Synthesis Essay ENG 1301-023
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Kumar Jyoti ENG 1301 28 November 2015 The Truth behind Social Class Class inequality is a hot topic in today’s society. People quickly assume that social class promotes different treatment of people, like the caste system in countries like India. People also assume that the poor are that way because of a lack of opportunity. I am here to offer a different perspective about the separation of classes. This should bring out the best in UTA students, as they will really get a chance to debate whether setting a basis of unequal pay is morally unjust versus economically vital. The minimum wage should not be raised because the separation of social classes is necessary, employees under minimum wage are actually deserving of their salaries and the low pay only affects a small amount of people. Since the beginning of time, misguided and biased information has been passed on regarding the power of different individuals. A negative, emotional connotation has been associated with that. It is true, to an extent, that money is power but what most do not realize is that there is nothing wrong with that, as the wealthy are usually the ones who are capable of being in power. With this power, the wealthy take up difficult responsibilities, which is perfectly fine with the poor. An article written by Quentin Figueroa says “poor people generally don't want to change their choices because that is uncomfortable and hard. It is easier to remain poor and blame somebody else, rather than yourself.” Generally, the less fortunate are okay with being less fortunate because they dislike leading roles and the attention that comes with them. That being said, a need for these differing individuals increase the need for leveled social classes. As much as equality sounds nice, it is impractical and consequently, destructive to society. Let’s take a look at the misleading statistics. An article entitled “FastFood CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes” says that “Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million” (Aubrey). The purpose of the provided data is to get as many people against the separation of rich vs. poor as possible. The article claims that CEOs are making too much money. Next, the same piece includes “Overall, the average compensation of fastfood CEOs has quadrupled since 2000” and “a CEOtoworker pay ratio now exceeding 1,000 to 1” (Aubrey). Okay, the rich are getting richer but so what? This author did not take into account the education and prerequisite work required to be a CEO. After the average work output into consideration, one can easily see why a CEO makes exponentially more than your average Joe. This strengthens my second reason. This is where another article comes into place, refuting the arguments made by Aubrey through various counterattacks. “Almost Everything You Have Been Told about the Minimum Wage Is False” says that the issue is much smaller than most people think. The media highlights the injustice but the data says “there are about 3.6 million workers at or below the minimum wage… That is 2.5 percent of all workers and 1.5 percent of the population of potential workers. Within that small group, 31 percent are teenagers and 55 percent are 25 years old or younger. That leaves only about 1.1 percent of all workers over 25 and 0.8 percent of all Americans over 25 earning the minimum wage” (Dorfman). What better way to express how small of an influence the minimum wage really has? Dorfman mentions that the situation is blown out of proportion by the media. He claims that most minimum wage employees are teens that are only working to make an extra buck for personal spending money. They do not need to be paid more, as it would make them work less hard in the future. A salary increase is not needed since the job does not require any sort of degree, work experience, or knowledge and skills. The people who work these roles often do not take care of entire families thus not requiring an increase in pay. As for potential arguments against me, Dee Dee Myers in “What Class Warfare Really Looks Like” said that “The more divided a society becomes in terms of wealth,” the Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote recently in Vanity Fair, “the more reluctant the wealthy become to spend on the common needs. The rich don’t need to rely on government for parks or education or medical care or personal security — they can buy these things for themselves. In the process, they become more distant from ordinary people, losing whatever empathy they may once have had.” Basically, a gap in the rich and poor will cause the wealthy to not care for the poor. I think this has some truth in it but whilst the rich can fend for themselves, this position would encourage the poor to work harder – and smarter. Plus it is only plausible to try to reduce the gap a little – eliminating the difference is an impossible and harmful task. Ask yourself this. Do we not need people who work daytoday jobs at McDonalds just as much as we need a private company executive selling his electronics? Both jobs are important in their own way. Different personalities pursue different career paths. Look at social class this way: in psychology, there are two main types of personalities – Type A and Type B. Type A is hostile, prepared and workdriven while type B is calm, relaxed and steady. Contrasting individuals is the neverchanging reality. Type A people mostly go for highlevel jobs like lawyers and businessman and Type B aim for professions ranging from average office clerk to taxi driver. Why force a personality to wary away from the desired profession in an attempt to bring out equality – the same equality wrongfully polished by the media? The jobs each individual respectfully chooses is the one he or she will be most efficient at. Another rebuttal against my thesis could be that minimum wage workers work long and hard hours, making them permissible for extra pay. Since fast food and other jobs do not require formal education beyond basic high school, minimum wage is adequate. Instead of having to go to college for four or more years before working fulltime, minimum wage employees can start as soon as they are sixteen. I personally believe that it is not the hours you put into your work that counts but the work you put into your hours. That being said, the work that base pay people do is little compared to that of business typhoons, like Bill Gates. A cashier at Whataburger can only affect so much, like make a few burgers in a few hours for a few customers. A highend chairman oversees large corporations. He or she makes big decisions, affecting a lot of areas. An innovator like Mark Zuckerburg might not currently spend more hours in the office as one of his programmers but he certainly did a considerable amount of more work overall. The public mistakenly assumes that the wealthy are the ‘wrong hands.’ History has shown us that putting more money in the wealthy can lead to greater things to benefit mankind. For example, look towards what Steve Jobs and Larry Page did with money. In conclusion, the gap between the fortunate and notsofortunate is needed to maintain a balanced economy, minimum wage is properly set because the people under the low income knowingly deserve it based off their work load, and last but not least, minimum wage only affects a proportionally small number of workers. The number affected is too low to justify spending time to increasing it. After all, time is money. Works Cited Aubrey, Allison. “FastFood CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes.” N.p. 22 April 2014. Web. 9 December 2015. Dorfman, Jeffrey. “Almost Everything You Have Been Told About The Minimum Wage Is False.” N.p. 30 January 2014. Web. 9 December 2015. Figueroa, Quentin. “Poor People choose to be Poor.” Slayerment. 29 March 2015. Web. 9 December 2015. Myers, Dee Dee. “What Class Warfare Really Looks Like.” Politico. 11 July 2011. Web. 9 December 2015.
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