VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
It's sad to watch this country continue to go down the tubes. If your grandparents and great grandparents were alive today, do you think they would have believed what they are witnessing? Unemployment at an all time high, americans living in tents and a wiped out middle class. Those that have jobs are living from pay check to pay check and are barely getting by.
I sometimes wonder if I am living in third world country at least they get some kind of foreign aid, we get nothing but more of the same broken promises and empty dreams. Nah, this can't be America. Remember it's the "Golden Rule" He That Has The Gold Makes The Rule. The rich keep getting richer and the poor don't get a thing but higher taxes,stress,dispair and hopelessness.
Nah, this can't be America.
I make a quarter more than minimum wage, work 32-35 hours a week (my job won't give me full time but will let me work the max part time), pay rent of $400 (I have roommates) and utilities of approximately $100. After taxes, I must work about 2.5 weeks to make rent and utilities. I don't drive a car; I ride my bike 6 miles to work and 6 miles back: and that's at 4 in the morning because my shift starts at 5am, somedays at 4am.
I don't blame the government for my situation. I haven't earned my degree yet, I come from an impoverished family and homelessness, and I am 20 credits away from graduating. I have been supporting myself and paying for college tuition myself since I was 18. If anyone is to blame it's my parents who still ask me for money because they can't afford their own bills.
I am not lazy. I refuse to be called lazy. I am working hard. I blame no one.
I am sorry but rent did not go down. It has sky rocketed because of high demand. Here in Colorado you can't get a one bedroom for less than 1k a month. And when I say one bedroom I mean a efficency with a large closet and not to mention the bathroom only large enough to hold one person. Gas is $4 a gallon, average $40 a week/ $160 a month. We are at 1160K. Then car insurance $50 a month (and that is low balling big time). We are now at 1210k a month. Now lets talk utilities. I use very little electricy, have no air conditioner and in the summer I pay $60 a month. We are now at 1270K a month. Ok now lets talk about groceries. Average one week will be $100 a week, roughly $400 a month. We are now at 1670K a month. At 7.50 an hour for 160 hours of work a month that equals $1200 a month. That leaves a shortage of $470 a month. God forbid you need to see a doctor or dentist. So tell me how can anyone live on minimum wage in this economy???????
I honestly wish it was a simple as get an education and put more effort into it. Truth is I have done all that and have recommendations for excellent job performance and even performance awards from my prior employers. I have a Master's in Computer Engineering. But I got laid-off three years ago and since that unfortunate event I have found that there was truth when I was told, to my face by an employee at the state DES that this is not a good time for a degree holding 50-something white male to be looking for work. He was right, three years later I am still looking for work and, needless to say, the unemployment benefits and minimum wage jobs that I have held over the last three years have cost me everything that the prior 30 years in the workplace earned. Home - forclosed, car - repossessed, funiture - sold for pennies on the dollar to buy food. I am a computer professional but this machine is a third hand rebuild from parts I pulled out of a scrap pile. Internet is life for an IT guy so I do keep this running and it provides entertainment (I can't remember the last time our family took in a movie in a theatre) and we have to budget driving so that there is always some in the car for interviews as I am currently back on UEI.
Despite all this I don't feel bad or negative. There is not much further to fall and it doesn't really hurt anymore. I keep on thinking that there is but one direction to go from the bottom. Just need a little put away and our family will start a business of our own. I think there is a market for cedar strip kayaks and that once was a hobby, I think it time to turn it into a business.
I remember back in 2000 I made over 60 k/year and then my job went to India. Subsequently I made about 18 or so Dollars for temping in the same field. Now, after taking less and less desirable jobs over the last few years, just to stay afloat. comparable temp jobs pay about 9 bucks an hour (forget about full-time employment, fool). With rent and everything else going up like we are living in in a boom town, that ain't cutting it. So you smart people out there tell me how to survive on 9 bucks an hour with rent for a **** being 600 bucks a month, plus utils. Oh yeah, and just don't get sick: in this country you'll be left in the cold: Best healh care in the world (if you can afford it!).
I wish all those people snickering at folks in desperate situations will lose their jobs to a foreign countr and actually have to live like real people do! Y'all come around pretty quickly (after all your **** has been lost) to how bad off we really are in this country!
I work a job that pays about $2.50 more than the minimum wage and I find myself struggling. I am a single college graduate living in a 1 br apt. in a city in the South,so I feel for people who have families and work for minimum wage. Sometimes I feel like its pointless for me to go to work. I mean, everything I work for, I can get for free if I wanted to. Free food with food stamps, free housing (alot of the free or reduced rent apts look nicer and have more amenities than my $600 a month apt.), some qualify for a free phone, and reduced utilities....I don't have money to enjoy life. I went back to school for a few semesters, but had to let it go, mainly cause I am really tired from working 38-45 hrs a week, which I believe led me to become disinterested in the program.
I know this is suppose to be temporary, but I've been working for low wages for the last 2 years, since graduation. I worked for minimum wage while in college and I hoped college would have led me to better financial opportunites. I know my money issues have alot to do with my depression because it feels like all I do is work and struggle, work and struggle,etc...I hate asking my parents and my little brother for money! Its really frustrating.
In Venezuela, still selling the gasoline to 7 cents a gallon, the university is free to all citizens, free health care.
Why in the world's richest nation we have so few benefits?
First, I want to know how they're figuring their movie ticket prices. The cost of a ticket at the AMC theatre near my house has been $9.50 and up since the early 2000's, and this article is saying a ticket is only $7.95? BS! And how about they actually factor in the FULL cost of living in today's society? I make double the minimum wage and can still BARELY afford all my bills, car payment, car insurance, food, gas and other living necessities. I have to work overtime half the time just to afford the basics and still have a little extra in my pocket. Again an MSN "article" is making light of a situation that goes much deeper than they want to probe. Laziness.
The minimum wage is a joke!! For you idiots that think the minimum wage is just for the people that are in training, you evidently haven't ever worked in the service industry.
Get a clue!
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