posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 05:10 PM
reply to post by thehoneycomb
The "system" is rigged against the everyday average person. Always has been. Our current system is the best that I can find, as much as I hate to
say. But it is barely better than serfdom in extracting value from the efforts of the poor and filtering it up to the rich. Consider this: how
many minimum wage workers can bank? Just 1 overdraft fee....that is 10% of their weeks pay. And when you live on a shoestring, there is no room for
losing 10% of a weeks pay for some silly oversight.
Many have a checking account, get burned, and spend a year recovering financially from not knowing the ins and outs of the banking system. I have run
hotels before, and not a single housekeeper has ever worked for me and had direct deposit. Why?
And what effect does this have on them? First, it limits availability to credit, primarily. This means that to get anything they pay premium prices
for "high risk" lines of credit. And, of course, living on a shoestring, they are bound to miss a few payments and never reach that 800 credit
But consider that even buying furniture is made worse. You pay twice as much for inferior products. Or how about food? The foods that minimum wage
employees can afford to eat is also the most fattening. This has many effects rippling from it. At heavier weights you wear out furniture MUCH more
quickly, your clothing is more expensive, you miss more work (which you can't afford) because of more health issues from weight, your work life is
shortened reducing your earning potential in years where healthy people begin to acquire wealth.
To be poor is a huge, heavy weight that you have to fight, as if it were a titan, to escape.
On New Years Eve 2000 I was working my second job as a night shift attendant in a nursing home. Among the worst jobs you can think of having,
especially when the nursing home is circling the drain to begin with (it closed in 2001). I escaped poverty. But I am smarter than your average
bear, too. Not everyone can do what I have done, or find the opportunities I have found. I know how hard it is to be poor. I have seen how the
system is rigged against the poor. I have seen it from many levels along the way as I have climbed the ladders of labor and society. Being just a
poor redneck, I empathize with my employees, and I can promise you that the system is rigged against them, to keep them poor.