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    Re: Food-stamp use doubles

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    So Conservatives are against minimum wages that allow people to take care of themselves and against programs that alleviate the pain of low wages. It's amazing that "Go **** youself" Conservatism doesn't gain more traction with the voting public.
    The problem stems from people demanding $15/hour to build something then refusing to pay more then $0.50 for it. We (and by we I mean consumers) need to support businesses who are paying decent wages rather than the cheaper businesses who are exploiting the poor around the world.
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    Re: Food-stamp use doubles

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    The minimum wage workers at Walmart are so much more oppressed than the minimum wage workers at Target, Kmart, Sears, McDonalds, Lowe's, Home Depot, your local cafe, the company that mows people's lawns, etc.
    Wal-Mart does pay less and offers less benefits than other employers.
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    The activist group Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) said "in 2006 Walmart reports that full-time hourly associates received, on average, $10.11 an hour." It further calculated that working 34 hours per week an employee earns $17,874 per year and claimed that is about twenty percent less than the average retail worker.
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    Re: Food-stamp use doubles

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    Wal-Mart does pay less and offers less benefits than other employers.
    And that's why anyone with half a brain would focus on building a strategy to get a better job than Wal-Mart, even if they have few other options temporarily.
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    Re: Food-stamp use doubles

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    Wal-Mart does pay less and offers less benefits than other employers.
    So what. Don't work at walmart if it is not good enough for you. Supply and demand works in the labor market too. One of my cousins started at Kmart at minimum wage and now makes a really good living--why? Well, he did not aspire to stock shelves for 50 years, joined the military, went down range twice, and is now working for the USPS thanks to their preference for vets. Not every employer will provide for every employee's needs their entire lives, nor should they. Sometimes workers need to make an effort beyond settling in and whining.

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    Re: Food-stamp use doubles

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    So what. Don't work at walmart if it is not good enough for you. Supply and demand works in the labor market too. One of my cousins started at Kmart at minimum wage and now makes a really good living--why? Well, he did not aspire to stock shelves for 50 years, joined the military, went down range twice, and is now working for the USPS thanks to their preference for vets. Not every employer will provide for every employee's needs their entire lives, nor should they. Sometimes workers need to make an effort beyond settling in and whining.
    Options have to exist to move beyond minimum wage. And more and more those options are disappearing. Just look at what your buddy did to move beyond minimum wage. The military is becoming less of an option. They are working to reduce that. And USPS? Do you really believe that is a viable option going forward? They are actively laying off and working on more ways to lay off there as well. The options that existed even 10 years ago are fading today. People do get trapped into these very low end jobs.
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    Re: Food-stamp use doubles

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    Options have to exist to move beyond minimum wage. And more and more those options are disappearing. Just look at what your buddy did to move beyond minimum wage. The military is becoming less of an option. They are working to reduce that. And USPS? Do you really believe that is a viable option going forward? They are actively laying off and working on more ways to lay off there as well. The options that existed even 10 years ago are fading today. People do get trapped into these very low end jobs.
    Then that is the price they are going to pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Then that is the price they are going to pay.
    I am sure that is the sentiment we need to get our country back on track.
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    Re: Food-stamp use doubles

    It is much more difficult to earn a living now than it was when I was just starting out.
    Having so many earning low wages and making do with part time jobs is a drag on the economy and results in low tax revenues.

    But, just exactly what is it that the federal government should or could do about it? That's the real question.
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    Re: Food-stamp use doubles

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    The question is neither for ever nor any set time, but need versus opportunity and ability.
    Amazing how studies have shown that people living off "the dole" as it were, tend to get back to work at what ever point that free stuff ends isn't it....
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