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    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    why work for someone else; why not instead create your own job by starting a small business?
    Personally, that's exactly what I'm trying to do. I'm done waiting for someone else to pay me what I'm worth, so I'll do it myself. But, not everyone can start a business; most people simply work best as employees but, there's also a problem with a sudden lack of teamwork. We need an employer/employee dynamic, it's essential to modern society, but we need a better one. When wage inequality gets this bad, it strangles the working class and creates all sorts of problems. There is a direct correlation between wage inequality and unemployment. The last time CEO/Executive pay was this high a ratio to the average worker, it was just before the Great Depression.

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    So who says you have to stay in that industry? Or that job in particular? Let's take the example of the 23 year old that comes out of college with a degree, and can't find a job in his field...So, he moves in with mom and dad, gets the job at McD's and ponders how life sucks. OR, he moves to where he can get a job he needs, or he can go into a different direction. But, your attitude here sounds more defeatist than can do....

    Well, I don't know what your particular degree is in, but maybe it is the area you live, or the degree you have is not in demand there....Would you move?
    Most people can't move, but even if they could, how should that work in the long run? Once all the jobs are taken in one area, what next? Move again? It'd be an endless cycle of traveling the country, working for peanuts. Once you factor in travel costs, that makes less sense than staying where they are. Rock and a hard place. My attitude isn't quite defeatist, it's empathetic; I feel for my fellow Americans and I'm tired of hard workers getting the short end of the stick.

    My degree was in Math/Physics. I got a couple tutoring gigs here and there by mentioning my degree, but nothing that would even pay my student loan payments. Like every student, my counselor told me my degree would open every door and make me filthy rich; it didn't. (I never really thought it would, but I expected a lot more than what I got.) The only reason I went to college, working two jobs every day just to pay for it, was so I would get a better job when it was done. Since getting my degree, my income has dropped by a third. As I mentioned above, I'm just going to start my own business, but it shouldn't be this way for me and my peers; we did the work, paid our dues, and there was no job at the end of the tunnel.

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    re: McJobs and the Minimum Wage[W:123,226]

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post

    Greetings, P. Kersey.

    We have been debating the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage by a little under $2.00 for a long time. The McDonald's employees in NYC want to double their minimum wage to $15.00 an hour! How many of us can ask our employer to double our hourly wage without looking like we're crazy? I realize it costs a lot to live in NYC, but c'mon! It's unreasonable. I never thought I'd live to see the day when a person couldn't afford to eat at a McDonalds! It will be interesting to see what happens next!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    And where will these mythical high-paying jobs, that apparently everyone can have if they just work harder, come from?
    I made mine and then hired other people to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heebie Jeebie View Post
    Wow all those people who seem to have figured out that paying $15/hour at McDonalds will still let the owner make a nice profit. They should buy some franchises and follow their own advice, they'll make a killing.
    Let me get this straight... you are saying that people who are getting paid so badly that they can't hardly make ends meet, should BUY a franchise? Looks like your philosophy is flawless. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by douglas View Post
    Most people can't move, but even if they could, how should that work in the long run? Once all the jobs are taken in one area, what next? Move again? It'd be an endless cycle of traveling the country, working for peanuts. Once you factor in travel costs, that makes less sense than staying where they are. Rock and a hard place. My attitude isn't quite defeatist, it's empathetic; I feel for my fellow Americans and I'm tired of hard workers getting the short end of the stick.
    Yes, life is unfair at times..But 'can't'? Don't give me that bull....Let me tell you just a little of my story....I grew up relatively comfortably, private school, Dad owned his own business, and provided well. I as a dumb ass thought I knew better and like a lot of kids, flew out on my own with nothing. Before I was 21 I was married, with child, and a commission job at a mall shoe store....Pretty bleak. But I didn't blame anyone, and I blamed everyone. When that and my marriage didn't work out (big surprise) I joined the military. And after 6 years, and with the support of my 2nd wife I got out to find that military training wasn't something that was usable to anyone on the outside, regardless of what the commercials said...I didn't blame anyone, and also blamed everyone. I kept this kind of liberal mindset until I lost my house in the early 2000s. Then I looked in the mirror one day and said 'this sucks, and no one is to blame but me'! So I worked hard, moved to a more affordable area, and now own my own home again, own my pick up truck outright, and live pretty damned good.

    The point is, if I would have taken the attitude that I see so much from liberal progressives, or the left today, I would still be stuck in that rental shack in Maryland paying too much, and barely making it....No one got me where I am today but me, good or bad.

    My degree was in Math/Physics. I got a couple tutoring gigs here and there by mentioning my degree, but nothing that would even pay my student loan payments. Like every student, my counselor told me my degree would open every door and make me filthy rich; it didn't. (I never really thought it would, but I expected a lot more than what I got.) The only reason I went to college, working two jobs every day just to pay for it, was so I would get a better job when it was done. Since getting my degree, my income has dropped by a third. As I mentioned above, I'm just going to start my own business, but it shouldn't be this way for me and my peers; we did the work, paid our dues, and there was no job at the end of the tunnel.
    See, that is what I mean. You sound like you thought college was some kind of dues paying experience. It isn't, it is an education. Nothing more, nothing less, and it depends on what YOU do with it. Just because you went to school and graduated no one owes you a damned thing, you have to earn it, you are just lucky enough to have the education to apply it, if you choose. The problem with kids coming out of college is this right here, they think they are entitled to top job, top pay, 1st class everything without actually being in the working world to earn it...Hell, I am 51 years old, and after all I told you above, I am just now owning a house, saving for retirement, and slowly getting to where I think I might not have to work into the grave. And I busted my ass for 20 plus years to get here....

    No one is going to give you anything in this world, pull up your big boy pants, find out where the money is and go get it....Good luck.
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    re: McJobs and the Minimum Wage[W:123,226]

    What the advocates of a $15 minimum wage fail to realize is the impact it will have on job creation/retention throughout the entire economy. If $15 per hour is the minimum I can legally pay an unskilled, untrained, entry level job, what do I pay the guy who has skills, experience and is currently making (say) $13 per hour? Clearly, to be fair to him, he would have to be paid over $20. But what if I cant pay my employees $20 per hour and stay in business? Well, the liberals don't have an answer for that because they simply don't care and don't care to understand the negative impact of their irrational demands. Having run a small business for over 20 years, I can tell you that would simply have fewer employees today were this new, arbitrary wage scale imposed today. And I could also say with confidence that if this wage scale had been in place when I first opened my business, it is unlikely to have ever opened in the first place.

    If this new wage policy were enacted tomorrow, do you think that retailers and fast food restaurants would become more common or less common. Obviously, the answer is less common. Malls already struggle in this country, and a doubling of the minimum wage would destroy them completely. Major retailing chains would reduce their outlets and many would simply go out of business. Other chains, like McDonalds I suspect, would simply consolidate and close underperforming stores. All of that points to job destruction, not job creation.

    While true that those lucky enough to have a job would be earning significantly more, that increase in income would simply be swallowed up by an increase in the cost of EVERYTHING. Its not just Big Macs that will cost more, but since every industry would be impacted by this arbitrary wage hike, prices would increase for every industry as well. Your new found wealth will simply vanish in the mists of inflation.

    As bad as that is, the worst part would be the creation of a large, and permanent class of the unemployable. Where some might take a chance on au unskilled person at $7.00 per hour, very few will take that chance for $15. That impact will be most profound for the young. Youth unemployment is already high and demanding that industry pay even more for unskilled, untrained entry level positions will only reduce the demand for those positions even further. If McDonalds has to pay its employees $15 per hour, are they going to hire kids who come and go like they are in a revolving door? Or are they going to hire someone with at least some sort of experience/ job history?

    The truth is, the proposed doubling of the minimum wage is a feel-good measure and nothing more: it makes liberals feel good, but makes zero economic or societal sense. It is, like everything else they do, destructive to those they purport to help.

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    McDonald's hires 7,000 touch-screen cashiers | Crave - CNET

    This is what you get when labor costs spike. It's being tested in Europe and coming soon to a fast food joint near you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglas View Post
    Personally, that's exactly what I'm trying to do. I'm done waiting for someone else to pay me what I'm worth, so I'll do it myself. But, not everyone can start a business; most people simply work best as employees but, there's also a problem with a sudden lack of teamwork. We need an employer/employee dynamic, it's essential to modern society, but we need a better one. When wage inequality gets this bad, it strangles the working class and creates all sorts of problems. There is a direct correlation between wage inequality and unemployment. The last time CEO/Executive pay was this high a ratio to the average worker, it was just before the Great Depression.



    Most people can't move, but even if they could, how should that work in the long run? Once all the jobs are taken in one area, what next? Move again? It'd be an endless cycle of traveling the country, working for peanuts. Once you factor in travel costs, that makes less sense than staying where they are. Rock and a hard place. My attitude isn't quite defeatist, it's empathetic; I feel for my fellow Americans and I'm tired of hard workers getting the short end of the stick.

    My degree was in Math/Physics. I got a couple tutoring gigs here and there by mentioning my degree, but nothing that would even pay my student loan payments. Like every student, my counselor told me my degree would open every door and make me filthy rich; it didn't. (I never really thought it would, but I expected a lot more than what I got.) The only reason I went to college, working two jobs every day just to pay for it, was so I would get a better job when it was done. Since getting my degree, my income has dropped by a third. As I mentioned above, I'm just going to start my own business, but it shouldn't be this way for me and my peers; we did the work, paid our dues, and there was no job at the end of the tunnel.
    it surprises me with a math/science degree that you cannot locate a teaching position within your commute. in my berg, math/science teachers command a literal premium because the demand for those with such degrees is so intense

    and as to starting a small business, it is not for everyone. nor everyone with a degree. you are correct. but a degree indicates you have the ability to learn, and the knowledge needed to successfully operate a small business is quite fundamental. unfortunately, we teach our kids how to become someone else's employee rather than what they need to know to successfully launch an enterprise of their own

    in my observation, there are three ways to wealth in America: luck into it by virtue of the womb or buying the right lottery ticket; or receive a professional degree; or build a business enterprise

    let me confess that i have a difficult time reading your laments. you appear to have the gifts of an education, health and youth and yet complain that your future is dim. it can be as bright as YOU allow it to be. do not be the person that holds you back
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    Quote Originally Posted by P. Kersey View Post
    Just saying "nuh uh" doesn't qualify as a valid response.
    No you have never responded with anything other than blame Obama!

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