|Dreier gives the odds of him making any sense.|
It is my semi-educated guess that this "Sam Dimas" fellow was none other than Occidental College's very own Professor Peter Dreier. Politically quite the left wing fellow, and an old school Socialist by personal persuasion, Peter often insinuates himself into our local elections. Especially those involving the Pasadena Unified School District. This despite the fact that he has never once cast a vote in Sierra Madre.
Obviously Dreier never once met a tax he didn't want us to pay, or a Tattler post that didn't ruin his lunch.
All of which happily reminded me of a recent conversation about the $15 an hour minimum wage that took place on a Facebook page called Pasadena Politics. Fortunately I saved some screen shots of this mirth-filled chitchat, and thought this would be as good a time as any to revisit that conversation here. Just for the fun of it.
This was a bit of audacious hypocrisy on Professor Dreier's part, but certainly not atypical for the fellow. Below is how the conversation began. Note Peter's strong advocacy for the $15 an hour minimum wage.
At this moment I jumped in and asked if the Occidental College student researchers he employs to do some of the heavy lifting for his many tedious books are being paid properly for their blood sweat and tears. The rather haughty Professor Dreier took umbrage at the suggestion that he is exploiting oppressed college students, and left us with the following commentary.
It took former Sierra Madre City Councilmember Chris Koerber just a minute to tease out the necessary math.
For context, here is a Huffington Post article (link) where Peter Dreier advocates willy-nilly for the $15 minimum wage. Something he personally chooses not to pay.
The conclusion I will draw here is for Professor Dreier that $15 an hour minimum wage is a responsibility for capitalists, while those engaged in liberating the oppressed classes (even at extravagantly priced Occidental College) should only have to pay the proletariat two-thirds of that amount.
Of course, it might also be some plain old hypocrisy. There is that.
Sierra Madre City Council Meeting Tomorrow!
I will have a preview up on this site at 5AM tomorrow morning. There are two very big items on the docket. Here is one of them:
More tomorrow morning.