Why don’t Democrats talk about the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act?

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Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman wrote the most pertinent book for understanding today’s economic issues: “Arguing with Zombies.” He explained how Democrats and the mainstream media have failed to educate American voters about economic realities. Our last century of economic history clearly demonstrates that Republicans have conned voters into believing false narratives about the kinds of policies that benefit the total nation — rich, poor and middle class. And which policies benefit investors and the wealthy — at the expense of everyone else.

Overnight, the 5-day 40-hour workweek replaced the 6-day 60-hour workweek across the country. Since it was federal legislation, corporations couldn’t pit states against each other by offering wages and working conditions below the new national standard.



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