A Single Dad Of Two Essay example

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Aarin Foster is a single dad of two. Like many single parents, he struggles to make ends meet. Although he is working full-time and making minimum wage, he is still living below the federal poverty line. He often works overtime on his days off, just so he can earn a little bit of extra money (Jenkins). Due to the number of hours he works and his hectic schedule, he is away from his family more than he would like to be. Foster says, “I think I get to see my daughters for about 4 or 5 minutes a day. That’s it” (qtd. in Jenkins). There are too many families in the United States who are living in poverty, even when working full-time jobs. If the government raised the minimum wage to at least $9.00, it would become a living wage that would positively impact families, as well as the economy through the spillover effect. These benefits would strongly outweigh all risks.
Since the minimum wage was implemented in 1938, it has changed several times. In 1968, the minimum wage was at its peak value. The minimum wage would have been worth $9.92 today. If those workers worked full-time, they would have made $20,634 a year. Today, a minimum wage worker working full-time would make less than $15,000 a year (Sklar; Jenkins). The value of the minimum wage has continued to decline, ever since it was raised to $7.25 in 2009. The government is notorious for waiting an entire decade to raise the minimum wage. “The decade between the federal minimum wage increase to $5.15 an hour on September 1,…

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