Monday, December 20, 2004

That Stable is Looking Better All the Time 

Wouldn't it be nice if Bill O'Liely and his pet fundies would get their knickers in a twist over stories like this, rather than how Us Liberals 'n' Secularists, personified oddly enough by sales clerks at Macy's, are "trying to ruin Christmas" for "real" Americans?

Yeah, I'm holding my breath too.....

(via The (Columbia SC) State)

Most Americans who rely on just a full-time job earning the federal minimum wage cannot afford the rent and utilities on a one- or two-bedroom apartment, an advocacy group on low-income housing reported Monday.

For a two-bedroom rental alone, the typical worker must earn at least $15.37 an hour - nearly three times the federal minimum wage, the National Low Income Housing Coalition said in its annual "Out of Reach" report.
Just to rant for a moment, everybody talks about "lifting people out of poverty" by getting them edumacation and training so they can get "better jobs."

But the problem is that somebody still has to do a lot of those "not-better" jobs. Take motel maids. You can get the maids currently working some training so they can do something that pays better...but back at the motel somebody still has to change those sheets, scrub out the toilets, fill those mangers (yeah, catch me in a sly attempt to tie in the Christmas angle just like the fundies want) , every damn day.

It's honest work, it's hard work, it's often unsavory work. So shouldn't the people who do that work be entitled to enough pay to afford a decent room of their own to live and sleep in? If rooms have to go up five bucks a night to pay for it, would it pinch the traveling public all that hard?

Just wonderin', I guess. Must be that time of year thing.

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