The Middle Class Is Still Waiting For The Rising Tide To Lift It, Just As It Lifted The 1%

The Middle Class Is Still Waiting For The Rising Tide To Lift It, Just As It Lifted The 1%

Universal basic income, the rising tide to lift all boats.

We've all heard the old adage "a rising tide lifts all boats". It's a nice idea, but hearing today that the economic recession is over, many Americans are wondering where the "rising tide" has gone, and why it hasn't lifted them out of their troubles. If you're the visual type, perhaps this graph will better explain my point.

You can see just before 1980 the two lines diverge, productivity keeps going up, but Hourly Compensation stagnates. So, with more productivity, there should be more money, so - where has all that money gone?

Well, here is another graph to try and explain that:

After the 1980s the income for the top 1% began to skyrocket. This is a pretty large gap, and I am sure I do not need to go into the effects of this too much, I think many of us have felt them. One thing I would like to include though is the effect this has on our economy as a whole.

As put in this Economist article, several economists from the International Monetary Fund said that "one percentage point increase in the income share of the top 20% will drag down growth by 0.08 percentage points over five years, while a rise in the income share of the bottom 20% actually boosts growth".

So the question remains, where is the tide that is supposed to raise all boats? Well, there is one idea that has support from Presidents Nixon, and Carter, and both Maritn Luther King Jr. and Milton Friedman, it's called Universal Basic Income.

A Universal Basic Income (or UBI) is pretty much what it sounds like, everyone in a country receiving a specified amount of money.

There are different versions, some would give everyone just enough to be above the poverty line, others involve disposing of the welfare system entirely, and others would see that all money is evenly distributed to everyone.

It has been favored by so many for being so easy (as in so little bureaucracy, just need to give the money to everyone somehow). There is little room to discriminate, everyone gets the same amount, and it would be a step towards ending income inequality, including the problems of growth mentioned earlier.

So at this point what needs to be done is allow this idea to be tested in forefronts of political dialogue, just as it was in the 1970s. Alaska has a version of a UBI, and it seems Hawaii might be looking into it as well. Hillary Clinton thought of having it as a part of her platform, and Obama and Sanders have mentioned the idea as something to consider. But at the end of the day, UBI is a way of giving everyone in America a chance at living with dignity.

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.

"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Joe Mullins

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Teachers Are Better Influences On Generations Than Politicians

Being able to debate with an opponent had to come from somewhere.


I've always wanted to influence the world. When I was 7-years-old, I wanted to be a movie star (deep down I still do). At 14-years-old, I wanted to be a writer. I now want to be a teacher.

"Really?" people ask. "A teacher?"

Despite the "bad" pay, annoying parents, and lots of homework being a teacher is the best way to influence the world because you are influencing the next generation of adults; the next politicians, movie stars, doctors and more. It's a teacher that can make or break a child. They can right wrongs that may happen at home and provide guidance, not just for their future in the workforce, but their future in life.

That's just being a teacher in general though. I don't believe a history teacher can have the same influence as an English teacher. English is used all the time no matter what you do and because of that being an English teacher is the best subject to influence in many ways. By being a teacher, I can guide kids through some of their toughest years and help them find their passion, and as an English teacher, I can do so much more as well. Let me teach you how words are the way to connect, to teach, to influence, to resolve and create. ]

As an English teacher, I can educate the next generation on how to be heard as an adult, even when the world thinks you are just a child. As an English teacher, I can educate the next generation on how to resolve problems in ways that both parties can feel at ease and content, which is something we need more of in the chaotic world we live in. As an English teacher, I can help someone discover the power of persuasion, the power of making connections between seemingly irrelevant things, and the power to create with words. By being an English teacher, I can teach the next generation how to speak and be heard, and to speak kindly, but with a fierceness to be reckoned with. I can teach these kids how to speak as adults, to write like lovers and like CEOs and presidents.

Being a teacher has its ups and its downs, however, it is the best way to influence the world. And being an English teacher has the ability to change it completely.

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