Last edited by GloriaInTX; 12-03-2013 at 07:30 PM.
Mom to Lee, Jake, Brandon, Rocco
Stepmom to Ryan, Regan, Braden, Baley
Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
Gloria - according to the inflation calculator I'm looking at, your $4.10 in 1982 would be the same as $9.92 today, and you admit that your were very poor back then. Making $7.25 today would be like making $3 back then. Now imagine maybe you have a kid to support as well. Does that put it any more into context yet? BTW I am assuming 1982 was your freshman year since you said you graduated in 1986. Sorry, I am on my phone and it's hard to toggle back and forth to post the link to cite my source but if you google inflation calculator I just used the first one that came up which is from something like "the Department of Labor Statistics."
When my girls are older and out of the home, I might get a job at Walmart just for the job experience. A more professional job might not hire someone who has been a SAHM for 15 years. Not for the pay, but for the job reference and as a stepping stone for something better. I think there will always be plenty of people for those jobs. Walmart is not going to be short on employees because there are always going to be people in that kind of a situation.
For however long they are in tha job, unless they have another means of support (like you have with your husband) they will need assistance. And then when they move on, the next person to take the job will too, and so on. So by expecting that everyone is able to move on, you're still not necessarily saving any tax payer money, because as long as there are people working below the cost of living, they will possibly need the help. Could be the same person or two different people, who cares?
Okay. So assuming we accept the premise that Walmart can't pay a better wage, then Conservatives need to accept that many of those workers will need government assistance and budget accordingly.
Right. Just leave the walmart jobs to the young kids and the stay at home mom who wants to make some extra cash.
Its not that there are 'plenty of kids who need an entry job'....its that there are too many people who aren't kids who need a job, to do things like support their families.
Not do away with entry level positions, work to get people into better jobs. There are many fields that are understaffed. My husband is a sign language interpreter. There is a shortage of sign language interpreters in many areas of the country. (This is just one area that I am most familiar with.) Offer training to get people out of low wage jobs into areas where there are shortages. Getting Walmart to pay more is only putting a bandage on a gushing wound. It does not heal the problem. It might make it look better for a short while, but does not offer any lasting solutions.