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Some people are just so angry about the possibility of a $15.00 minimum wage. I don’t understand it at all.  Most of the arguments are from 40 plus year olds that went to college, accepted a job for around $12 an hour and now years later are making $15-$18 an hour. The argument is that “burger flippers” should not be making the same amount of money as the college-educated.  That may be so, but the minimum wage debate is not about you and what you decided to do with your life years ago. You could have demanded more money from your employer for your college educated self  but apparently did not. That was your decision. Your choices have nothing to do with the minimum wage of today.  Things change. Get over yourself and show a bit of compassion to others.

Be Angry at the Right People

Your anger should really be directed to those that caused the problem in the first place, our very own government and bad trade deals. NAFTA was a huge part of the problem as thousands of U.S. manufacturing companies closed and millions of jobs were shipped overseas. These manufacturing jobs were good paying jobs. They were held by people that just couldn’t afford to go to college, didn’t want to go to college or simply weren’t smart enough to attend. These jobs accounted for a large block of the middle class of America.  In case you haven’t noticed, they are almost gone.

I also know many college-educated people today that are now making minimum wage. They can’t find a job in their chosen field. The only difference is that they probably have student loans that they can’t pay back for their so-called great education. Should they have to go back to college and try to reinvent themselves, yet again?

It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

The minimum wage has not been raised since 2009. If the minimum wage was raised incrementally $1.10 a year for the past 7 years, the minimum wage would now be $14.95. Citizens should not be living below the poverty line if they are working 40 hours a week.  We are the richest country in the world and we treat our citizens like this. It’s absolutely shameful.

snobIf you’re angry about the minimum wage being raised to $15 an hour, then you should really be mad at many of the multi-national corporations. The stingy wages that they pay their employees are costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year. Walmart alone cost U.S. taxpayers over $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid, and subsidized housing, according to a report from Americans For TaxFairness.  Are you okay paying for all of that with your hard earned money? You shouldn’t be, you did go to college so you should know better.

The minimum wage needs to be raised. It is feasible and can be done. Stop being college-snobs. You can always demand a raise too. If you’re as fantastic as some of you make yourself out to be, then getting a raise shouldn’t be a problem for you.  You better hurry it up though, your job could be the next on the chopping block, heading overseas.

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