illegal immigrants? you mean white people
except that white people didn’t immigrate into the united states… they funded the united states. you can’t illegally immigrate into a society you created.
did you actually just say white people created society in america
McDonald’s partnered with Visa in a laughable attempt to tell minimum-wage workers how to make a budget. Here’s what they suggested. You are reading this correctly: They’re telling their workers they essentially HAVE to take on a second job to live, they think minimum-wage part-time employees can get health insurance for $20 a month, and they don’t think anyone needs to keep the heat on.
Hmm. There’s a McDonald’s near my house. Ostensibly the workers live nearby. So let’s use my budget and see how they stack up.
Savings… I’ll be game and pretend that a minimum-wage worker can save $100 a month, sure.
Monthly Rent… $800 for my half
Car Payment… $250/month. But I bought that (used!) car after I started at a job that paid well above minimum wage (one of those mysterious “careers” us millenials keep hearing about). I know a friend who bought a shitty Toyota and paid $110/month for his car payment, so that’s the number I’ll use for this example.
Car/Home Insurance… $140/month for car, $25/month for renter’s insurance
Health Insurance… about $50/month (my health insurance is heavily subsidized through my employer, obviously, and I’m a full-time salaried employee. And it’s still not $20!!!)
Heating… $4-15, depending on the season. I live in Southern California, so the heat only needs to be a few weeks out of the year, but we still pay a gas bill every month from using the stove and oven.
Cable, internet, phone… $240/month
Electric… $50/month (More when it’s hot out and I have to turn to A/C on)
Here are some items that are NOT mentioned in the budget (I guess they’re all “other”?), but come up pretty regularly for most of us humans:
Health expenses other than insurance (co-pays, prescriptions, OTC drugs)… $70/month
Gasoline… $80/month (lots of minimum-wage workers use public transit, but if this budget is making me account for car payments and insurance I’m not taking the fucking bus)
The ThinkProgress article points out that they don’t budget for clothing. When you’re poor, you don’t really buy clothing on a monthly basis. I’ll put $25 in the budget for “wardrobe maintenance” - buying a new shirt for work, replacing worn-out sneakers, etc.
So let’s see.
Aaaand we come to… $1,920. If I’m making $2,060 at my two part-time jobs that are magically lenient enough to make my schedule and hours consistent and never overlap with one another, I have $140 left per month for “spending money,” not $800. So, $35 a week. That gives me a daily spending allowance of $4.60. A single illness or car repair would take down my entire budget.
This has been a long exercise in saying: Fuck you, McDonald’s.
…the president’s second term may provide another chance for him to push his vision for high-speed passenger rail, which was stalled by Congress’ refusal to keep paying for it.
Do you even know how much I would love for this to be implemented…
Not having to pony up hundreds of dollars to visit people on the other side of the continent, endure hours-long claustrophobic car rides, AND enjoy all the benefits of a train ride? SIGN ME UP YO
This goes completely around me. Like. No Vegas? No Phoenix? No Tucson? I get the fact that Seattle, San Fran and San Diego are cooler tourist attractions, but … Eugene?
I really, really wish we would get high speed rail.
It goes through Iowa! Think of all the corns passengers would get to see!
Oh my god. Living in New England would officially become ten millions times more awesome than it already is D:!
HOLY SHIT I COULD TAKE A TRAIN TO FUCKING DETROIT!!!!!!!
>8| THIS SHIT IS COMING TOO DAMN LATE HHHH
omg poor midwest lookit them
the three MOST honest minutes in television history. EVER.
wow.. is this real?
i fucking love fuckin aaron sorkin man
Also sums up how I feel about Britian, just with different statistics.
We’ve both declined, and neither of us is willing to admit it.
I like this
I’m not American, but this is brilliant.
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