Living in the Real World
Since the early 1980’s, the American worker has been under assault. The economy created by Republican Ronald Reagan hurt poor people first. And because of this, many people didn’t notice. Minimum wage stayed the same from 1980 to 1990. Even after Reagan was no longer in office, his Republican minions have carried on what he began.
The article in the link takes a good look at what life is like in the real world for many people in this 21st century economy.
Strike! (by LowPayIsNotOK)
Fast food and low-wage retail workers across the country have called for a strike on Aug. 29 to demand better pay and better treatment.
"At $10 an hour you’d have to work 1,250 hours to cover the UW’s $12,500 tuition (more, once you take out taxes). In a 12-week summer, that’s more than 100 hours a week.
What really made me feel ancient is that the 1981 UW student guide shows the Med school charged only $1,029 a year back then. Today: $28,040!
Now, I didn’t go to the UW. But I’m going down Husky memory lane because last week The Seattle Times featured a crop of harried UW students looking rueful and broke. The story said skeptical state legislators often say how “they worked their way through college. And then they ask: Why don’t students do that today?”
Of all our delusions, we old farts cling to this bootstrap one the most. We worked our way up on sweat and chicken grease, we say. Can’t this generation? What’s wrong with them?
What’s wrong is that after we got ours, we cut it off for them.
The reason a summer at KFC could pay for a year of UW med school in 1981 isn’t that we were so hardworking and industrious. It’s that taxpayers back then picked up 90 percent of the tab. We weren’t Horatio Algers. We were socialists.
Today, the public picks up only 30 percent of UW tuition, and dropping."
Danny Westneat, “Yes, summer job paid tuition back in ’81, but then we got cheap” (via emonydax)
Another thing to consider is that in Jan. 1981, the minimum wage was raised to $3.35 and stayed that way until April 1990 when it was raised to $3.80. The minimum wage didn’t go up ONE PENNY during the Reagan years. And when it finally did go up, it was less than a 50 cent raise after over nine years.
The hole that we’re in today is so deep because it’s been being dug for over 30 years. The Republicans would gladly cover us up in this deep hole and let us die, but they need someone to clean the bathrooms, cook the food and fight the wars.
(Source: apolloadama, via carnitadepavo)