(And way less problems… because, who are we kidding?)
Mondays are not usually for videos, but I saw this visual comparing the reality of money distribution in our country to the hope for money distribution in our country to the actual REALITY of money distribution in our country and… well… 1) it’s really well done and 2) shocking.
Plus, with taxes looming (and for us and many other people I mean LOOMING) I thought it was a particularly good time to chat.
Some things about money:
I wish there was more discussion about cost of living. I feel like we are the struggling middle class, with our 1 bedroom apartment we can JUST barely afford and both of us working, large large student loans, stress about daycare costs, food budgets, etc etc. But then when we break down our numbers I think from a numbers point of view we are seen as much better off than we are. Especially in regards to taxes… which have no become a burden and a hardship.
My constant forced-to-be-rhetorical question always is: When is enough enough? For corporations and for individuals. When does “record breaking profits” become ridiculous? I think there are a lot of instances where we are already there. Like the oil companies… record breaking profits and yet we still are getting hosed at the pump. If you have profits, in general, why isn’t that enough? And for individuals… what are you doing with all of that money? When you have so much that all you will be able to do with the money is … keep it, what is the point?
And pay scale …. I understand that pay is supposed to equal work, yes… but mostly the responsibility is far greater for the boss than for the employee, right? If the boss messes up, the company takes a hit (presumably), but if the employee messes up, those issues can be handled. Except!! Except!! The current climate right now is that a CEO can totally fuck up a company (or completely fails at their job… if we’re being less extreme and swear-y) and yet… they still get paid, and they can move on to being on the board of directors or another high high high earning role somewhere else. (Like Bob Nardelli, former CEO of Home Depot and Chrysler, or Gary Forsee, former CEO of Sprint… you can read about LOTS of these types of rich people here.)
Do you think this money thing will ever be fixed? Is it even possible? Because right now I am not seeing the light. And for those not in the US – sorry for my US-centric posting lately. How is money distribution in your country? How does it work? How is it failing? As an American I don’t know enough about these things in other places. When people from Canada, the UK, and Australia have shared about their maternity leave situation it has been QUITE the eye-opener. I think you in advance for your awesomeness.