A McDonald's cashier, Nancy Salgado, has had the wherewithal to chastise McDonald's CEO Jeff Stratton about the conditions of her employment. The single mother of two claims she can't feed her kids on the $8.25 an hour she makes at McDonald's after working there more than ten years.
We do not doubt that that is a struggle. But we are also going to admittedly be a bit snide and ask of her and her peers questions. We don't know her particular position but we believe that, if it is fair to chastise the morals of a big corporate honcho it is fair to question the morals of the accuser as well.
Under what conditions is she a single mother of two? Oh, that's none of our business? So, basically, she can live however she wants but the rest of us, all of us mean spirited CEOs and conservative Republicans, must help her help her kids? We aren't against that, of course, although we have and will be accused of it. But isn't it at least possible that there are people out there living any way they want and don't you dare tell us how to live our lives...but when how they live their life has become a struggle, and a struggle at least in part due to their own free will actions, we, the rest of society, must ante up. And we had not dare question them or their lifestyle choices.
Yes, we as a society must help her kids the best we can. Yet has anyone every considered that those kids might be hostages to a sublime form of blackmail? Has anyone ever considered that, while there is certainly a responsibility of the haves for the have nots, that the have nots still have responsibilities themselves?
We're just asking. But if corporate CEOs must defend themselves in the public arena, then surely all of our sins are subject to similar public debate. But trust us, that debate won't happen, at least within the mainstream media or among fast food union organizers.