My thought was that yes, the debt is unsupportable and things are getting worse but the assholes who run this nation don't want anarchy so they won't let it happen. Same with the housing crash. They said NO and it was so. You can't underestimate the extreme power of our oligarchs.
Seems like this company needs less visibility not more. You wouldn't have a complaint if the guy stood back and didn't interfere with an obviously decent citizen while scanning the area for any encroaching human detritus. Can you imagine how awful the thousands of bums would make the park if left to their own devices? Tragedy of the commons indeed.
Really? $8/hour is livable? Maybe if you're living in an cardboard box and eating Ramen. Forget (mandatory) health insurance, owning a car, or luxuries like dental cleanings. You're going to be lucky to just keep yourself clean and reasonably presentable while making 40x$8x2000=$16,400/year. Which, by the way, puts you square in the poverty bracket, fully eligible for every type of welfare there is.
I know you're retired, Fortwayne, but some of us have to actually pay taxes to pay for all this American exceptionalism. And (since the baby boomers spent up all the money in SS) I also have to pay for your SS and Medicare benefits. And you have the gall to complain about socialism and call your funders communists?
A living wage would go a long way towards reducing these numbers. But the same GOP wonks who publish these stories about immigrants are the ones pushing hard against minimum wage increases. I have to think they don't want fewer immigrants on welfare. They just want taxpayers to be distracted from the real culprits.
Know what? I'm for it. Women often do just as good or better than their male coworkers but are penalized because they're terrible at negotiating for higher pay. Women (in general) tend to go along valuing relationships with bosses and coworkers over wages. I've seen plenty of men who get paid better to do less. The fewer reasons employers have to shortchange their workers the better.
I'm surprised you didn't mention the back end of the finance deal. Dealerships send your financials to the bank who then offers a rate. Sometimes the finance guy bumps that rate a point or two and presents the altered deal to the customer. If said customer signs, then the finance guy/dealer splits the extra interest with the bank. It's called "holding points" and it's definitely something to watch out for. It can be worth $500-1500 to the dealer and $4000 to you over the life of the loan.
I think people are wising up to the horror that is SF. Even the movies are subtly commenting on its unsuitability as a place to live. Check out "Inside Out" to see what I mean.
Honestly I wouldn't want to live anywhere near there.
Education does NOT equal trade skill acquisition. And keep in mind that employers only want to hire people with trade skills they need. Whether they are accountants or patent lawyers or electrical engineers, they want people with skills that make them money.
Colleges don't teach thes things.
Therefore education is limited in actual value. Sure it can prepare a person to learn a tradeskill, but it's unlikely to actual teach such a skill. The graduate will need to secure an internship or virtual apprenticeship to learn the skills necessary to do actual work in the real world. Some even pay extra money for the internship necessary. It's a serious myth that college prepares kids for work.
Bob, where did I say that welfare goes to illegals? But Health care money sure does, as do school lunches and many other programs that increase our tax burden. Ever been to an ER in LA? It's positively choked with Mexicans, and if they ain't got insurance they ain't legal. Thanks to obamacare. The legal ones can sign up for obamacare and use a clinic. The illegals use the ER where they can't be turned away and it costs 20 times more.
Nah the poor and ignorant are way more fun to ridicule! Obviously! I mean, her viewership speaks for itself! It's clear that people hate ignorant stupid entitled people and love to see them humiliated.
Kansas City is cool, has some culture and everything. Joplin, Missouri is a good bet for a medium sized city with a small town feel. Watch out for tornados though!
A buddy of mine just moved to Kentucky where RE prices are super low, things are green, and the weather is hot and muggy in the summer.
Another friend moved to Montana near glacier bay national park and loves it there. Low population density in that state and no state taxes.
If your job/profession is flexible, there are an amazing number of best places in the U.S. To live that are also affordable. California isn't one of them, but my job is super inflexible.
I went to Whittier Alaska about three years ago, drove through the tunnel and everything. It's one-way and has a railroad track down the center of it. Long enough you can't see the exit from the entrance.
It was May and people were still riding snowmobiles up and down the surrounding mountains. The Portage glacier was a cool sight on the way in. The small boat harbor is huge, hundreds of boats moored there year round. Well-off Anchorage dwellers drive down during the summer months to motor about 50 miles down the channel and out to sea for some fabulous fishing.
And it was really beautiful!
"I sense a lot of hate and anger. Even some racism here."
Way to completely miss the point! We pay a LOT of tax (at least we working people do, perhaps you skate by at 15%) to cover welfare, low income housing, free medical, free lunches, etc the list goes on ad nauseum. We tax payers are on the hook for the low wages and nonexistent benefits employers get away with paying.
Dammit I am tired of paying most of my hard-earned paycheck so that wealthy bloodsuckers can earn a little more money so they can buy up more land and things to make even more expensive.
Food stamps and section 8 housing are corporate welfare in disguise!