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Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

There are 711 comments on the Northern Michigan News story from Aug 5, 2013, titled Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?. In it, Northern Michigan News reports that:

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City - one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant - but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car.

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Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#349 Sep 17, 2013
Joe wrote:
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My low-income doesn't provide me the basic things and opportunities that you take for granted. That's an injustice and it must be corrected.
Actually it is your ignorance and lack of education that does not supply the basic skills to take advantage of opportunities that others take advantage of.

But I'm sure that you will blame society and the rich for your lack of education and overwhelming ignorance.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#350 Sep 17, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Living in poverty is like pulling an all-nighter everyday. It's mentally exhausting. Students from rich backgrounds have an unfair advantage over poor students. Their parents have the resources to give them additional tutors, healthy meals, and a quiet place to study. To bestow honors upon them is a slap in the face to poor students.
Many escape poverty through hard work and perseverance. Neither of which you seem to be familiar with.

Now back to the corner with your dark glasses and tin cup, Beggar!
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#351 Sep 17, 2013
To liberals, everyone's a victim. No one bears responsibility for their actions; it's always someone else's fault. What a seductive sentiment. Add that to constant invitations to envy and resent "the rich" (defined as anyone who makes more than you do), and promise that if only we taxed and spent enough, government would solve all of life's problems and we'll be Europe in another few years. How different things might be if people held liberalism accountable for its results instead of its intentions.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#352 Sep 17, 2013
We need to discover the root cause of why people are willing to be lazy without feeling a sense of guilt. A generation ago, people refused to take handouts because they didn't want to be thought of as lazy. They wanted to work for their own way. There are several reasons why this is no longer the case; most of them can be traced back to socialism (high tax and government welfare). High tax has made it harder and harder to earn a living by working and government welfare has removed the responsibility of guilt because the government is not a person that you are taking money from. Over time as more people accepted money from the government, the government became their primary provider which led people to ask the government for more and more.
Joe

Park Ridge, NJ

#353 Sep 17, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>Actually it is your ignorance and lack of education that does not supply the basic skills to take advantage of opportunities that others take advantage of.

But I'm sure that you will blame society and the rich for your lack of education and overwhelming ignorance.
Lack of education? I have a college degree and for several years worked in my field in Washington. I had an office in a very prominent building.

But enough about me. My point is poverty can affect anyone. And with continued out-sourcing of good-paying jobs coupled with the creation of poverty-wage jobs, more Americans will fall between the cracks and will need public assistance to get by.

Like I keep saying, the best antidote to poverty is a job that pays a living wage and allows you to afford the basics in life and a little more, thus creating more demand and strengthening the economy. Why is it so hard for some to understand that?
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#354 Sep 17, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Lack of education? I have a college degree and for several years worked in my field in Washington. I had an office in a very prominent building.
But enough about me. My point is poverty can affect anyone. And with continued out-sourcing of good-paying jobs coupled with the creation of poverty-wage jobs, more Americans will fall between the cracks and will need public assistance to get by.
Like I keep saying, the best antidote to poverty is a job that pays a living wage and allows you to afford the basics in life and a little more, thus creating more demand and strengthening the economy. Why is it so hard for some to understand that?
And yet with that lofty claim your working for poverty wages. It appears that just because you went to school does not insure that you educated. Just another example of your failures in life. But again I am sure that you blame everyone but yourself. This would be your primary problem in life and why you will continue to be a failure.

The best antidote to poverty is motivation, perseverance, and education. It is certainly not handouts to those who cannot carry their own weight in life.

It would be my wish that you starve in the streets, while attempting to justify to passerby's why they should help support your worthless self.
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#355 Sep 17, 2013
Joe wrote:
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We have a fundamental disagreement. That's not the type of nation I want.
What you want is socialism.

If the day comes that our society becomes totally socialistic, you can be darn certain that those people WITH WEALTH will LEAVE and take their billions in assets to a more favorable country.

Margaret Thatcher once said,'The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money'.

So true!!
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#356 Sep 17, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
We need to discover the root cause of why people are willing to be lazy without feeling a sense of guilt. A generation ago, people refused to take handouts because they didn't want to be thought of as lazy. They wanted to work for their own way. There are several reasons why this is no longer the case; most of them can be traced back to socialism (high tax and government welfare). High tax has made it harder and harder to earn a living by working and government welfare has removed the responsibility of guilt because the government is not a person that you are taking money from. Over time as more people accepted money from the government, the government became their primary provider which led people to ask the government for more and more.
There is NO INCENTIVE for kids to pay attention in school now-days. We are wasting our taxes TRYING to educate kids and they just aren't learning.

Take away ALL the rewards of failure (freebies from the government) and see how SMART kids will get.

If they knew they would STARVE if they didn't get the skills they need to survive in society, they'd be WAY MORE MOTIVATED to learn.

Unfortunately today, if the kids don't learn, there is no uncomfortable consequences.

They just sit back, collect from the government and keep asking for MORE.

The 'Great Society' vision of President Johnson has some very unfortunate consequences. The poor are still here even WITH government handouts. And many kids seem to get dumber every year.
Joe

United States

#357 Sep 18, 2013
Eleanor wrote:
<quoted text>What you want is socialism.

If the day comes that our society becomes totally socialistic, you can be darn certain that those people WITH WEALTH will LEAVE and take their billions in assets to a more favorable country.

Margaret Thatcher once said,'The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money'.

So true!!
What I want is capitalism kept on a very short leash by the state so we can engage in stable economic planning for our nation. We zone and plan development in municipalities and county to ensure stability. Why not the economy?

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#358 Sep 18, 2013
Joe, there is a serious nationwide shortage of truck drivers, get you a CDL and you can earn upwards of $50,000 driving a truck. Only problem is, the govt regulates it so severely, that about 70% of applicants can't pass the continuing regulations that are required.
Joe

United States

#359 Sep 18, 2013
inbred Genius wrote:
Joe, there is a serious nationwide shortage of truck drivers, get you a CDL and you can earn upwards of $50,000 driving a truck. Only problem is, the govt regulates it so severely, that about 70% of applicants can't pass the continuing regulations that are required.
No thanks. I want a career that is intellectually stimulating. No offense to truck drivers, but I didn't graduate from college to become one.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#360 Sep 18, 2013
Joe wrote:
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No thanks. I want a career that is intellectually stimulating. No offense to truck drivers, but I didn't graduate from college to become one.
No ... you graduated from college to flip burgers and then complain that you don't make enough, demanding that someone else fix your situation for you.

You are embarrassing for your lack of shame.
Joe

United States

#361 Sep 18, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>No ... you graduated from college to flip burgers and then complain that you don't make enough, demanding that someone else fix your situation for you.

You are embarrassing for your lack of shame.
So I should not stand up for myself and demand my rights? I should be satisfied with a poverty-wage job? You're an obnoxious fool. I live in Philly and no punk pushes me around.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#362 Sep 18, 2013
Joe wrote:
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So I should not stand up for myself and demand my rights? I should be satisfied with a poverty-wage job? You're an obnoxious fool. I live in Philly and no punk pushes me around.
Your not standing up for your rights! Where is it a right in this nation to be supplied with a lucrative job? And you have a college education ... yeah right.

You are an absolute idiot. Not to mention a pathetic internet tough guy. LOL

Any imbecile that cannot find gainful employment in this country and expects others to support them, deserves to be pushed around .. right out of this country. Parasite!!!
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#363 Sep 18, 2013
Joe wrote:
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So I should not stand up for myself and demand my rights? I should be satisfied with a poverty-wage job? You're an obnoxious fool. I live in Philly and no punk pushes me around.
The fact that you cannot find gainful employment in a large metro area such as Philly, just further demonstrates what a pathetic individual you are, and it appears that the hiring community agrees with me.

Keep flipping those burgers. Loser!
Joe

United States

#364 Sep 18, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>Your not standing up for your rights! Where is it a right in this nation to be supplied with a lucrative job? And you have a college education ... yeah right.

You are an absolute idiot. Not to mention a pathetic internet tough guy. LOL

Any imbecile that cannot find gainful employment in this country and expects others to support them, deserves to be pushed around .. right out of this country. Parasite!!!
"Parasite"??? You hide behind a keyboard calling me names. Now who looks pathetic. Show up in my committee ward and say it to my face.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#365 Sep 18, 2013
Joe wrote:
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"Parasite"??? You hide behind a keyboard calling me names. Now who looks pathetic. Show up in my committee ward and say it to my face.
And what do you think that I fear from you? That you'll throw your EBT card at me?

Give the fact that you are incapable of taking care of yourself, you hardly present a threat to me, little boy. Run back to mommy I'm sure she has your dinner ready for you. LOL
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#366 Sep 18, 2013
And yes Joe, the truth hurts. You are a parasite, living off of the fruits of the labor produced by others.
Joe

Park Ridge, NJ

#367 Sep 18, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
And yes Joe, the truth hurts. You are a parasite, living off of the fruits of the labor produced by others.
Shut up and get back to work. I need a COLA on my benefits.
Joe

Park Ridge, NJ

#368 Sep 18, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>And what do you think that I fear from you? That you'll throw your EBT card at me?

Give the fact that you are incapable of taking care of yourself, you hardly present a threat to me, little boy. Run back to mommy I'm sure she has your dinner ready for you. LOL
Notice a trend here. When you lack facts and moral standing to counter my position, you start the personal attacks. I will always have a soul and social conscience. You have nothingness in your dark cynical being.

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