Wage Inequality Hurts The Whole Family

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“I forgot what daddy looks like.” Jokes similar to this, from children about their parents are heard too many times in the United States of America. Aarin Foster is a single father with two young daughters who joke they do not know their father anymore, because he has to work more to make enough for his family to survive. Aarin is one of millions of Americans who earn for the minimum wage pay. People all over the United States are working for a wage that is effectively causing them to live below the poverty line. In the United States there is no reason for someone to try to support a family on less than the poverty level income. The inequality in wages between those who have and those ...view middle of the document...

Workers who have to work odd shifts and at times when their children need them, is another concern. The loss of the ability to raise their children could cause the loss of family traditions and cultures from being passed to the next generation. Without a parent to raise them, it could be harder for them to break the cycle of working in a low wage industry.
In Jeremiah we read a warning given to the sons of Josiah after his exile. In the warning Jeremiah says
“13 Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages; 14 who says, “I will build myself a spacious house with large upper rooms,” and who cuts out windows for it, paneling it with cedar, and painting it with vermilion.” (Jeremiah 22:13-14)
Building a house on unrighteousness and injustice, means the king did not intend to build this house, presumably an expansion of the palace, in a fair and equitable way. The king was not going to pay the workers a wage, basically making them slaves to his desire. Without a wage these workers would not be able to trade for goods to support their families, nor would they be able to settle outstanding debts they may have incurred. These workers would not have been able to train their sons in their trade. That means that the children would not be following the father’s footsteps and family traditions would change. Jeremiah would have condemned the executives in today’s companies for the same crimes against the people, not giving the person what is considered a fair wage has condemned these people to a type of servitude.
There is an image presented by Jeremiah that the king is living in opulence and will do whatever it takes to maintain it. He appears to be trying to show off just how powerful he is, by what his palace is constructed from. The executives that run the corporate world today also live in opulence with $100,000 vehicles, million dollar homes. While their workers live in small apartments and barely scratch by. If the owners and operators of these corporations would show some care and concern for their workers, they might receive a little more understanding. Given that the all mighty dollar rules in the U.S. that is not likely going to change.
“Although he has worked at the chain for eight years, Foster makes only $8.25 per hour” , he still makes the minimum wage for the state. Foster like so many others cannot get ahead because some executive needs to have his or her profit margins higher. Jeremiah would call for the owners and operators to care for the needy and orphaned. Due to the parent or both parents...

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