Man, people can be so out of touch. I couldn’t dream this stuff up sometimes if I tried.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) recently let his feelings be known about minimum wage workers at a campaign event. Referring to hard work, a Republican “staple,” Johnson said:
“.. [W]hen you’re a good worker you don’t stay at minimum wage for long. Trust me on that.”
Well, I don’t “trust” him.
There are a lot of great, hard workers out here being shafted by their employers just because low wages are the “new black.” Income doesn’t necessarily determine how “hard” someone works. In this age of high unemployment and people forgoing raises for years, low-wage workers are not making the kind of come-up they used to.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not throwing rocks at hard work. I believe in it. There is a lot to be said for paying your dues and out-working your competition. It will not always be reflected in your salary, though. Believe that.
In his story, Johnson explained that he once worked for minimum wage at $1.45/hour at about 15 years old. Obviously, that was a few centuries ago. By the time he got to college, he says he worked about 96 hours per week AND took a full course load. (I need to see some receipts on this).
When questioned further, he admitted that he was living with his parents at the time to save on expenses. College was also much cheaper then versus now.
In short, Johnson cannot relate to people making minimum wage. Inflation on goods and services now makes salaries at the 2011 wage floor nearly impossible to survive on. I guess workers in that bracket need to be better workers to get out of it, huh? ::deep sigh::
Thanks to Crooks & Liars for the heads-up on the story!