The Jake Files

April 14, 2006

Today’s Oprah – Living on Minimum Wage

So, the Amazing Mrs. Jake is watching Oprah right now (and yes, I am watching too as I do other things).  Today's topic is Living on the Minimum Wage, and guests include Morgan Spurlock (of Supersize Me fame) and a former vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.  Hard to predict how this show is slanted. 

Of course, the segments have weepy music while people tell how hard it is to work on minimum wage, and how shameful it is that minimum wage isn't higher.

BOO (f***ing) HOO!

My first job in high school was washing cars for minimum wage.  I eventually realized that that kind of life and that kind of wage wasn't for me.  Guess what I did?  I got another job.

It's not the proper role of goverment to provide a minimum level of income anyone should expect.  If I had the kind of victim mentality that Oprah seems to be cultivating, I would be blaming society for my present lack of income, instead of pursuing all avenues to find something better.  I don't expect anyone to feel bad for me.



  1. Taking a break from Easter cookery. You sound just like my husband. . . . Are you my husband? 😉

    Comment by A.M. — April 15, 2006 @ 11:40 pm | Reply


    Comment by Anonymous — April 23, 2006 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  3. Unless someone has a health issue,we pretty much make our own lives. We decide how many chidren and who we will marry. We decide if we are going to work one,two, or three jobs. We decide if we will finish school and how far we will go in school. We decide if we want to use drugs, drink, or become a criminal. Please think and everything will come out OK.
    I was left on the street by my parents, so I know what I am saying. A family took me in as a baby and raised me. I took care of the lady until she died. I was thankful for what her family did and I help others, as a payback. I have worked two jobs and I married twice. I only had one child at 37 because I could only afford one child. I am 64 now and I retired at 58. I returned to work and finished college. I am blind in my right eye, but no excuses.

    Comment by Judi — August 16, 2006 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

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