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McDonald's helpful suggestions to their employees on how to survive on min wage:

#1WhiskeyDiscPosted 7/18/2013 9:22:57 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/17/mcdonalds-budget-welfare_n_3611537.html

"The helpful guide that McDonald's just published offering practical tips on how its workers can subsist on poverty wages is full of ingenious ideas: Get a second job! Don't squander money on trifles like heat and health care! Yet, it is missing one key suggestion: Apply for food stamps and other government assistance immediately so McDonald's can keep the corporate welfare flowing.

The mere existence of the "Practical Money Skills Budget Journal" disseminated by America's most prominent fast-food brand offers the latest evidence that national thinking about economic matters has descended into the intellectual equivalent of dumpster-diving. We are dispensing with complicated yet necessary conversations about how to invest in productive enterprises that might deliver millions of good paychecks. We seem politically incapable of lifting the minimum wage though -- as I have argued here before -- that would amount to a jolt of economic stimulus benefiting everyone.

Instead, we have pundit David Brooks inventing fantastical reasons why able-bodied men have supposedly lost their appetite for work - it's just not macho enough anymore, what with all those microwave ovens in office kitchens.

And now we have a major employer of the working poor arming its employees with this handy new survival kit: a line item budget that can help them survive on less than $8 an hour and still sleep indoors.

As Dan Gross and others have amply covered, the details seem worthy of the Onion. After working 35 hours a week for monthly take-home pay of $1,105, the employee is supposed to go get another job to bring home almost $1,000 in additional funds. How much is allotted for child care while such people are toiling for 70 and 80 hours a week? Zero. Which means that parents who work at McDonald's get to choose between not making it to work or sticking their child in some ad hoc, unstable and potentially dangerous arrangement with a willing friend or relative.

The health-care line in the budget allows for spending $20 a month -- enough, presumably, to cover the car service required to get to the nearest hospital emergency room when real trouble strikes. There, the cost of care gets picked up by state and federal taxpayers who, one way or another, cover the tab for indigent, uninsured sick people.

Which is where we get to the shadow player present in this budget yet never called out explicitly: the government. Without taxpayers, mega-corporations like McDonald's -- whose reported revenues exceeded $6.6 billion over the first three months of the year -- would never manage to stock their ranks with workers earning poverty-level wages."



three cheers for our benevolent robber barons and their concern for their workers' welfare!
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Meh.
#2Darklit_AnguishPosted 7/18/2013 9:23:38 AM
Here's a thought - if you're older than 18, don't work at f***ing mcdonalds
#3WhiskeyDisc(Topic Creator)Posted 7/18/2013 9:24:51 AM
Darklit_Anguish posted...
Here's a thought - if you're older than 18, don't work at f***ing mcdonalds


...he posted unironically from his parent's basement.
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Meh.
#4Sativa_RosePosted 7/18/2013 9:25:51 AM
Old as f*** and no one cares

America's poor are way better off than the vast majority of humanity
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#5KwancahiPosted 7/18/2013 9:28:52 AM
Old as f*** and no one cares

Loads of people care. It is one of the most divisive issues of our time.

America's poor are way better off than the vast majority of humanity

This isn't an argument. It's an evasion. By this line of reasoning, no problem is meaningful because one can always come up with a problem that at least one person thinks is more meaningful.
#6IShall_Run_AmokPosted 7/18/2013 9:29:49 AM
Darklit_Anguish posted...
Here's a thought - if you're older than 18, don't work at f***ing mcdonalds


Yeah, it'll solve all of our problems if people don't get a job.
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#7chaos knightPosted 7/18/2013 9:30:20 AM
Sativa_Rose posted...
Old as f*** and no one cares

America's poor are way better off than the vast majority of humanity


So that's the excuse for why we can't strive to make things better regardless? I don't care how we compare to the rest of the world, this is ****ing America.
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#8gamestop27Posted 7/18/2013 9:30:26 AM
Sativa_Rose posted...
Old as f*** and no one cares

America's poor are way better off than the vast majority of humanity


This doesn't excuse the bulls*** that corporations get away with, so stop using this "argument".
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#9Sativa_RosePosted 7/18/2013 9:31:34 AM
Raising minimum wage would make millions of Americans WORSE off, not better off.

There are people BEGGING for minimum wage jobs right now, and they can't even find them. There will be even less minimum wage jobs available if minimum wage is raised...
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#10Anarchy_JuiblexPosted 7/18/2013 9:31:43 AM
Sell drugs and make $300/day.