Wow, unemployment is under 4% and most economists will call that virtual full employment. Still, life is very difficult for many Americans. Only about half have money invested in the stock market and according to recent reports, 44% of U.S. workers are employed in low-wage jobs that pay median annual wages of $18,000. Contrary to popular opinion, these workers aren’t teenagers or young adults just starting their careers, write Martha Ross and Nicole Bateman of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, which conducted the analysis.
Most of the 53 million Americans working in low-wage jobs are adults in their prime working years, or between about 25 to 54, they noted. Their median hourly wage is $10.22 per hour — that’s above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour but well below what’s considered the living wage for many regions.
Democrats keep telling us that they will bring Good Jobs, that will, presumably, replace the Bad Jobs.
Can anyone please tell me what will happen if we could wave that magic wand, send everyone to college and get everyone a Good Job, who is going to do all the Bad Jobs they leave undone?
My point is this: There are no Bad Jobs. There are jobs that we have decided, Democrats and Republicans alike, are not worth paying a decent wage and we call them Bad Jobs. Doing so makes the fix sound easy: just promise to replace the bad ones with good ones and hope no one asks who will be left to do the bad ones.
My hope is that Democrats stop this notion that there are bad jobs and admit that there are bad employers, bad labor laws, bad tax codes, lots of bad things for sure but there are no bad jobs and we have to stop placing the blame on the backs of the working class.