All you need in this country is to get a job, work hard and you’ll catch up to the zillionaire CEOs of large corporations!

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.


4 thoughts on “All you need in this country is to get a job, work hard and you’ll catch up to the zillionaire CEOs of large corporations!

  1. I’m not sure that this graphic is totally clear. I think what it means to say is that a person need to work 75 or 80 or 90 hours before they have earned enough money to pay their rent.

    What it seems to say is that a person needs to work 75 or 80 or 90 hours each week at minimum wage in order to afford market rent.
    If that is true, then there is a crisis in America. If it is the former, then we still have a problem- but it is far less serious than the latter.

  2. You realize, this information is just made up. There are lots of studies (yeah, folks actually do research to confirm these things) to show how bad things are.

    Are you aware that in 2010 the social security wage index found that 50% of Americans earned less than $27,000 a year? That puts this accurate graph into perspective, doesn’t it?

    I also don’t understand your remark about Alice. How well did you understand her circumstances? Seems quite judgmental if you ask me. I mean, she was a mother, had several children, and at least two jobs? I mean, wow, she sounds like a real lazy person, and a drunk at that! That remark is just appalling.

    1. I’ll assume you didn’t catch my sarcasm and I hope to give you another chance to respond.

      Was it the italicized “supposedly” that threw you off?


  3. This is completely skewed. Why would a single person working for minimum wage live in a 2 bedroom place. Live within your means and save money. If that means a studio, thats what it should be. CEO’s are paid at their market value, so are minimum wage employees. Don’t like your wage? Look for a better job, but don’t expect to live in a 2 bedroom place when your income suggests you should be living in a studio or a house with roommates to split rent.

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