Essay Living On Minimum Wages

1602 Words Jan 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Living on Minimum Wages “I grew up hearing over and over, to the point of tedium, that ‘hard work’ was the secret of success: ‘Work hard and you’ll get ahead’ or ‘It’s hard work that got us where we are.’ No one ever said that you could work hard—harder even than you ever thought possible—and still find yourself sinking ever deeper into poverty and debt” (Ehrenreich 220). Like Ehrenreich says, I am also the one who once believed that working hard is the only key to success, and efforts will never betray us. Wealthy people quite often say that the working poor is the consequence of being lazy; however, as I read the book, Nickel and Dimed, there is absolutely no working poor who tends to be lazy. Inversely, the one who is in the position where he/she supervises the working poor is the lazy one instead. Maybe it would be powerful if the writer was a real person directly involved in the working poor class so that we can hear about a real poverty and a true worry. However, I can still realize that the current minimum wage law is not functioning as what it should be and how hard is to live with the minimum wage. It cannot even cover one’s minimum living expenses with his/her earning. The hard labor working does not lead you to success anymore. It just means that your job is a low income job and you are the working poor; a betrayal of hard working.
We all roughly know that it would be really hard to live with a minimum wage, but Ehrenreich stands up for the issue and actually…

Related Documents