No one is helped by raising the minimum wage. Every time the minimum raise is increased, there’s a spike in unemployment. Increasing the minimum wage causes employers to let people go and to find new innovative ways to automate their services so they don’t have to pay people the high wages dictated by the government. Believe me, I don’t want to see anyone go hungry, but there’s a better solution: get a new job. Sure, it’s not easy, even with people who have years of experience and credentials, but that’s life.
Growing up I’d hear people bitch about not making enough money, but they turned down a job doing landscaping which paid $15 under the table (no taxes), just because they didn’t want to do the physical labor. That was their choice. and I get it, I’m not one for physical exertion myself, I’ve never really had the build to do it. That’s why in high school I opted out, declined the job, and took a job at a grocery store, making minimum wage. That was my choice. But I worked at that job for four years and I left making just under $10/hour.
There are tons of jobs out there that pay more than minimum wage. As a recent graduate, I couldn’t find any jobs in my field, I was really discouraged. I ended up taking a job I hate because it pays well, it doesn’t even require a college degree. But it supports my girlfriend and my daughter—so I took it. I almost became an electrician, because you only need to have a GED and show you can do basic algebra from high school. There are jobs out there. You just can’t have a sense of entitlement. Believe me, I’d love for someone to pay me to do physics and math all day, but let’s face it, without a PhD and a wealthy benefactor to support me while I go to school, it isn’t going to happen. Bite the bullet for a few years and work a job you don’t necessarily want to do. Do what you gotta do to support yourself and others in your life (if applicable). If you can get by in such a job and if you work your ass off there very well may be a promotion in your future. And if you desperately want to get out of that job, it’s always easier to get a job when you have a job. Experience counts, doesn’t matter if your switching fields, companies like to see someone who has a solid full time professional work experience. Oh and if you’re flipping burgers and bitching for $15/hour remember: fast food wages never were intended to support a head of household and YOU were the one who agreed to those terms, you didn’t HAVE to take that job.
Abigail Harrison is determined to be the first astronaut on Mars. A sophomore in high school, she runs a project called Astronaut Abby. This month, Abby flew to Kazakhstan for the lift-off of the International Space Station’s new staffers.
Luca Parmitano, one of the astronauts on this mission, will be keeping in contact with Abby, while she functions as the I.S.S.’s ‘link’ back to Earth. Abby met him in an airport, as she was heading home from watching the final launch of Endeavour.
Check out Astronaut Abby’s website here.