Out Of The Mouths Of Babes
Call her Miranda. She's a 19-year-old high school dropout working as a waitress for $6.75/hr, California's minimum wage. She reports that on a good day, she can draw $70 in tips across a five hour shift, so on a good day, she's making over $20/hr.
The problem is that the good days don't happen much anymore.
When she started a year ago, she says that there were four waitresses working, and that they were busy enough to be making some decent tips. Now, there are only two, and there is only enough business for one. Miranda feels that her employer is pushing her into quitting by becoming excessively critical about everything she does.
She is looking for a new job. But she is starting to take notice of more adult concerns - low pay, no benefits - and she has come to a couple of conclusions:
"How can someone raise a family only making minimum wage? I couldn't make it if I wasn't living at home with my parents."
"Can't people see that if people don't make enough money, they aren't going to have any to spend, and the economy will only become like it is?"
Call her Miranda, a 19-year-old high school dropout - one who can see things much more clearly than the college-educated supporters of George Wreck-the-economy Bu$h.