Man this one just bugs me!
I think everybody who hasn’t come from a wealthy family, and many of those people too, have worked for minimum wage. You do this because you have no skills and no experience. You work those jobs for months or years to gain those assets and then you get a BETTER job.
I know some adults who work unskilled jobs, they live packed into shitty apartments eating garbage food and indeed squeak by. Hopefully they’ll use their experience and skills to better themselves, but honestly that’s their choice.
Still the “Progressives” want to extend this to families with mortgages or quality rentals. Sorry, if you want a house and kids you can’t make this money working at KFC or McDonalds. If you are in this situation you have made some VERY poor life choices and deserve a life of poverty.
People need to be driven to increase their skills and experience to get better paying jobs, be that professional jobs, skilled trades, or simply working for tips at a restaurant that supports your lifestyle.
Further even if you increase minimum wage to whatever dream you want, people will still want to live above their means. I know a person who’s parents are both doctors, but because they’ve chosen to live in Manhattan they raised their family of five in a two bedroom apartment. That’s smart living, but what’s to keep those people to have the unnatural expectation that they can live in Manhattan on two doctors salaries in a four-bedroom townhouse?
What’s to keep a minimum wage worker from thinking the same? Doesn’t matter if minimum wage is $7.50, or $25 per hour, people always have the capacity to spend more than they make. Just look at the Hollywood celebrities who are in financial trouble!
Sorry, its culture that fixes this, not “Progressive” meddling and Daddy .Gov intervention that will fix this.
As a local Author and Talk Show Host often says: “I learned a lot from working as a dishwasher. The biggest thing is I didn’t want to live my life as a dish washer.”
So was a younger me who worked minimum wage as a landscaper, a deck hand on a tour boat, and even as a research intern. Hell the last two jobs lead me to make MORE than minimum. What’s up with these mythical people who are trying to support a family flipping burgers?
If you’re well into adulthood and you can only be trusted to work the pictogram covered cash register at the local grease pit, you’ve done some seriously stupid things in your life, and there is NO government handout that will fix you.
It will make it worse tho…