Economic Security Beyond Reach of Many Americans says a story in the New York Times.
Yeah… some days it’s like JUMP! :)
Basketballers are US.
In actual fact though, the article is an interesting read. There’s nothing like a blast of reality to bring back an appreciative sense of being employed and also what part time creative activities can help bridge income deficit for the average person. Many people are studying at night in the USA as well as juggling day jobs. People in their twenties especially. They’re so inspiring to me. Their social life is spent in cafes with study books – where they plan essays together and make this their big social night out. Anyway…
The story in The Times ironically written by a writer called Motoko Rich gives a fair account of having a job (short term) vs. a sense of planning ahead beyond that… and how that’s looking in this moment as a snapshot of job averages, etc, using census statistics. I appreciate this writer’s honest as it shows how similar all nation’s are in this regard – during the global economic crises we’ve been going through. It’s the middle class who get hit the most. Perhaps. Here’s Motoko breaking down the bottom line here in America The Beautiful:
“According to a report penned by Joan A. Kuriansky, executive director of Wider Opportunities, whose report is called The Basic Economic Security Tables for the United States, a single worker needs an income of $30,012 a year — or just above $14 an hour — to cover basic expenses and save for retirement and emergencies. That is close to three times the 2010 national poverty level of $10,830 for a single person, and nearly twice the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
A single worker with two young children needs an annual income of $57,756, or just over $27 an hour, to attain economic stability, and a family with two working parents and two young children needs to earn $67,920 a year, or about $16 an hour per worker.
That compares with the national poverty level of $22,050 for a family of four. The most recent data from the Census Bureau found that 14.3 percent of Americans were living below the poverty line in 2009.”
Now back to the twenty-somethings of Hollywood who have got their geek factor going on in an upbeat way here in Hollywood studying hard. They’re American leaders in this moment. They’re not negative, they’re working with what they’ve been given and they’re studying hard to create their own ladder up to the next level of earning opportunity. Winners!
Um… they just have to stop asking me to write a paragraph or two of their essays, because that’s cheating… then we’ll be all good. :)
Photograph courtesy of You Pick Fruit. Seasons to fruit pick in.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.2.11~
MAORI NATIONAL PARTY POP ART HUMOR – A KITE LOGO WITH SOME CLASSIC RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS MUSIC
TOP – A Manu Tukutuku kite to fly over the Takutai Moana (Oceans) while standing on the beach. Art exhibition piece from the Ngai Tahu tribe’s artistic lore of Maori culture. Kite materials are harakeke (flax fronds) and toi toi (or pamper-US grass flowers).
BOTTOM – Patchwork cotton badge for BMW of Germany. Made in China.
MUSIC - Anthony Callea and the lads of The Red Hot Chili Peppers bring us a live version of The Zephyr Song performed at Slane Castle for our listening pleasure today from The Entertainment Capitol of The World via Hollywood’s only South Pacific TV Channel online with Hollywood uploads. Enjoy.
Lyrics follow as poetry, below our fun logo talking point today.
This BMW racing car logo motif was originally posted in movie news featuring the making of the movie I Am Number 4. Seen it yet?
The Zephyr Song Lyrics sound great in a BMW. Lyrics could almost be an unofficial anthem of new, more fun and brighter roads ahead.
I think the old Jewish King, what was his name Solomon? would have approved of these lyrics with a chuckle, somehow, back in the day of his wise rule -
Can I get your hand to write on
Just a piece of led to bite on
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