I was debating on weather or not I’d make a post about the State Of The Union address that the President gave tonight. I’m not going to touch on everything because I really don’t care about everything. First and foremost, I’ve decided to steer clear of the war, terrorism, and military subjects because I don’t have a very popular opinion on any of them and really don’t want to deal with hate comments by pro-war warriors. Give it up already.
I guess the most relevant topics in my immediate world around me would be equal pay, unemployment, and minimum wage. I want to stop you here if you are looking to bash people that have differing opinions other than yours. I went out of my way to NOT post about the topics that I feel I’m uneducated on because I don’t want to put myself out there looking like a fool, so please go to the next blog if you are unable to read another persons viewpoint.
It’s everywhere. If you have even the smallest of social circles, you probably know someone that currently is or has been unemployed. The reasons are about as colorful as the rainbow but the abuse of unemployment is the real reason our country has such an issue with it. There are plenty of people that don’t need to be unemployed. I’ve come across people in my adult life that are unemployed for what I think are ridiculous reasons. Anxiety? Really? Or how about the mother of four that can’t afford daycare? Did you think about daycare before you popped those babies out? Probably not. Go ahead, be a mother, more power to you but be responsible about it. Please don’t make me pay for your diapers and milk because you couldn’t keep your legs shut.
There are so many variables in every situation, I get that and I just used one unemployment “reason” for an example, there are many. And there are also many families that have children and actually have fallen into bad times. Okay, that’s fine. That’s what unemployment is here for. But if you got laid off three months ago and are living off of unemployment than I don’t have an ounce of empathy for you. None. Zilch. Zero. Get a job. You might not get on another hot shot construction or welding gig but McDonalds is hiring. Sure, it’s a smack in the face but those are the cards you were dealt. Play them, you never know when you’ll get the winning hand.
I just want to touch on this briefly. I agree, women should receive equal pay. I’m a woman, of course I support it. But lets see the change. Just because the President says that women should be equal and not be faulted for taking care of a sick child or needing a day off doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Where’s the change going to be implemented? When? And besides, how are we (women) going to even know when the time comes? In the year 2014, wage is so secretive in the workplace. It’s borderline unethical to talk about what you make in the office.
Oh, minimum wage! My biggest argument for this is “why?” Why should some lady at Dairy Queen make more than or equal to what my boyfriend, a certified mechanic, makes? I think our bigger concern is where minimum wage should be implemented. Minimum wage is acceptable in entry level jobs – fast food restaurants, retail stores, convenience stores, ect. How about creating a secondary minimum for actual jobs that people either need an education or skill set to even acquire? A mechanic with an Automotive Technology degree shouldn’t be making $10 an hour, they should be starting at nearly double but it’s okay for a kid in the back of a kitchen to flip a burger and get (not earn) $10? Yeah right. How about a supervisor of a certified daycare facility? Is $9.00 an hour acceptable for someone who is responsible for the life of your child 8+ hours a day? I don’t think so. I agree, the wages in our country in many professions are low but I don’t think “minimum wage” is the solution. Minimum wage refers to entry level jobs. It’s the place where we start, it’s the place we want to better ourselves from. Build our way up, earn a better living.
If by the off chance that minimum wage does go up that doesn’t ensure that the rest of us will get a raise for our “hard” work. It means that a couple million people are going to get a pat on the back for doing nothing. Do something about it people, if you don’t like where you’re at and what you’re making than change it. If you can’t change it than accept it.
Before I end here, I do want to clarify that I did contently vote for President Obama. My intention isn’t to spew hate or disapproval in his Presidency. He’s done many great things for our country and is continuing to do so. I applaud him for his leadership. I’ve had the same opinions on the above topics for years, even before I really gave a shit about politics. Just as I have for the topics I chose not to discuss. Accept it or don’t, we are all entitled to opinions. I plan to respect yours and you should mine.
I’m fortunate enough that I was raised to always continue to do better. I can’t even wrap my head around the grown adults who refuse to try a little harder and strive for something bigger and better. You’re not going to get anywhere by sitting in one spot. Spread your wings. Prove people wrong. Succeed.