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While Disney Gobbles Up Hundreds of Million in Taxpayer Subsidies, Sanders Joins Workers to Rail Against 'Poverty Wages'

While Disney Gobbles Up Hundreds of Million in Taxpayer Subsidies, Sanders Joins Workers to Rail Against 'Poverty Wages'

Jon Queally, staff writer

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted a forum with employees of the Disney corporation in California on Saturday and castigated one of the wealthiest and most powerful media companies in the world for showering its executives and investors with millions of dollars while low-level workers continue with "poverty wages" that makes it nearly impossible to make ends meet.

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Well just wondering.

How much do you think someone dressed up in a Mickey Mouse costume, or selling hotdogs and popcorn, should earn?

What is their value, considering climate change, habitat collapse, and overpopulation.

Can you show me how to arrive at this figure?

How do you shame people who have no shame?

Try this:

Yeah Disney, why hasn’t Mickey got a raise in the last 90 years?


Why do you presume to know their values and opinions and how are you qualified to judge them?


Does Universal pay any better? To get higher wages for unskilled workers a law needs to be passed to increase the minimum wage. New York State has increased the minimum wage to $15 per hour and I think some cities like Seattle have done so also. That is obviously not a great wage but at that level every dollar per hour helps. Of course many people besides executives and investors get a lot of money from Disney. Check out what the sports broadcasters and sports analysts make. I doubt that Steven A, Smith, Mike Breen, etc are complaining much about their salaries. Disney pays big bucks to people who they think can boost TV ratings for news, sports, etc.

Perhaps enough to live on? Is that too much to ask? Do you think they would hire children to do such labor, that way justifying paying half wages?

Funny how people like you never seem to have any empathy until it happens to you. I’ve never been able to understand that Republican mentality of only being able to appreciate living wages, Obamacare, etc. when THEY or a family member receives a benefit from such programs. As I often say, if early man had been of the Republican mindset–the “me, me, me, and f*ck the rest of you” attitude so prevalent among them–we never would have survived as a species.

But to answer your question: “their value is that of any human being–priceless,” and one arrives at that figure by having a freaking heart! Next time you go to Disneyland with your kids, try imagining the place without any employees and tell me how much fun the experience would be.


Again, a comment offering insults, but not answers. Such drama, but no answers.

You speak of people drilling holes in the bottom of the boat as it sinks, and then ask, “Why isn’t the captain to blame? He put us on this boat. Why are we not paid more to drill holes?”

When someone points out this farce, and suggests that perhaps you stop drilling holes, you respond by insulting the carrier of the news, then go back to drilling holes in the bottom of the boat. You say, " It is not our fault! We have no choice but to drill more holes.",

And at the same time, add more people to help drill holes!

It is improbable nonsense. Yet, this is what passes as political dialogue today.

You worry about how much money Jeff Bezos makes, but ignore that you’re all going to drown, including Mr. Bezos.

You forget the limits of resources on a finite planet, and argue that at least some of those resources should go to people who dress up as Mickey Mouse, because the system is a nightmare and Mickey Mouse impersonators deserve more, and then more still.

It’s zany.

I think theatre and the arts do deserve their place and good recompense, but your ship is sinking fool, and you are drilling holes while arguing how much you should be paid to do so.

Hey there Hi there Ho there.

While people drag their endless children to Fantasyland, the fucking ice caps are melting!

Who’s the leader of this band?

If you’re arguing that we might as well go under while amused, then okay, that’s fair. But do not be surprised when what you hear is not screams of delight, but of panic.

Last year massive fires spread all over Los Angeles, including near Disneyland.

I am simply asking what the going rate is to work in Fantasyland.

A fire along the Anaheim hills … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgChcCWitmg

Interesting assumption. You think I am a Republican, that I have children, and that I go to Disneyland. And you think I revel in watching people suffer by being paid poorly.

I say to you, you’re the one with no heart. You have a convenient memory which forgets the unfolding drama of climate change.

This is why people continue to have children and then complain about wages. Perhaps the human mind is incapable or has difficulty understanding such large events. Nevertheless that does not make them go away.

So I will refresh your memory of just a few months ago…

California Fires Enter the Heart of Los Angeles


Sorry, I mistook your original comment as judgemental.

Perhaps, those individuals “should” be paid enough to support themselves and their dependents.

Participatory budgeting is based on the most popular projects receiving funding.

First of all, this will of course mean that people will want their family concerns to come first. They will want project funded that help them raise kids.

This does not mean it’s good, it just means that since they are the majority, they will always win the vote.

Secondly, ecology is not a popularity contest. Resources can not be voted into existence because they are popular.

So there is a moral imperative to dress up like Mickey Mouse.

Why don’t we just ask the slaves pulling the stones up to the tops of the Giza pyramids?


Right, so ignorance and insults, followed by sarcasm equals solutions.

Let us know how that works out for you.

How much does a person have to earn to keep up with climate change?

Environmental education is important. The Swiss educate themselves when voting on issues because they realize they make the important decisions, not their politicians.

In direct democracy, looks like the fascists are going to beat the sellouts to the punch:

”How much do you think someone dressed up in a Mickey Mouse costume, or selling hotdogs and popcorn, should earn?”

Gee that’s a good question. They entertain people all day everyday they work just like professional sports players, actors and actresses, professional musicians, etc. and those folks make some pretty good folding money. How about a hedge fund manager, a banker, an insurance executive? They make some pretty good change as well. What about Registered Nurses and school teachers?

Logically it would seem they should be paid on the basis of what they contribute to society don’t you think? Based on that logic of course nurses (they save lives and help aliviate suffering) and school teachers (they train out children how to function as adults and further society in general should top off the list followed by entertainers and food workers since they keep people fed and help relieve others’ daily stressors. Then lastly insurance, bankers, and hedge fund managers because not only is their contribution questionable they are frequently parasitic and very harmful to society. Things certainly don’t work that way do they? In fact the list is almost inverted. Wonder why that is?


It would seem that the value of the service is exactly the same as that for a basketball or baseball player, and about 3 times that of a football player, which is only a part-time job.

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Vote Democrat? Hilary would have made it better? I like the way you phrased that. A sincere man with great popularity and a nice rap, unwilling to change anything while clamoring for change.

The powerful never voluntarily cede the power they’ve grabbed. We must take it back. Until we turn out the incumbents, can we ordinary citizens be taken seriously?