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6 thoughts on “people are underpaid

  1. Nan says:

    Uh-huh. This person may just be on to something … !!

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Nan. Yes and let’s face the truth, the last forty years has created a class system in the US that has become deepened and entrenched. Republicans have worked hard to change the way people see the working class. Often you will hear them claim that the minimum wage is for entry level workers, but that is not true. Many jobs that pay only minimum wage are filled by older long time workers. The way the public has been trained to look / think about the lower incomes and workers has to be addressed. It is standard in a lot of places that people work second jobs and that is wrong. It shouldn’t have to be to survive in the US. Hugs

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      1. Nan says:

        This part of your comment truly sums up the current state of affairs in the U.S. — The way the public has been trained to look / think … . And who are the trainers? None other than the politicians!!!

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  2. sheesh, we’ve been underpaid since before I was even born. And it makes no sense that they haven’t increased the minimum wage, which is supposed to be the minimum amount you’d need to live on. Isn’t the metric that it’s what you could live on if you work 40 hours a week and can have a roof over your head? Yeah, the $15 an hour is barely enough for that these days. They are penny pinching and complaining that people aren’t buying stuff. I kept working throughout the pandemic (and am finally on my last days in the next week or so). I never made more than $12.50 an hour and I still kept working. But when hours are lean, that’s a struggle, even at that number. I shudder to think of hours getting slashed when you’re getting only $7.25. Hell, most “value” meals at fast food places cost you about that much. You’d have to work an hour to afford the sugar, fat, and stomach ache you’d only have about 10 or 15 minutes to choke down before getting yelled at to get back on the clock.

    It’s stupid how these “great businesspeople” whine about the economy tanking because they’re not buying things and stimulating the economy, that the liberal media has spooked everyone about never leaving the house or else they’ll get sick from the virus. Well, it’s not the fear–the prices are so much in most things that they can’t afford the freaking products you want to cram down their throat, and it’s only getting harder as housing is far more important than a new car for the hell of it… unless you gotta upgrade to a roomier vehicle because that’s gonna become your new home soon. Ugh.

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Chatty Introvert. I love to look at inflation calculators. Here is one you might try https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/ . I put your wage in and compared it to January 1980 to what you would need to earn today to be the same buying power. So if you were making $12.50 an hour in 1980, you would need to be paid $41.45 today to equal the same buying power. As you say people today do not have the same disposable income because the greed of the upper class has worked to keep wages stagnant for 40 years while the costs of goods has soared. The upper class wants that wage gap and for life to be a struggle just to survive for most people. They reason that poor people are desperate to take any job and work in any unsafe condition to make enough money to live. They want the lower incomes in debt so they will be willing to work more hours without complaint or be willing to work more than one job. Here is something interesting to think of, in 1990 I had an income of about 45,000 a year. To equal that today I would need an income of $91,120.05 a year. I can tell you I am far from it. To make it worse other advanced countries have shown how to structure a capitalist social democracy to work well for everyone and not create a permanent underclass. All the US has to do is be willing to look at how it is done and do it. Hugs

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      1. If there’s anything American Exceptionalism has taught us, it’s that we’re supposed to spread democracy to everyone we can and have on many occasions, but apparently that’s all we’re supposed to do. We can’t possibly learn from other nations that took our ideas and morphed and changed and created better economies and more equitable living. We think nope, did our part.

        It feels like we’re a high school history teacher that’s been teaching HIstory for 50 years, but has never changed their teaching style or even their curriculum after that first year, just the same thing over and over again. Ugh, I’d hate to have that teacher, and I love history.

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