A human may not take up much space,
but you are not small.
You may not be the size of a planet,
but you aren’t microscopic.
For the love of all that is good,
never think you’re small.
For there is an entire universe in your mind.
There are worlds wanting to be explored.
Just build a fucking rocket ship and explore.
Take that ship to far off worlds.
Walk with dinosaurs,
eat with kings and nobles.
Build a fucking rocket ship and explore.
Go and visit worlds with magic and elves.
Go and eat at a diner among the stars,
go and walk the streets of a utopia.
Build a fucking rocket ship and explore.
There are worlds, galaxies that need saved.
There are stories waiting to be told.
So, build a fucking rocket ship and explore.
What’s to stop you from doing so?
Who’s the person that’s saying no?
What’s your reason to not go?
You have the skills,
you have the equipment,
you have the power to,
build a fucking rocket ship and explore.
Go off and see the stars,
go off and swim the seas,
go off and eat new things.
You are the only one who can.
You’re the only one that can explore,
you’re the only one who’ll discover,
you are the chronicler of a universe!
So build a fucking rocket ship and explore.
BUILD A FUCKING ROCKET SHIP AND EXPLORE!
There is so much for you to see and do,
There is an ever expanding universe in your mind.
Build a fucking rocket ship and explore it.
The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family. That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.
The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.
You do realize that 51% of minimum wage workers are between the ages of 16 and 24. Basically, people that more often than not live at home and are not independent. Why does some teenaged kid who lives at home and doesn’t have a car or any bills what so ever need $14 an hour to cook fries? Do I really deserve $14 an hour to fucking sell frozen yogurt? Hell no, Do the high school kids? NOPE. But, you know who does? The 49% of minimum wage workers whoa re independent. The 2% that are 65+ that didn’t have enough money for a retirement and have to work, the 15% that are in their 30s. People whose full time job is working a minimum wage job for 40+ hours a week. The single parents who could’t go onto higher education because of their situation. The 51% that live at home and aren’t even legal adults don’t need $14 an hour.
Furthermore, is a doubling of the wage really the best way to rise it? What happens with those employees that actually make for than minimum wage? If Betty Sue makes $10.50 an hour and has been there for 3 years her rise wouldn’t be as significant as Chad who just got his first job and is making $7.25. Now Betty Sue and Chad both make $14 an hour. And if you think Betty Sue is going to make $3.25 more than Chad now you are crazy. And why is that? Because there is no way an employer is going to give her even more money when pay roll basically just doubled. This also leads to other problems. One of which is what about small and medium businesses that pay teenagers minimum wage? What is going to happen to the local pizza shop who now has to pay every delivery person $14, every cook $14, every single person expect the server is now $14 an hour. If Joe’s pizza was barely scraping by with labor costing $7.25 a person they could face financial ruin when labor effectively doubles overnight. Labor has always been the most expensive cost in any business. Because, labor needs stuff, like food and shelter and cloths. And you know what happens when labor costs double, the price the consumer pays increases as well.
You are already paying like 200% for goods and services form a business, that’s just a fact. Now with an increase of labor cost the consumer price now, let’s say 300%. So let’s say a pizza is $10.00 when everyone gets $7.25 now when everyone gets $14 the price is suddenly $20.00 because the overhead just increased. Is everyone really saying they are fine with simple things that are relatively cheap all of a sudden doubling in price?
There is also something else we need to talk about. The minimum wage is what is called a price floor, which as the name says is the lowest something can go. It is the opposite of a price ceiling which says that no price for a good or service can go any higher than aforementioned price. Think rent controls in New York City. While both of these seem like good ideas on paper that is not the case. Price ceilings lead to unequal distribution of goods. A millionaire could end up in a nice rent controlled apartment whereas the person that can’t afford nice apartments ends up in the rat-hole that isn’t rent controlled, and you know why? Because no one in there right mind is going to give up a rent controlled apartment any where. When artificial restrictions are placed on economy it can not do what an economy wants to do, trend towards equilibrium. And you know what a price floor does? Artificially keep prices high. Economists have gotten PhDs on the study of price floors and price ceilings.
But what I’m trying to say in this really long and boring post is that the minimum wage should be raised for the appropriate workers. The people that really need an increase to actually live. But, there is no way that it should be raised to $14 an hour. The consequences of doing anything to manipulate the economy are huge. Sometimes they are good, sometimes they are really bad. Economy is this really complex thing that is very fickle when you try and make it do things it doesn’t want to do, much like those high school kids that are getting the minimum wage anyway.
“So number one, Reading Rainbow was not cancelled because it was not effective. Reading Rainbow was the most used television resource in our nation’s classroom. In 2009, it was [cancelled] due to No Child Left Behind. That government policy made a choice between teaching the rudiments of reading and fostering a love of reading. So the idea that I am trying to somehow revive a failed endeavor is bullshit. That’s right. I said it. Bullshit.”—LeVar Burton (via franfinethesecond)