Posted 10 years ago on Sept. 29, 2012, 11:10 a.m. EST by richardkentgates
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I am currently living with family after the last 5 hellish years in this economy and losing a $13 an hour job as an ATM technician. I'm now back to cooking at $10 an hour which is average in my area, $13 being the limit and $11 being the likely top pay. Overtime is never given in restaurants, they instead will hire additional part time employees to prevent this, as per design of overtime laws so 35 hours is the average work week. Lets do the paycheck math.
I get paid every two weeks so we'll call a paycheck 700. Let do those deductions.
-$35 for Social Security
-$15 for medicare
=$650 every two weeks.
=$1,300 per month
This is of course assuming the payroll tax holiday Obama passed doesn't expire because then I would also have to pay actual payroll taxes.
So my average income is 1,300 per month. Lets do the bills. (Budget is based on myself and my two kids that I have about 3 days a week)
$650 per month for an apartment one step above ghetto.
$150 average electric bill for an all electric apartment.
$65 average water bill.
$180 average in gas for my 1.5 liter car.
$35 for car insurance.
$49 per month for communications.
$300 for groceries.
and I'm spent. If my car breaks, if we need clothing, If I have to buy new shoes for work, if my kids get sick and need medicine. Ect...
What does it all mean?
I don't collect food stamp or any government assistance. I do not get assistance from charity or any other organizations. I pay my way, as it should be. I don't want your safety net, I'm glad it's there but I don't want it.
I want to work and make a living. I bust my ass day in and day out, I am supposed to produce each ticket (ordered food) in less than 7 minutes, regardless of the number of tickets (haha, food safety). I hurt so bad at the end of the day that I spend my afternoons hunched over and unable to engage in any other physical activities. I spend my free time pursuing self employment through my drive and creativity into the web development field.
I don't collect from the system and I work my ass off so you understand when people talk trash about how I'm poor because I suck off the government tit and I'm not applying myself, you'll excuse my anger, you'll understand why to say something like what Romney said and then to stand within arms reach of myself is not in his interest. Yeah, I hate the rich, I loath the wealthy. What, you think I should hide the fact, pretend that I see them equally as human beings? Well I don't. I see the wealthy as taking advantage, living in multi-million dollar homes and driving luxury cars, living it up, off of my labor while my kids go without. I see them as soulless subhuman pieces of shit. Is it any wonder?
[Don't give me your pity party that restaurant owners don't make that much, I live in one of the biggest tourist spots in the world, I know exactly how profitable my labor is.]