Saturday, April 17, 2010
We want Americans to have good jobs... but not too good
During my protesting days, I used to fight for others to get a living wage - which is the hourly wage you actually need to pay for life's essentials - rent, food, clothes, and kids. McDonald's may employ tens of thousands of Americans, but it's minimum wage / a tad above, and no one can pay the bills on that.
So when someone creates good jobs, you'd think we'd be happy, right?
But no. When we hear about average people getting larger than average salaries, we get pissed off:
1. Outrage over RI crossing guards who get health insurance
2. Angry over well-paid Federal employees
3. Fury over auto workers making up to $70 an hour