Is the American worker just a cat chasing its tail?
The familiar squeak of the rubber squeegee as it was drawn down a plate glass window filled the air, but my mind was miles away driving a rented motor bike to visit my girlfriend. It had been a hard week of scouring the grill, moping the floor, washing dishes and making 40 pounds of hamburgers but Friday was here and payday was at hand. I had already figured I would get almost $40.00 this week and after the bike rental, dinner and maybe a movie it would nearly be gone. But that was OK because next week would soon be here and with her birthday looming I had to save for her present.
In the early 60’s when I got my first job I was paid $2.50 an hour for work at the restaurant, yesterday I heard on the radio that in California they were voting to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, that makes me wonder how we survived back the. Of course it is simple math when you see back in the 60’s a burger at McDonald’s was twenty five cents one could afford plenty of burgers while making $2.50 an hour. So what will McDonald’s and other fast food places do when the minimum wage goes to $15/hr? Again simple math…raise the cost of those burgers and hire less people.
I fully understand the need for people making more money when everything from rent and utilities to food and gasoline is costing much more than we can afford. However I also understand that by giving everyone a raise every business will then have to charge more for their product, it is indeed a vicious cycle that must be broken. There was a way back when I first got married to make life easier financially, it was to get a second or third part time job. Today it seems most people however want the government to jump in and solve our financial problems.
A minimum wage of $15.00
will only increase the cost of everything
and we will continue to
to live like a cat chasing its tail.