Well, it had to happen. The headlines read "Fast Food Workers in New York and Detroit Walk Off The Job!...demand $15 dollars per hour.
It hasn't been 24 hours since I read a nationwide survey about work ethics of the Millennial Generation, the ME's. The ME kids (39%) said they had no interest in dedicating their lives to a "career". Another 27% indicated they would prefer a job that paid them well but not if that pay required work hours that might interfere with pursuing the pleasures of their personal life.
And, God help me if I didn't read in that same paper (USA TODAY) an article reporting that we are spending $40 billion dollars every year in awarding Pell Grants to already graduated high school students to learn to read and write in order to qualify for college admissions. That same report said, after expending that $40 billion a year, less than 30% of those receiving the grants had qualified even for a Community College after three years of Pell Grant generosity.
How do all of these things mesh together? Well, first of all, let's look at those burger flippers demanding $15 dollars per hour. How dare these kids demand career level wages for flipping a burger! Those fast food jobs have always meant to be entry level jobs so that kids might learn the discipline of showing up for work, expending a modest amount of effort to earn a paycheck, and develop themselves so that they might, as adults, enter the adult work force and be productive!
In that same Fast Food Walkoff article, the reporter quotes fast food workers who've been at it for eight years and are resentful of their $8.53 cents an hour salary. To which I ask "what made you think flipping burgers was a career position?"..."During those eight years of flipping burgers did you ever take a few classes in personnel management and business so that you might move up the Fast Food ladder to Franchise Manager or Regional Manager?" If not, shut the f**k up and make sure my fries are hot! And finally "when you were attending high school, did you ever think about preparing yourself for adult work?" "When you were passing notes and mouthing off in class, and skipping your homework assignments, did you every think you might need to read and write at the high school level to get past fast food employment?"
And when we taxpayers have already paid an average of $12,000 per year, per student to attend public school, is it fair that we should have to shell out an additional $40 billion dollars each year to give you a second chance to read and write at the 12th grade level? And after taking that $40 billion a year in Pell
Grants each year, and after three years you still fail to read and write, why should we not write you off?
So, let's look at the bottom line here. Today's generation have no ambitions for a career, any career that interferes with their pursuit of personal pleasures. Nor are the ME's interested in learning the basics of education in high school. So...these ME kids now want us to pay them $15 dollars per hour for flipping burgers because they aren't qualified..or interested in doing anything else!
To all of them I say screw em! It's all academic anyway. When those 30 million illegal Mexicans get their amnesty and citizenship they'll do it for $7.50 an hour and may not even spit on our burger!