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    Exclamation 97 Million Full-Time Workers Are Now Living Paycheck to Paycheck

    97 Million Full-Time Workers Are Now Living Paycheck to Paycheck

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/perso...fO6?li=BBnbfcN

    A staggering number of full-time workers are living paycheck to paycheck

    According to the latest survey, conducted on CareerBuilder's behalf by Harris Poll, 78% of U.S. full-time workers are now living paycheck to paycheck, up from 75% in 2016, to make ends meet. If we utilize full-time employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 (123.8 million full-time workers), it means about 97 million of those full-time workers are living paycheck to paycheck. That includes 23% who said they always lived paycheck to paycheck, 17% who claimed they usually do, and 38% who noted that they sometimes do.

    What was particularly interesting about CareerBuilder's survey is that well-to-do individuals weren't free of financial issues. Roughly 9% of workers making $100,000 or more annually was living paycheck to paycheck, and 59% of these highest-income folks were carrying around debt. In the middle-income to middle-upper-income bracket of $50,000 to $99,999 in annual income, 28% were living paycheck to paycheck, and 70% were in debt.

    Debt itself proved to be a major issue for a majority of workers, regardless of their income -- and it's a big reason workers are struggling to save money. Just 19% of workers surveyed admitted to saving more than $501 monthly, while at the other end of the spectrum, 56% were saving less than $100 a month, including 26% with no monthly savings whatsoever.

    When questioned, less than a third (32%) of respondents admitted to following a detailed monthly budget, and a number of respondents refused to give up certain luxuries, despite their financial woes. For example, 54% refused to give up their internet connection, 53% wouldn't give up their mobile device, and 48% wouldn't stop driving, to lower their monthly expenses and save money.

    In all, the American labor force is in a sad state, financially.



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    Meanwhile, in other news:



    U.S. Women Control the Purse Strings

    http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insight...e-strings.html

    Women have tremendous spending power in America today—and it’s growing. Market estimates about their total purchasing power varies, ranging anywhere from $5 trillion to $15 trillion annually. And the scope of that spending is notably vast. Fleishman-Hillard Inc. estimates that women will control two-thirds of the consumer wealth in the U.S. over the next decade and be the beneficiaries of the largest transference of wealth in our country’s history—compelling insight for anyone curious about who’s keeping the U.S. economy going these days.

    In addition to handling the bulk of the purchasing decisions for consumer goods in the U.S., they’re also likely to influence or manage many other big ticket purchases—homes, autos, appliances, furniture, etc.—not to mention a large portion of the apparel, groceries and everyday purchases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Meanwhile, in other news:



    U.S. Women Control the Purse Strings

    http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insight...e-strings.html

    Women have tremendous spending power in America today—and it’s growing. Market estimates about their total purchasing power varies, ranging anywhere from $5 trillion to $15 trillion annually. And the scope of that spending is notably vast. Fleishman-Hillard Inc. estimates that women will control two-thirds of the consumer wealth in the U.S. over the next decade and be the beneficiaries of the largest transference of wealth in our country’s history—compelling insight for anyone curious about who’s keeping the U.S. economy going these days.

    In addition to handling the bulk of the purchasing decisions for consumer goods in the U.S., they’re also likely to influence or manage many other big ticket purchases—homes, autos, appliances, furniture, etc.—not to mention a large portion of the apparel, groceries and everyday purchases.
    In other news, correlation doesn't equal causation. What more and more people living pay cheque to pay cheque has to do with women having more spending power is beyond me. Btw, there are also more women in society than me, women might make up more of the grocery, back to school shopping runner etc but the majority of the time, it is still the men that control the money.

    In terms of earning, men still make way more than women and no I don't think it is due to gender pay discrimination.
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    Just how they want things.
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    And in more, other, news:

    In recent elections, voter turnout rates for women have equaled or exceeded voter turnout rates for men. Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between four and seven million more votes than men in recent elections. In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion [of] female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of made adults who voted.

    https://www.thoughtco.com/more-likel...or-men-3534271


    The U.S. is now over $20 trillion in debt

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/her...ebt-2017-03-30

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    And in more, other, news:

    In recent elections, voter turnout rates for women have equaled or exceeded voter turnout rates for men. Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between four and seven million more votes than men in recent elections. In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion [of] female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of made adults who voted.

    https://www.thoughtco.com/more-likel...or-men-3534271


    The U.S. is now over $20 trillion in debt

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/her...ebt-2017-03-30

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    Quote Originally Posted by juleswin View Post
    In terms of earning, men still make way more than women and no I don't think it is due to gender pay discrimination.
    Small compensation...

    The typical male U.S. worker earned less in 2014 than in 1973

    https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/t...-than-in-1973/

    The typical man with a full-time job–the one at the statistical middle of the middle–earned $50,383 last year, the Census Bureau reported this week.

    The typical man with a full-time job in 1973 earned $53,294, measured in 2014 dollars to adjust for inflation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Small compensation...

    The typical male U.S. worker earned less in 2014 than in 1973

    https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/t...-than-in-1973/

    The typical man with a full-time job–the one at the statistical middle of the middle–earned $50,383 last year, the Census Bureau reported this week.

    The typical man with a full-time job in 1973 earned $53,294, measured in 2014 dollars to adjust for inflation.
    Well, there are more women in the work force in 2914 than they were in 1973. Some of the industries men dominated have downsized and industries women dominated have seen growth. But the bigger question is this, how is any of this women's doing?
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    I let Mrs O buy the important stuff like toilet paper and bandaids . I let her use her money so she feels empowered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    When questioned, less than a third (32%) of respondents admitted to following a detailed monthly budget, and a number of respondents refused to give up certain luxuries, despite their financial woes. For example, 54% refused to give up their internet connection, 53% wouldn't give up their mobile device, and 48% wouldn't stop driving, to lower their monthly expenses and save money.
    I wouldn't consider webbernet so much a "luxury" anymore. Plenty of employers assume you have ready access to it, and using public wi-fi isn't safe for certain things. Plus many companies are nowadays just putting their product manuals on the webbernets because it's cheaper and easier. I suspect a "luxury" connection would be part of a cable TV bundle.
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    What was particularly interesting about CareerBuilder's survey is that well-to-do individuals weren't free of financial issues. Roughly 9% of workers making $100,000 or more annually was living paycheck to paycheck, and 59% of these highest-income folks were carrying around debt. In the middle-income to middle-upper-income bracket of $50,000 to $99,999 in annual income, 28% were living paycheck to paycheck, and 70% were in debt.
    You don't say? How could that be?...

    Sunnyvale Home Sells For $782,000 Over Asking Price
    September 13, 2017

    SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) – Even in the real estate craziness of the Silicon Valley, the sale of a modest four-bedroom home in a quiet Sunnyvale neighborhood has stirred up quite a buzz.

    While it’s not unusual for bidding wars to erupt over homes in the Bay Area and over-asking offers are more the norm than the exception, what happened at 1129 Prunelle Court has raised the anxiety of many home buyers.

    The home was listed for $1,688,000 and when it finally closed seven days later, it sold for $2,470,000. Bidding for the home had become quite heated as 20 different buyers put in offers.
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...19540393_zpid/
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    crazy.
    * Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.

    * No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

    * Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

    * End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.




    Reprinted from http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/ [Nov. 29, 2011]

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    crazy.
    You probably thought it would be a mansion or something.

    This is a beachhead for wealthy immigration from Asia. Some pay cash, others have no problem taking out massive loans, as their backup plan is to flee back home if prices drop. Part of it is the job market, but more than anything it is overcrowding.

    Ironically, the local leftists blame this on jobs and high tech companies. While that is part of the reason for increased demand, they completely ignore immigration as a cause. They would rather not have jobs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    You probably thought it would be a mansion or something.

    This is a beachhead for wealthy immigration from Asia. Some pay cash, others have no problem taking out massive loans, as their backup plan is to flee back home if prices drop. Part of it is the job market, but more than anything it is overcrowding.

    Ironically, the local leftists blame this on jobs and high tech companies. While that is part of the reason for increased demand, they completely ignore immigration as a cause. They would rather not have jobs.
    This is just not true, first of all it is not easy for foreigners to get mortgage from American banks and in the even they get one, I bet they are made to put down a good down payment on the house. Now if your argument is that these Asian investors after putting in 30% or so on an overpriced house and after fixing it up to their standards would quickly abandon their new house and leave it up to the banks when prices start to drop, why is any different from what most American family would do when they are underwater on their property and more importantly, why is this a bad thing? I ask this question cos from your posting about this subject, you make it sound like it is bad for the community.

    This mindset that immigrats bringing in foreign investment to your country is somehow bad for the community needs to end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juleswin View Post
    This is just not true, first of all it is not easy for foreigners to get mortgage from American banks and in the even they get one, I bet they are made to put down a good down payment on the house. Now if your argument is that these Asian investors after putting in 30% or so on an overpriced house and after fixing it up to their standards would quickly abandon their new house and leave it up to the banks when prices start to drop, why is any different from what most American family would do when they are underwater on their property and more importantly, why is this a bad thing? I ask this question cos from your posting about this subject, you make it sound like it is bad for the community.

    This mindset that immigrats bringing in foreign investment to your country is somehow bad for the community needs to end.
    You have no evidence that it is not true. I have seen it first hand during the last housing bubble. Chinese H1-Bs bragging about how many houses they had accumulated via no money down loans. When it burst, they just went back to China.

    And yes, housing being treated like a commodity and speculation driving prices through the roof is bad for a community. Money spent on on oversized mortgages can not be spent in any other part of the economy. The point of this thread is that many people live paycheck to paycheck, and huge mortgages and high rents are some of the reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    You have no evidence that it is not true. I have seen it first hand during the last housing bubble. Chinese H1-Bs bragging about how many houses they had accumulated via no money down loans. When it burst, they just went back to China.

    And yes, housing being treated like a commodity and speculation driving prices through the roof is bad for a community. Money spent on on oversized mortgages can not be spent in any other part of the economy.
    The point of this thread is that many people live paycheck to paycheck, and huge mortgages and high rents are some of the reasons.
    Disagree. A house is a durable good. Outside FED and gov'ment manipulation, "good" is subjective. Higher market prices are "good" for existing home owners-especially those who want to borrow against the value of the home or sell soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    You have no evidence that it is not true. I have seen it first hand during the last housing bubble. Chinese H1-Bs bragging about how many houses they had accumulated via no money down loans. When it burst, they just went back to China.

    And yes, housing being treated like a commodity and speculation driving prices through the roof is bad for a community. Money spent on on oversized mortgages can not be spent in any other part of the economy. The point of this thread is that many people live paycheck to paycheck, and huge mortgages and high rents are some of the reasons.
    For many foreign-born individuals living in the United States, owning a home is one of the cornerstones of the American dream. But there’s a conception among some non-U.S. citizens that there’s no way they can obtain a mortgage, thus creating a huge barrier to that goal. In fact, the National Association of Realtors estimates that 60% of homes purchased by international buyers were all-cash transactions, as opposed to just one-third of domestic sales.

    Certainly, buying a home can present certain challenges if you’re not a citizen. But the reality is that many lenders are willing to extend credit to non-citizens – sometimes without a credit history in the United States. Non-citizens can even qualify for government-insured mortgages, which have the advantage of requiring low down payments.

    One point to keep in mind is that the requirements for getting a home loan depend in large part on one’s residency status. Most borrowers tend to fall within one of the following groups:

    Permanent residents with a green card (Form I-551)
    Non-permanent residents with a valid work visa (E1, E2, H1B, H2A, H2B, H3, L1 and G1-G4)
    “Foreign nationals,” whose primary residence is not in the U.S.

    Generally, it’s much easier to get a loan if you fall into one of the first two categories. That’s because mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – which buy the majority of home loans on the secondary market – have pretty much the same guidelines for green card and work visa holders as anyone else. The main caveat is that the lender has to verify the legal residency of the applicant. (See Getting A U.S. Visa For Entrepreneurs & Investors for some routes to legal residency.)

    However, foreign nationals don’t conform to Fannie or Freddie standards, so lenders have to keep these loans on their own books. Because the bank assumes more risk this way, it’s more likely to require a substantial down payment.

    Keep in mind that the Federal Housing Administration, which has relatively low credit score requirements and insists on just 3.5% down, is another option for non-U.S. citizens. It offers the same loan terms as it does to other buyers, provided the borrower shows proof of permanent residency in the U.S. (see Understanding FHA Loans).

    If you’re a non-permanent resident seeking an FHA mortgage, you have to use the home as a primary residence and supply a valid Social Security number and Employment Authorization Document. This means that the agency does not extend mortgages to non-residents just planning to use the home occasionally.
    Read more: Getting a Mortgage for Non U.S. Citizens | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/articles...#ixzz4sqv6UUkY
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    Well, it seems like it was a 1 in a million event that your Chinese H1b visa friends were able to qualify for no money down mortgages to buy up all those houses. And I know they say a foreigner can easily get federally insured mortgages if you have a green card but my dad who had a green card at the time (before it was taken away he was out of the country for too long) was rejected by all the banks we visited when he tried to get a mortgage for just one vacation house in the states. He had a good paying job, fantastic credit but since he wasn't a citizen and wasn't living in the country at the time, he couldn't get one. This was around the peak of the housing bubble in 2005/2006 period.

    Essentially what I am trying to say is that your anecdotal story about your Chinese friends is the rare exception and not the rule.

    I generally think your criticism of foreign investment comes from poor understanding of the market and economics. Think of it this way, lets just imagine the realistic worst case scenario happens and this Asian mortgage holder splits after his housing investment goes underwater. So, lets imagine he put in 10% down payment on the house, did some renovation on it and paid property taxes/monthly payment for 1 year and then left everything to the bank after the values dropped.

    In this scenario, the previous owner made out like bandit, the state govt coffers would be richer, even the bank depending on how much the house dropped in value may even make some money and lastly some perspective home buys might have to wait a bit for a correction to buy their new home. The point is that the society in aggregate has more money because of the foreigners investment than without the investment.

    Also, this idea that the idle money is bad for business is liberal thinking. Lets just imagine that the previous owner who got all that money he/she got from the sale put it all under his/her bed and left it there. No scratch that, lets imagine he burned all the money in the fire place, that would just mean that all the other money in circulation would just have a little bit more value to it i.e everyone with a dollar just got richer. That also means that savers would be getting a little bit higher interest rates on their bank deposits.

    People living pay cheque to pay cheque has nothing to do with foreigners investing in the US's economy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juleswin View Post
    This is just not true, first of all it is not easy for foreigners to get mortgage from American banks and in the even they get one, I bet they are made to put down a good down payment on the house. Now if your argument is that these Asian investors after putting in 30% or so on an overpriced house and after fixing it up to their standards would quickly abandon their new house and leave it up to the banks when prices start to drop, why is any different from what most American family would do when they are underwater on their property and more importantly, why is this a bad thing? I ask this question cos from your posting about this subject, you make it sound like it is bad for the community.

    This mindset that immigrats bringing in foreign investment to your country is somehow bad for the community needs to end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    Zippy 2.0
    No kidding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post


    crazy.
    I could buy that here 70 - 85 or less be my guess .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    In all, the American labor force is in a sad state, financially.
    Not for the super rich, which I will be someday
    It's all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it's fitness or whatever. It's about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it.
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    The take away for me is that there is actually 123 million full time workers. MAGA!
    Theye have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    Theye have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    Theye kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

    Theye have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    Theye plundered and destroyed the lives of our people.

    Theye are at this time transporting Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    The take away for me is that there is actually 123 million full time workers. MAGA!
    That is almost 80% of the labor force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    That is almost 80% of the labor force.
    So 1 in 10 americans are not hand to mouth ? Thats third world numbers . We look a little fat for that ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    So 1 in 10 americans are not hand to mouth ? Thats third world numbers . We look a little fat for that ......
    Paycheck to paycheck is not necessarily the same as "hand to mouth". Hand to mouth means making barely enough to get necessities. Paycheck to paycheck means they don't save which can include that they spend everything on wants. One could live paycheck to paycheck and have two cars, a TV in every room, etc. Most Americans are a very long ways from Third World living conditions.

    https://www.becomingminimalist.com/clutter-stats/

    1. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).

    2. The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR).

    3. And still, 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).

    4. While 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle. (U.S. Department of Energy).

    5. The United States has upward of 50,000 storage facilities, more than five times the number of Starbucks. Currently, there is 7.3 square feet of self storage space for every man, woman and child in the nation. Thus, it is physically possible that every American could stand—all at the same time—under the total canopy of self storage roofing (SSA).

    6. British research found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily (The Telegraph).

    7. 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).

    8. The average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine (Forbes).

    9. The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually (Forbes).

    10. While the average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year (Huffington Post).

    11. Nearly half of American households don’t save any money (Business Insider).

    12. But our homes have more television sets than people. And those television sets are turned on for more than a third of the day—eight hours, 14 minutes (USA Today).

    13. Some reports indicate we consume twice as many material goods today as we did 50 years ago (The Story of Stuff).

    14. Currently, the 12 percent of the world’s population that lives in North America and Western Europe account for 60 percent of private consumption spending, while the one-third living in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa accounts for only 3.2 percent (Worldwatch Institute).

    15. Americans donate 1.9% of their income to charitable causes (NCCS/IRS). While 6 billion people worldwide live on less than $13,000/year (National Geographic).

    16. Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ($100 billion) than on higher education (Psychology Today).

    17. Shopping malls outnumber high schools. And 93% of teenage girls rank shopping as their favorite pastime (Affluenza).

    18. Women will spend more than eight years of their lives shopping (The Daily Mail).

    19. Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items.The research found we lose up to nine items every day—or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list (The Daily Mail).

    20. Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods—in other words, items they do not need (The Wall Street Journal).

    21. The $8 billion home organization industry has more than doubled in size since the early 2000’s—growing at a staggering rate of 10% each year (Uppercase).
    Last edited by Zippyjuan; 09-16-2017 at 12:02 PM.
    "The only thing we have to fear is.... fear itself!" Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
    "Be afwaid. Be berry afwaid" Donald Trump.

    The optimists built this country and made it great- not the fearful. Fear can only destroy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Paycheck to paycheck is not necessarily the same as "hand to mouth". Hand to mouth means making barely enough to get necessities. Paycheck to paycheck means they don't save which can include that they spend everything on wants. One could live paycheck to paycheck and have two cars, a TV in every room, etc. Most Americans are a very long ways from Third World living conditions.

    https://www.becomingminimalist.com/clutter-stats/
    Well , I clean out my 1 1/2 car garage every winter so the Mrs can park in there if it is to snow ( I use the other half for a tool shop ) , but she never does and just puts more overflow in there from her sewing shop .I have spent more on watches than higher education . My clothing budget is probably less than 50 per yr .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Paycheck to paycheck is not necessarily the same as "hand to mouth". Hand to mouth means making barely enough to get necessities. Paycheck to paycheck means they don't save which can include that they spend everything on wants. One could live paycheck to paycheck and have two cars, a TV in every room, etc. Most Americans are a very long ways from Third World living conditions.

    https://www.becomingminimalist.com/clutter-stats/
    Becomingminimalist- like I said, they want is to live in tiny boxes. Zippy's here to remind us all of our privilege.
    * Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.

    * No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

    * Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

    * End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.




    Reprinted from http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/ [Nov. 29, 2011]

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    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    So 1 in 10 americans are not hand to mouth ? Thats third world numbers . We look a little fat for that ......
    I think that has to do with the quality of the food that people can afford, as well as the type of jobs. So many of our manufacturing jobs have gone overseas, and we are left with a lot less physical jobs, which I think also contributes to our overall fatness. And yes, other factors involved too, like time to exercise, motivation, etc.
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    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintian an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    I think that has to do with the quality of the food that people can afford, as well as the type of jobs. So many of our manufacturing jobs have gone overseas, and we are left with a lot less physical jobs, which I think also contributes to our overall fatness. And yes, other factors involved too, like time to exercise, motivation, etc.
    Thats true , poor people probably eat crappy . When I was a kid poor people and middle class people were skinny because they had to work hard .

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    The take away for me is that there is actually 123 million full time workers. MAGA!
    How many of those are tax tick "workers" though?

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