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Old 14th December 2012, 08:20 PM   #121
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Originally Posted by NewtonTrino View Post
People need to create value if they want to get paid. Most jobs where people get paid those kinds of low wages are fairly unskilled. Unskilled labor isn't the place you want to be if you want to live a decent life so get some education and learn how to create value.
Except the concept that everyone can do that is a lie. There cannot be rich without poor and not everyone can be a doctor or a lawyer or a small business owner because then who would do all the work that still needs to be done for those professions to exist today? If everyone gets an education that education becomes worthless.
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Old 15th December 2012, 10:30 AM   #122
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Originally Posted by The_Animus View Post
Except the concept that everyone can do that is a lie. There cannot be rich without poor and not everyone can be a doctor or a lawyer or a small business owner because then who would do all the work that still needs to be done for those professions to exist today? If everyone gets an education that education becomes worthless.
This is just total BS. In fact it's already happened. The standard of living in the USA today is vastly better than any group of people in the history of mankind. A rising tide floats all boats. People are a bunch of whiners. The simple fact is that there is a huge amount of opportunity out there to make a living. Ambition, drive and hard work get results in our society.

The simple fact is that most people poorly manage their lives and don't take advantage of the vast opportunity available to them. In a lot of cases this is driven by negative cultural influences.

You claim that not everyone can be rich. I'm saying that compared to the base level of human condition that people in western society already are rich.
The biggest health problem facing the poor is obesity.

In fact, it seems to me that what you are really looking for is equivalence in OUTCOME. That will never happen, there are always going to be rich and poor when looked at relative to one another. But looking at things relatively is pointless, what we should really care about is what the bottom looks like. Unfortunately we are working very hard as a country to create a permanent underclass who are dependent on entitlements. Giving people unlimited handouts harms them in the long term and create a dependency trap.

Anyway you are full of it. Capitalism has already worked. We live in a world of plenty. Wake up and smell the roses.
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Old 15th December 2012, 11:49 AM   #123
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Originally Posted by The_Animus View Post
Except the concept that everyone can do that is a lie. There cannot be rich without poor and not everyone can be a doctor or a lawyer or a small business owner because then who would do all the work that still needs to be done for those professions to exist today? If everyone gets an education that education becomes worthless.
If everyone gets an education then the comparative advantage of that education is reduced. But so what? Everyone's productivity is still increased by increasing their skills. The top salaries may be reduced, but I thought that's what progressives wanted.

No, the problem with universal higher education is not that everyone can't be a lawyer or doctor, the problem is that not everyone is smart enough to benefit from that education enough to justify its costs. But even people who aren't cut out for college can still pick up marketable skills. A trained auto mechanic, plumber, or carpenter can make a good living.
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Old 15th December 2012, 02:57 PM   #124
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Originally Posted by The_Animus View Post
If everyone gets an education that education becomes worthless.
This strikes me as one of the strangest, silliest statements I have ever read at JREF.

If everyone is educated, then everyone is educated, period. The worth of any education is the "value", each individual places, upon that education.
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Old 15th December 2012, 03:27 PM   #125
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Originally Posted by NewtonTrino View Post
I'm sorry but $150k, $175k or $250k simply aren't very high incomes in the scheme of things. Those incomes put you in the upper middle class but you certainly aren't "the wealthy".
In the scheme of things, they are very high. Especially since the median is around $50K and the chart is heavily skewed left.

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People need to create value if they want to get paid. Most jobs where people get paid those kinds of low wages are fairly unskilled. Unskilled labor isn't the place you want to be if you want to live a decent life so get some education and learn how to create value.
I work at a training organisation. Training costs time and money and a great deal of planning that many people can't afford without government assistance. And even with all that people can still fall through the cracks.
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Old 15th December 2012, 03:31 PM   #126
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Originally Posted by deaman View Post
This strikes me as one of the strangest, silliest statements I have ever read at JREF.

If everyone is educated, then everyone is educated, period. The worth of any education is the "value", each individual places, upon that education.
But that's an even sillier statement. Over-qualified, low-skill workers are a recognised phenomena.

Of course, then we have to look at more than just raw numbers and at what particular fields they studied in.
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Old 15th December 2012, 04:28 PM   #127
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Originally Posted by NewtonTrino View Post
This is just total BS. In fact it's already happened. The standard of living in the USA today is vastly better than any group of people in the history of mankind. A rising tide floats all boats.
You and others always say something to the effect of how everyone should just get more education, work harder, and start their own business or get a better job. I responded by saying that such a thing is a lie because if everyone is a doctor or a small business owner then no one is a Janitor or a cashier or a housekeeper or a burger flipper. And you need those people for those hospitals and stores and food places to operate. So please don't build a strawman and start talking about overall standard of living.
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You claim that not everyone can be rich. I'm saying that compared to the base level of human condition that people in western society already are rich.
That isn't what you were saying in what I quoted you on. Move the goalposts more please.

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In fact, it seems to me that what you are really looking for is equivalence in OUTCOME. That will never happen, there are always going to be rich and poor when looked at relative to one another.
No that isn't what I'm saying. Keep that straw coming though. I'm perfectly fine with there being a difference in wealth. I'm not fine with it being so extreme to the point of having many full time workers barely making ends meet while others live like kings. 400 people should not own more wealth than 50% of the population combined. That isn't good for society or the economy.

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If everyone gets an education then the comparative advantage of that education is reduced. But so what? Everyone's productivity is still increased by increasing their skills. The top salaries may be reduced, but I thought that's what progressives wanted.
Is that what you think would happen? I think that some would still get coveted high paying positions while others would have lots of student loan debt and end up with the same job distribution and income distribution as now. In fact that's what we see now. The thing is that we don't need everyone to be a doctor, and we do need people to be janitors and housekeepers and burger flippers because the doctors and lawyers don't want to do that. So we segment society and that is totally fine. Again my complaint isn't against different wealth, it's in the extreme range and that we accept that we need low skill jobs but don't want to pay people decently to do that work.

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This strikes me as one of the strangest, silliest statements I have ever read at JREF.

If everyone is educated, then everyone is educated, period. The worth of any education is the "value", each individual places, upon that education.
It should have been obvious I was referring to education in relation to jobs and the economy. Not education for education. Taking posts out of context is what is silly.
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Old 15th December 2012, 06:34 PM   #128
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This strikes me as one of the strangest, silliest statements I have ever read at JREF.

If everyone is educated, then everyone is educated, period. The worth of any education is the "value", each individual places, upon that education.
Actually in the UK the previous Labour Government under Blair put huge emphasis on university education. their policy worked and lots more people went and got themselves a degree of one sort or another, taking on debt to achieve this in the process usually. Safe in the belief that a nice well paid job would be waiting for them once they graduated.

In years gone by a degree, any degree was proof to prospective employers that you worked hard at something and were educated in your chosen field.

When everyone has a degree, employers started looking for people that had good grades, we now have a large amount of low paid unskilled workers who are very overqualified and who have a lot of debt to worry about with limited job prospects.
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Actually in the UK the previous Labour Government under Blair put huge emphasis on university education. their policy worked and lots more people went and got themselves a degree of one sort or another, taking on debt to achieve this in the process usually. Safe in the belief that a nice well paid job would be waiting for them once they graduated.

In years gone by a degree, any degree was proof to prospective employers that you worked hard at something and were educated in your chosen field.

When everyone has a degree, employers started looking for people that had good grades, we now have a large amount of low paid unskilled workers who are very overqualified and who have a lot of debt to worry about with limited job prospects.
Anybody with the drive and persistence, passion and determination, as well as a library card, can get an education.

You'd simply have to be smart enough about how not to go into debt, but that is a personal decision.
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Old 15th December 2012, 08:31 PM   #130
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Anybody with the drive and persistence, passion and determination, as well as a library card, can get an education.

You'd simply have to be smart enough about how not to go into debt, but that is a personal decision.
Bingo. People don't think long term, don't plan and can't delay gratification.

Of course if you look at the class of people who are "successful" you will find that almost all of them work hard, plan for the future and delay gratification in pursuit of their goals.
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Old 15th December 2012, 08:34 PM   #131
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In the scheme of things, they are very high. Especially since the median is around $50K and the chart is heavily skewed left.
The lifestyle of someone making $150k is very similar to someone making $50k in the areas that matter. The truly wealthy have lifestyles that are light years beyond what someone making $250k a year can afford. Think private jet vs owning a nice car. $150 or $250k a year is solidly upper middle class. In a lot of places that's a school teacher and a fire fighter who have been working for a while. Hell around here many of the cops make $100k+ a year.

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I work at a training organisation. Training costs time and money and a great deal of planning that many people can't afford without government assistance. And even with all that people can still fall through the cracks.
I have no issue with the government assisting people in training or education.

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Old 15th December 2012, 08:41 PM   #132
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Originally Posted by deaman View Post
Anybody with the drive and persistence, passion and determination, as well as a library card, can get an education.
You forgot money, or little enough money to get lots of aid. And time; many working people have schedules that conflict with classes.

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You'd simply have to be smart enough about how not to go into debt, but that is a personal decision.
Since university tuitions have exploded this is much, much more difficult than you make it out to be.
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Originally Posted by NewtonTrino View Post
The lifestyle of someone making $150k is very similar to someone making $50k in the areas that matter. The truly wealthy have lifestyles that are light years beyond what someone making $250k a year can afford. Think private jet vs owning a nice car. $150 or $250k a year is solidly upper middle class. In a lot of places that's a school teacher and a fire fighter who have been working for a while. Hell around here many of the cops make $100k+ a year.
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How much do you need to consider yourself “rich?” Americans say they would need an annual income of $150,000, according to a Gallup poll this week.
Linky.

I don't care about vague words like "upper middle class".



And given the decreasing marginal utility of income, I would expect $50K to $150K is quite important.

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People say money doesn't buy happiness. Except, according to a new study from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, it sort of does — up to about $75,000 a year. The lower a person's annual income falls below that benchmark, the unhappier he or she feels. But no matter how much more than $75,000 people make, they don't report any greater degree of happiness.
Linky.

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I have no issue with the government assisting people in training or education.
You don't and I don't but these programs paradoxically get great cuts during these times.
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