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I call a plumber and an 18 year old, bubble gum pop, school girl shows up because she just HAD o take that job.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
Originally posted by SmArTbEaTz
So I guess since you learned it that way everyone can right? If that was the case everyone would get the same scores on tests and exams... I can read every damn book on a subject but it doesn't mean I will understand it as much as someone else.
If you don't understand it then keep reading/studying
There's something called the Law of Progression
Originally posted by SmArTbEaTz
People want to be happy with what they do for a living. If not we are just slaves to the system. I say find something you are interested in and make the most of it. As long as I can feed my family, government assisted or not, and I am happy... that's what really matters.
What a disgusting statement
You don't want to work in an environment where you are unhappy but you are fine with collecting checks that you don't deserve THAT ALSO COMES FROM THE POCKETS OF POOR PEOPLE WHO ARE FORCED TO CONTRIBUTE.
Originally posted by silent thunder
Should I weigh in? Why not.
I'm basically a self-made man. I started out a teen runaway and now I run my own international business and I'm doing quite well. I say this not to brag, but to give context for my next statement: The system is broken. The system stinks. There are fewer opportunities in America and the rest of the world than there were a generation ago. I would have a lot more trouble accomplishing what I did if I started out today. The system funnels corporate welfare to bankers and punishes true entrepreneurs like myself starting out now. A lot of the problem is immigration/outsourcing/offshoring (something that OWS refuses to engage with, to their discredit), some of it is taxes and overregulation, but a lot of the problem is a skewed system that rewards entrenched interests. The American dream is dying, and blaming the victim (little guy) is not going to solve the problem. If the systemic inequality (of which I am a beneficiary) is not dealt with, the system risks cracking down the middle. I am an entrepreneur and a self-made man, but not everybody can be. There needs to be a way for people lacking the talent, time, or ability to simply live without drowining in a sea of debt and instability.
And that's all I have to say about that.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
Originally posted by Jersey Devil
How many of you remember your grandparents if they have passed. They lived through basically a depression. Women worked in steel plants as husbands were either at war or worked 2-3 jobs themselves. They worked till they retired. Some meaningless jobs but they NEVER complained about the pennies they got paid and NOTHING was beneath them. Now things changed in the US. Either people have to adapt and do the same as our families did before us or imigration will continue and those from other more poverish countries will gladly take on all the mundane meaningless jobs and there will be none left. Ever see the Oprah episode? Single woman w 3 kids refused govt assistance and walked everyday collecting cans and going to auto repair shops asking for scrap metal. Today she owns the largest (or one of) scrap recycling businesses in the US. Nothing was beneath her.
Great point thank you
People have become such worms I cannot believe to read some posts
The things that people are saying is so lazy and despicable
They refuse to do hard labor or change careers that isn't working because it will require long-term effort and a change in lifestyle but they are okay with collecting money that they don't deserve.
Your post was so on point you hit the nail in the coffin!!!!
Stagnating Workers' Wages In 1979 the American worker's average hourly wage was equal to $15.91 (adjusted for inflation in 2001 dollars). By 1989 it had reached only $16.63/hour. That's a gain of only 7 cents a year for the entire Reagan decade. But wait. Things get worse! By 1995 it had risen to only $16.71, or virtually no gain whatsoever over the 6 years between 1989 and 1995. During the great 'boom years' between 1995 and 2000 it rose briefly to $18.33 per hour. In other words, from 1979 to 2000, even before the most recent Bush recession, after more than two decades the American worker's average wages increased on average only 11.5 cents per hour per year! With nearly all of that coming in the five so-called 'boom' years of 1995-2000, and most of that lost once again in the last three years. And that includes for all workers, even those with college degrees. The picture is worse for workers who had no college degree. That's more than 100 million workers, or 72.1% of the workforce. For them there was no 'boom of 1995-2000' whatsoever. Their average real hourly wages were less at the end of 2000 than they were in 1979! And since 2000 their wages have continued to slide further.
I'm sort of in the same boat as you. IMO I don't think people should have ever allowed themselves to work in a minimum wage job to begin with. I think it creates more poverty and tells the employers that paying crap wages are just fine and people will work for that. I miss the old days of making $20 an hour for sure.
I would have to make at least $12.50 per hour to balance out my losing my benefits but now that I think about it I would have to make more to balance out my loans.
My loans would be about $400 per month when I start paying them back. So lets just round the pay I need up $2000 per month. Of course there are taxes so in reality I need to make about $2500. In reality I need to make $20 per hour Mcdonalds or low paying jobs will not do me any good at that point. I am on a special disablity repayment plan where I pay $0 until I get off disablity.
This is why the college grads won't just settle because if you only have $1000 to live on and $400 goes to loan repayment then you have to get welfare,. The whole point for me is to eventually get off of benefits in the next few years. There is nothing wrong with welfare or benefits but for me I would like to make a little more.
Plus I can't work many hours.
I think a lot of people have worked for crap and put up with so much that they are no longer willing to work themselves to death for an employer who does not care. I am 37; not 18; if I was 18 I would be ok starting at the bottom. How many times do I have to pay my dues?
Originally posted by samerulesapply
I have to say I find the OP quite arrogant and presumtuous...