices. Celebrities want an end to the paparazzi; and gun owners would agree to background checks. Our current Constitution fails on these issues. This constitution includes them all, and our foundations and rights.
With inclusive legislation to team up behind, this coalition of left and right voters is powerful enough to dictate the outcome of any election. Add sports, music and movie celebrities, and nonprofits dedicated to these provisions, and this constitution will be easily ratified. Polling will force candidates to vote FOR RATIFICATION or not be (re)elected. Recommend ratification, in person, on social media, post a selfie or selfeo saying “Ratify The Valentine Constitution”, join one of our Facebook groups …