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Response to SheilaT (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 31, 2016, 11:22 PM

4. I think our soldiers, sailors, and Marines earn every buck they make

...but just taking the base pay they get -- as you very correctly point out -- does not tell the entire story. I've seen similar responses comparing the salaries of police and EMTs to $15/ hour wages for a fast food worker.

There is a world view that goes like this: if you are older than college age, and working for minimum wage, you are a loser. You are a loser because you made bad life choices -- like majoring in philosophy, developing a substance abuse problem, or not becoming a hedge fund manager. The holders of this world view want the losers of the world to be punished for their life choices, and to hold them up as figures of ridicule. Of course, when the moneyed (read "winners" make horrific life choices -- like getting caught in adultery, developing a substance abuse problem, or temporarily losing their hearing due to Oxycontin abuse it's OK -- because they have money.

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