Just a quickie about how it’s the small relatively low paying but easy/fun/flexible work situations that are eating up all our money collectively, not so much the Wall Streeters (although they are certainly getting their percentage out of it all).
http://www.kentucky.com/2015/03/21/3761259_meet-the-kentucky-pension-systems.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&rh=1 This is an example. That article is about government work as a family business, with several family members working easy government jobs after one person scored one and then got more family members jobs and feeling very entitled to their pensions precisely because those pensions aren’t six-figure ones. And yes, everyone involved is white. I often see the meme even in the mainstream right wing that this sort of behavior is limited to, well, non-whites and that whites would never engage in such blatant nepotism when working government jobs. It’s funny how people don’t know their own history sometimes.
Another example is ripped from the pages of my life. I pay “nanny taxes” and there was a discrepancy between what I told the IRS and what the state-level government told the IRS (spoiler alert, my records were the accurate ones). The particular discrepancy happens very, very, very frequently. It happens so often there is a guy whose sole job is to deal with this discrepancy. Wisely, he takes generous paid leave during tax season, the only time of year anyone will receive notice of this discrepancy en masse. The other 11 months he only has to deal with it for people who file quarterly, which is not that many people for this particular thing and of course spread out quarterly.
So two more paid full time positions staffed by amiable young women have been generated to do this guy’s job one month out of the year. I have no idea what they do the other 11 months. Three full time government jobs (60k/yr) with generous paid leave and excellent benefits and modest pensions of perhaps 25-30k/year in retirement. All for a known problem that could be fixed with a very minor change to the state-level government’s workflow.
But then three white people, two of them women, would lose their easy desk jobs. This is as corrosive in its way as any welfare mama (who of course provides a half dozen easy desk jobs for nice white people all on her own). But nobody ever speaks out about the epidemic of makework jobs that whites hold when complaining about Wall Street beating up Main Street. It is doing that, but Main Street is own goaling by encouraging bureaucracy without regard to whether it truly serves the citizenry, only whether it’s got flex hours and health benefits and a pension.