The mental hoops people will jump through to prevent any possible increase to the price of their Big Mac
anyways Mister Carolina All Day isn't telling us where all these better jobs are.
hint: we are primarily a service economy in 2014.
All these other countries are in the same boat to some degree or another and have had to alter their work/pay strategies to compensate. You are somehow deluded into thinking that all we have to do is wait and the manufacturing jobs will start popping up again any day.
That may and probably will happen to some extent but not enough to transform our economy back. We still have to get money into the hands of people that spend it instead of send it overseas in order to get the economy going like it's capable of, yet this simple truth gets left out of the conversation in lieu of dumping in unskilled lazy burger flippers. Short sighted and self defeating is the only way to describe these attitudes.
Ok ill bite.
The information industry is booming, hal varian(chief economist of google) summed it up best. You need to find a skill that is unique and ubiquitous. You need to change with the times. Investing into yourself is the way you succeed in life. Anyone is capable of bagging groceries, or flipping burgers.
Its not my job to tell you where these jobs are. Its YOUR job to go out and find them. Thats the problem with your mindstate: its give give give and not take take take. I started off at 16 making 6.75/hr scrubbing toilets in RVs, I showed to my boss that I was a hard worker willing to tackle any shitty task at hand(literally). I was going to school at this point as well, he saw that I was trying to better myself and gave me the opportunity to try and start renting them out. Seeing how I was given such a great opportunity because of the hard work I did for little pay, it makes sense to start off low and work your way up. After another two years I got moved up to office manager, overseeing my fellow co-workers and ensuring we met a standard set by the company. Fast forward a few years im 6 months from graduating college, used my job experiences of the past coupled with my degree, now I have a job lined up at the top car rental company in america.
Say what you want, but just the idea of having to work a minimum wage job made me want to better myself and work harder to ensure I never had to again. I think the problem today is that people arent willing to put in the effort to bank that high paying job, They want it handed to them.
Who was Ford really competing with in the car market at the time though? You can't really compare the past to now. A raise in wage would be a good thing for some companies, but a forced major increase in min wage doesn't accomplish that.
Holy poo. Someone actually gets it.
Automobile assembly men werent making minimum wage either for the time period. They were skilled workers who specialized in a particular job. Flipping burgers and waiting tables is neither specialized or skilled.