Something else to consider: In my experience there are always jobs to be had. Those jobs are not always fun and don't always pay well. But honestly, my wife and I have made a good life for ourselves with very low wage jobs and a very limited number of hours per week. It has required very simple living and careful budgeting.DarkAxel wrote:
Cram your damn generalizations up your ass.
Many of my current coworkers are examples of lives carved out of minimum wage jobs. I live with the stories and the struggles. I also see that it is possible to live and not just survive, but to thrive a little. It is honest work, and we work hard at it.
I've secured different employment and that starts soon. Having a baby on the way pushed me to move in a different direction. It still does not pay much, but enough that my wife will be able to stay home with our baby, and we will continue with simple living and careful budgets. Down the road I can move up and make a good wage, but what we will be making will cover the bills and be sufficient.
Minimum wage living is not easy, but it is not impossible either. This colors my views and what I have said. Again, there is a difference between "a job" and "a good job." For me, having a job and living simply has been enough to get along and make some headway. That has been the case for a good number of my older coworkers too.
These are just my experiences.
Also, if I wanted to take a very different direction for my life I could get trained and get several extremely well paying jobs. I could become an electrician, a (large) refrigeration unit repair guy, a forklift repair guy, start laying tile, or start a lawn care business. My wife wants me doing something with my current schooling, and that career path is now opening up, so I'm heading that way instead. It took me a while (and a baby) to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.