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Response to JHan (Reply #2)

Wed May 17, 2017, 03:32 PM

3. It is going to take a radical change,

and I don't know how many people are going to support that...until it literally hits hard at home. It is sad, but true, that every thing in the article has been reality for a long time but no one was focusing on it because it was predominately people of color. Now that the white middle class is failing, it is suddenly cause for great concern. I think the biggest hurdle to overcome will be getting people away from a me, me, me attitude into a recognition that we are all going to sink or swim together.

Two illustrations: We all talk about how so many ignorant people vote against their own interests. I certainly know people who do so, and will continue to do so if it means that the black guy down the street or the immigrant landscaper doesn't get anything "free". They will forego the benefit for themselves before they will support it for everyone.

I was in a drug store and two clerks were talking about the fact that their company had instituted higher starting salaries. One of them was whining and whining about how "unfair" it was because she had to work years at the lower rate, and now the new hires would start out at a level it took her years to achieve. She paid no attention to the other woman telling her that ALL wages would increase and also trying to explain cost of living increases. Nope, it was just "unfair" that everyone didn't have to start on the exact same bottom rung.

These people will be hard to convince to support UBI for everyone.

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