Chart supposedly shows the “Hours at Minimum Wage Needed to Afford Rent.”
The other text reads, In no state can a minimum wage worker afford a two-bedroom unit at Fair Market Rent, working a standard 40-hour work week.
My first job was a busboy at an ice cream/sandwich shop in High Point, NC, called Mayberry’s. I worked there to make extra money to afford a bass guitar and buy a car. Most of the people I worked with worked there for their livelihood. Lots of people worked there and also worked either one or two other jobs.
I remember a black woman named Alice showed up after working another job, and was often going to a night shift some other place after she finished her shift. There were times when she came in, and I could see a can of beer in her purse. I’m sure it took a little somethin’ somethin’ to get through her day.
Alice had a couple kids and a couple grand kids. Her daughter and grandkids lived with her in a small home near Mayberry’s.
Tina’s mom also worked several jobs to support Tina and her brother. These weren’t high paying jobs, either. Knowing this about people informs my view that the discrepancy between haves and have nots is too vast, and we need a more even spread of wealth.
I begin to understand why people turn into government mooch hounds. I think if there were more reward for shit jobs, maybe then, just maybe, the reward would pay off.
These are the people who come to mind almost instantly when I hear conservatives talk about how people need to get a job and work hard, and then they’ll reap the benefit of the American dream.
It doesn’t work like that.