Lately in the news, you see people protesting the minimum hourly wage all across America. I have an issue with this, for both sides of the fence. My issue FOR the protestors, is yes, you deserve a decent living wage and a wage that should be equated to inflation, current prices, taxes, etc. My issue AGAINST the protestors, you guys are asking for way too much.
Ideally, over the years, the minimum wage should of kept up with rising prices, inflation, cost of living, etc. But it hasn’t, and that does not constitute for a wage over 50% more than what it currently is.
I do agree that CEOs salaries are ridiculous, and they should share the wealth since millions of us have worked the minimum wage jobs in fast food, retail, service industry, food industry, and whatever other industry you could think of to make these CEOs wealthy beyond our imaginations.
The problem lies within people as a whole. We do not strive anymore to become someone of importance. We do not strive to take care of ourselves and others as God intended. For those that aren’t religious, we do not strive anymore to see ourselves worthy of something more than what we settle for.
I started working at age 15 for $4.00 an hour. That was minimum wage years ago. I went to school, graduated, went to another school while working part-time to pay off costs and obtaining school loans on my own which I currently am paying off, all to make sure I wouldn’t work another minimum wage job again. I currently make a decent living, very modest, less than $50,000 a year and I barely am making it.
Obamacare to me means nothing because I do have medical insurance through my employer, but every time I visit a doctor, or have to do blood work, I always get a bill in the mail to pay whatever the insurance company hasn’t. I have never experienced this before. Medical insurance used to pay everything! Not anymore, unless you are unemployed. But I won’t get into that. My point is, if minimum wage gets raised to $15.00 an hour, then all these years I put my blood, sweat, and tears into trying to obtain a “decent” wage job, meant nothing. That would mean my current hourly wage should shoot up over 50% too, which would equate to over $40 dollars an hour. I doubt my employer would agree to that. What some of these people don’t understand is that most of us had to work the minimum wage job. We worked it to learn responsibility in our teen years, to make money to go out with our friends. Then we worked harder to make sure we weren’t stuck in these jobs. These jobs are meant for students and retirees. They are not meant to be a career. If you want to stay in the field, you work your way up from cashier to supervisor to manager. That’s how it works. You don’t come into the workforce with a great wage and expect everything to be handed to you. It’s not that easy.
For people who say they had a six figure job and then the recession happened, they had to go back to working minimum wage. That’s just a really awful time and I do feel bad for those people. But if you were making your six figure salary, were you saving any of it for a rainy day? Or did you spend more and obtain more because you made more? I am not faulting you. I would do the same thing probably. Nothing in life is guaranteed. Not jobs, not careers, not salaries. You always have to think a few years down the line. Most people that became effected got too comfortable. Once you get comfortable, you can’t deal with reality. Reality is, nothing lasts forever, and people seem to forget that. Minimum wage should be raised to at least $10 an hour, but anything above that, simply will not work.