A Living Wage

A Living Wage

A living wage is enough to rent a place of your own, feed and clothe yourself, afford transportation and healthcare, all without the help of anyone else. Any business that cannot pay that wage based on the location’s cost of living shouldn’t be in business. And I’m not even factoring in having any sort of life. If all I was able to do is work, eat, sleep, repeat every day, I’d rather not be alive. The current U.S. minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Unless you are a teenager living at home, you cannot live off of that. Maybe it’s ok to have such a minimum wage for people under the age of 18, but not for working adults that are trying to survive. Even $10 an hour in a big city wouldn’t give you the money needed to survive without working more than 40 hours a week or having the help of a roommate or family member. You could probably do it with $15 an hour, but you wouldn’t necessarily  have a life. If fast food places couldn’t make a profit paying that kind of wage then they need to increase the price of their food. It’s as simple as that. If someone doesn’t want to pay the increase for what is arguably marginally healthy food then that is a good thing. You should pay for quality and not be enticed with garbage. Such food should probably be made by robots anyway, just like most junk food is in factories.