Why is it that simple concepts confuse people? The minimum wage in Seattle should be $15 an hour because that's really what it costs to live there. The question is basic: "Why is it that we think spending one trillion dollars on a war without end and sending people to die is a good thing, but making sure that workers make a decent wage will somehow destroy the Republic? I did the math: we could pay every man, woman and child in the United States a 40-hour-a-week wage of $15 an hour for a mere $189 billion dollars. I'm not even recommending we do that.
But just bringing up the subject creates such an air of defensiveness in people. They get their backs up as though I wanted to come to their house and take their money away. It's the same thing with ACA; why are so many people (many of whom, I hang my head to say, claim Christianity) violently opposed to universal health care?
So, I'm refining the question further, and thinking out loud as I go: why is it that some people equate any attempt to lift others up as an attempt to push them down?
This is something that, I'll be honest, is starting to bug the shit out of me. I'm not a Socialist; hell, I'm not even a Democrat. I get that there are people out there who game the system, and that some people are in the pickle they're in due to a series of bad life choices.
It really, really makes me sad, and angry, and frustrated. I'm not advocating free fucking jet-skis and vacations to Maui for welfare moms, for Christ's sake. I just think that the economy- No, wait. I HAVE PROOF that the economy does better when the minimum wage is a livable one. I HAVE PROOF that the economy functions more effectively when health care is plentiful and affordable.
Case in point: I was talking to somebody about how good McDonald's is, here in Japan. The food is nearly delicious, because it's always hot, the prices are reasonable, and the staff are efficient and friendly. Why? Because they don't have to sweat health insurance and McDonald's pays better than minimum wage here.
Or take the example of Seattle, where Dick's Drive-In has been paying better than minimum wage for a long time, provides insurance, and kicks down extra money to help workers pay for college.
I just wonder, and I'm going to keep wondering, why it is that people become so very very hateful at the thought of what is, after all, the most basic Christian responsibility: care for the less fortunate.
Fortunately, I'm in a place where I can research this to my heart's content, and have the facilities, the advice, and the encouragement to do so.