Originally posted by yeahright
There is little about the current economic climate I like. The fact is - no one has to do anything. It's all a matter of choice. People can choose
to work any available job, or not.
I don't know what world you live in because the choices that are presented for the majority of the population that don't have university degrees are
minimum wage jobs. The reason they don't have university degrees is because it's too expensive to afford. Back in the old days we used to have
manufacturing jobs, they would serve well for people with high school degrees that just wanted to get by and offer their families food, a roof over
their heads, and most importantly, security. The only choice that is offered to people now is the service industry, and oddly enough, for an industry
that raps up trillions each year, they certainly can't find a way to pay their employees a proper wage. Only management is able to make a realistic
wage, and quite frankly, 60k a year is a joke if you fall in the category of individual that indebted themselves up the ante in school fees while
The youthful years lost on education, and the debts that come out of it ain't worth the pay at the end of the road. I'm doing it cause I have no
choice, debts are growing, and my youth is fading away. I'm going to be one of those people that when they look back at life they won't be able to
say "if I was young again I would do things different" because my future was stolen from me before I was even conceived.
My personal opinion is that anyone doing honest work is to be, if not commended, certainly not stigmatized. People who "choose" government
assistance when alternatives for work are available should not be commended.
I too don't believe in government assistance, then again, I don't believe in economic slavery either, you seem to have a paradoxical philosophy
there my friend.
The crime comment is beneath you. I think you can do better than that.
What is left for a hard working man who can't even support his own self than resorting to
stealing food when he's hungry? Lie down and die? And then people wonder why corporations
walk all over the average worker. You could try to unionize, but then they'd just shut down
your store and you'd be left unemployed. This is another thing which I find appalling,
criminal records, poor people who have financial troubles who resort to stealing end up
with criminal records and can't even get a job for slave wage anymore,
I'm not even talking about a prestigeous office job here.
Outcome? More crime? Either that or homelessness, guess what,
they end up relying on government and charities at that point no matter how you slice it.
A lot of people are hurting. A lot of people are doing things they never thought they'd have to. I'm not inclined to look down on anyone who's
making an honest effort. I'm not saying you are, but there's certainly an undercurrent of that in this thread. That's my issue.
I'm just waiting to see what will happen in the future when indebted University graduates can't find any uses for the papers that they received
apart from sanitary reasons. What do you think will happen? you think they'll settle for a McDonald's kitchen cause it's such an awesome good
paying job with career advancement opportunities?