We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Today we see actions by many groups calling or demanding wage increases; especially when it comes to the minimum wage. Yet, isn’t the real underlying issue more in line with what was once an “entry-level” position filled by teenagers has now turned into the only positions available for the now “entry-level, unskilled, first time employed, degree bearing” 26 year old’s and older?
I don't think all of the people pushing for a much higher minimum wage have clean hands in this. I think it is all about setting up unions to ask for higher wages based on the increased minimum wage. My gut tells me that a few are pushing for a much higher minimum wage because they know it will negatively affect the economy. They relish a good crisis because that's when you can push through legislation that would never pass under ordinary circumstances.
I used to work at a fruit packing shed. The warehouse had been in that town since the 40s. For a long time, teenagers would work the cherry harvest in the summer. You worked straight through, sometimes 21 days straight, 10 hour shifts. Then the state decided that it was just too hard to expect kids 16-18 to work hours like that. They could only work a 60 hour week, with restrictions on the hours, even though school was out. The place stopped hiring teenagers.You'll find mostly Hispanics working there now.
We went from concerns about very young children having to work, to kicking teenagers out of the job market. Now, they'd even like to restrict kids from working on the family farm. Because it's now much better for kids to sit around with no money that to learn anything about real life.
Easier to teach them to be slaves that way. Or dependent upon the gvt.
At the moment, I am trying to get my recently high school graduate to get a damn job. On the one hand, I don't blame her for not trying to become employed. My state has not only occupancy/residency tax (so she's taxed $15 if she's unemployed, but $250 if she makes more than 2000/yr), on top of fed/state and local (1%) taxes.
but she has no incentive to become independent. Because all of her friends sit around playing video games living off their parent's goodwill.
there is now legislation going thru to prevent children from being employed to pick tobacco. Because it's harmful to their health.