The "Just Better Yourself And Find A Better Job" Argument Against Raising The Minimum Wage
One thing that drives me nuts is how, whenever discussion about raising the minimum wage comes up, there are people that are opposed to it that say "why don't you just find another job if you want to make more?"
First of all, where are all of those other, higher-paying jobs? Suppose a person is TRYING to find a better position. Does everyone have the luxury of spending all day trying to find these ideal, above the poverty line jobs that are (not) out there?
Second of all, even if these people who only deserve to get paid peanuts for their work because corporations like McDonald's and WalMart say so do find other jobs, won't there still be minimum wage jobs that need to be done? Won't food still need to be made and served? Won't retail positions still need to be filled?
The real question is, why do we allow corporations to set the rules and pay people not even enough to afford a two bedroom apartment? How is that ethically or morally sound? What kind of an example are we setting, when we allow our people to be exploited in such a manner?
You can't have it both ways. You can't brag about how this is the greatest country on the planet, when its people, who work full-time, live in poverty. That's not greatness. That's a shame.
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