EMTs vs the Poor Sep05

EMTs vs the Poor

More stupid bullshit from the ‘temporarily embarrassed millionaire generation’ currently circulating on Facebook:     Good. Fucking quit. But maybe instead of doing it to begrudge the poor, grow a spine and do it to force the ambulance companies who currently charge as much as $2206.00 to give a people a ride to the hospital to pay you a fair wage for doing the majority of the work. — Whoever publishes this bullshit has definitely found their nitch. What better occupation to pull peoples heart-strings than ’emergency medical technicians’ who ride around saving peoples lives. Surprisingly enough, the average wage of EMTs really is only about $15-20 / hr.  EMT Training however is also only about 6 months (120-150 hours), so despite loose association they are not exactly doctors or as much a commodity as highly trained medical personnel. Regardless, underpaid EMTs have become the poster children for the war against poor people fighting for livable wages. But its a tragedy that so many look at the wage disparity and conclude that the solution is to keep paying entry level positions so little that there is no incentive to even get one … while simultaneously complaining about the number of people who decide to abuse the welfare system instead. But then again, when you have a generation of people who think being a hustler is a virtue its no surprise that so few want to shatter a system that might some day give them the chance to get rich on the back of everyone else.   — Information regarding case study and effects of minimum wage increases: http://www.dol.gov/minwage/mythbuster.htm http://www.attn.com/stories/1349/6-biggest-myths-about-raising-minimum-wage...

Blame the Poor Sep15

Blame the Poor

So my inbox is full of activist alerts that Republicans are in the process of ‘gutting’ welfare. From what I understand that cuts are only going to apply to able-bodied recipients with no kids. A few thoughts on this … First, anyone capable of using a calculator should be able to figure out this isn’t the ‘problem’ with our budget. Welfare constitutes a small fraction of government spending and the effort being expended cutting a small portion of this program will fix nothing. If anything the expected results would be A. more unwanted kids for qualification and B. higher incarceration rates. Regardless … saving money was never the point. To qualify my position … I dont care about the well-being of people. Contrary to pro-welfare stereotypes, I just dont sympathize with the poor not eating nor do I make political decisions based on it. We are over-populated and until people are willing to embrace Eugenic policies the problem needs to fix itself somehow. My position is admitted callous but honest. For this reason I am not opposed to cutting welfare under the above circumstances. There is truth to the fact that its ease of availability does discourage many from becoming self-sufficient. The system itself provides little incentive to not use it when considering benefits vs minimum wage. Republicans however seem to be campaigning on the myth that its the poor people, and poor people alone who are draining the middle class. Not the billions in corporate welfare, the predatory nature of american business, the unnecessary wars the american public was lied into, excessive military spending, mis-allocated government contracts, or Wall Street Bank bailouts …  but the poor people who buy candy bars with foodstamps. Its a brilliant plan because poor people are easy targets....