So I got this in my email today. Some asshole, some Guest asshole, thought it would be funny to post this in the review portion of fanfiction.net, because I closed down my ask box, and submit box, until everyone decides to stop being ignorant assholes.
In the time I spent with my ask box open, there was only one sort-of-nice person who said ‘I hope that one day you’ll see the affects of low minimum wage, not that anything bad happens to you, just that if affects you too’ Which, I assume, is the kindest someone can get without having an actual argument against me.
Here’s the thing, Tumblr. I replied to the picture like this because I was angry. Not the greatest call for me, I’ve had worse. It was mostly impulsive, and out of control. I’ve only seen the post with this rant reblogged once on my blog, and I realised that Tumblr doesn’t respond to anger very well, so I attempted to defend myself a few times. I would link them, but their so far back in my blog, un-tagged, I don’t really feel like finding them.
Anyways, this is just stupid. It’s really sad and pathetic that you do not even have an argument. You might not have seen my various, long-worded, excluding cussing, attempts to make my point valid, because these outraged rants seem to travel faster, and I’m sorry you couldn’t see my intellectual side, but that doesn’t mean you have to bully me.
The best way, Tumblr, to put down a bully, is not to be a bully back, but to out-smart, outwit, and embarrass the bully. This, this really really sad attempt at reminding me of my own mistake, is not how you get back at someone.
I’ve been avoiding my own posts though, since I figured maybe my defenses might get around… but I assume they haven’t, so here we go I guess.
The thing about minimum wage: I know why it’s there. I know why we might need it. As you can probably assume, I’m a republican. Republican’s have the stereotype of destroying the Government, being totally heartless, and just being cruel. I guess you can say that about me, because I grew up in a family where my Father always preached about how we are giving the Government all our freedoms, and soon we will be in no better state than China, and I can’t say I agree 100%, but he has logic behind him that no one else seems to even try to have.
The reason we have minimum wage is simple enough: stability in jobs. We, as American’s, are willing to trade our own freedoms (in this case, the freedom for a business owner to choose it’s own wage for it’s employees) for security. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.”
As we raise minimum wage (and for any of you who don’t even know what that is, it’s ‘the lowest wage permitted by law’) we make it harder and harder to not only start a business, but run a business. Minimum wage is reserved for jobs that require no talents, no schooling, and is just basically unskilled labour. Minimum wage is usually a few jobs including but not restricted to: Janitor, Fast-food restaurant employee, hotel employee, ect. Simple jobs, easy jobs, jobs were your only responsibilities are to follow the basic rules of getting in on time and completing a mundane task that everyone both understands and probably has done in their own house before.
These jobs are jobs that business owners can’t afford to pay a lot for. They hire a lot of these people to help the economy, and to help young people get experience for other jobs, or for a higher-up job such as manager or even maybe owner one day. Higher-up jobs require both experience and skills/learned abilities, and they do not get paid minimum wage, because it takes actual effort in order to get these jobs.
So basically, every time minimum wage is heightened, Business owners have to do a few things. They have to check the money their getting. If they still get enough money for their employees, they’ll stop hiring more employees and just keep those until they quit or retire or whatever. This closes off opportunities for the young to get minimum wage experience. This is bad. Next option: They lay off a few people in order to pay their employees enough money. This is bad for the people getting laid off, but good for the few still on staff. That doesn’t seem ‘fair’ to me, since you all argue that raising the minimum wage seems ‘fair’ and ‘true’ or whatever false fuckery you use. Let’s just settle on the fact that that option is bad too. Next option: They raise the price of their products, but not the quality. This is bad all-over, and this is entirely your fault. This is not the business’s fault, this is your fault. This is not the Government’s fault, this is YOUR fault. This is bad. Very bad. Now you’re going to be paying 10$ for a hamburger with ketchup that used to be on the dollar menu at Mcdonalds. Outrageous, right? Well that’s what you get AND deserve by raising the minimum wage.
The problem here is the general ignorance of the public, cast on by the new media, that no matter what you do there will be no repercussions. That you can change whatever you want on impulse, and nothing bad will ever happen to you, and you can get all your money from the government, and your children will have a good education, and you will be wealthy just by moving some boxes from one truck to another.
This is a misconception, and this is wrong, and this is stupid and ignorant.
I have a cousin who is 24 and he works in the corporate building of American Eagle. My other cousin is in the Marines, even though he was smart enough to get a full scholarship to any college he wanted. They are brothers, and their parents aren’t rich, and definitely couldn’t pay for their college, yet, both boys worked through it, and now they are on their way to being successful.
If you are aged above 25, have no disabilities, are not brain damaged, and you can do basic addition and subtraction, you are more than capable of going out into the world, getting a minimum wage job, and saving up money to either 1. Go to college 2. start your own business or 3. make something of yourself. You have absolutely no excuse for demanding an unskilled, mindless labour job get more pay, because you are too lazy to change anything about your life.
I understand that some disabled people, whether mentally or physically, cannot do that. They have a reason that maybe they can’t do these things I’m talking about. But the people protesting and not only walk, but they can also make signs, make room in their (empty) schedule, and parade all over where ever to get what they want.
You should not smile at these people, because they are the reason you or your kids can’t and will not be able to get a job in the future. You should not smile at these people, because they are not role models, they are protesting freedom, and if you want to live in a country ruled by the Government, then maybe you should leave the United States, because there are plenty of other countries that are in poverty because they don’t even have freedom enough to make something of their lives. You should all be grateful you’re getting paid at all to do unskilled labour. In China, there are factories were children as young as 8 work in dangerous factories that could maim and kill them for no money at all.
I look out on the world today and I watch the news every morning, (because you should be grateful you even know what’s going on in the state next to you) and I see these people not only taking advantage of our freedoms, but working actively to destroy and limit it. What was that about restricting gun owners? Well the statistics say that… well if you would actually look at other countries, the citizens aren’t allowed to have guns. If you look at the countries where citizens aren’t allowed to have guns, they are possibly more violent with other household appliances, like hatchets, cooking knives, and even gardening shears.
So the next time you look and see that, hey, minimum wage is pretty low this year. Remember that in Asia, you could be forced to work in a mass-product manufactory mill where they make cheap products (where you can get up to third degree burns in melted plastic, and maybe you might lose a finger this week) and get paid two cents a day.
Maybe next time you see that an unskilled labour job pays kinda low, you’ll think about how you could be living in a country where you’re not even allowed to have a job, because maybe you’re race is different, or your beliefs aren’t the same as the rest of the countries, or maybe you’re a woman, or maybe you’re gay.
Maybe you should think about how free we are, and maybe you’ll put down that sign, and go home, and do something useful with your life, instead of protesting your freedoms.
Please stop sending me hate now.
the massive misunderstanding you display about economics (including the economics of income inequality and poverty), what freedom actually means (so labor pre-labor laws were were super awesome plus mega free? are people working in sweat shops the freest of us all?), and what the labor market for both skilled and unskilled jobs is currently like.
LET’S START WITH THE MYTH THAT POOR OWNERS WILL HAVE NO MONIES IF YOU PAY THOSE LAZY ASS POORS A LIVING WAGE. The pay difference between McD’s Ceo and their workers? This is not just a McD’s thing. Or how the increase in CEO pay over the past decade has increased 127 times MORE than the worker’s wage has?
So your entire premise that paying workers more leads to badness and fewer jobs is false and basically is just a vomiting of fucking libertarian FREEDOOOOOOOOMSSSS WHINING. You know, not attached to reality.
also, the majority of jobs that have been created in the past two decades in america are ones that either require skilled labor OR are in the service industry. the manufacturing job (the kind where someone unskilled could get a job with a decent wage/benefits) are primarily being created in states that are “right to work” aka “FUCK YOU I GOT MINE” states where the wage is not that awesome.
Yes, people can save for college. Get a min. wage job (live at home with parents I guess if you can? What about transportation to get to your job? Remember: MOST PLACES IN THE US DO NOT HAVE PUBLIC TRANSIT). You might be able to do work part-time and go to school full time (i did it, but i still had to have grants, scholarships, and loans and i went to a cheap ass public state college). I had to have transportation (if i didn’t work i would have needed the car less and been able to hitch rides), i had to have money for place to live (dorms are only open parts of the year on most campuses), but hey even if you live at home there are costs. not only that, being able to live at home with parents and have the ability to get a job, go to college is a privileged. if you live in rural areas, come from a home that you NEED to get out of, etc etc.
the argument that poor people are poor cause they’re just lazy and there are totally people you know that pulled themselves up from bootstraps is one that lives in a reality from about 40 years ago (did you know in many states tuition to instate public universities used to be FREE? and that you could get a job for a decent wage for unskilled labor!) and relies heavily on the myth of the meritocracy.
the myth of the meritocracy makes us believe that any advantage or awesome thing we have in life is cause we’re just so great and we earned it because (OH MY GOD), in THE LAND OF THE FREEEEEEE you can save money and start a business and rise up like a baller and be someone darn it! if you just have enough grit and pluck! the myth denies things like social inequality, the MODERN realities of poverty, and allows those in power to justify fucking dumb arguments like a CEO EARNING 8.75 MILLION A YEAR CAN’T SHAVE SOME OFF THE FUCKING TOP OF THAT SHIT TO PAY HIS WORKERS A LIVING GOD DAMN WAGE.
EVEN WHEN DOING SO WOULD RAISE THE GDP, REMOVE PEOPLE FROM THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET ROLLS (TAFN, SNAP RECIPIENTS? MOST OF THEM ARE EMPLOYED! SAME THING WITH FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ON MEDICAID.
so if you really are concerned about thsoe damn poors on the social welfare and not working hard enough, how about actually you know… actually just stop talking until you put down atlas shrugged.