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Can you imagine just staying poor all your life?

Do people always need to become professional to get top dollar in jobs. Why isn't the economy more geared to provide better pay. I'm not clear what drives rich to stay rich, but I know poor are struggling, so Q> ==

Can't poor just work a normal job, and get paid well, if they like it ?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:13 PM on Aug. 8, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • The American economy is being propped up by service industry jobs. The majority of job growth in the past decade (and is projected for the next few years to come) has been in the service industry. Service industry jobs usually pay less (usually start at minimum or just above minimum wage), have fewer benefits, and are less likely to be full time (35-40hrs a week). In order to get a job that has more opportunity, more chance for growth and advancement (promotions), has better benies, and better wages. A person's best bet is: education especially if the specialize in a specific field that is always needed or in demand, speciality vocational training : like plumbers, electritians and the like. there is always a need for those people.

    The reality is. A person is more likely to get a better job, a better paying job, and have more chance for advancement dureing their professional career if they are educated. CON.

    Answer by pixie_trix at 3:17 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • No because then the division between the rich and poor would decrease. It would also be harder for employers to have employees work themselves into the ground to survive.

    Answer by Awakened1 at 3:19 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • Now. that is not a blanket, that goes for everyone statement. There are people in this country who have made a good living and have a good career without being educated. But usually, they have received some form of special training for the field they work in, or they work in a very demanding, physically demanding and even dangerous line of work ( ie: miners, oil rig workers, oil well workers, gas pipeline workers..ect).

    Now why isn't the economy geared for better pay. Because big business/corporations do not want it that way. Better pay, better benies, cuts into their profit margin. And they have lobbied Congress enough over the years, to have employment laws and wage an hour laws geared towards THEM not the employee. So, wages in many sectors will continue to stay low for a long time to come I'm afraid. People have to work, and they know it. People who are struggling will work for what they can get. And they know it.

    Answer by pixie_trix at 3:20 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • No. This is why I don't get some of the animosity to PA on here. Just because you're poor, doesn't mean you don't work. Usually, those who work the hardest, and the most, get paid the least.

    Answer by tyrelsmom at 3:22 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • I can see the miners..(that was an excellent answer btw! ) and the utility workers, like electric pole climbers, and those, perhaps they are in unions, if they even exist now. But what is missing is the intent of the owner /operation mgr of the company. If he doesn't profit, it is right to keep wages low, how-ever it's not keeping his workers very content, or even healthy. As in fast food, dining, waitress, it bothers most of us that the tips control their wages. How is this when, a bottle of liquor is filtered 100 x's and processed with exact Q/A standards, and people will happily pay for that. This is wrong. just a bit wrong.

    I'd be an owner of liquor prd. if all I wanted was to be rich, but rich, and greedy!!

    Answer by coffeeyum at 3:29 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • No, I don't think people choose to be poor.

    Answer by CafeMochaMom1 at 3:32 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • Most large companies, especially multinationals, really do not care if their employees are happy or content with their jobs. Or if they even like their jobs or not. The main reason. There is always another body to feel their spot. People need jobs, and if so and so isn't willing to work X job for X pay, there's another person down the road who will.. The American people themeselves have pretty much sold themselves out on this one over the past 30 years.. Americans wanted cheaper goods, goods are now being made cheaper but not by Americans. Which has meant, Americans get cheaper goods, but over the years, the jobs that we had that allowed us to spend extra money, have gone bye bye. And now Americans have poorly earning service sector jobs, making so little money, they can barely afford the cheap stuff they demanded to begin with. Which turned our workforce from a manufacturing force, to a service industry one.


    Answer by pixie_trix at 3:36 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • Add on top of that. The fact that over 50% ( I think it's getting close to 70 but not positive so I will safely leave it at 50) of the American economy is dependent on Retail Sales. Consumption is what drives the American economy. People do not have the money to continue consuming like they used to, because of the shift in the workforce/jobs in the country.. It's a viscious cycle. Americans wanted cheap goods. Goods are now being made overseas so that we have cheap prices. In turn, the jobs that used to pay living wages, that afforded Americans the extra money to buy these goods are now gone overseas. The replacement jobs are service industry jobs that do not pay enough for the average American to keep consuming. So the economy continues to lag. Add in the bad debt many have accrued trying to continue to consume when they can't afford it.. And WALLLLAHAHHH.. You have the state of the American economy in a nutshell.

    Answer by pixie_trix at 3:40 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • But why hard working good people that enjoy their jobs >>don't get paid what they are worth, and stay longer,happier,healthier, and make the company more pleasant, ??? That's what I don't get. Moms that stay home ( which can or have no choice, can still see this and wonder ......'''why"".

    Can't some companies love their employees to keep them,.... a long time, and have them happy. I suppose it's because the entire society is capitalist. Life like the liquor makers, and produce to profit, they are I consider very lucky. But not all of the country should suffer, or pay higher gas pump prices either. Food is up too.

    Answer by coffeeyum at 3:41 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • American people believe the myth that you can be anything you want to be if you just want it bad enough or work hard enough. Inspirational stories are told about people that have overcome great hardships.

    If your IQ is 70 you aren't going to be a CEO. If you can't finish high school because you have to go to work when you are 15 so your family can pay the rent you are going to be poor the rest of your life. There are many people that are going to be poor the rest of their lives for reasons beyond their control.


    Answer by Gailll at 3:47 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

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