I follow Kelli Nørgaard's blog called Mads and Kelli. One of the people who posted a comment recently to her blog made the statement that "Americans work for practically nothing". Kelli is taking a class of 17-18 year olds to Seattle, WA on October 1 from Herning DK and she was eliciting advise from people on what to tell the students to expect.
The comment, which was in reference to why we need to tip people in the USA, made me curious. (There is 0-little tipping in Denmark.) I know that the higher wage earners in DK, like doctors, earn about 4 times that of a waiter or waitress. Most jobs are a "living wage". So I checked out some websites. The minimum wage in Denmark is about 103.15 kroner per hour. That is 18.00 dollars per hour in American currency. Minimum wage is 8.00 per hour in California and I think the national mimimum is still 7.25 per hour. Remember, these are American currency comparisons.
Yup. There is a sizable difference in how labor is valued in DK and America. On the other hand, when you work in DK you work all day, not sitting around gabbing.
I am seeing roots of poverty here. The jobs and the living wage must exist first. Only then will I discuss anything about welfare with anyone. The hateful political sound bites I am hearing on the US media in this election trouble me. Poverty is man-made and man-cured. My politics: Everyone gets a piece of the pie. Childcare funding is far less expensive than prisons.