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September 2, 2013

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Sep-06-13 11:08 PM

50 years or so ago, CEOs made something like 20 times their employees salaries. Now, it is something like 240 times their employees salaries. Have you noticed that the middle class is shrinking?

I get it that fast food is not a career for most people. I really take issue with having to support people who work for low paying employers. Why should I have to pay more at the doctor because DelMonte doesn't provide family insurance for all the families that come up here to work at their factory? Why should I have to subsidize their workforce? Wouldn't it just be better if they took care of their own employees? Why should I have to subsidize McDonald's workforce or Walmart's workforce? I am tired of my tax dollars paying for someone else's employees. Taxpayers don't subsidize my boss's business. He pays us fairly and provides family heath benefits at no cost to us. When I retire someday, I will have money to afford to do so, thanks to the fact that he provides that.

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Sep-06-13 7:29 AM

Same old argument: it's the evil employers' fault again for not providing for all their employees' needs. To repeat, this country (vs most in the world) has the greatest opportunity to better yourself through education, hard work, dedication, patience(no CEO was handed the reigns right out of college), diligence, etc. There are govt programs to help with all areas of this quest from grants to loans to assistance. There are obvious flaws in some company's employment opportunities, but if you don't like it, get after the next thing. It's scary to see the slow turn in this country's attitude that it's always someone else's fault, not mine.

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Sep-05-13 8:54 AM

When I was 15 I got a job at a fast food restaurant. When I was 17 I upgraded to a grocery store.

I realize there are many people working in low paying entry level jobs that would rather be working somewhere else. My point is they have a lot to say about where they go in life. For me, those low paying jobs where a means to an end. I used them to get myself through school and on to better paying jobs. In the end it was more about my expectations of myself and not of my government that was my source of motivation. I guess that's where you and I differ MCW.

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Sep-04-13 11:20 PM

JReader, Are you trying to suggest that all people that work at fast food restaurants are only capable of jobs with similar skills? I guess I feel that there are many people working at those places that are far overqualified.

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Sep-03-13 11:54 AM


Are you trying to suggest the same skills needed to work in fast food are the same ones needed for manufacturing ?

Also, reagrding your previous post about the breakdown of fast food workers and their age - I assume this also includes managers and supervisors - right ? Do you have any stats on how many of these workers at the given age breaks were working for minimum wage ? That would be a much more telling statistic.

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Sep-02-13 6:41 PM

Another comment: In France the poor stormed the gates. That is only time in history, the poor stormed the gates, in all other time it was the barbarian who stormed the gates. As for me I would rather have American poor stormed the gates and not the barbarians.

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Sep-02-13 6:26 PM

Congress could protect American works. By stop exporting their job over seas. The truth is McDonalds worker who make $8.00 an hr. have no voice in this country, only stock holder, the 10% have a voice. Congress only listens to MONEY, the 10% have all the money. Therefore the poor will get poorer, the 10% will get richer, until the 10%, kill the source of their wealth: the poor. It’s been this way since the Roman Empire, to the 10%, I have this to say remember the Fall of Roman Empire. The fall of this Roman Empire is very close. No Roman was saved from there fall. Why should the new Romans be saved when this Empire falls. Remember Rome started as republic and ended in fire as an Empire.

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Sep-02-13 10:29 AM

BTW, I would love for us to have so many good-paying jobs with benefits that McDonald's becomes JUST another high school job again.

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Sep-02-13 10:27 AM

Worker productivity has increased by more than 80% since 1974 in this country.

As far as fast food workers, the sad truth is that people think that this is only a high school job, where in fact the average age is 35 years old. 88% are 20 years or older. 36% are 40 or older. 56% are women. 28% have children. 55% work full time. On average, they earn half of their family's total income. More than 42% of them have some college education and over 750,000 have a bachelors degree or higher.

I strongly believe that if we brought more good manufacturing jobs back to this country, many of these people would shift back into the manufacturing sector. Unfortunately, lobbyists are pushing for the Trans Pacific Free Trade Agreement, which just like NAFTA, and agreements with China, will only send more jobs overseas.

This problem isn't going away, people. Will it be YOUR job next?

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