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Thursday, June 16, 2016

More for Less...I Mean, Fewer

El Salvador’s National Minimum Wage Council has proposed to raise the minimum wage by 5% each of the next three years—a proposal that the nation’s leading prelate has rejected as insufficient.
“I would say it is unfair and sinful not to pay proper wages to workers,” said Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador, according to the Fides news agency.


Let's see....GDP is $8300 with a 2% growth rate. Remittances make up 17% of that! Unemployment is 6.2%, but does not include underemployed.

Raising the minimum wage has NEVER done anything to help the poor. It just makes more poor people.  With all due respect, don't know what you are talking about.

What else have you been up to?

In late December, the Archbishop of San Salvador, Jose Luis Escobar Alas, gave orders to remove the ceramic mural facade of San Salvador's Metropolitan Cathedral—without consulting the national government or the still-living Salvadoran artist, Fernando Llort. A large white sheet covered the cathedral's front as workers chipped off all 2,700 pieces of mural tile.

As the news spread, Facebook groups, such as Indignados por el Mural, gathered photograph, popular opinion, and press releases, and demanded answers. Photographs showed the church steps covered in dust and ceramic pieces being thrown into dumpsters. The Secretary of Culture formally condemned the act and declared it against El Salvador’s cultural patrimony law, under which changes to historical and cultural monuments in need of restoration must be approved by his office. A week later, the destruction of one of the country's most famous murals was still the major topic of discussion. 

I like this:
The Church's action speaks not only to a disregard for national cultural patrimony but also to the historical memory that conservatives want to erase.