"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
However, only averaging out the apartments that might be affordable, or near affordable, to someone on minimum wage would no allow them to make it look so bad and encourage more people to vote for even more socialism in the government.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
If one wants to better ones life,there are legal and legitimate ways to do it without relying on an agency (the government) that not only does big things badly,but does small things just as bad.
If a person is satisfied with living on minimum,I have no problem with that.If not the instead of bitching about it,do something about it.
Last edited by Verthaine; 12-18-12 at 03:33 PM.
Minimum wage isn't designed nor intended for anybody anywhere to live comfortably. It's a wage floor designed so that MOST WORKERS can live comfortably. Most minimum wage jobs require very few expensive or hard-to-acquire skills, can be taught "on the job", and present little liability. They are jobs that can be easily filled and often have incredibly high turn over rates. In other words, they are not jobs designed for skilled, capable adults to fill long-term as a means of achieving some abstract financial solvency goal.
As others in this thread have said: If you want to earn more than minimum wage, make yourself worth more than minimum wage by acquiring skills and developing your abilities.
I began working in 2002 as a carphop at Sonic making $5.15/hour, 15 hours a week. Without a college education, without a network of "good buddy" types helping me advance, without a hand out I'm now the manager of my department, making almost 10x the yearly salary I averaged at Sonic. I did it through hard work, reliability, and learning.
I've lived on my own since I was 19. I've never (as an adult) taken any kind of government aid except my education grants, which I earn through maintaining a high GPA (I'm required to keep a 3.6 average GPA to keep my aid).
On the other hand, I have a friend in his 40s who works for Dominos delivering pizzas. In fact, he's never had a job much above that level. He's very smart, very capable, and has tons of marketable skills..but he's never cared enough about career success to apply himself to finding a higher paying job. Why the hell should I subsidize him? He made his choice. There's absolutely nothing holding him back except himself. You can't even blame it on the economy, because he's 40...he's been doing this since he was 16. He's ALWAYS sought easy, low-responsibility employment.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
Community college classes are affordable to just about anyone.
Even just putting some college on your resume can improve your chances.
Taking a few specialize classes related to your area may even get you a career.
If nothing else, anyone can wait tables, it teaches good people skills.
In 1979 when the minimum wage was $2.65/hr, I waited tables at a pizza place
for $1.90/hr, but would make about $25/6 hour shift in tips(and free Pizza).
The real problems come when you have a family that is counting on you to provide.
I have worked some UGLY jobs over the years, to make sure my kids were provided for.
The good news is, the USA is truly the land of opportunity, hard work and a good attitude do pay off.
It is the reason so many people still want to come here.
IMHO, minimum wage jobs should be filled by students, retirees looking for supplemental income, young people just starting out and those with disabilities that prevent them from enhancing their skill set. If you are 30 years old and still working a minimum wage job, trying to support a family...you are an idiot. either #1 get some education/training so you are qualified for a better job or #2 don't have a family until you do #1. what you don't do is whine and cry because no one wants to pay you $20/hr to stock shelves at walmart or clean toilets at costco
Buy an old run down house and fix her up, have but ONE minimum pay job.
Do not work at Walmart.
Grow with a half decent company.
Be greedy not.
I have made these mistakes and I have done things correctly.
When things go wrong, accept the responsibility - blame no-one.
We need a ton of reform and improvement here..
Places/businesses need to provide much more in job training on an OJT ( on job training)..The applicants must be willing to work for little to a negative number...with a promise to stay for an agreed to time..
Both parties must agree and be responsible, honest....open...
Not without attitude changes.