originally posted by: JinMI
Please tell me how people wanting a living wage are greedy?
I'll bite: Because, often times, the investment put into their own "skills" (in quotation marks because much of what these people do doesn't take any
more skill than having two arms and legs, and sometimes not even that) does not equate to earning a living wage, and employers should not be forced to
pay one when the ROI isn't there.
It's simple supply-and-demand--if you have jobs where honed or particular skills attained from years of education and experience are not necessary,
and there are thousands of applicants for said jobs, a high wage is neither necessary nor economical.
And be honest with yourself and the readers, here--these jobs were never meant to provide a living wage, nor are they usually occupied by people who
need a single-income "living wage" (e.g.: College students, people who live with people providing additional income, sharing housing with roommates,
etc.). The outcry for a "living wage" to become the standard entry-level pay is ridiculous, and quite frankly, only called for by people who ignore
the realities of the economic impact that this would have overall.
Wealth, or even just a "living wage" is something that should be invested in and achieved over time, not straight out of high school, or even while in
high school. Why have we seemingly lost our work ethic in this country to the point where everyone who gets a job, no matter how unskilled, should be
compensated with a living wage?
So, to flip the script, JinMI, please tell me why what I just pointed out should not be seen (in general) as greed. Whatever happened to expecting
appropriate compensation for the work that someone puts in.
And if you want to talk about a piss-poor hourly wage, ask me what I made when I was in the Army, because Soldiers are expected to be ready for work
24/7, and often sleep less hours than most people play video games on a daily basis. Soldiers earn their money. Plane washers earn $12/hr, and should
be happy to get that.