First off bob you know two things about me; jack and shit. I have worked for the VA for less than a year. Before that I worked for a couple of hospitals in Ohio working primarily with Medicaid patients. Before that I worked in the university setting seeing again primarily Medicaid patients. I know the people you speak of and I know how many of them live.<quoted text>
That's not the reality of what goes on out there. Maybe if you worked in a job like I did and got to see these people close up, you might have a better appreciation for what's going on out in the real world.
Not everybody works for the government, or has a job with benefits, or even has the ability, the time or the money to retrain. In fact, WA's description of the $10.25 call center worker was generous as she probably has vacation and at least some benefits. If you work for someone like me, or at my late grandfather's bar you have NOTHING other than that $8 or $10 an hour you get. There are a lot of people who work jobs like this and it has nothing to do with them being lazy or irresponsible.
You guys who work in comfortable jobs for "the man" don't appreciate this because you're removed from it.
I also grew up on a farm and no what hard work is. If you think my job is a cake walk then go get your degree apply for my job and do it.
If anyone is stuck working in a job for less than $10 an hour it is their own fault. There are so many grants and loans available to go back and get an education. Hell right now unemployment will pay almost up to 2 years before they cut you off. That's almost enough time to finish an associates degree. No one is stuck with their lot in life unless they choose to.
I was unhappy working for the hospitals I worked for. My wife was unhappy in her job. So we found new jobs. Now we both have a good skill set and a good education we spent years obtaining and working towards to be sure we are both in fields where we will never be without a job.