I’ve decided I need canned responses I can copy-and-paste whenever someone’s being an idiot in the same old way on Facebook, a comment thread, or some forum. I’m tired of trying to eloquently restate reality each time.
When they say:
Why should cracked-out burger flippers get paid $15 an hour? They should show some initiative and get a real job.
If a corporation hires a worker at a salary so low that the worker is eligible for public assistance (food stamps, welfare, etc), then that corporation is essentially offloading part of the cost of having an employee onto the taxpayers. That’s not acceptable.
McDonald’s does this all the time: http://consumerist.com/2013/10/23/mcdonalds-mcresources-help-line-tells-worker-how-to-get-welfare-benefits/
As the video there says: “McD’s doesn’t want to pay its workers more. It wants YOU to pay its workers more.”
McDonald’s is essentially receiving the welfare, by having the government pay its employees for it.
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I wish this weren’t necessary. I expect I’ll be posting similar canned responses on things like abortion, marriage, and other simple, charming issues.