“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
The only year I spent more than I earned was 2009 when I bought the pick up and building materials. Every year since I've broken even or even added to my savings. I even went on an Alaskan Cruise in 2011 and just recently did dig into savings for a trip to Ireland. Living on what you grow and can gather from mother nature isn't that hard - its just work that most people refuse to do. Gasoline can mess me up financially because I still travel a great deal between my home in NV and my home in CA. Property taxes and insurance (together) do equal my gas bill but alone they don't.
"What difference" "does it make?"
Social security should be a security net, not a hammock. If i can work, i will do so, no matter what. If i don't, i take advantage of the system, on the back of all those who do continue to work, and to try as hard as they can. If i try as hard as i can, and still cannot make a proper living, this is where the system fails. Now, one can either put the needed money on top by the government... filling the pot to 25k / year ( or whatever the proper number would be), OR, the government could work towards legislation that allows everyone to make a living of 25 K at least with a full time job (minimum wage).
Either way, someone has to pay for the deficit. either the working class, by increased taxes for social welfare, or corporations, by mandatory increases on the wages they have to pay on low-income jobs.
If i were to decide, i would choose the latter option.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Considering it's more than my first few jobs (significantly, perhaps accounting even for inflation), I may have then. Make that while going to school, why the hell not?
Also, if I met my wife back then, between the two of us a $50K/year without having to formally work? We could probably do pretty good living off that in our 20s' without kids or expensive cars/homes/lifestyles.
Would I *today*? No. Would I in 5 years? Likely. An extra $25K guaranteed. That's roughly 3% of $ 833K dollars. Not a terrible nest egg considering you didn't have to save that $833K.
Of course you would want people to know that you weren't accepting handouts, how else would you be able to enjoy the feeling of superiority?
Be careful though. It's a double edged sword. The lazy incompoent horrible bum will think he is superior to you because he has more money than you. Currently government employees that receive $80,000 in government handouts is superior to a single mom receiving $5,000 in government handouts. Human nature mandates that we find flaws in others to puff ourselves up. You are no exception.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
Figure two customers a day at 200 each for 4 days a week, that is 1600 a week or 83 200 a year. If you worked independently of course. Location of course will have an impact on how much you could charge, and figure for more customers at a lower rate if working with an agent. Or no income if working with a pimp
Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?