Low Wages

Dear Editor,

Since the election, I have heard complaints from the employer class about how America has become an entitlement society and that the so called “takers” have outnumbered the producers.

One must ask; why are so many Americans dependant on these programs to start with?

You don’t have to look very far to find the answer. Just look at the workers at any fast food chain, retail store, gas station, etc. These employers pay wages that keep millions of working families in poverty, so they can make huge profits.

I recently read the story of a woman in New York City, who works at a fast food restaurant making $7.25 an hour. She hasn’t been able to find an apartment that she can afford, so for the last year, sheand her 3 year old daughter, have been living in a homeless shelter.

There are 50,000 fast food workers in New York City alone, making as little as $11,000 a year.

And these aren’t just teenagers looking for a little spare cash: the typical fast food worker is 28 years old and many have children of their own.

Far too many American workers are so underpaid that they have to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers, and other forms of public assistance to make ends meet. This means that low paying employers are the ones costing taxpayers billions every year!

If we as Americans really want to cut government spending and entitlements, then we must unite and attack the real problem; LOW WAGES!!!!!


Ben Lofton