America's Miserable Minimum Wage Crisis
By Glenn Mollette
Americans do not want to work for the minimum wage. Who does? Recent demonstrations at McDonald's restaurants demanding $15 an hour wages are understandable. American people need more money to exist. Making a minimum wage only means you are living in poverty and need government and charitable assistance in order to survive.
Minimum wage was never meant for the long haul. Such wages were intended for part-time help, students working through school or older Americans who needed something to do a few hours a week. The sad case is that miserable Americans stand in line for these jobs. The jobs that provide higher pay are saturated with several hundred people already in line for the first vacancy.
What happened to all those nice jobs back there somewhere in our history?
- We started taking them for granted. Just like our freedom, Social Security and Medicare, we thought they would always be here.
- We wanted more. We weren't happy that corporations were breaking their necks to pay strong hourly wages, hospitalization and gold-lined retirement plans. Therefore Unions organized, collected fees from everyone and strong-armed the owners. Owners gave and gave and then started giving up. Grab a ladder and peer into Mexico if you want to see where they are today.
- We got lazy. Why work hard? If we sit home with some aches and pains the government will give us food stamps and supplemental income. Lawyers started seeing the client potential of Medicaid disability claims and another industry was born.
- Competition has flooded the country. Nigerians, Asians, Hispanics etc. are everywhere in America and millions more are coming. They are driving taxis, working farms, building restaurants and standing in line for any job that pays a few dollars. Many Americans seem to be standing back as if trying to believe this really can't be happening. It's happening.
This is not the America we grew up watching on black and white television. Everything has changed.
We have to change our attitude in this country and we need to do it fast.
We must give corporations an incentive to come back to America. We must be willing to work. Corporations will be fair but we have to be fair. We have to get out of the Lyndon Johnson hand out dependency mode and start practicing Kennedy's line "...ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."