Originally posted by colin42
Something I would love to see but never will. Politician’s second homes are in the poorest areas of their constituency and they compelled to live
there for at least 6 months of the year on the same income and then see if they maintain life is so great on the dole.
That would be an interesting situation. You sound like you live in England, but I wonder what the vote on gun control would be if American politicians
were not allows the comfort of security for 6 months a year....
We still have a problem in all this. We have about 30% of America who do not make enough to live on. This is a problem because the majority are
unwilling to improve their situation and anytime we focus on them it ends up total crap.
As example we build rent controlled housing and it turns into dangerous slum conditions even though it starts out nice. Once these people get their
food stamps, rent control, Obamacare...etc what then?
Even when we separate the unfortunate few percent that are poor, but are VERY WILLING to change that situation we still have a large percent of the
population that will go cradle to grave unwilling to lift a finger to help themselves.
Typically a household needs about 40k to live. If a person goes through life never improving their education past highschool or as a dropout, never
gain skills worthy of a wage, and finally never cares to improve, who would be willing to pay these people lets say 12 bucks an hour with some over
time to bring in 25k X2 to actually live on their own. Below is a small family based on 40k per year. I was very libreral in some area that could be
reduced more, but I wanted to show what a 2013 40k family might look like.
Rent 12000 per year
Food 6000 per year
Utilities 6000 per year
Internet/TV/phone 2000 per year
Car/insurance/gas 6000 per year
Clothing 3000 per year
Incidentals 5000 per year
Total 40000 per year
How about 100k family
Morgage 24000 per year
Federal taxes 25000 per year
Food 6000 per year
Utilities 10000 per year
Internet/TV/phone 4000 per year
Car/insurance/gas 10000 per year
Clothing 6000 per year
401k/savings 10000 per year
incidentals 5000 per year
Total 100000 per year
The two lifestyles are not much different. The 100k has a little bigger house with more utilities, most likely needs professional clothing x2, drives
farther with 2 cars needed, and saves in a 401k/saving about 10k per year. In the end not that much different, but when people do not have the ability
to get into the 40k to 100k range then we have a problem.
edit on 10-3-2013 by Xtrozero because: (no reason given)