Have you experienced Matt Walsh Mania? His latest post on TheBlaze, “Fast Food Workers: You Don’t Deserve $15 an Hour to Flip Burgers, and That’s OK”, has been the top story for nearly two days. Glenn thought the points were so good that he read excerpts on radio Friday and shared his own experience making low wages as a kid and how it made him the success he is today.
Below is just a short excerpt of Matt Walsh’s incredible piece:
To understand how delusional, consider that a $15 an hour full time salary would put you in the same ball park as biologists, auto mechanics, biochemists, teachers, geologists, roofers, and bank tellers.
You’d be making more than some police officers.
You’d easily out earn many firefighters.
Ironically, you’d be fast food workers with starting salaries higher than many professional chefs, which is a bit like paying a tattoo artist less than the person who paints cat whiskers on your face at the carnival.
You’d be halfway to the income of accountants, engineers, and physical therapists.
Does that sound fair? It might sound fun, but does it sound fair?
Read the full thing here
So why the push for the minimum increase?
“My theory is the Overton window. In that they realize how absurd it is. Of course, they want the 15-dollar minimum wage. But the smart strategists are saying, go for 15 and hopefully get 11,” Stu said.
“Go out and work for it and earn it. You don’t deserve a thing. This is what comes of the stinking society in which we give out participation trophies. Everyone deserves a trophy. No, you don’t. Go earn one. Same thing now. Because there are 17-year-olds, 18-year-olds working in the fast food industry and they think they deserve 15 bucks an hour because the government tells them they do,” Pat said.
Glenn said that young adults now don’t have an appreciation for struggle and making ends meet.
“When I first moved out of my grandparents house, dirt poor. You know radio pays horrible, horrible money. Dirt poor. Lived in an apartment. I remember, I had a mattress. I had a box. Literally like an apple crate box. And a little teeny black-and-white TV. That’s all I had. I had that for a very long time,” Glenn said. “That’s the way you live in your 20s.”
Stu recalled having to make the choice between putting gas in his car and getting a 39-cent fast food burger in 1995.
“I took the car out with no money. And I had to make the decision: Do I go get a 39-cent burger and fries, or do I put the dollar 18 I have in the gas tank to get there? I made a cost-benefit analysis of the two. Realized I couldn’t eat the gas. And decided to drive to Hot ‘n Now, which I did not make it too. The car stalled on the side of the road. And that caused a large pileup,” Stu said. “Lesson there is: We’ve all gone through those things. What a bizarre desperate situation to try to drive your car to a fast food place for a 39-cent hamburger in the mid-90s. This is not 1960. This is 1995. And I’m driving — I’m that desperate. But that’s what happens. That’s what you do.”
“We don’t romanticize it anymore. People vilify that you have to go through that. That you have to struggle,” Stu said.