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POTUS and FLOTUS Want Malia and Sasha to Experience Minimum Wage Jobs: The Girls Could Learn a Lot
Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Charlotte Hays

Posted on 07/04/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT by Kaslin

While being interviewed by Parade magazine, President and Mrs. Obama said that they would like for their daughters to have the experience of working at minimum wage jobs. Hear! Hear!

In his wise book, The Curmudgeon’s Guide for Getting Ahead, Charles Murray advises the gilded youth of today, more isolated from what Episcopalians used to call “all sorts and conditions of men” than their counterparts in previous generations, to seek out summer jobs that will introduce them to people they might not ordinarily get to know. Such jobs can be transformative. “Once you have been a server in a restaurant,” Murray writes, “you will never again look at dining in a restaurant as you did before you were a server.”

The target audience for Murray’s book is the kind of young person who has excellent educational credentials and is more likely to land a summer job in a think tank or on Capitol Hill or as personal assistant to a Hollywood mogul than at a McDonald’s—in other words, the Obama daughters a few years hence.

It must be noted that Sasha and Malia's Dad has a very limited view of people who work at jobs outside his own golden orbit. “Every little girl I meet out there,” President Obama told Parade, “I think about Malia and Sasha, and the notion that they’d be treated differently, trapped, not paid enough, having to settle for a raw deal on the job, having to scramble between taking care of kids, taking care of an aging parent, being single moms like my mom was and going to school and work at the same time, then having to come home and cook.”

If Malia and Sasha go into their minimum wage jobs with open hearts and minds, they can learn a great deal and maybe even help Dad get a better picture of life in these United States.

First, I hope Sasha and Malia will notice that most workers the Obama daughters meet are glad to have their jobs, which are becoming scarcer and scarcer thanks to Dad’s economic policies. Many of their colleagues will use the skills acquired at these jobs to move up the ladder to a better paying job.

These low-skilled workers may not deliver homilies on the dignity of work, but, if the Obama girls are observant, they will see that these jobs do confer dignity. Some of their colleagues could probably do just as well financially going on disability, but they know that dependence is a dead end, while work is a path to a better future, no matter how onerous and often tedious the job is on a daily basis. One of the refrains when welfare was being reformed in the 1990s, was this from disgruntled people who frankly preferred welfare to work: What do you expect me to do, work at McDonald’s?

Well, yeah—as did Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who likes to brag that he learned to crack eggs with one hand while working at McDonald's, singer Macy Gray, who called the McDonald’s gig her “first big break,” according a CBS News report, and Jay Leno. Not everybody who works a minimum wage job at McDonald’s is going to scale the heights but all have the opportunity to move onto something that pays more, if they work hard, show up, and apply themselves. Oh, and if they don’t view themselves as “trapped, not paid enough, having to settle for a raw deal on the job,” as Sasha and Malia’s father described his take on the minimum wage job.

While raising the minimum wage is generally portrayed as a way to help low-skilled workers, Malia and Sasha, if they get real minimum wage jobs, might recognize that some of the people they meet would face unemployment if the minimum wage is hiked. It will be good that these people aren’t just statistics to Malia and Sasha but rather living and breathing people who were getting a toehold in the world of work and had the opportunity to come to work every day and build their skills.

Some of Sasha's and Malia's minimum wage coworkers, of course, would benefit from a minimum wage hike, but let’s hope that Malia and Sasha notice that these men and women are the employees who have honed their skills and thus were likely to move up anyway, and it’s those without skills who are the most likely to be harmed. That includes many of their contemporaries in age. Fewer and fewer young Americans have the opportunity to work. That’s a big set back for those teens, who will have a harder time getting a job without such critical skill-building opportunities.

That’s the real problem, especially since what creates poverty is not working full-time at a low-paying job, but not working at all. As my colleague Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum, recently has pointed out, researchers using twenty years of Census date found that among workers sixteen and older who are living in poverty, the problem isn’t the minimum wage—it was no wage. Only 9 percent of those living in poverty had full-time work year around, while 67 percent didn’t work at all. If Sasha and Malia talk to their coworkers, they’ll no doubt hear personal stories that, if the girls are open to new ideas, show them that a job—almost any job—is the best way out of poverty.

Life is unfair and, yes, some people do get stuck in minimum wage jobs. I know that Malia and Sasha will be able to see these people sympathetically and I hope they will view them not as unfortunates, but as people who are working heroically to support their families in tough situations. You can learn lots more than how to crack an egg with one hand if you mingle with your fellow Americans on the job. Who knows? Maybe the Obama girls will build a business one day and chalk it all up to the halcyon days at McDonald's.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: malia; michelle; obamafamily; sasha
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1 posted on 07/04/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Their kids as political props

Congrats


2 posted on 07/04/2014 11:34:01 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Shame on Sam The Sham . . . Michael ScAM . . .$$$ grab all planned by this "handlers")
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To: Kaslin

And you and I will pay for dry-cleaning the grease spatter off the Secret Service agents suits.

Would they have to go to McDonald’s U, or, like 0bama, just be given honorary degrees at elaborate, pretentious ceremonies?


3 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:11 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Kaslin; GeronL

Now it becomes clear why the minimum wage must be raised to $20 plus vacation and benefits.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:51 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Bingo. After a hard day’s work, guarded by SS men, they’ll be whisked off in armored limousines back to the White Hut mansion. Gee whiz, such a tough life.


5 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:57 AM PDT by john drake (Lucius Accius-Roman,170 BC - "oderint dum metuant" translated "Let them hate so long as they fear")
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To: Kaslin

Hobby Lobby is paying $14 an hour minimum


6 posted on 07/04/2014 11:36:32 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Kaslin

If you call your Dad, he could stop it all.


7 posted on 07/04/2014 11:37:00 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Kaslin

Would they have secret service protection while flipping burgers?


8 posted on 07/04/2014 11:37:05 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Kaslin
They should send them to the border to change those little diseased babies diapers. Their ”father” and mother could go with them.
9 posted on 07/04/2014 11:37:12 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: Kaslin

“While being interviewed by Parade magazine...”

Dad gives me his Sunday paper after the fact. Was sorting through them and when I saw those two on the Parade cover, I immediately tossed it in the burn bin. Didn’t even bother to read it.

Those kids aren’t going to learn jack - other than to be, ‘The Best Grifters They Can Be’ from Mom and ‘Dad.’

Chelsea (Hubble) Clinton? Please pick up the white Courtesy Phone in the Lobby! Malia and Sasha calling!


10 posted on 07/04/2014 11:37:20 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Kaslin

Gosh! What a heartwarming story from Charles Murray about getting to know people who work at minimum wage jobs.

Sort of like John Gielgud in the movie “Arthur” saying to Liza Minnelli: “Ordinarily, one would have to go to a bowling alley to meet one of your caliber.”

The Obamas suck, too.


11 posted on 07/04/2014 11:37:47 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Kaslin

When rich, elite kids “do a job” they know it’s a joke. They can pretend they rubbed elbows with “little people” and be even more annoying later in life.


12 posted on 07/04/2014 11:37:54 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Kaslin

Hope they have more integrity than Paris Hilton and that skank girlfriend of hers, whatever her name is. They were on a reality show where they lived with a real family and worked real jobs (for about a day), and they were exactly the total waste of skin you’d expect them to be. No integrity whatsoever.

If they do (Malia and Sasha), it might be a good experience for them. I don’t see how the logistics could work for it to be a realistic experience though. Surrounded by too many Secret Service and so on, it’s not going to be the typical experience.


13 posted on 07/04/2014 11:38:12 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Kaslin

Flip burgers for a photo op and then Moochelle can whisk them away to some exotic destination to recover.


14 posted on 07/04/2014 11:38:14 AM PDT by Gamecock (There is room for all of God's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.)
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To: Kaslin

They need to work at the border crossings with the kids. Or In a dump zone in Virginia if there is one there, oh no, that’s right, there’s a dem governor there


15 posted on 07/04/2014 11:39:25 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Kaslin

Let’s see, kids working minimum wage jobs with Secret Service protection...yeah. I can see that.

One of my best educations was working as a bag boy in a supermarket next to “the projects.” I dealt with crazy people, drunks, druggies and armed robbers. There were countless shoplifters. Yeah, it was an education. Not to mention it was a union shop. Boy was THAT educational. I used my money to buy a car and school books. But it’s unlikely these political props will ever have to decide between saving their money for something big, like a car, and spending it all because it’s less than their monthly stipend.


16 posted on 07/04/2014 11:39:28 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Kaslin

One of them is working on a Hollywood set... you know like millions of others. lol.

You see how great Mylie Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan turned out.


17 posted on 07/04/2014 11:39:34 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Kaslin

I actually don’t have a big problem with this idea. The logistics of it will probably make this impossible.


18 posted on 07/04/2014 11:40:18 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: Kaslin

Sorry, the experience of a celebrity will be significantly different from that of an “ordinary” person. Everyone treats you differently if you are a star. It’s basically a love fest. They should empty their bank accounts so they can’t afford to quit, and go in cognito to get the genuine minimum wage experience.


19 posted on 07/04/2014 11:41:42 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: fhayek

It will be fake. They will learn nothing.

Malia and Natasha aren’t going to be allowed to do anything that might make them even look at normal.


20 posted on 07/04/2014 11:42:05 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Kaslin

Minimum wages jobs for their little plants! That’s really funny.
Along with Hillary “Nobody Seen The Trubbles I Seen” Clinton, the Obamas are the biggest phonies in America.


21 posted on 07/04/2014 11:42:13 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Kaslin

What a bunch of horse manure.


22 posted on 07/04/2014 11:43:11 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: molson209

Question — will Hobby Lobby be praised by the liberals, for literally putting their money where their mouth is, by raising the minimum wages they pay to their hired help?????

Or will the liberals continue the screed that Hobby Lobby is evil because of the Supreme Court case?

I’ve heard that liberals plan to give Hobby Lobby the Chick Fil A treatment. We’ll see what happens. Chick Fil A is still doing well, from what I hear. Perhaps a liberal boycott against Hobby Lobby will also falter.

Do liberals even do arts and crafts projects, where they would go to a store such as Hobby Lobby in the first place?


23 posted on 07/04/2014 11:43:25 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Still Thinking

Realistically would have to happen after their White House years are over. Presidential kids don’t have Secret Service protection after the presidential term is over, do they?


24 posted on 07/04/2014 11:44:38 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

The Obama’s intentions behind this choice are good... much better than having a talentless daughter make $600,000 a year working for NBC....


25 posted on 07/04/2014 11:44:56 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: molson209

$14.50 for full-time employees, IIRC.


26 posted on 07/04/2014 11:44:59 AM PDT by carriage_hill ( Incoming fire always has the right of way.)
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To: Kaslin

Hell, I did work around the house and for my family for free. My dad thought Labor Day meant you put in 16 hours instead of 8 or it would have been called No Labor Day.


27 posted on 07/04/2014 11:47:32 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Kaslin

Commie thought through and through.

It’s like Mao making all the urban students go to the country to learn how the peasants lived.


28 posted on 07/04/2014 11:48:22 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Kaslin

I sure wouldn’t want them working in my establishment!!!! This of the political correctness of all involved and the pressure the Feds would bring to your world - it would be like living under an electron microscope.


29 posted on 07/04/2014 11:48:52 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Kaslin
Working a minimum wage job and then going home to a mansion with servants isn't quite the same experience as working minimum wage and going home to a dingy apartment where a stack of dishes and bills awaits you.
30 posted on 07/04/2014 11:50:24 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Kaslin

sure. send them to the US southern border to change diapers. Or they can stay in DC and do that in the Senate.


31 posted on 07/04/2014 11:55:24 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: Kaslin

Any day spent in honest work is a day more than their parents have done.


32 posted on 07/04/2014 11:55:38 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Not sure. Maybe for X number of years after the parent is out of office. Think they even repealed lifetime for POTI (during Klinton’s term, I think).


33 posted on 07/04/2014 12:02:03 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Kaslin

Hahahaha, as if they will ever work a day in their lives!


34 posted on 07/04/2014 12:10:00 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Kaslin

The average hourly wage for Walmart employees is $12.00 p/h. I read that on their web site some time ago and don’t think they’d open themselves up to public scrutiny and doubt by advertising it if it weren’t true.


35 posted on 07/04/2014 12:14:46 PM PDT by albie
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To: Kaslin

Yes, they could learn those are the only jobs available.


36 posted on 07/04/2014 12:15:02 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: GeronL

The oldest one is working with Steven Spielberg this summer. Probably living with his family too! Those poor people you know!!


37 posted on 07/04/2014 12:17:20 PM PDT by NativeTxn
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To: Kaslin

Send them to Alabama and sign them up as field hands.


38 posted on 07/04/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Kaslin

It will never happen unless every single thing done, every person encountered and action performed is pre-scripted and pre-approved by Moms Mabley and Valery G. Even if the girls want to ‘try it rough’, they may have to wait till 2017, then go under assumed names, with Lo-Fo hairstyles like Sheila Jackson Lee’s hair turban. They may like and accept their lot of being treated like royalty (for now).


39 posted on 07/04/2014 12:22:02 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: Kaslin

GAYTUS and TRANNUS using their kids in the DC Kabuki theater.


40 posted on 07/04/2014 12:33:01 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: GOPJ
The Obama’s intentions behind this choice are good... much better than having a talentless daughter make $600,000 a year working for NBC....

My question is, will they have real part-time burger flipping jobs, at minimum wage or the Democrat political elite, 1%, no work, $600,000 minimum wage job, such as Chelsea Clinton? $600,000 must be elitists minimum wage.

41 posted on 07/04/2014 12:33:51 PM PDT by Ez2BRepub
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To: Kaslin
Paying $17 and over at North Dakota Walmart......just sayin....


42 posted on 07/04/2014 12:34:35 PM PDT by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: Ez2BRepub

They mean it... I kinda like the Obama’s as parents. They’re raised good kids under somewhat difficult circumstances. We can afford to ‘give them credit where credit is due’...


43 posted on 07/04/2014 12:42:21 PM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: Kaslin

The Bill Clinton Library and Massage Parlor probably has minimum wages jobs. Imagine the life lessons they could learn.


44 posted on 07/04/2014 12:46:24 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Kaslin

Their father should do the same. Lazy ass do-nothing doesn’t know what it’s like to get out of bed before 11am.


45 posted on 07/04/2014 12:47:04 PM PDT by jmacusa
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To: Kaslin

Can’t imagine the store owner being willing to put up with the ongoing, never ending media and security hassles


46 posted on 07/04/2014 12:47:18 PM PDT by upchuck (Everyday, Joe Wilson becomes more correct!)
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I can just see the family restaurant with the Secret Service frisking every customer.

Yeah, right.

47 posted on 07/04/2014 1:23:09 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I’d like to see Clown Prince nobama and the Worst Lady, mooch-elle, breaking rocks.


48 posted on 07/04/2014 2:01:30 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Kaslin

The Princesses and the Paupers.

Give them minimum wage jobs without the minimum wage life. They will not get the experience of paying rent, buying gasoline for their beater cars, walking home from work on a dark rainy night, losing their job to someone who can live on less or even needing to have more than one job to make ends meet.


49 posted on 07/04/2014 2:41:43 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Kaslin

Some years ago, I was a payroll supervisor for a company that had about 750 weekly paycheck employees.

It was the law at that time in California that anyone UNDER 16 years of age COULD NOT work a job. Perhaps that law has been changed, but I am unaware of such.

Obama’s kid was hired more than a month ago as ‘an assistant’ on a TV production, in Hollywood. SHE was ONLY 15.

In the world I worked in, she could NOT have such a job prior to being 16. It was my job to be certain such violations did NOT occur, along with other responsibilities.

She is 16 TODAY.

How come no one has challenged this employment???


50 posted on 07/04/2014 3:57:03 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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