TK, could not agree more. I wish more people would understand this.
(1) You said: “Government is the institution people have created to solve societal issues.” Uh, no, the federal government was not created to solve societal problems. The federal government was formed for the defense of our country from enemies, foreign and domestic, and to be a governing body for the protection of our rights as laid down in Our Bill of Rights. Having said that, its responsibilities have expanded due to things like our interstate system, international airports, and the maintaining of our military, originally we had militias.
Nowhere in Our Constitution or Our Bill of Rights does it say that the federal government is to insure every citizen has a job, how much they make, provide them with a house, and so on.
(2) I do not vote so the government will fix my problem, I am responsible for myself. I vote to have representation in D.C., so the thieves can’t arbitrarily raise my taxes whenever they take a notion.
(3) Then you said, “For those against raising the minimum wage, what do you suggest we do for these people?”
TK gave you the answer to that.
“What you should do: apply for a job at the business that is paying more, even if you have to move to another state.
Use your head and your feet not your senator or representative.”
You may not like this answer, but the truth is, no one owes anyone a living. If a person wants a better life, they should be willing to do whatever it takes to legally achieve that goal.
The lady in the news that started this outcry for a raise to minimum wage works at McDonald’s. At the time, she had worked at McDonald’s for 11 years and was still working at minimum wage. Think about this, she had been there for 11 years and never got a single raise, what kind of worker is she, a poor one I would imagine. What are the reasons she never got a raise? Did she come to work on time, willing to work, good attitude, willing to learn, team player, and all the other things that make a good employee.
In 11 years she never, ever, had an opportunity to get a better job? Really? How hard was SHE trying to improve HER own situation.
(3) Next you said: “What we can’t have is people working long hours every day and still starving.
In the richest nation on earth, that is an unacceptable outcome to a situation that shouldn’t even be happening.”
It’s called living within your means. I have worked many minimum wage jobs when I first started working and a couple after I got married (I married young). My wife and I both lived off of my paycheck (we’re old school). We lived in a cheap apartment, drove a very used car, hardly ever went out, but we ate every day, sometimes it was just boiled hotdogs, but we ate.
We lived within the income I was bringing in, there was no “extra” money. As time went on I applied for better paying jobs, got them, and took care of them when I got them. Life got better for us each time I took a step up. We were married nearly 15 years before we could afford our first new car. (It was the lowest priced one we could find.)
I expected no one to take care of us, provide for us, or fight for a higher wage for me. It’s called being self-sufficient, setting a goal and working toward that goal.
(4) Finally, you said: “Will it be the American people (through the government) ? Or will it be the corporations (whose job it is anyway)?”
First of all, the government is the reason we’re in this mess to begin with, if they would leave business alone and let them thrive we would have a broader market of jobs to pick from, moving up in position, and making more money.
Who’s job is it to create a better life? It is up to the individual to make their own success or failure.
We do not need the government to solve our problems. We need to start taking responsibility for ourselves and tell the government to stay out of our lives.