Smarter citizens needed, not ‘raise’
December 04, 2013 01:36 AM | 1323 views | 4 4 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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”!

Roger Phelps

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2 questions
December 06, 2013
I have 2 questions. One is whatever happened to birth control? And the second one is, why do I regularly see high school students strolling away from the school, usually talking on a cell phone, at at time when school is still in session? Well, maybe a third question.

Are these the geniuses among us?
December 05, 2013
Good letter, Roger! There is just no accountability these days for bad decisions. It's called BIRTH CONTROL, people. Don't have children if you can't take care of them. One...okay, you're forgiven. But any additional kids that you bring into the world and then whine you can't care for them? Cry me a river!
December 04, 2013
It doesn't matter if we're talking about a single mother with three kids or a 16 year-old looking for some extra spending money... The fact is that the purchasing power of the minimum wage has dropped by nearly a third over the past 30 years or so.

People who work for minimum wage in 2013 should have at least the same purchasing power those who worked for minimum wage in the 1960s. To accomplish this, we should raise the minimum wage to at least $10.50 per hour and then index it so that it automatically rises with inflation.
Guido Sarducci
December 06, 2013
Why don't you look at the real reason the minimum wage has remained as low as it is? The influx into this country of illegal aliens, willing to work for less than citizens, becuase they pay no income tax, is a major contributing factor.

Get rid of the the people wlling to work for starvations wages and the minimum wage will rise.

Another contibuting factor is the failure of the educational system to educate. In order to keep the taxpayer dollars coming in, our schools are graduating kids who can barely read their names on their diplomas. Their job qaulifications iften times are limited to being able to remember to ask

"You want fries with that?"
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