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originally posted by: Cabin
There are many out there for whom the top stays at some low skilled job, not because they were not hard-working, but because they lack the talent. 1 in 7 person, for example, has an IQ less than 85, which means they are very likely to never achieve greatness anywhere. Their minds are just not able to grasp complex concepts.
originally posted by: darkbake
originally posted by: Dfairlite
a reply to: defcon5
"That is a really tired argument.
Why shouldn't they be for millions of Americans who are willing to work? "
It's not walmart's job to provide people with careers, that's why. Who's job is it to provide a career? why, it's each individuals job to decide what they want to do and develop themselves to the point they're able to do it well.
it's walmarts job to sell products to customers at a price their customers are willing to pay. Not provide careers.
When people are finding work, they have to take the work that is available. This magical idea that jobs exist that don't exist is ridiculous. The jobs that exist are the ones that exist. Fact.
Wal-Mart put a lot of small businesses that did provide careers out of business. That is how come they are mandated to pay workers more than those workers are worth to them.
originally posted by: ~Lucidity
Minimum wage 40 years ago was $2.00 and gas was .49 a gallon and my VW bug cost $3K. That same year, my parents bought a brand new, pretty nice house that they paid $24K for.
Minimum wage is now $7.25 and gas is 3.59 a gallon and a VW bug is $24K. That house sold this month for $240K.
Something's wrong with this picture, eh?
originally posted by: Cabin
a reply to: Dfairlite
Most of these countries have very strong unions which set the minimum wage for their sector. This comes from the principle that more skilled employees should earn more, so let us say in the engineering sector, the minimum wages are one of the highest, while in fast-food they are lower, but still above living wage. In that sense the countries have minimum wage, it is just not set by the government, but unions on different sectors.
Labor wages are largely based on skill level. How about some market relative determination. Fast food is big business, high dollar pimping low wage earners based on skill rather than cash flow. High dollar eatery's pay a dishwasher low wages based on skill? They put up with high turnaround rather than just pay something better. Its the old any dumb azz can wash dishes reason for paying on the cheep.
This "trickle down" was never meant to be a cost to the Consumer, but to be a cost to the profit margin of the Corporation. The Corporations and their Shareholders must share the profits with the workers. That was the whole point of the Bush tax cuts. The profit that the Corporations realized by not paying taxes would be re-directed to the workers. Instead the Corporate Jerks kept the profits and created chaos in the markets by implementing the 2008 market crash and mortgage foreclosure crisis.