reply to post by braindeadconservatives
Psychology of recovery... you must be joking?
Let me tell you about MY area.
The economic blast of 2008 resulted in nearly EVERY (no not an exaggeration) mom and pop business to be closed down, most of which accounted for
employment in the area. Every corporation in the every conducted mass layoffs and firings, mostly of long term and high ranking employees since they
were making the most money.
In 2011, the corporations started hiring again. These same corporations that started at 11.00 - 12.00 dollars and hour back in 2008, are not hiring
for 8.00 - 9.00 an hour with no benefits. The mom and pop business are no longer there. The malls are still without vendors to fill the stalls. Every
company that was hit hard and had to lay off workers is heading back to work, but the work is incremental and there are pay cuts. Every company that
has to hire new employees is paying 8.00 - 9.00 and hour. There is not a job opening around paying more.
So with that 18,750 a year that people are making around here, subtract about 3750 of that for taxes, so 15k a year. Rent here is $400 a month without
utilities, 4800, so 10.8k leftover so far. Average electricity and water is about 150-200 in these parts, we will consider the low range so 1800, so
$9000 left over. In Pennsylvania you need to have at least minimum state car insurance which I have in order to drive - no there are no public
transportation alternatives here. That is $60 a month for minimum coverage so - $720 a year bringing our total down to $8,280. Gas has now reached
4.00 a gallon here, so considering you only use your car for work and essentials, and you get 20 per gallon which is about average, 20 miles a day,
not including weekends, that is $1040 per year on gas. Figure $100 a month for food, $1200, and now we are down to $6,040 left over.
So in my area, once the basic, necessary living accommodations are taken care of in our "economically recovered" world, we are left with $6,040 left
for the year to deal with what we need to deal with. This is assuming you already have a vehicle, this is assuming you are not required to pay renters
or homeowners insurance (which most people are), this is assuming you have no repair bills to pay for your home, apartment, or vehicle, this is
assuming you have no medical bills, and last but not least, this is assuming you have no outrageous debts to pay into that you got into when the
economy actually was in good shape, which, by the way, I believe 80% of American's do.
So to summarize my post - there is no economic recovery and there never was. There is the need for workers. Either companies hire workers to do the
work or they go under - that is just the way it is. They cut from the top so they can hire new people at the bottom, at minimum wages, wages that
can't even afford to sustain one person living by themselves let alone a family. Imagine if you had a child and only made $9.00 an hour? Oh I'm sure
you could suckle of the government teat for sustenance, but some of us have more pride than that.
People are quitting their jobs because what is the point? They are either going to be released in the future if they are of high standing, or they are
probably already making dirt wages to begin with and they know that every other company can offer them the same if not 25 cents better. Either that or
*gasp* some people are finally realizing that happiness and the home life is far more important that the capitalist work life that we have allowed to
define and enslave us.
Don't get me wrong, I am a capitalist fan, but it is an economic system and nothing more. It should not be how we base our living structure, morals,
and schedules around.
edit on 10-4-2012 by gwydionblack because: spelling