Here we are, Labor Day 2013, and I’m celebrating having a job when a year ago I was stressing over NOT having one.

English: Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New Y...
English: Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882 (Lithographie) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That doesn’t mean the stress of making ends meet is totally gone for us, now that we’re back to being more like a “typical middle class family.”  The house payment that was reduced during the year-plus period of unemployment is higher again.  The bills that we could defer in that time are back.  The miles of driving vehicles without being able to adequately maintain them are taking a major toll through mounting repair costs.

At least I’ve got a job now.  And we’re still left looking at ways to make even more money to make our dollars last longer.  That’s how far we’ve come.

How far have we progressed when it comes to middle class Americans being able to live better than a “paycheck-to-paycheck” kind of existence?

A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All we need to do to find the answer to that question is look at the debate that’s been taking place over the wages paid by the most prevalent kinds of employers in America today, the direction America’s workers are almost being forced to head toward regardless of education levels … the fast food industry.

Fast food chains rake in billions of dollars in profits.  Yes, in profits, meaning once all those nasty costs are taken out for things like food, supplies, lighting, heating, the resources it takes to keep the grills and fryers hot, the money they pay their workers, etc., they’re raking in billions of dollars.

Yet it’s the fast food industry that’s getting the most attention when it comes to the fight for decent wages.  How sad is that?  Sad enough that you have to laugh to keep from crying.

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