Just out of curiosity, at what exact income do you then have the opportunity to become "underemployed?"
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
that story read like something from the onion.
i worked a contract job at a place where people were paid very, very well. they were good people, but there was a real disconnect. someone who felt trapped in a position once asked me, "if i don't get promoted, what's the motivation?" i had just spent 9 months unemployed and was giving it everything i had to even have a sliver of a chance of not getting fired at the end of my contract. i politely explained the current job market and told the person to hang in there and hope for the best.
the really mind-boggling part was when workers found out there would be no raises that year. overnight, obvious Republicans started talking like union organizers from the early 20th century. "they're taking food out of my kid's mouths" was one that i heard more than once.
anecdotal evidence aside, i do somewhat understand the frustration. one's expenses tend to grow with an influx of money, and it's hard for anyone to take a significant pay cut. however, i took a big one when i left that job; a little less than half of my overall salary, and i couldn't afford it. however, count me very, very grateful to still have a job in my field. i like my job, and i give this one everything i have just like i did for almost twice the pay.
i don't pretend to be perfect; far from it. but i wash my own dishes in the sink, too, and i'm pretty happy to have water and soap to do it with.
Last edited by Helix; 03-01-12 at 01:10 PM.
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes
It happens. Many people have had to cut back. New GM employee's aren't making what the old ones did (yet). Bankers shouldn't be exempt.