…with the new $10.99 combo, financed at the next window, please. Several fast food companies have stroke-out with their employees who walked out demanding more pay! What will these businesses do without these disgruntled employees? Hmm, with unemployment ranging from 3.1 – 13.2% (changes monthly) I wonder where they will find new workers? These workers are demanding an increase in minimum wage – double or nothing! We want $15 per hour! We can’t live on mw! Behind these workers are Unions. I would have never…guessed.
I’m not the brightest bulb in the green pack but let’s logically think about this. If a hamburger flipper (not being flippant to these workers) gets $15 per hour, double minimum wage, then a current bank teller should get double their wage, $24 per hour (depending on location and skills). What about wait staff, clerks, customer service representatives, telephone solicitors, cashiers, and daycare workers; do their incomes double? Surely if minimum wage doubles for the minimally skilled beginning of the ladder, why wouldn’t this trend move to the higher rungs of all hourly-paid folks? Notice I didn’t say the bottom of the ladder…that’s too negative. Been at the bottom, actually the hole where the ladder is placed and had to climb up with muddy feet.
It used to be, going back fifty or so years ago; what you were paid was a reflection of your skills and education; hence, all the blasted questions on an employment application. I started my work career in 1967, as a cashier at a local grocery store. My sixty-five cents per-hour shot up to ninety-five cents per-hour in three months. Never in a million years did I ever think; I would be a cashier all my life, not that there is anything wrong with being a cashier. I wanted to be the store’s bookkeeper or frontend manager. My aspirations were youthful, because I also wanted to be a writer, private detective, teacher, nurse, doctor, lawyer, astrologer, dancer, nun, an archeologist, drummer, clown, cook, and dreamer, not necessarily in this order. I settled on being a wife and mother, pretty much did all of the above. My point, one must start at the beginning. If you’re happy stay there, if not, you do what you need to do to make it happen. My suggestion; get an education, go to technical school, or start your own business by buying a used lawnmower or paint brush (no offence to landscapers and painters because we need your skills). Even at sixteen, I knew what I had to do to earn more money.
Working in a fast food chain or a grocery store is the beginning of wage earning. With ethical work habits, opportunity exists because good workers can transform into good managers, who then climb the money tree. With any job, there are ways to advance and the advancement lies within the worker. If you lack motivation, you will remain status quo. If you’re satisfied with what you’re doing, other responsibilities are more important, than continue to flip the burgers and bag the fries.
Just recently, President Obama talked about the top CEO’s getting big bonuses. Evidently, these folks were productive in their jobs and made their companies money. Well President; what about all the folks we elected? They and you have AUTOMATIC PAY INCREASES and they and you don’t have to be productive. They and you don’t even have to show up for work and don’t have to punch a time clock. How many bills have been passed because they didn’t show up for work? So, if our politicians, including you, vote on a pay increase, is this over and above the automatic pay increase? Hop Scotch- more political games in Washington. What’s the difference between the political ceo’s and corporate CEO’s? The difference is, the corporate CEO’s make investors money, and the political ceo’s don’t; they spend our money, the taxpayers wallet.
In the President’s speech, he tells us how wonderful things are. The economy is booming – blah, blah, blah. If you really listen, he then says Americans are being paid-less and living on less income. Tell me about it Mr. President! And the cost of goods has gone up, especially gas, which we can fix, but don’t. We are being paid-less because the work hours are less. I financed home loans in Hickory, NC for many years. The factories in NC were booming and workers were working overtime. I documented three to five years of this overtime pattern. Manufacturing has closed most of their doors. The workers who survived are fortunate to have a job. Even now, if they have a forty-hour work week, they’re lucky. Back in 2000, I wrote an article for a local paper that everyone would be going to Clown School because there would be no jobs…prophecy or discernment of economic and political trending? GE flew the coop to Mexico.
It’s time to start listening to everything that is being said not what makes us smile. We need to stop looking at the bun and focus on the beef of the words. Do we really believe we can shift the money from the top to the bottom? I guess we can by shaking really, really, hard. The repercussion – workers will fall off the ladder. The workers left will work harder, filling in the gaps. Maybe our burgers could go from beef to horsemeat and fillers, corners will be cut. Maybe the burgers will be an eighth-pounder and not quarter pounders. Maybe the businesses will close stores in less-profitable areas, creating more job losses and more neighborhoods that are poverty-stricken. America, we need to rethink what’s going on. Our politicians are knitting us sweaters and pulling the wool over our eyes. Watch out for the unions…they are government controlled.
While rethinking what’s going on in our own backyard and the big political arena, we should also focus on building our Christian faith. Money has always been an issue. Jesus said in Luke 18…
An official asked him this question, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother.’” And he replied, “All of these I have observed from my youth.” When Jesus heard this he said to him, “There is still one thing left for you: sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have a treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when he heard this, he became quite sad, for he was very rich.
Jesus said give what you can to the poor. Some people do not have the same opportunities. We may never have a mansion but one room with a mat should suffice. We may not be able to buy the $10.99 burger combo but a good meal in a loving, God-fearing home is sufficient. One may not vacation in South Africa, but watching the butterflies in our own backyard recreates us just as well. Whether you live in poverty or prosperity, be content, because in the end it doesn’t matter. It’s not how many toys you have, but who you know.
Prayer: Lord, may I open my eyes, heart, the wallet of my soul to those in need but most of all, help me provide the living, eternal bread, Your most loving Words. Amen.