But I did not have a good enough quality of life to meet that definition of a living wage until I was making over 8 bucks an hour. Before that, I was sometimes going hungry or being late on rent so that I had enough money to pay for my transit to work. I didn't even have my own room, and I had things stolen several times because I couldn't afford a way to securely lock it.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 11-25-13 at 03:35 PM.
There are far too many people with no education, no marketable skills, but an abundance of the entitlement attitude genes.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
That kind of gets down to the crux of why I made this poll. Many people kicked around "liveable wage" in the Walmart thread, coming off like Walmart owed them a certain standard of living that went against economic principle.
Your definition gets even vaguer.
Food: so now people can be told what, and how much to eat, to meet this 'nutrition' criteria?
Housing: Already addressed by laws. If they chose to live somewhere that fails to meet those laws, then they need to report it to the housing authority.
Transportation: Then public transportation, where available, will get the job done.
When you want to take from one hand and give it to another, with no incentive from the second hand to do more to improve themselves, then it is easy to spend someone else's money....
Building block or stumbling block.... choose.
However, let me say something very clearly: most of the time I spent working at minimum wage, I was doing so in countries that have a higher minimum wage than we do. I was making, in American dollars, a bit over 8 bucks an hour.
I have never worked the American minimum wage as an adult. And I can't imagine trying to live on it by my definition of a livable wage.
I don't think it's right for people to be able to work full time and still not be able to have that definition of a living wage. That's super basic. Just because someone doesn't have a degree doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to live on their work. Have you forgotten how much a degree costs?
I don't think it's too much to ask to be able to have food in a fridge in exchange for working 40 hours a week of their life.
I keep seeing posts that say "minimum wage" and "full time"... How many jobs are actually "full time" that pay minimum wage? I only recall seeing "part time" jobs listed for Min wage.
As a dreamer of dreams and a travellin' man, I have chalked up many a mile.
Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks and I've learned much from both of their styles!
Of course it's a living thing, it exists.
Home | Living Wage
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"