Fast Food 15


To be a poor man is hard,
But to be a poor race in a land of dollars
Is the very bottom of hardships.
 - W. E. B. Du Bois

I always laugh when someone in this country says "they don't deserve this". I'm not really one to care about anything anyone else is doing, as long as it's not interfering with anything that's going on with my life. There are too many people in this world that dwell on what another person is doing with their life because they're unhappy with their own. There are tons of things we could be doing with our time other than tearing someone down.

With that being said, Fast Food 15 has nothing to do with me, but I also have no problem with it. The one thing this country loves to brand itself is a country of opportunity, but we all know that it's not. In this country it's either you're born into privilege or you have to work your tail off to get to where you want to be, and there's nothing wrong with either route in life. My thing is that most people won't be as successful as they want to be, and most don't desire to be a multimillionaire, that’s also fine. I actually know people that live a comfortable lifestyle that love to be home with their families and building on that. So a lot of them have regular 9-5 jobs that they love going to and love retiring from, there's nothing wrong with that. I have nothing against that because that's THEIR happiness, not mine.

And that's where I think the disconnect is with all of this back and forth about how much fast food workers should make and such. Do I think $15 should be the new minimum wage, no I don't. Do I think it should be competitive, yes I do. People always have little slick and snide remarks about the fast food industry and how they're the ones who chose to work there. Then on the same foot get mad when they don't make their orders just right or have to wait in long lines just get food, who sounds like the ones with privilege now?

I've seen the lesser side of life more times than the higher side and I for one say that people in those positions should at least make more than single digit an hour wage. To me it makes sense financially simply because every single thing that has a price tag is on the rise in this country. Fast food workers have been making the same wage since fast food has been around serving, eventually the wage will have to come up. And all of those people that say fast food is a job designed for kids in school to make a living, pretty much you need to shut up and find a new argument.

One, yes those jobs are fine for the summer, and yes those jobs are fine part time for college kids. But what about the other days of the year when kids aren't in school? What about the times of the day when a full time worker needs to be there when those same kids are at school or attending some kind of summer camp? If you want children working there and not adults who rely on that to feed their families, then why not design programs for people to get into and work? A lot of people didn't wake up and decide they wanted to be in the fast food industry, it wasn't that long ago when those were the only jobs keeping people afloat. I am in no means making excuses for anyone, but the notion that the wages should stay the same are absurd and played out. I'm for people getting paid more jobs that I don't want to do, and people’s main argument for not doing them is because of said pay.

In short, raise the wage and a lot more people will be off of government assistance because they'll actually have enough to pay bills. They only thing I'm against are these people who are conditioned by the system into thinking that poverty is something that people choose to be in. A lot of people just want to be happy living a normal life with their families and close friends, and I don't have anything against those people. Is there going to be those groups of people that look to always take advantage of situations and systems, yes, they're on all levels. But at the end of the day, there are genuinely great people that don’t desire such things, so I guess you can say I am defending those people. Raise the wages for the people that will actually work for them.

What do you think about the Fast Food 15? Do you think it's just or something that isn't warranted because of lack of education needed to work in said jobs? Leave it I the comments below.

Until next time guys

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