$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage
Republicans and business owners do not want a $15.00 per hour minimum wage for people who do menial work. The comment that keeps resonating in my memories are those made by these folks who say the job simply isn’t worth that high of a wage and they are correct, it’s not. But the issue is not the question of if these jobs are worth that much pay just as these same politicians are or are not worth what they are being paid, by us. The question is being staged simply as value. Is the person flipping burgers worth paying $600.00 per week (15.00 x 40 hrs a week), probably not, but this issue isn’t about the employees value to the company, it is about your value as an employer to the employee. Simply put the workers are working there at your company everyday trying to make a living for themselves and their families. If I am working for you full-time but I am not bringing home enough income to house and feed my family this is where the wealthiest should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t care what job it is in America, that job must pay a minimum wage that brings people ‘up to’ the poverty line. I have worked the two full-time jobs routine where I was working seven days a week and many times up over a 100 hour per week. This wasn’t because I was that interjected with energy, it was because they paid right at the minimum wage of the time (about $2.30 per hour) and I was trying to find a way to keep our very old single wide trailer heated and food on the table. That and keeping two 15-20-year-old P.O.S. insured, tagged and gassed up. There would be less strain on the welfare system if there was an honest Federal minimum wage. The term, the working poor when it is in regards to people working full-time jobs should never be included in the ranks of people who are below the federal poverty line. There, whatever that number is, that number should be the Minimum wage mark! Please think about this for a moment, let’s do a little basic math. Today’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, x a 40 hour per week job equals $290.00 per week before taxes which varies depending on a persons claimed exemptions yet even being skimpy on the taxes taken would be at least $50.00 per week and in most cases more than that. This would leave $240.00 per week coming to the workers on pay-day. That is $960.00 per month, folks that is $12,480.00 per year (52 weeks). 30 years ago a person could survive on that income but not now, housing, cars, food, gas, insurance, clothing, and food are way more expensive now than they were 30 years ago. To me this issue is really about Americas morals, do we as a nation have any? During my 60 years on this planet not one Republican Administration has ever given a national wage increase, not one. Republicans like to (in theory) take the moral high ground, they pretend to be Christian based but this claim is total hog-wash when they are backing the same companies and executives who are literally starving their employees and their families and still complaining that the wages are too high. How many of these executives are driving around in 20+ year-old cars or having to walk to work because they can’t afford even that? How many of their workers are on food stamps? How many of these executives are on food stamps? Folks, please do not call your self a follower of Jesus Christ when you do not give a darn about your neighbors or your co-workers and their families for I am quite sure that at your judgement before Jesus and His Angels He will literally tell you to go straight to Hell.