Blue skies are gonna cloud up, put on a worried face…

This could be a picture of our financial outlook for Chico.

This could be a picture of our financial outlook for Chico.

I’m watching Nightly Business Report, a story about raising minimum wage. Here’s an interesting comment – California has a disproportionate number of low-paid workers, but has one of the highest costs of living in the US. Guess why? 

Our public workers make too much money. They expect to make three to five times the median family income, but pay us shit to wait on them hand and foot – take care of their kids, grow and manage their food, fix their cars, build their posh houses, install their granite counter tops – for $5 an hour. 

Meanwhile the stock market is falling and predictions are bleak. Omg! Abercrombie and Fitch has lost a quarter of their sales, and expects Christmas to be a bust! They mention that spending is down among young people, but don’t mention why – a lot of those public workers are getting laid off, and they can’t afford to keep their 20-something kids anymore. Their children are dropping out of college because they can’t afford even the rudiments of living – like a car to get to school/work, or gas to put in it. Buy Christmas presents? You’ve got to be kidding. 

Get ready for my Book In Common – A Christmas Carol. 


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