"It does vary. I looked up some online today and there are BK jobs that range from $6.50 an hour to $8 an hour. Bear in mind that those are the ultimate entry level job."
$6.50-$8.00 sounds a little more accurate, you'd have to have about 5-10 years already in fast food to be able to walk in and command $8.00 starting pay even at entry level, never mind no benefits for the first 90 days.
What's so "ultimate" about being a burger flipper?
"Even a full time job at $6.25 is still over $12,000 per year. You CAN live on it."
Well if the definition of poverty defined by the same government that authorizes the minimum wage, i.e. the federal government of the United States, in 1989 concluded that a family of four cannot live on a single income of $6.25 a year, how do you expect that two people earning that income do it in 2006?
Poverty was defined as for a 4 person family was $12,700. Back then minimum wage would have pegged that family below poverty level, it's no different today.
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My point is that anybody making the case that just because people are poor they are stupid, are assholes
, and have no business making a generalization as such. I would also only expect such a generalization to come from someone who does not struggle with poverty and the limitations of it, everyday. Nuff Said?
When I was a newly graduate of highschool I read a billboard that said that "1/3 of criminals in prison didn't have their highschool diploma". So conversely 2/3's of criminals in prison do?
It's perceived logic like this that faults peoples viewpoint of the world.
Certainly there is no argument that a person who is more highly skilled is better able to secure a posistion either actively looking for it or drifting through the employement. But I've worked for some really unintelligent people, as have many others, to concluded that simply because they are smarter, which in those cases would be directly opposite, they achieved those posistions, would be incorrect, as you amass more skills in life you become more marketable as well as employable, you also become dumber as you age.
Diversity of skills are the best indicator of how employable and how much money a person will make if they so choose economic wealth as their primary indicator.
Since you yourself Brad have largely "made it" through your own skills, luck, and diversity of skills, as well as taking the risk of being your own boss, I'm surprised you'd defend the argument that poor people are stupid. Would you all at least admit, that being poor is more tied to lack of proper skills, and lack of capitalizing on opportunities rather then a persons intelligence?
So what does diversity of skills, or lack thereof, say to the argument that poor people are stupid? Certainly it doesn't lend an elephant of credibility. Unless it's an elephant animal cracker.