MugzyBrown: The term living wage is idiotic.You can live off $6/hr working only 40 hours a week unless you make stupid life decisions... yes even in the city.
FarkedOver: MugzyBrown: Random Anonymous Blackmail: If you have a second job and sell drugs on the side.A cheap one bedroom is $500-600/month here in fly over countryYou can get a 2 bedroom apt in Philly for $800 per month.When I was in school and making just over minimum wage I had 3 roomates in a 2 bedroom apartment. Splitting rent and utilities and basic food 4 ways makes it pretty damn cheap.So you suggest living in a commune?
Dr Dreidel: o5iiawah: An individual can eat, sleep, pay utilities and participate in the employee benefits plan.Sleep is free everywhere. The Man might hassle you about sleeping in the park, but that's because he's a fascist pig.I've also known people to be trash-pickers when it comes to eating. You'd be surprised what people have to do to stay alive. That can be "free" if you lower your standards enough.If you wear lots of coats (you can get 'em from Goodwill if you don't keep hitting the same one week after week), there's no need to pay heating bills; board games and decks of cards (also from goodwill) don't require electricity and provide endless hours of entertainment. Utilities are clearly a luxury.In order to participate in Walmart's employee benefits plan, don't you have to work a full 40-hour week? Haven't they made a habit out of scheduling 35-hour weeks so that employees aren't eligible?There's a stripe of belief that stamps its feet at the "lazy, shiftless" welfare leeches, then derides their choice of job as "menial", or "known to be low-end" and supports the low wages, works to cut public assistance and further derides the choices they make in trying to make a better life (like, by having a cell phone, or not living in crime-infested areas). Those are the worst kind of people - the kind that are one short burst of logical thinking away from realizing how horrible a world they wish on everyone who wasn't handed the invisible opportunities inherent in NOT living hand-to-mouth through adulthood.So to sum up - you can probably live a frugal lifestyle on $2/day, but is that what we want to subject people who WANT TO WORK FOR A LIVING to?
bingethinker: Alpo? They can afford brand name dog food? Luxury!
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