Fox Hollow, FL – Last week a co-worker of mine asked me if I knew of any good part-time jobs in the area where they could work to make some extra money. I asked him if everything was okay, was there any health problems, or are you trying to aggressively go debt free… why the need for a 2nd job? His response was “No, this job doesn’t pay enough so I need something that will help pay the bills“. I laughed & told him that he doesn’t need a 2nd job, he either needs to get a new job that pays better or cut back on his lifestyle to live his current wage.
Needless to say, this co-worker won’t be asking for my advice anytime soon. Seldom do people want to be told the actual truth, especially when it comes to finances and jobs. Which is part of the reason why we are all stuck in this economic shit-hole.
Employees across the board are paid well below the level of inflation, which puts them in a dangerous position in which they are barely making enough money to stay in the lower tier of the shrinking middle class by bringing home just barely enough to meet the average cost of living… for now that is.
However, if you’re like my co-worker then the economy has forsaken you entirely and you not only, don’t make enough money to meet the average cost of living, but have also been cast out of the middle class and now find yourself somewhere in the massive American poverty class… which sadly makes you part of the growing working poor.
The working poor is a growing new class of people that are situated somewhere in the void that exists between the lower middle class and the upper poverty class. So in other words, you could use government assistance like food stamps, reduced utilities, and other tax incentives to feed and help keep your family off the streets, but since you make just above the poverty level you don’t qualify for these government assistance programs, hence the term working poor.
You are essentially poor, but not poor enough for welfare programs. This is why welfare is utterly useless right now because it doesn’t do anything to keep you from slipping into full poverty mode. When welfare was designed back under FDR it was supposed to be a temporary crutch that would keep people out of the poor house and in the middle class. Despite being a Democrat, FDR understood that the only way to keep the economy healthy would be by keeping people above the poverty level and in the middle class, which was why welfare was instituted in the first place.
Today welfare is only available if you fall down to the very bottom of the poverty level or if you are a felon and can’t find work, or if you’re an illegal immigrant.
As a hardcore conservative-libertarian, I’m opposed to most every type of government handout imaginable with the exception of assistance for those born with severe birth defects, elderly people with dementia/Alzheimers, and of course, combat vets & first responders wounded in the line of duty.
Outside of these three groups of people, I believe that all charity should come from a person’s local community, their church, and their family and should not be forcibly taken from taxpayers at gunpoint by the government… what so ever.
It’s not that I’m opposed to helping people in need or anything, it’s that I’m opposed to low-life’s taking advantage of the system which is the case today.
Now that I have defined my position for you the reader, let’s get back to my co-worker, and many of you out there that are slaving away in an 8-5 shit hole, and then heading straight out to work a second part-time job from 6-11 just to make ends meet. Your problem isn’t income,
Your problem isn’t income, it’s your day job. Now I’m not going to hate on people that are being responsible for working two jobs to stay afloat temporarily… note the key word temporarily… but I will hate on those that are not going to fix the problem that causes them to work two jobs in the first place.
For example, if you earn between $35K and $40K today, are a 5+ year veteran of your place of employment, and have “Specialist“, “Manager“, “Coordinator“, “Executive“, “Administrator“, or “Administrative” anywhere in your title, then you need to start looking for a new job because you are making $10,000 to as much as $20,000 below the rate of inflation for your title and years of service.
In short your job is raping you as far as your salary goes, and someone, somewhere within your job is dividing up that $10K to $20K amongst themselves instead of giving it to you.
The problem today isn’t that companies are bringing in fewer profits, it’s that the crony capitalist executives at the top are hoarding more of those profits for themselves and are less willing to spread the wealth around to their employees.
According to Forbes, Bloomberg, and the WallStreet journal, American companies are bringing in record profits and executives are making record salaries. Meanwhile, the rest of us are bringing in the same exact salary that your mom, dad, or grandparents made back in 1987. In short the executives aren’t raising the salaries of their employees to meet the level of inflation and the average cost of living.
So while the price of food, houses, apartment rent, mortgages, cable tv, clothes, education, whiskey, cruises, medicine, healthcare, vacations, iPhones, game consoles, gasoline, retirement, cars, air travel, etc. goes up with inflation (as does your bosses salary), your salary remains exactly what it would had been back in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s.
This is also why the credit rating of the United States was cut last year because Americans are forced to make up the income gap by going deep into debt to maintain the facade that they are living within the middle class when they are really in the poverty class and are now part of the working poor.
If you are part of the growing poverty class (i.e. the working poor) here is my advice to you…
This is your life and YOU need to look out for you first and foremost. I personally employ the mentality of Boba Fett as far as my jobs and careers go. In short I care about me, myself, and my family above my co-workers, my boss, or company. In my world its Family, God, and Me. My company, as far as loyalty goes, is waaaay down at the bottom between the IRS and Not pulling tags off of mattresses.
Like Boba Fett, I regard compensation as my number one reason for working, and could really care less about what I do or who I work for, so long as it does violate my personal moral and ethical code. In a perfect world, I’d be happy either working at Game Stop talking about games all day, playing video games, and shoot the shit… or working at a local gun shop or gun range literally shooting shit. But alas, neither of these jobs pay a living wage which is why I will never work at either of these places and neither should you.
Keep in mind that you wake up, leave your home, abandon your family, and piss your life away for an employer in exchange for magical coins and pieces of paper that you trade for goods and services. You’re literally trading your life away for pieces of metal and paper. If your employer doesn’t give you enough metal and paper to provide a comfortable life for you and your family, as well as allow you to retire before the age of 55, then you are throwing your life away.
My exit strategy age is 50-55, and if we can get our new ranch house built within budget, and a few other things fall into place, then I could even bump my retirement age down to 48 or 49! There is more to life than wasting it for someone else. You need to live for you… not some company or boss.
In short, if you have to find a 2nd part-time job just to put food on the table then its time to get a new job. Because if you are struggling to just exist, then I seriously doubt you will have enough extra revenue to remain debt free, save for you children’s future, or save for retirement.
For those that are going to shit on me for being anti-capitalist let me say this… please do us all a favor and choke yourself. I have more capitalism in my pinky, then you likely have in your entire body. The reason why Obama, Sanders, and Clinton exist, and why one of the largest political groups in America, the Democrat Party has become an outright Marxist-Socialist entity is because of crony capitalists that refuse to do what their predecessors did, which is pay a living wage. Remember Marxists and Democrats aren’t born… they molded out of the forge of anger, hatred, and frustration at busting their ass day in and day out and in return for their toil they get a small fraction of the salary that they should have been paid.
This is why we have a bunch of burger flippers crying that they should be getting paid $15 an hour and are getting traction. I’m against the government setting minimum wages, but given the level of crony capitalism going on today, this appears to be the only way to get companies to cough up the dough.
Again, I can’t say this enough… I’m against this “Fair $15” movement and think that it will destroy the economy, but this is what happens when you have a bunch greedy asses at the top refusing to pay their employees based on inflation / cost of living vs. what these positions were paid 15-20 years ago.
In a perfect world, we could defeat liberalism in all of its forms, destroy crony capitalism, and ensure workers are paid correctly by not wasting our time and talents by working for them. Let them hire a bunch of dunces and go out of business.
Article by: Kevin Fett firstname.lastname@example.org
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