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David Schuler

Perhaps, just perhaps, this experience might also show a few folks just how risky living paycheck to paycheck can be and that a few dollars in the bank in place of the latest iPhone might not be a bad idea. That could be a new 'normal' that would benefit everyone.

Paul Sivon

Work up a budget based on $15 - 20 thousand a year, live it, and enjoy the working poor lifestyle.

Bailey Jones

Perhaps, just perhaps, this experience might also show a few folks just how risky living paycheck to paycheck can be and that paying our essential workers a decent living wage with health care benefits might not be a bad idea. That could be a new 'normal' that would benefit everyone.

Wayne D Holt

A handful of American billionaires are $50 billion with a "b" richer after a few months of efficient pruning of the working poor, the middle class and everyone who doesn't have a US senator on speed dial.

We need to ask ourselves how we can accept the pain tens of millions are feeling and yet have a system in place during this emergency that rewards the obscenely rich...with more riches.

This level of injustice and economic imbalance usually leads to an attempt to right it outside the system...often with violence at some point. If we want the American system to continue, we have no choice but to figure out a way to make it work for everyone, not just the oligarchs at the top of the food chain. That's a precarious position to be in when you're seen as a social parasite rather than benefactor.

Bailey Jones

[thumbup] Someone woke up on the Progressive side of the bed today!

Wayne D Holt

Bailey, I toss and turn politically but always get a good night's sleep if I'm honest in my positions. [smile]

The system that created the America of song and story wasn't one where the richest 0.01% took the lion's share and impoverished the vast majority of Americans. It was a place where initiative, hard work and a better idea combined to bless this country with the greatest wealth for the common person than in all of history...far, far from perfect, but still the most opportunity ever offered to the most people.

I'm all for hard work but why are we surprised when people see that working your tail off means nothing to many companies if the CEO and board can slash wages and benefits to give themselves another pay hike? How can these business leaders enjoy the vast wealth they anoint themselves with while tossing people out like trash? I don't understand.

As you've pointed out on many occasions, there are no easy solutions unless and until the heart is changed. When that happens, nothing is impossible.

Maris Helfrich

As the 'ol saying goes, "consider the SOURCE"....and with James C. Harrington, we have a very qualified, dedicated "source" for the topic! Thank you, James, for the succinct, important message about the meaning and the facts about the COVID-19 and its aftermath...I quote a passage that really struck me: " We're bereft of any unifying call to shared sacrifice. Rather, rife individualism and astonishing selfishness have become legitimized. Indeed, the not-so-subtle subtext is to sacrifice people's lives for the economy! "..Thank you for your many years of service for the citizenry as Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

Charlotte O'rourke

What a great editorial! Thanks.

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