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  • 8 months ago
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    There's no such thing as a dead-end minimum wage job. Even people who work at a fast food joint or Wal-Mart get raises every year and get promoted into higher-paying jobs. There's no rule or law that says you have to stay in a job that you're, A, unhappy with, or B, doesn't pay you a good enough salary.

    There is also no caste system in this country that forces you by social standards to stay in the lot of life that you started in. You can take classes online for free to, I don't know, learn how to type so you can become an administrative or executive assistant. You can work your day job and go to night school three times a week at the local community college to get an A.A. in something, or just take enough classes to enable you to get a better paying job. You can even get jobs that offer on the job training, and there are plenty of companies who offer tuition matching so that you can go to college while you're working.

    Also, a minimum wage job is typically a minimum wage job because it's your first one. If you work at Burger King for two years, you start at, say, $7.25 an hour, but the next year you're making $7.50. That means when you move on to, say, McDonald's, your starting salary -- based on your exit salary from your last job, plus your experience -- is automatically going to give you a higher paying job than minimum wage.

    The only reason people get stuck in minimum wage job after minimum wage job is because that is where they choose to stay. Maybe not a conscious choice, but if you've been in the workforce for years on end and the only salary you're able to garner is $7.25 an hour, the one who's doing something wrong is you, not the companies for whom you choose to work. There is no such thing as a dead-end minimum wage job.

    Welfare penalizes you for making too much money, so you'll never make more than what you're getting from Welfare, unless you're having a kid every year. The "raise" you get with TANF for having another kid is hardly enough to cover the expenses of another kid, so you're actually getting poorer, not richer. And if you want to keep your TANF and make money on the side, under the table, get it from a significant other, parent or sibling, you're now lying to the government about your income, and that can get you into a lot of trouble. Have a job and receive welfare? As soon as you get your first COLA raise, you're off the welfare rolls. So that is something that causes people to turn down promotions, not seek better paying jobs, and just refuse the raise. I have seen it happen.

    Welfare, TANF, SNAP, whatever you want to call it, was never meant to support your life, just like the minimum wage was never meant to support your life. Minimum wage jobs were meant to give the job seeker experience and a job history. Welfare was meant as a stop-gap measure to help you out while you're looking for a new job. It was never meant to be a generational thing. And if Welfare is a generational thing in a person's household, that is someone who refuses to put themselves in a position to do better for themselves and their children.

    Clearly I am not talking about people who are handicapped, taking care of a handicapped or chronically ill family member, or can in no way take care of themselves. I'm only talking about people who could work but refuse to for whatever reason. And there are plenty of them.

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    • Rebecca
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      8 months agoReport

      pays for school for those who can't afford to go. That's part of the welfare system here. Also pays for child care for you to go to school if you so choose. Most peole don't choose. Of course, no one will tell you that b/c they have a vested interest in the outcome of the argument. I don't.

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  • 8 months ago

    The dead end job, because it’s always easier to get a job when you are already working. When applying for new job and you’re on welfare, your prospective empire will want to know why you are NOT in job at the moment, and if you can’t give them a satisfactory answer, then they are less likely to employ you.

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  • 8 months ago

    preferable is : welfare or a dead end min. Wage job

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  • 8 months ago

    The dead end min wage job. At least you can feel good about contributing to society instead of being a parasite off of it. You will also gain experience, get yourself a reference, and you can work toward getting raises and later, moving on to something better. Some day, you might want to take some night courses so that you can learn more skills and earn a higher wage.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Employment law experience.
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  • 8 months ago

    Depends on whether or not you're the one who would be collecting the welfare or among those paying the taxes needed to fund someone else's welfare.

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  • 8 months ago

    Dead end minimum wage job. It can lead to something better. Sooner or later the government [t i t] will dry up and YOU have no skill.

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  • 8 months ago

    Job because even a dead end job will go on a resume. You will change jobs and do better. With welfare you stay down and have a huge gap in work history and have learned no skills. Also have no earning for SS or SSDI so if disabled or retired you get nothing.

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  • 8 months ago

    Well, since TANF (there is no program known as welfare) includes job training, TANF. The you can have a above minimum wage job with advancement opportunities.

    • leegalen22
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      8 months agoReport

      Welfare is welfare no matter how many times they change the name to make it seem less offensive. Changing the name to SNAP, TANF, whatever is just a ploy to make riding on the taxpayer's backs less obvious.

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  • 8 months ago

    For a poor person, definitely welfare. With a dead end min wage job, you need to invest a lot of time in working. On welfare, you are paid to sit on your butt. What would you choose? This is why we need to roll back welfare programs. Dramatically.

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    • Rebecca
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      8 months agoReport

      I had a neighbor who wanted to use her TANF money to buy a dog. A very expensive registered dog. She was young, able-bodied, spoke both English and Spanish fluently, and could have worked anywhere. Instead she's on TANF wanting to buy a dog. How is it okay to use your money to by herself a dog?

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    both. they aren't mutually exclusive.

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