Our Low Wage Epidemic & When Google Started Being Evil
As you probably know by now, I’m Mike Sax and the Mike Sax NY2 campaign is about getting to the bottom of what happened in that election and ending the constitutional crisis in the Oval Office.
However, another plank is that we are in the midst of a longer term low wage epidemic that goes back to about 2001.
The big question for the American economy today is NOT Where are the jobs? but Where are the decent paying jobs?
Now to get to the bottom of this problem and to reverse this low wage epidemic we need a new New Deal. As usual, it turns out that Hillary Clinton was much closer to the truth about this in the election than Trump or even Bernie who waxed nostalgic for the Fred Flinstone economy.
The main driver is not trade-though it can extenuate things in the short term but automation. Hillary was the one candidate who got that the real challenge wasn’t ‘bad trade deals’-anti trade fundamentalists always talk about bad trade deals yet say they’re not anti trade. But they can never name you even ONE trade deal in history that they think was a GOOD trade deal.
That’s why she had a plan to regulate-not end as the GOP falsely claimed-the gig economy. She revealed in her book What Happened that she actually considered running on a Universal Basic Income(UBI).
I agree with her-she should have run on it.
And that’s what I’m proposing as I make the case for why you should make me your next Congressman from the NY 2nd Congressional District.
I call it a new New Deal and it has three basic prongs.
1. The UBI as Hillary also supports and both Congressman John Conyors and Senator Mark Warner do.
2. A Job Guarantee (JG).
3. An increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
I wrote about this in more detail here.
I believe that any one of these policies OR in combination with one or both of the others would significantly raise American wages for the average Joe and Jane.
But another piece to this, is: social media: Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Twitter.
These companies all have contributed to an increased quality of life in all kinds of myriad ways that isn’t always easy to quantify. They enable us to access much more information and knowledge and mobilize and express ourselves in ways never dreamed of before in the ‘merely kinetic human world.’
But like anything good in life there are drawbacks as well.
But what I think these big social media companies need to get is they must become more socially responsible. I say that as a somewhat critical friend. If not there will be political blowback and people will want to kill the goose that lays the Golden Eggs.
What I mean by being socially responsible here is about the American labor market and how many Americans are no longer able to earn a livable wage to support themselves much less a family.
What these Silicon giants must remember is that the same automation which has led them to such success is leaving millions of Americans stuck in a low wage epidemic.
And in this vein all these companies need to do better. But especially Google. They are the most flagrant offender by far-while Amazon is the most socially responsible social media giant in the group.
Let me show you what I mean. In its early days Google aspired to not be ‘evil.’
But at some point, something changed:
“An anonymous individual claiming to be a former Google employee posted detailed allegations about the search giant on Pastebin today. The self-stylized whistleblower claimed that Google managers directly ordered employees to steal money from publishers through AdSense, its ad placement service, and that the scheme has been active for years.”
“The anonymous poster said the subterfuge began in 2009, after Google suffered serious losses and that “many” AdSense employees were involved.
The main reason, the publishers made too much money. But something quite devious happened. We were told to begin banning accounts that were close to their payout period (which is why account bans never occur immediately after a payout). The purpose was to get that money owed to publishers back to Google AdSense, while having already served up the ads to the public.
This way the advertiser’s couldn’t claim we did not do our part in delivering their ads and ask for money back. So in a sense, we had thousands upon thousands of publishers deliver ads we knew they were never going to get paid for.
Google reaped both sides of the coin, got money from the advertisers, used the publishers, and didn’t have to pay them a single penny. We were told to go and look into the publishers accounts, and if any publisher had accumulated earnings exceeding $5000 and was near a payout or in the process of a payout, we were to ban the account right away and reverse the earnings back. They kept saying it was needed for the company, and that most of these publishers were ripping Google off anyways, and that their gravy train needed to end. Many employees were not happy about this. A few resigned over it. I did not. I stayed because I had a family to support, and secondly I wanted to see how far they would go.
Is it true? All I can say is it happened to me. Back in 2013 Google suddenly banned my old website at blogger from running their ads and pocketed the $400 I had earned during the month.
I love that ‘the publishers were making too much money!’
According to who? This is a real problem. Many workers post automation have been forced into becoming contractors. Many of us have earned millions for these companies. For Google to just rip up contracts on some hand wavy ad hoc basis must be seen for what it is. An employer refusing to pay for hours worked.
My guess is millions if not billions have been stolen from publishers by Google. They must be ordered by Congress to pay all the publishers back.
As for Facebook they’re better but they are not accessible either in many ways. I think it’s basic that if someone is paying you money for any service or is advertising or doing useful work for you, being a cyber company doesn’t let you off the hook.
Don’t get me started on Facebook. I’m having an issue with my ad account as I’ve revealed recently though I suspect this might be politically motivated. But-story for another blog post.
I did touch on it here.
I don’t understand if it’s meaningful yet but I gave Claude Taylor my Facebook link on Twitter. The very next thing I knew the FB ad account was disabled.
P.S. I’m Mike Sax, I’m running for Congress in the NY 2nd District and I’m a Hillary Clinton Democrat.
Meeting her recently was one of the biggest honors in my life to stand next to such a fine public servant and trailblazer. She seemed to like our Impeachment Train campaign t shirts too!
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