Define these terms
Everyone tells me that the big problem is companies are not paying a "livable wage". The only definition I get from people is generalities about being enough for people to pay bills etc. That is a useless definition because everyone has different needs. For a single healthy 18 year old $10,000 per year may be sufficient to live on. For a 30 something single mother obviously $10,000 isn't going to cut it. Everyone assures me that most companies don't pay a livable wage.
What is a "livable wage", how would I go about calculating it? How do I determine whether I, as an employer, am paying a livable wage?
To take it one step further, suppose you were an employer- what methodology would you use to determine what to pay your employees? I am told I do it wrong, but no one has offered me any alternatives.
Another term that makes no rational sense but is thrown at me time and again is "fair share". What is a "fair share" of taxation? How do I determine whether or not I am paying my "fair share"? Suppose someone makes $1 billion, what should they pay in taxes? $1 million? $500k? $250k? $100k? $50k? $25k? $10k?
If, if a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that's brotherhood. But if you - if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that's not brotherhood, that's hypocrisy.- Malcolm X
Providing the basics (Shelter, Healthcare, Education and Food) for all Americans would be a good start. No guns required.