I almost got thrown out of my college economics class for pointing out that Ebenezer Scrooge (Dickens A Christmas Carol) must have been paying a fair wage to Bob Cratchet. There was no slavery. If Bob Cratchet could have made more money someplace else he would have gone someplace else. This arose from a discussion about Wal-Mart. A woman in the class had a friend with an advanced degree who had taken a job at the local Wal-Mart for $12/hr. The woman in the class felt that Wal-Mart should pay her friend more because she had a college education. (Turns out Wal-Mart was the only employer in this tiny, western town.) I said, No, if the friend took a job at $12/hour then that was what shed sold her time for. If she wanted to use her degree then shed have to move someplace where the degree was needed. The class was incensed. You should not have to move to get employment!
BTW, Ive been laid off and the closest job I can find where I have a shot is four states away and it will pay half what I was making. I own my home outright and cant sell it in todays market without taking a beating. If I get this job, I will pack the Jetta and MOVE!
>>BTW, Ive been laid off and the closest job I can find where I have a shot is four states away and it will pay half what I was making.<<
The automotive industry in Central KY is booooooming. I need Engineers, Industrial Maintenance Techs, and Section Managers in a very bad way.
Wasn’t Scrooge ALWAYS a stingy old ba$tard and if he was, why would Bob Cratchit bother to ask him for anything when he knew what the answer would be.
Seems to me, Bob was just as big of a loser as fast food workers...they have had years to find a better job.