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Cumol  ·  97 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How I Get By: A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier

I saw this video from Vox that explained the American situation very well. And it's really messed up





kleinbl00  ·  97 days ago  ·  link  ·  

As with most things Vox, it's largely correct but simplistic. At the very, very end it gets to the amount of money left over, rather than it being the principal problem. Their graph of deciles were tax rates, not overall wealth. In the US, the bottom decile makes less than $10,500. The top decile makes more than $184,900. The bottom decile pays an overall tax rate of 27%, the top decile pays an overall tax rate of 29%.

So. The bottom decile has $7600 a year to live on while the top decile has $135k. Average cost of living is, of course, a highly contentious number, but let's go with these guys 'cuz we gotta go with sumpin' so... $20,194 per person per year.

The bottom decile is a factor of three away from hitting the average cost of living - three people in the bottom decile could roll all their earnings together and one of them can pay the average. The top decile can almost but not quite pay the cost of living for seven people.

Let's say we add the cost of living of one American to the taxes of the top two deciles - all of a sudden, the bottom decile can live with dignity and the top decile still has $110k to live off of.

Cumol  ·  97 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That solution would only work if the lowest decile would magically earn double of that what they earn right now.

How would that be done? Lowering their taxes is not going to help much. Increasing the minimum wage would help a little, but no one would double it, or is that feasible?

Or a tax financed basic income for everyone that is as high as the average wage of living?

OftenBen  ·  96 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Eat the rich.

kleinbl00  ·  96 days ago  ·  link  ·