Perhaps one of the easiest ways to dismiss the discussion of raising minimum wage is to say those jobs are for teenagers. This is because most people who were lucky enough to find themselves among the decaying middle class probably worked a minimum wage job earlier in their lives and have overcome…
I’ve felt like this needs to be said every time I see this argument and I finally said it. STOP USING THE MILITARY TO SAY PEOPLE DON’T DESERVE THE MONEY TO LIVE
In a new video from social justice-oriented T-shirt company FCKH8, several Ferguson children lampoon the excuses white people give to avoid getting involved in ending discrimination in America and deliver a call to action to stomp out racism.
THIS IS THE SHIT
Time to decide if I want to fight everyone on Facebook.
There is a lot wrong with this misinformed rant, but what really makes me mad is the last part, “if you don’t want minimum wage, don’t have minimum skills.” This is coming from Whitey McWhiter (to utilize her lovely nicknames) who clearly doesn’t understand that opportunity is directly related to your race and socioeconomic position in society.
Telling someone to just choose to have a better skill set is insulting. Fast food workers deal with bullshit everyday and many of these workers work very hard to keep their jobs. They probably didn’t choose to be a fast food worker, but it is a job, and they are trying.
It is not always possible for people to find jobs or gain new skills due to their financial or social situation. Financial aid interest rate is roughly 6.5% and that’s only if you receive aid. For a lot of people, that cost is too much. Not to mention, you still need money to live while going to school and money for books, transportation to class, etc… It is not cheap to get a higher education.
Even besides that, if you live in a area where there is little job growth, traveling/ commuting/ moving for a better job isn’t an option either.
So if you are going to sit there and complain about having to pay a fast food worker a LIVING wage of $15/hour compared to the $18k a year a soldier makes, you better come in with more than “people choose to work there,”
I’m so mad at this ignorant piece of shit. Like it had a shitload of retweets and people praising her like honestly it’s not easy to not have a minimum wage job, there are people with skills higher than fast food skills working there bc there’s a shortage in jobs in many fields, and 18k isn’t a livable wage. So how about we stop paying the military or Air Force or navy that fucking low bc they are risking their lives and then we pay a livable wage to servers. It’s not a lack of skill, it’s fucking necessity at the end of the day. Nobody works a piece of shit job for fun, people need to survive. Talking down to people for earning an honest wage is fucking bullshit.
I understand the logistics of raising minimum wage increases prices of goods and all that bullshit but seriously. Like at least show some fucking respect to people who work those jobs. You’re not better than them for making 15 grand more u dickwad.
I’m not stupid, I know what kind of negative effects raising minimum wage will have on the economy but this defense just made me want to throw my laptop out the window because where I live in the states there are little to no teenagers working at fast food restaurants or retail outlets.
A majority of the staffs in fast food restaurant and retail stores are made up of adults whose ages range from late 20’s to late 70’s because they are either graduated college students with degrees in good to decent fields who can’t get a job, middle-aged adults who are attending school trying to get a better job, middle-aged adults who got laid off their real jobs, their unemployment checks have stopped, and they have a family or just themselves to take care of and even though they are attending interview after interview with a nice, updated resume they still don’t get the job.
And of course my personal favorite, Elderly people who had real 9 to 5 jobs and after finally reaching retirement they realize they have to go back to work.
Because even with money set aside along with that pathetic excuse for a security check, they can’t live off it and take care of the bills like they did with their regular paycheck.
And don’t give me any of that downsizing bullshit because you mean to tell me after working years to get that nice-size house with the big backyard, or that lovely condominium or town home with your nice car along with the furnishings you probably had scrimp and save for over those many years, you’re just going to sell or get rid of it and say “time to move into a studio.”?
See yeah there are some people who didn’t make the right choices and just might have only “minimum skills” to work at a fast food restaurant or a retail outlet but if this is the case, then what about the fine young and older ladies and gentlemen who are enlisting? Now I am proud of the people who are willing to go to the front lines and sacrifice their life for this country, but some of those same people also have “minimum skills”. Not saying there are not any people who don’t love our country enough to willingly enlist and sacrifice themselves for it. But there are people who enlist because they don’t have any other choice.
Yeah there is always “another path” or there’s always “another choice.” But that man or woman who is tearfully saying good-bye to there loved ones before they’re deployed because they know working at McDonald’s isn’t going to be enough to help baby Susie Q when it’s time for college or when that man or woman is breaking the news to their loved ones because they know working at Payless isn’t going to be enough to take care of the bills.
I guess my main point is they really are not that different from those people with “minimum skills” working at those minimum wage jobs. They just chose to go another way that’s a little better. And they aren’t sacrificing their lives for those “minimum skills” working people, they are sacrificing their lives to give either their loved ones a better life over here or give themselves a better life over here.
Because things are very different from how it was back during the World Wars. Even for military officers, the American Dream is dead and the economic struggle to live is very much real.
I’m still on the fence about the minimum wage increase, because again I know what kind of negative effect it will have on the economy. Now If you want to make an argument to have the military’s wage increased then go ahead.
But you and everyone else know damn well that the majority of Americans, not all, but the majority of Americans who are working minimum wage jobs are not working them just because of their “minimum skills” or because they chose it as a life long profession. Most people are thankful just to have their shitty minimum wage jobs, because struggling to get by is better than being on the streets. For some it’s still optional to work a minimum wage job, but for others (teenagers included) it’s fucking necessary.