I simply do not understand the concept that the minimum wage should be less than livable. If it’s less than a livable wage for the area it’s in, what’s the point of it in the first place? I’m not against hard work – I’ve been there – but I think there is NO excuse to pay ANY person less than a livable wage if they are working anything even approaching “full time.”
It’s an easy equation – if someone working at mcdonalds isn’t making enough to scrape by on their own (pay rent, pay for electricity/heating, buy food, etc.) they will apply for food stamps and welfare, putting the burden on the taxpayer.
Would you rather McDonalds pay them, or YOU pay them? Imagine McDonald’s applying for welfare – in the millions or billions – and receiving it. Wouldn’t you be outraged? You should be, because that’s what’s happening, basically.
Seems simple to me – they’re a big corporation, they can afford it without much difficulty, I’d like to see them pay their employees a living wage. If you can afford to be in business, and you can afford to hire employees, you can afford to pay them enough to survive. I’m not saying pay for their trip to hawaii. I’m saying pay them enough that I don’t have to pay them, too.
I’d rather pay a little more for a burger, though honestly considering how much money they make, if they did raise the price it would expose their greed in a big way… but still, I’d rather pay a little more for a burger and know that the person flipping it was getting paid properly to do itl
@Aquaria: You’re totally right. It’s nearly impossible, in fact. Class mobility in the US has just about come to a standstill. Darling Husband and I aren’t making great money and it’s not a career we can keep forever, but we had to leave the country to even get a job, any job, that pays enough for us to make ends meet and make our loan payments.
Don’t get me wrong, we were able to get work back home, but not work that paid enough or offered enough hours to keep us afloat. And we didn’t stick to one small area either. We applied to jobs in 3 large cities, and no one was hiring us at our qualification levels.
Darling Husband was a paralegal, nobody wanted a paralegal – they all wanted law school graduates who hadn’t passed the bar yet or new laywers to do their paralegal work. (Can you imagine the indignity of spending $250k on law school and then the only people who wanna hire you offering 35k paralegal jobs?)
Someone I know graduated with a STEM degree – not even one of those wussy liberal arts ones (I can say that because I have one of those haha) and has been searching for a job for about eight months. He is now working at the same McDonalds as his 15 year old sister.
USA is not the land of opportunity anymore. If it were, Darling Husband and I would still be there. If things keep moving in this direction, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a lot more hardworking young people like us realizing that the USA isn’t such a good deal. This is how nations lose their bright young workers, when it becomes obvious that a better deal can be found elsewhere. The US used to suck the talent out of other nations, as their young students and graduates wanted to go abroad to America… if we don’t correct our course and protect individuals over corporations, I think there is a danger of that reversing itself.