I was watching the Today show this morning when they featured a story on fast food workers demanding their hourly wage be doubled. In the story they showed a young mother, who had one child and one on the way; she said she could not support herself without struggling on her low salary. It was also noted she receives Medicaid and food stamps–compliments of the taxpayer–just to get by.
When I saw this propaganda piece, I was outraged. This irresponsible woman was apparently not married but felt comfortable having sex. Despite all the lies about birth control, the reality is that the only way not to get pregnant is to abstain from sex. Besides the morality issue, there are practical and economic issues to consider. When young ladies like this get pregnant and have children without husbands, they are often doomed to poverty and the ills that ensue.
I also wondered where the father(s) was and why he (or they) was not helping. It is their responsibility to support, feed, clothe, and shelter their kids. Not the taxpayer, the government, the schools, or the fast food restaurants.
Fast food jobs are not meant to support a family. How one supports a family is by forming one. This is the process–people don’t seem to remember how: a young man courts a young woman; when he has proven himself worthy–through good character, intelligence and having a strong work ethic–he proposes, she accepts, they get married; only then do they have sexual relations. Then they have children whom they can support because at least one or both of them is working.
That is how it is supposed to work.
If this young woman had not been led astray by a culture that told her she could have sex without consequences, she would not be in this position. She would have had self-respect to wait until a man valued her enough to marry her. She then would be able to support her family. As Ann Coulter has written extensively, single motherhood causes most of society’s social problems in terms of poverty, crime, and family breakdown. Cultural rot has set in over the last couple of generations, especially since Dan Quayle criticized Murphy Brown.
Remember the brouhaha when he said she was glamorizing single motherhood? Well, that was exactly what she was doing. He was prescient.
Young women who are taught to embrace their sexuality irresponsibly are the ones who pay the price along with their innocent children who have to suffer for their poor judgment.
Instead of trying to restore traditional morality, our culture continues to enable reckless behavior. The elites do not suffer but the average person does. And the whole society continues to go down the drain. No minimum wage increase will prevent that.