Backaches and Depression and Poverty, Oh My!

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In order to attain an adequate life in an ideal society, a person must obtain a job. Jobs are like a bag of mixed candy- they come in a variety of sizes and value. Like anyone, people like to pick the best candy first, but what happens when all the good candy is taken? People are stuck with the “bad” candy. In this case, people like to pick the best jobs, but, like the candy bag, what happens when all the good jobs are taken? Similarly, people are left with “bad” jobs that pay a meager salary. Minimum wage is a nightmare to anyone that depends on the payment to make a living; furthermore, minimum wage life requires a person to take more than one job in order to make a good living, and it requires hard work paid with salaries that cannot compensate the backaches, depression, and poverty put into it. Minimum wage needs to be raised to a more accommodating salary payment in order to ensure a suitable life. Work can cause a sense of fruition, mirth, and a detachment from the world; however, work can also cause acrimony. Thomas Carlyle said, “Labour is life” (210). In agreement to his statement, life does revolve around work. Without work, there is no success in life; furthermore, those who work hard tend to be auspicious in their lives. Take for example Bill Gates. He worked hard and where is he in life now? He is swimming in riches. The world tells you that by working hard you will always prosper in life. We must be naïve if we are to believe that will happen very often. As much as minimum wage sounds like a cacophony to our ears, it does exist. People that are going through minimum wage jobs need to have more than one job in order to pay for housing, food, and necessities. We all know that “If you can’t put up ... ... middle of paper ... ... of money because of the economy, it should not punish its workers by not rewarding them extra money due to overtime they took, by making their jobs more rigorous than average jobs, or by making them work irregular hours. I agree with Booker T. Washington’s statement, “The opportunity to earn a dollar in a factory just now is worth infinitely more than the opportunity to spend a dollar…” (193). Why is earning a dollar worth infinitely more than spending it? No matter how inadequately a job pays their employees, the employees worked hard for that trifling amount of money, and it hurts them to spend their hard-earned cash. Like Ms. Ehrenreich, I too agree that “you don’t need a degree in economics to see that wages are too low…” (199). Without America increasing minimum wage, minimum wage workers will continue to be handicapped in paving a way to a better life.

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