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Leftist Agitator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-16-09 12:58 AM
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40. "But I don't see $4 gas ruining us."
Edited on Fri Oct-16-09 01:23 AM by Leftist Agitator
Tell that to someone who works for minimum wage.

Hey, while I'm at it, why don't YOU try to live on a minimum wage salary for a year or two?

You'd make $7.25 / hr and get about 35 hours a week of work. Some weeks more, most weeks less.

Thus, you'd get $253.75 per week. BEFORE taxes.

After, you'd get about $225. And that's an exceedingly optimistic estimate. More realistically, you could lop ten or so dollars off of that.

Multiplied by four, you're talikng a whoppng $900 / month. Actually, a bit less.

How much is your rent or mortgage payment? Electricity? Natural Gas? Water? Sewage? Garbage?

How about your car insurance? And if you have it, health insurance? (though I have yet to find a minimum wage job that offers benefits).

If you own your home, homeowner's insurance, and if not, renter's insurance... How much are either of those?

How much is your grocery bill?

When was the last time that you got a flat, or needed a new air filter or oil filter or some damn thing for your car that cost a few (or several) dozen dollars?

So, when the only assistance offered by the state is a paltry sum in food stamps (i.e. $50 a month or less... certainly less if you're unmarried, young, reasonably healthy and childless, as am I, how the hell are you supposed to pay for all for your obligations?

This is deliberately ignoring credit card debt and the like. I had to destroy my credit to survive. It was pay a credit card bill for food the previous month or eat this week. I chose to not starve.

Oh, and student loans. I have $80k worth. Those will never be paid back at this rate. Not until I find a well-paying position, which is less and less likely as the days wear on. Oh, and when I can't pay, they (the IRS) will take 25% of my salary until I've repaid my debt or am dead. My money (the paltry amount that I have) is on me being dead before I ever manage to pay that debt.

At $9.00 / hr (and I'm one of the lucky ones, all things considered) and about 30 hours a week, currently, I have just enough money to pay my bills. I have no car. I haven't bought a single article of new clothing for four years (including socks. I miss socks without holes in them...) I eat either beans and rice, ramen, or homemade unleavened bread or dumplings every single day. I'd make real bread, but there's nowhere in my neighborhood where I can buy yeast.

Once in a while I'll spring for a can of chicken noodle soup to break up the monotony and get a little more protein into my diet. The last time I was at Dollar General, they had cans of chili marked down to $1.00. I bought one. It was like eating fucking caviar. I hadn't eaten meat in months before then. Aside from chicken in soup, of course. But I digress.

I'm running out of hot sauce, which is going to make my eight or ten meals per week of beans and rice that much more bland. Bummer, but still nutritious.

Now then, do you want to pontificate on how $4 / gallon gas won't utterly destroy our economy, given that tens of millions Americans have found themselves in virtually identical situations to my own, or do you want to reevaluate your previous contention?

The choice is yours.
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