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There's no logical argument for raising fast-food wages to $15 an hour

Fast-food workers are striking in Seattle and around the country on Thursday. (KIRO Radio/Tim Haeck)

Taken from Thursday's edition of The Dori Monson Show.

They are trying to get chains like McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell to pay workers $15 an hour.

It's such a silly pursuit because nobody has made a logical argument yet.

You pay somebody who flips burgers $15, then the guy with the job that requires a college degree who's making $15 an hour, now he's going to say, well you've got to give me $20 if I'm making the same as the burger flipper. The upward pressure that it would put on wages is incredible.

I want to share with you the story of Shaniqua Davis. She's a fast-food worker in New York City who told reporters it's really hard living pay check to pay check.

Watch her interview:

The news crew that did this story with Shaniqua Davis, they went into her apartment. There were a few things we noticed.

Shaniqua's TV appeared to be around 50 inches. Shaniqua also told reporters she was having trouble paying her cable and cell phone bills. She's 20 years old, a single mother and she lives with her boyfriend who is out of work.

Why doesn't he go get a fast-food job and double their income? Wouldn't he be able to find a fast-food job, if she can? Instead, the solution is to ask for more. They won't provide anything more in return, but they just say give us more.

Shaniqua says she can't survive on what McDonald's is paying.

"If I didn't have public assistance to help me out, I think I would have been on the street already," says Shaniqua.

What do we blame for this? Do we blame the evil corporation that provided her the job? Or do we blame the fact that she chose to have a kid at age 18 before she got the education that might have allowed her to seek a higher quality job.

She's living with her boyfriend who is out of work and apparently not going to college to improve himself. He's not working at a fast-food job to double their family income.

Her solution is just give us more. Gimme, gimme, gimme. Which seems to be the mantra of these fast-food strikes around the country.

Taken from Thursday's edition of The Dori Monson Show.

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