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Dave Volek Wrote:
Dockadams Wrote: Define a "good paying job" in detail please, and also include a wage scale for people living in Mississippi vs New York, or comparison with other states.
Dock: I think you opened up a great can of worms.
I spent a few years on the "working poor" side of life. I managed to pay the rent on my apartment and keep a car running. My income of about C$1200 a month was sufficient for my location.
But if a similar person has a tobacco addiction and needs to spend one evening a week in a pub and eats out twice a week at fast food places, that $1200 won't go far in my town.
When we do eventually institute a GBI everywhere, the amount will be based on a location-by-location basis. There will be a thorough study of what it costs to live in each locality. A GBI in New York city will likely be higher than rural Oklahoma.
I'm always doing that.
My spouse and I were once homeless, back in 2005-2006, living off the grid in New Mexico, I acquired a FREE Golden Age department of forestry pass, which enabled us to utilize US forest lands without necessary or required fees, and we also camped out on BLM lands there too. I know what it's like living on the edge with no money in our pockets, and being just about without provisions. Thankfully, the climate in New Mexico is very fair and forgiving, because if it were not, we could have frozen to death.
You see the answer which was given about the question I asked about defining what IS a good job. I didn't see any member or respondent reply to a dollar amount of what a GOOD PAYING JOB is. I believe it's because it cannot be defined because the economy in different areas of the USA differs greatly. A gallon of gas in Chicago, Illinois averages over $3.00 per gallon, and the same gallon of gas in Tulsa, Oklahoma is about a dollar cheaper.
I wonder what the OP believes is a "living wage"? Skilled and unskilled worker? Presently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, and that's not much at all, it's a slave's wage.