Deserve, don't demand
Regarding the news story “Local protesters strike fast-food places, demand higher minimum wage” : Onjilea Turner's cry for $15 an hour because she wants “to make a difference” exemplifies what is wrong in America today.
Our culture believes we are entitled to get what we want simply because we want it. Ms. Turner, you are entitled to nothing in life. If you want it, work for it.
The minimum wage is based in socialism and not reality. It is pushed by unions as a way to raise union salaries indirectly; if a McDonald's worker makes $15 an hour, I should make $30 an hour to do anything that requires skill.
Wages must be based upon skill, value added to the company and ease of employee replacement. A cashier, a burger flipper and a janitor are easily replaced, and therefore make a lower wage.
Ms. Turner, you want to make a difference? Start with yourself.
Take responsibility for your life and get the skills you need to make a higher wage. If you never develop your skills, get used to making minimum wage.
Reality is that every person in every job is disposable, so never take anything for granted. Work every day to show your employer you deserve to stay when cuts are made.
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