The minimum wage in the United States was calculated during a time when food was the main factor of the household. Calculations for a family of four included researchers purchasing food for three full grown adults, saying that two children would eat the equal of a third adult. The current market places emphasis on housing with most Americans spending at least half their income on securing the housing, not to mention paynig for the basic necessities of life like clothing, food, water, and electricity. This does not of course broach the subject of basic medical care or higher education. Real dollar amount actually places the highest minmum wage in 1968, the real dollar amount adjusted for the value of the dollar in 2005 places the minimum wage then at 9.25 an hour. There has been a steady decline since then and the present day places the real dollar amount, of course, at 5.15. This means that the adjustment for the value of the dollar and the consumer market has forced the minimum wage down, rather than up. Also note that several states have felt the need to raise their own minimum wage in order to provide for their citizens.
I do not believe that people in the United States are lazy, in fact people in the United States work some of the longest hours in the world with the fewest holidays. Americans take few vacations and many work more than one job relative to other first world nations. These do not seem like the trends of a lazy nation, so I believe the remarks of people feeling entitled to make money are unfounded. As a nation we are very ambitious and hard-working, but the payoff seems to have declined due to the market place. Such an event cannot be attributed or blamed on the citizens who are raised in the country, but rests on the head of the government for not regulating and attempting to keep up with the economy. Americans seem to have this belief that the invisible hand of capitalism will linger above all things and set everyone on course, but this is not so and amazingly enough corporations are the first to see this fact. Why do you think they demand tarriffs, tax breaks, and other government incentives for their dealings. Corporations receive a massive amount of government welfare, though people rarely see it as such.
Also, what is wrong with a person expecting to make enough money from a single job to live on and provide for their family? I am not making reference to the highschool student with the summer job, but the forty year old cashier that is trying to support their child. Is she supposed to make choices of food and electricity simply because she did not go to college, did not make the grades in highschool, or just couldn't get the good job. There are only so many "good jobs" and the market is highly competitive for those jobs. Many people do not expect to get good jobs with only a colelge degree now, but go on to graduate schools and trade schools in addition to their degrees. Graduate schools only have so many slots open to accept people and even that level of education does not guarentee a good job. Many a horror story of the man with a philsophy doctrate working at the used car lot circles the halls of academia. So now we have a forty year old mother of one who lives in poverty with no health insurance or ability to save to put her daughter through highschool. This is all due to what, our economy switching from an industrial one to a servide industry where the wages are lower? Or inability to attend classes due to working forty hours a week and raising her child? Or is it due to her just being stupid and lazy cause that is what is so comfortable to believe?
While on the subject of a service economy, where are these wonderful advanced positions that people make reference to. With hard work and dedication a person can rise up, but they are just too lazy and don't want to work for it. I see plenty of people working hard at McDonald's, Wal-Mart, and various other stores but what are the chances they will one day rise to the top fo the food chain through hard work. How many hours can we as a society reasonably expect a person to devote in order to have a chance at being successful? Do we need them to work two jobs, go to school, and take up overtime? What is the point where people begin to question whether draining the last hour of the day at work is a bad thing and that perhaps this is the reason for certain other, important social insituations are failing. Insitutions such as the community, family, religion ( yes I know many here would disagree, but religion is a major insitution for social cohesion), and other social organizations.
While I know this has nothing to do with Hillary for President, which is not a comfortable idea for me, I just felt a need to rant some. I've noticed Elvi tends to be the one to curb things back on track, so I'll go ahead and apologize in advance to her.