While this is fascinating, I don’t actually have a problem with paying teenagers higher wages, either. The idea that we have to punish young people on their way into the job market is justification for passing along bullying and crap behavior to which we were subjected. I HAD IT HARDER THAN YOU, PUNK isn’t actually, you know, a contribution to the conversation, and from an economic standpoint, kids spend their money in their communities. On the T-shirts, and the rapper albums, and such. Thus supporting a growing economy.
I just get so tired of the bullshit argument that nobody should ever ask for more than he or she is given, that we should all just humbly accept, preferably on bended knee, whatever scraps are thrown from the table. Maybe it’s being a woman, and having fallen for the “good girl in the office” trap too many times early in my career, or maybe it’s just that I don’t like seeing people kicked, but at some point we’ve got to stop thinking of it as a sin, reaching for more. Especially if we didn’t.
At some point we’ve got to quit repeating what we were told for no reason other than that we were once dumb enough to believe it, and get inspired by people fighting for better, instead of being ashamed.