Americans earning minimum wage are do not need a study to know how difficult things are.
Alicia Hamiel, 23, a mother of two children in Philadelphia, earns $7.75 an hour at McDonald’s and works 26-38 hours a week, based on what the scheduler allots her. She and her family are currently living in a single room that rents for $400 a month.
“I feel like I’m failing as a mom,” she said. “If I can’t make sure they have a roof over their heads, what am I doing? I feel like I’m doing the best that I can.”
Are we sure the problem here is the level of the minimum wage, not that three people are trying to live upon it?
And if we do think that a single mother (and where’s the child support payments?) should indeed gain societal support then what’s wrong with having a system of support for single mothers (you know, the EITC, child tax credits, SNAP, Section 8) rather than insisting that the capitalists pay higher wages to everyone?