Alright, to summarize the solutions to this problem that I have heard in this thread, I'll list them here:
1) Be the man
2) Don't give up
3) Don't settle for so little.
4) Don't be lazy
5) Don't pursue such a useless degree
I will address all these.
1) Wonderful idea! And, to tell the truth, I run a little side business off the books. If I didn't, I'd starve. It's competitive and hard to gain
a share of the market when you're up against major corporations with advertising budgets and public reputations, but I get a little. I have a great
deal of creativity and would like to express it, have control of something that is mine, and build it into something valuable. But it comes back to
that problem of credit, land, or materials.
2) I haven't given up yet. But I see the trend the last 10 years and know where it's heading. And it isn't slowing down.
3) It's tough to negotiate for a higher wage or try and find a better paying job when "the labor market" sets wages based on supply and demand. Or,
in these times - desperation.
4) If I'm lazy then I don't know a hard worker.
5) Can't go back in time. I originally went to become a teacher, but I still need a master's degree and certification, plus about $10k more to
finish. Getting into more debt so that I can teach seems silly when right now I am watching them close schools and fire teachers due to state-wide
budget cuts. How's a new teacher going to get hired when they're firing those that already teach?
After much study, I have concluded this:
That the value created by the average worker is much more than the value they receive in their paycheck.
Where is this surplus value going?
To the rich. They obtain more and more, have greater and greater influence, give the masses fewer and fewer choices (or ways out) and then blame the
poor for the inaccessability to credit, land, or materials.
"Supply and demand" is driving the price of most things out of reach of most people, because there are wealthy people out there that CAN afford to own
businesses, apartments, and land, and when having to compete with the wealthy to obtain these things, the price is generally out of reach for those
who work for a living compared to the investor class.
It seems that the only people that are making money in this world already have plenty of it. The rest of us are (*&*d.
This world is being stolen from us, and the masses are being left with fewer and fewer options. When somebody else already owns the land, materials,
and means of production, how is your itty bitty self going to compete with an already-entrenched system to slice off a piece of the pie so you can
have a future?
I'd like to buy a home. Be able to take care of a family. I'm 36 and single because I almost feel ashamed of myself for my financial situation. I
feel like I should be able to do better. Should I continue to blame myself or is something else wrong?
edit on 8-4-2011 by 30_seconds
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