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The Price Of Food And People's Income

This week's shopping trip cost more than usual, and it got me to thinking. The prices of food items are going up at an astounding rate, but people's income isn't. I don't understand how the government thinks people are supposed to survive.

I know there are people out there insiting that minimum wage should never go up, but if people don't get paid more, how are they supposed to afford to eat when the prices keep going up? I've seen some people say that lower class people just need to work more, but there are only so many hours in a day, and you can't spend your whole life working. That also doesn't help people who have fallen on hard times and need food stamps, which keep getting cut rather than going up. Of course most of those people saying that those on food stamps and minimum wage jobs need to work more have never been poor or in hardship, so I don't think they really know what they're talking about.

It's just insane that the prices keep going up but SNAP and minimum wage don't. Plus, it's getting harder for people to find jobs. Most good paying jobs require college, but most people can't afford to go to college. All the jobs that non-college people could work have been outsourced to other countries where they can pay people a few dollars a week. We need to bring jobs back to America and increase SNAP benefits and minimum wage.

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JanetHunt wrote on June 21, 2014, 11:14 AM

It is very hard for people to make a living these days. I hope we will have brighter days ahead!

BrianaDragon wrote on June 21, 2014, 4:09 PM

Me too, but the world needs to change a lot.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 21, 2014, 5:32 PM

Another thing that affects minimum-wage earners is the fact that the service industry is plenty happy using mainly part-time workers to supply its labour needs. So in addition to a low wage that hasn't kept up with the cost of living, there are few or no benefits and not enough work hours each week for a person to get by. I'd like to see companies taking responsibility and offering proper full-time jobs to the many who want them, but if they won't maybe it's time for government to legislate some sort of hiring ratio to ensure the majority of hours are given to full-time staff.