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I never said that a minimum wage employee should be able to live comfortably. I said they should be able to afford BASIC living without government assistance. Did you actually read my post, or did you see that I had views that didn't align with your own and jump to conclusions? A minimum wage job should be enough for a single person to afford rent on a studio apartment, pay the basic bills, and afford groceries. But today, it's not. It's not even close.
originally posted by: Pants3204
a reply to: ScientificRailgun
So what's your point?
Burger flipping and sidewalk sweeping should NOT be a comfortable living. It should be a constant struggle, and heaven forbid you have kids, it should be extremely difficult.
You are paid in proportion to the value you create for your employer. That's it. Almost anybody can flip patties.
originally posted by: DogMeat
You were never meant to live off min wage...period.
It is a starting place, to go gain the life lessons to do better.
I was meant for high school kids make a few $$ to put gas in a car to hang out with buddy's.
I was never meant to be a life long profession. If you think flippin burgers is a career and should pay you $15 per hr....
You have just failed at life...try again.
Also and I quote,...not sure who by:
"A Poor Man Never gave me a JOB"
Unions had there time and place, for the most part they are now un-needed.
originally posted by: mOjOm
originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
There are lots of arguments for alternatives, and some countries do it better, but there are no economically viable fixes here in the US without systemic changes in other areas of the federal budget.
I respectfully disagree that there are no viable alternatives to the minimum wage issue. There is an alternative and why nobody ever brings it up is beyond me. It's calledMaximum Ratio and this is a great page that explains the difference between the minimum wage and maximum ratio.
All streams flow to the sea
because it lies below them.
Humility gives it its power.
If you want to govern the people,
you must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead the people,
you must learn to follow them.
The people will not feel burdened
if a wise person is in a position of power.
The people will not feel manipulated
if a wise person is in front as their leader.
The whole world will be grateful to her.
Because she competes with no one,
no one can compete with her.
the professional sports players and meaningless entertainers are paid disgustingly in contrast to that of say firefighters (a lot of which are volunteers anyway) or anyone else who actually contributes in a meaningful way.