RE: Mary Sanchez column, “Keep your advice, I’ll take a pay raise,” Monday’s MDJ
I am tired of reading articles by columnists complaining about “low wages” when the real problem is “life choices.”
Classic is the example Sanchez used of a “single mother of three with not enough cash available to meet basic needs.” With three children, that single mother is way past “basic needs”!
Another example is her comment that “52 percent of fast food workers rely on public assistance.” Only 52 percent? Anyone who thinks he/she can “support a family” with a $7.75 an hour job has an educational deficiency!
Sanchez’s “problem-solver” single mother of three has obviously made some bad choices — at least three times! When she was making those choices, what plans did she have in place to be able to provide for the expense of raising three children? She didn’t have any plans, so we (the taxpayers) are expected to provide for her.
“It’s not because she doesn’t know how to manage money or to set priorities,” Sanchez writes. Really? What priorities did she set when she started a family (three times) without any plans for their support?
As far as the 52 percent of fast food workers who are on welfare, who in their right mind considers “Do you want fries with that?” or “Thank you for coming to Wal-Mart” to be family-supporting careers? Sure, why not raise their hourly wage to $15 so they can afford “whatever”? There is a good chance they already have cell phones and flat screen TVs, etc. Why stop at $15? Why not $50 an hour, then they could afford lots of “stuff” that successful hard-working Americans have earned?
Making good life choices through a complete practical education, along with a sense of personal responsibility, would go a long way in solving most of our “social ills.”
The country doesn’t need a raise, it needs educated, responsible citizens!
Perhaps the most pertinent statement in the entire article was “I’m not a whiz at economics”!