“The Blaze” Doesn’t Understand What’s Wrong With McDonald’s Sample Budget
In a recent move that has many left-leaning bloggers sighing loudly, McDonald’s and Visa have teamed up to produce a budgeting tool for the fast food giant’s many low-wage employees.
Here is what they came up with:
The ultra-liberal website ThinkProgress was not impressed.
“[E]very facet of this budget is unachievable. For an uninsured person to independently buy health care, he or she must shell out on average $215 a month — just for an individual plan. While some full-time McDonald’s workers do qualify for the company’s $14 a week health plan, that offer caps coverage at $10,000 a year and is often insufficient,” the site reads.
“If that person wants to eat, ‘moderate’ spending will run them $32 a week for themselves, and $867 a month to feed a family of four. And if a fast food worker is living in a city? Well, New York City rents just reached an average of $3,000 a month,” it adds.
The Huffington Post was equally upset with budget chart, saying it contained some “disturbing assumptions.”
The Atlantic adds: “[W]hoever wrote the thing seems to have been literally incapable of imagining of how a fast food employee could survive on a minimum wage income.”
But here’s the thing: the chart is a tool, not a roadmap.
The sample chart on McDonald’s website is “intended to provide a general outline of what an individual budget may look like,” Director of Media Relations Danya Proud told the HuffPo in a statement.
Furthermore, after taking a closer look at some of the figures included in the above graphic, it’s actually not that unreasonable.
“McDonald’s is not…saying that workers need $2,060 per month to survive. It is merely giving a sample budget for someone who earns that amount of money,” Business Insider notes.
“Nor is McDonald’s saying that you need a second job to survive. It is simply providing a budgeting tool for households where one individual works multiple jobs or two individuals are employed — which is totally useful and reasonable,” the article adds.
Sure, $20 per month for health care does sound a little low (even McDonald’s employees pay roughly $14 per week). Then again, in certain areas such New York City, low-wage workers may be eligible for taxpayer-subsidized health care.
Again, the chart is a suggestion, not a roadmap.
And other figures seem perfectly reasonable. Six-hundred dollars per month for rent is about the going rate [YEAH IN BANGLADESH—VB] and $0 for heating during the summer makes sense.
“Come winter, [heating] cost will increase, but I, like the sample budgeter, can reallocate money from other areas, such as — if it comes to it — savings,” [VB says Holy Shit!] Business Insider’s Gus Lubin writes.
“As for food and clothing, perhaps they aren’t included in the budget because they aren’t consistent expenses (you don’t buy jeans every month, and you eat out more or less depending on available funds).
“Presumably money for those costs will come out of ‘monthly spending money’ or ‘other expenses.’ By the way, food costs will even be slightly reduced thanks to free meals that workers at many McDonald’s get with every shift,” Lubin adds.
But wait! Here is a sample of the comments, in which “The Blaze” readers totally spray the Firehose of Rage against Teh Poors:
Jul. 17, 2013 at 1:29pm
If you know of anyone, young or old, struggling with finances by them a copy of the classic book called “The Richest Man In Babylon” by George Clason. I keep about a dozen copies on hand at any given time and I give them out to people who have trouble with money regularly. Clason uses a parable from “ancient Babylon” brilliantly to show how/why those with money collocate more and those who don’t manage money continue to remain beggarly; it is wonderful medicine against the disease of socialism. This book came out in the early 1900′s & was originally a set of pamphlets banks used to give to their employees on money management. It became such a powerful educational tool they put it all into one book.
I would do the following if I were a parent of a teenager at this very moment. Have your child read, excogitate, and do a book report on “The Richest Man In Babylon” as well as Og Mandino’s book “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” If they follow the principles in both of these books they’ll be prosperous, favored, successful, and contribute great things to our country and the world. Bonus: instructing on the book of Proverbs at a young age is also a fantastic idea. Why not read and study the writings of the richest & second wisest man in world history; there is no downside.
The good old BLAME TEH DEMOCRATS DARVO:
Jul. 17, 2013 at 1:49pm
Wow working 2 jobs can’t even make it in this Obama economy. democrats want old and young people to starve and die by raising taxes on them every year.
SHOOT THE MESSENGER:
Jul. 17, 2013 at 4:12pm
…is a group comprised of a bunch of SPOILED BRATS (i.e. ALL Leftists) who are hell bent on recreating the “Family Dynamic” OUTSIDE the home…ya know, bad “Daddy” (corporations) provides everything for FREE, and good “Mommy” (government) never says, “No!”?
The “Spoiled Brat Paradigm,” fueled by “Spoiled Brat Syndrome,” is a subconscious SUICIDE PACT!
Jul. 18, 2013 at 7:10am
Commiecrats are SO out of touch they think EVERYONE spends like a politician, buying a new iPad, a new iPhone, a new LCD TV, & a new pair of DG sunglasses each month.
But then, THEY DON’T DO BUDGETS!
As for “average” rents… That’s PER APARTMENT… when you’re poor like all but the elite few HAVE BEEN you learn to live WITH other people. This may mean 3 or 4 roommates in a big city where rents are high. There IS another option, MOVE out of the city. But the Commiecrat elitists cannot even discuss that – after all, who would serve them their prime rib? Lattes? Who would park their car? Deliver their dry cleaning? The elites would lose their slaves.
Or, communism forbid, the INDIVIDUAL is welcome to NOT take the job, then A) start their own business or B) find an employer who will pay what they demand.
Jul. 17, 2013 at 1:25pm
“[E]very facet of this budget is unachievable.”
yes, so its better to not budget at all… in fact WHY WORK WHEN YOU CAN COLLECT FOOD STAMPS, WELFARE, AND GET SECTION 8 HOUSING?
Well, one good reason to work is that you are supporting all of the FREE LOADERS and LOOTERS with your tax money! Oh, wait… that’s not a good reason at all!
F – IT, I’m gonna quit my job and sign up for govt assistance!!
Jul. 17, 2013 at 1:24pm
A business has a right to profit for no poor man ever gave you a job. This living wage crap will destroy business and all consumers will pay for it. This is just another sneaky way to redistribute wealth. These jobs are meant for high schoolers
There are MOAR comments like this, but my stomach couldn’t survive reading all of them. And I did not even include all the racist attacks on Sen. Elizabeth Warren.