Immigrants, living wage and the rest of us. Do we really know and understand the value of a dollar anymore, or do we just go from creditor to creditor, hoping that we can constantly maintain the juggling act of keeping up with the Jones’s? Petitioning for a $15.00 minimum wage and attempting to constantly make the federal government dictate what we can be minimally compensated. Prior to the government having a say in what is fair, people seemed to work harder and save more for what they needed and wanted. I think that we as a nation have forgotten the notion of making our own way in the world. It seems that only American citizens demonstrate for the $15.00 minimum wage hike, meanwhile immigrants both legal and illegal, continue to go to work for any wage. Are we really that spoiled in our desires? Have we truly forgotten what it takes to make it in this world? Interest rates are always discussed to signify trust and reliability. Instead of buying things, all we must do now is qualify for a great rate and only a lifetime of payments makes it ours, one day. We all must take out loans, but it’s the frequency, length and amount that makes it harder and harder to make ends meet when every payday all you do is make payments to your creditors.
Hubris makes up the majority of the debt and bankruptcy in our country today. The idea that you must be paid at a certain rate or that you will only do certain jobs make it easier and easier for companies and corporations to “only hire the best and brightest” when it comes to flipping burgers. With our failing infrastructure, roads and bridges, there is plenty of work to go around and plenty of money to be made. However; if you will only work for a certain wage or higher, your job prospects just got that much smaller and much more competitive. The value of a dollar has been replaced with your trust and history of paying off your loans. Without credit, money is much more valuable. Those who live debt free, are a fraction of the population, much like a virgin wedding, what used to be normal and accepted has become highly desired and sought out.
We rush to trash our innocence as children, just as we apply for loans from our smart phones. Whatever it takes to get the latest and greatest. If more Americans were willing to work, more willing to prove their reliability and fidelity, then that would be what determines who gets paid what. If you’re not willing to prove yourself in any endeavor, then why should you be compensated at a higher rate? There is no need to turn up your nose at what your hubris tells you is beneath your consideration. The more you prove your worth, the more you will be compensated. All you have to do is show up on time everyday and do what your told, with a smile on your face and intestinal fortitude propelling you along your way.
Children no longer work in the summertime, so why would their parents do whatever it takes to take care of their families. Homelessness is not an indicator of economics. If you want a job, then you must be willing to work.