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20 hour work week to solve poverty

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I heard this guy on Coast2Coast this morning and assume this is the article he was talking about. He was hawking a video on how to solve poverty.

We just need to restrict the work week to 20 hours. This will double the number of jobs available and eliminate poverty.

Of course, we will have to make do with half our income. But he explains that we just need to stop buying so much stuff.

"Get a smaller house. A smaller car. Stop taking vacations to the Riviera."


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People in poverty who claim to be "oppressed" are not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to work their way out, but they call on others to make sacrifices to give them a way out.
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Of course, we will have to make do with half our income. But he explains that we just need to stop buying so much stuff. "Get a smaller house. A smaller car. Stop taking vacations to the Riviera."



So we can't run for congress?!


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We just need to restrict the work week to 20 hours. This will double the number of jobs available and eliminate poverty.


Except that many of those in poverty probably wouldn't be able to perform many jobs--hence, why they are in poverty. And the jobs they could perform are already available. They just don't pay much--hence, why they are in poverty.
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Except that many of those in poverty probably wouldn't be able to perform many jobs--hence, why they are in poverty. And the jobs they could perform are already available.


Beyond that, it assumes that people in poverty actually want to work.


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Why not just have the government write a check to the American-poor for whatever amount needed to get them $1 past the poverty line?


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SmackoverHawg
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Live within your means.

This + a million billion. I have friends making $80,000-$100,000 living paycheck to paycheck because of overspending. Hell the wife and I make 10x as much as most of our friends and you'd think they were the OT ballers. YOu can't legislate personal responsibility. I'm no hypocrite either. When our combined income was $60,000 right outta school. We lived ok. Drove old arse vehicles. Paid our bills and still managed to save >$10,000.


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Can't we just execute the people who think us having a smaller house or smaller car or not taking vacations is any of their business. If people spent as much time and energy doing something productive as they spend bitching about what other people do with their own money, we wouldn't need to worry about poverty.


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This + a million billion. I have friends making $80,000-$100,000 living paycheck to paycheck because of overspending. Hell the wife and I make 10x as much as most of our friends and you'd think they were the OT ballers. YOu can't legislate personal responsibility. I'm no hypocrite either. When our combined income was $60,000 right outta school. We lived ok. Drove old arse vehicles. Paid our bills and still managed to save >$10,000.



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We just need to restrict the work week to 20 hours. This will double the number of jobs available and eliminate poverty.



I say great. However, I would like him to lead as an example. He should be the first one to give up his hours and half his pay.


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This + a million billion. I have friends making $80,000-$100,000 living paycheck to paycheck because of overspending. Hell the wife and I make 10x as much as most of our friends and you'd think they were the OT ballers. YOu can't legislate personal responsibility. I'm no hypocrite either. When our combined income was $60,000 right outta school. We lived ok. Drove old arse vehicles. Paid our bills and still managed to save >$10,000.


what are they overspending on? are they living in poverty? if they "lived within their means," then what would that do for the economy?


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We just need to restrict the work week to 20 hours. This will double the number of jobs available and eliminate poverty.


This might make sense if we had 60% unemployment


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They own a Range Rover, rent my home, but there must be other things as well.


Well the car is obviously financed

They probably have some pretty steep CC debts to pay off as well


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I wish I could remember the name of the author talking on Coast to Coast. He called out his website and it was something like 'no growth'. Was in the car so couldn't write it down.


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SmackoverHawg
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It's hard enough to find WILLING and qualified workers now. South Arkansas has a shitty economy and we had 3 f%^king applications for an file clerk job paying $13/hour with paid insurance, profit sharing, and paid vacation. People don't wanna work. Many would rather game the system than to better themselves.


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So poverty is the fault of everyone with a job working to much.
I feel so bad now, I have a job and work to much.


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what are they overspending on? are they living in poverty? if they "lived within their means," then what would that do for the economy?

Clothes, cars, house, CC etc. The problem is that as debt builds so does the debt service (the amount you pay in interest). Over time their spending into the economy dwindles because their earning max's out and they can't get more credit. Now all their money is going to all the evil rich bankers that rule the world and not into the economy.


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