It’s only been the past few years that complaints about McDonalds & Wal-Mart paying minimum wage have emerged. Why?First, I AM NOT DEFENDING THESE TWO.But, as I mentioned in another post a few weeks ago, working at a fast food outlet or a big-box store used to be a starting point for many who could not afford higher education, but wanted to work, learn and move on to something better.Even today, more than two decades after passage of that disasterous NAFTA package, American workers of all ages are still feeling the repercussions of all the jobs shipped to China, India and eastern Europe. Not only are millions of educated, experienced American men and women out of work, but many millions more are under-employed. By this, I mean those who once had a position for 10, 20 or 30 years, made $50K, $60K or $70K, were laid off, but still had mortgages, insurance, families, and managed to get another job, but at far less than they once made. Many of these people are probably now working serving burgers & fries, or stocking shelves, all in an effort to support themselves. With all the middle-class types of jobs in manufacturing, Tech Support, customer service and other business sectors shipped overseas, where can these people go? Hence, the debate over raising the minimum wage. While many (me included), especially in GOCOMICS commentary, debate whether we should challenge Putin or oust Assad, I wish ALL of these editorial cartoonists would take more digs at the un-level playing field with which today’s American worker has to contend! Boehner’s “job-creators” create jobs overseas. It is these owners who are reaping unprecedented profits, at the expense (livelyhoods) of millions of American citizens. I wish the Obama administration, and the next one, make it their FIRST PRIORITY to entice businesses to bring back their operations to the fifty states. Give them the necessary tax breaks that the European and Asian countries give; level the playing field for them. But start thinking that the United States is composed of PEOPLE, not corporations.(Understand that, SCOTUS?) Tell Wall Street to get in line, or they’ll get sur-taxed to death.
President Obama, John Boehner, I hope someone on your staff reads GOCOMICS.