I received the following from a long time friend. I believe you will find his perspective thought provoking.
Jerry Broussard of WhatDidYouSay.org
This weekend, I was chatting with a real estate agent and noticing a photograph of a young man in full combat gear, standing in front of a carved stone image of a lion headed bull, with wings. He was standing proud and erect and smiling, pleasantly.
I ask her if that was her son … a reasonable perception. And her only reply was, “Yes … in Iraq. He died there”.
Perhaps, being a Viet Nam vet, it hit me like a heavy punch … in the gut. I just stood there silently admiring this courageous young man, holding back tears, and quietly, reverently and softly said, “That hurts … really hurts”. It did … it really did.
Later in the day, the following commentary showed up in my email …
“Something to think about!
Low military pay was not mentioned in the State of the Union speech. However, increasing the minimum wage was … for those fast food workers striking for $15 an hour. Let’s do some math:
At $15 an hour, Johnny Fryboy would make $31,200 annually.
An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378.
An E5 (Sargent) with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually.
So you’re telling me, La McBurger flipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deployed for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective a—s on the line every day protecting your unskilled b–t!?
Here’s the deal, Baconator, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earn enough for gas and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed. If you don’t want minimum wage, don’t have minimum skills. Sucks don’t it!
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read it in English, thank a veteran.”
My guess is that this $15 per hour deal … hits a nerve … or two.
John Smith (Yes, that is really his real name)
Apple Valley, CA