a reply to: burdman30ott6
I see where you're coming from, but the stats on CEO vs worker stats are a lot higher than
in many other first world countries
, and that half the country makes less than 27500 a year is deeply disturbing.
27500 a year is about right at about 13 an hour or so. 27500 doesn't look that bad, right, especially when compared to third world countries, but the
truth is that it's a pittance in most places. Where I'm from, it's pretty good, but when the median house price
is 188,000 dollars
median rent is 884
, that can be pretty dicey and make it hard to find housing when you must earn at
least 2.5 to 3 times the rent to get housing in many places.
And, remember, half the population makes less than that. Also, I'm not going to argue about your thought that most poor folks in the country have
liquor and smokes and stuff a plenty, all I'm going to say is that you've got to make around the poverty level to get food stamps, and the poverty
level is ridiculously low wages (less than 12k a year the last time I checked), yet we've got almost 50 million on them. Poverty level wages are
actually semi-livable where I come from, but in many parts of the country, I don't know how in God's name people survive.
Where I'm from, a 1 bedroom is probably gonna run you 450-500 a month, 2-bedroom probably about 600 a month or so. Not too bad if you get a roommate
or a couple part time jobs. Where my dad is, though, that 1 bedroom goes up to 6-650 a month, and that two bedroom is 750-800 a month. Those poverty
level wages suddenly go from struggling-but-semi-alright to just barely making it.
You take into account the craptastic job market in most places, and those jobs that are available being such low wage, and I feel perfectly justified
in saying what I'm saying. Hard work can overcome the odds for some, but not the rest. The math simply does not
support a robust middle class,
or even working class, anymore, on any level.