« on: February 14, 2014, 02:10:32 am »
I am very into the idea of giving minimum wage a big fat boost.
I am, through the rather extraordinarily fortunate circumstances that make up my life, employed for a little more than double the current federal minimum wage. This affords me some fairly comfortable living, hobbies, and the ability to put money into savings.
But I'm a single guy, in good health, living fairly close to a family support network. The idea of supporting a family, even just one child, on what I make, let a lone half of what I make, is ridiculous. I can tell just from the daily experience of me earning my paycheck that there's no amount of "hard work" that could possibly elevate someone out of poverty on that kind of money, in this economy. The goddamn math doesn't fucking add up, no matter how hard you stick your thumbs in your suspenders or how loudly you squawk about work "ethic."