Would you look at that? A national protest of people refusing to apply for wage slave jobs.
The jobs are abundant. Places are hiring. No doubt about that. Everywhere you go, you’ll see “HELP WANTED” in the window.
Thing is, people just simply aren’t interested. They want nothing to do with that. They don’t want to work for these shitty wage jobs. Point blank.
Retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King are now desperately decorating their buildings with “NOW HIRING!” signs, but no one is taking them up on their offer.
Why is that? Why aren’t people applying for jobs that are apparently so abundantly available? Is there a legit reason or...Are they just plain...lazy?
Ah, laziness, certainly the bane of this whole lack of job applicants crisis, isn’t it?
Of course that’s what they want you to believe. These corporations are trying to spin the whole reason people are refusing to apply for these jobs and blame it on some sort of “lack of work ethic”.
Not their own lack of human decency.
Man, fuck. Talk about some mad gaslighting right there. They want to offer a job, where you’re straight up treated like shit, given little pay, expected to work overtime, and offered no benefits, and they wonder why no one wants to apply.
Oh sign me up to be a slave! Please!
Essential jobs are shit. They’ve been shit. And it was only a matter of time before people said “enough is enough” and refused to partake in them at all.
And to think, man. They have the audacity, the goddamn audacity, to call them ‘essential” workers. I don’t know, but last time I checked the dictionary, the word “essential” had nothing to do with treating people poorly, both financially and otherwise.
“You’re essential,but we ‘bout to treat you less than human just...cause.”
Essential? Gimme a break. Unless you mean “essentially dirt” then there is in no way these workers are given any sort of level of dignity or respect near what they deserve.
Well fellow procrastin8rs, that may all come to change. It appears people are beginning to wake up and realize the power of laziness. It only took a literal apocalypse to snap people out of their “work hard” mantra brainwashing, but here we are long and behold, the start of a revolution.
The corporate slavery system is beginning to crumble and those greedy bastards on top are panicking. “No, peasant, you mustn’t demand higher pay! Shut up! Get back to work!”
Let me give you the low down of what happened. Coronavirus struck, people got laid off from their jobs. Masses gathered in lines to file for unemployment.
They got their first unemployment check in the mail and guess what? They realized they were getting paid more sitting on their ass at home, then schlepping 9 to 5 for a bastard of a boss.
Who the fuck in their right mind would put in MORE effort to earn LESS money. It don’t make a bit of sense.
And if refusing to get a job-- if that makes them lazy, so be it. After all, laziness, at its core, is all about minimizing effort and maximizing results.
We figure it makes more sense to stay at home unemployed in their PJs on the couch all day and reap in the government issued check while lying on the couch, which again pay substantially more than minimum wage, than it does to dress up in an employee uniform and grind our ass off for hours and hours, only to come home with a paycheck that barely (if at all) covers the bills.
Fact of the matter is, people have come to realize just how shit the wages are. If the government can pay you more to sit around all day, then certainly a multi billion dollar business can pay you more to actually work.
Look, it ain’t that people don’t want to work. It’s that people don’t want to work for very little in return. They’re not refusing to work. They’re refusing to have their efforts be sabotaged by greed.
Heck, I bet you they would be willing to work if the job they were applying for paid enough to cover bills for once.
It’s funny (though not surprising) that the message has become “These people need to get a job,” instead of “These corporations need to provide a job that pays well.”
Yeah, let’s make a scapegoat out of the everyday folk just trying to make a decent living and not the flawed corporate system corrupted to the core due to excessive avarice.
It’s simple. People want to get paid more. That’s it.
They’d rather not be unemployed, but being unemployed seems to have more perks than holding a job does right now.
The only reason people are remaining unemployed is because it remains the better option in terms of making ends meet. People have the choice to either schlep around for hours and barely put food on the table or lounge around all day and be provided with plenty of money to eat and then some.
And the choice seems obvious.
Of course, in the long run, this choice is impractical.
Not everyone can be lazy. Society does need hard workers in order to properly function. However, that work should be fairly compensated. The work done should not go unappreciated or underpaid. Face it, calling them “essential” is not enough appreciation.
The solution is to increase wages. That’s the appreciation they want; that’s the appreciation they need,
I know. It’s controversial to claim that wages should be increased (which is kind of ridiculous quite frankly -- shouldn’t be a controversial statement to claim people should get paid enough to get by...but I digress). You have people thinking that if they’re given handouts like that, they’ll just wind up spending it fervorously.
But studies have shown that when people are given money, they’re likely to spend it on the basics, the essentials if you will, not some sort of luxurious purchase.
See, the money people get paid doesn’t have to make them rich. No one’s asking to be handed a life of luxury. But people want to cover the essentials without worrying about the question “How the hell am I gonna pay for that?”. That’s it. Just the basic shit.
A roof over your head, food to eat, healthcare (another topic entirely), and ultimately the ability to just survive without it being a hassle. That’s all people want. I mean hell, we live in a first world country. Survival should not be a challenge here.
Yet, with minimum wage staying low and inflation climbing ever higher, it’s nearly impossible just to survive working for minimum wage. You can’t do it. You can’t pay bills earning minimum wage. It’s simply not enough to cover expenses.
And you may think “oh that’s free market, baby! Businesses can pay what they want. People asking for a higher wage or filing for government aid are nothin’ but big ole freeloaders!”
You know something? Multi billion dollar retail companies pay their workers low ass wages and have the majority of their workers applying for government aid, like food stamps and medicare. In fact, every year Americans spend $153 billion to subsidize McDonald’s and Wal-Mart’s underpaid employees. You read that right. Underpaid employees are getting money from the government because the company that they work for doesn’t give them enough to live.
So even when they’re not sitting in unemployment, even when they are showing up for a job, they still need more money just to survive and make basic ends meet.
In other words, failure to increase the minimum wage is coming out of our tax dollars. It’s not like corporations like Wal-Mart and other multi billion dollar companies couldn’t pay their workers more. They just choose not to. They value their shareholders more than their own workers and that’s saying something. It’s all about the bottom line to them.
They have money to pay their workers more. They just refuse to. And YOU get the bill.
The real freeloaders are corporations, not people.
We end up paying the price for corporations’ refusal to pay their employees a decent wage. Think about that for a sec.
The message out there is that it’s more wrong to ask for hand outs the\an it is to stifle wages in the first place, despite the fact that these corporations can more than afford to raise wages for their employees.
Thing is, no one is asking for freebies or hand outs. They’re just asking that the amount of compensation (results) they receive is in fair balance with the amount of effort they're putting in.
It’s only after this huge flux of layoffs caused by a pandemic have people gotten a taste of what it feels like to be...actually taken care of, and not just fed scraps from the table.
See, in getting unemployment benefits, people realized there’s more “benefits” to being unemployed than there seems to be in being employed in the first place.
I mean why work your ass off if you can sit on your ass and not only still get paid, but actually get paid significantly MORE.
People are sick of maximizing effort and minimizing results. They got a taste of what it’s like to well, for lack of a better term, be lazy.
But being lazy is not necessarily a bad thing. Being lazy means not over-exerting yourself. It means using your energy efficiently.
And well, working a minimum wage job simply isn’t efficient. Like at all. It’s too much work in exchange for too little pay.
Sure, excessive laziness is terrible. But everything is good in balance. Like pride is not a bad thing--there’s no bane in feeling proud of yourself-- but in excess of pride you become an egotistical bastard.
People are being lazy, sure. But it’s a balanced lazy. It’s a good lazy.
Again, it’s not that they’re unwilling to work at all. They just want their work to be efficient. In other words, it should pay the bills without a hassle.
Having a job should mean you’re able to support yourself. Period. People that have jobs are relying on these quote on quote “hand outs”. It’s not really a hand out if it’s only covering what the lack of wages doesn’t.
Efficiency is the heart of laziness. It’s inefficient to schlep 9 to 5 for minimum wage. Saying you're lazy is saying you value the amount of time and energy you put into something and want those resources you invest to have fair compensation in return. You want to be efficient with your time and energy, earning worthwhile rewards/results for the time and energy you do spend.
Right now, it’s efficient, that is lazy, to cash in an unemployment check rather than get a job. And that’s rpecisely why we’re seeing the messages that “no one wants to work.”
I suppose the whole counter argument to this whole thing would be to LOWER the unemployment benefits. And fair point.
I’ll take it. I mean if we want to encourage people to work, we should make it more attractive to do so rather than rely on the help of big daddy government.
Unemployment benefits are way too high and it makes it difficult for the free market to compete, one could say.
And sure these multi-billion dollars can afford higher wages, but what about the small businesses??
Well, to that I say, once again, if people have more money, they’d be willing to spend more money. When people have money to actually spend, it stimulates the economy. It puts that free market into motion, baby!
There’s nothing “free” about a free market if people are trapped between choosing to eat or choosing to pay rent.
This isn’t about giving or not giving hand outs. This is about wealth redistribution. Fact of the matter is, you’ve got these greedy billionaires sitting on a horde of wealth like dragons, refusing to share it.
The wealth is there. It’s just not being shared.
We talked about how everything is good in balance. Well, there is a fine line between profit and greed. Greed is the excess we mentioned earlier. I want companies to profit. I want companies to succeed.
What I don’t want is companies rigging the whole system for their own benefit, instead of for the benefit to society at large. Sure, they provide jobs but if those jobs don’t compensate people fairly, it’s slavery through and through.
And the icing on the cake is that a lot of these multi-illion dollar companies pay ZERO dollars in taxes. ZERO. Think about that, man. They ain’t giving a single cent. Okay so now they’re not even contributing to society.
Look at this straight. They’re not paying their employees fairly. Those employees seek government help. And the companies that aren’t paying those employees aren’t even paying their fair share of taxes.
At the end of the day, corporate greed is costing YOU. You pick up the bill for corporate greed. It’s plain and simple.
Just like how being too lazy is no bueno, so too is being too greedy.
I suppose the debate is then who is being more excessive? Is it the greedy corporate owners who refuse to pay or the lazy employees who refuse to work?
Well, to that you have to look at who’s seeking a balance. I think it’s more balanced to want to be able to put a roof over your head and food on the table than it is to want to add another half a dozen yachts to your fleet.
The only reason there is such a large unemployment rate is obviously not the lack of jobs, nor is it even people’s refusal to work -- it’s the corporations absolute REFUSAL to pay decent wages.
If jobs were paying a livable wage I guarantee you, we wouldn’t have this apparent “crisis” of some sort of employee famine.
There’s no famine or otherwise lack of employees willing to work at a job, there’s a famine of corporations unwilling to pay fair wages.
And until they are, until payment is fair at these jobs they’re offering, it’s best we continue to be lazy and refuse to work for them.
Take it easy,