Thursday, November 20, 2003

Expectations at Mother Jones
See, this is what I was talking about. (Only part of the story is online.) Mother Jones is arguing that the Bush tax cuts are destroying America and they focus on one Sam Jefferson who lost his textile job. (I've posted before on the upside to job losses.) Jefferson has had to cut back and now the services poor people depend on have been heartlessly cut by Bush. And then we get this (print only):

Part of Jefferson's problem is that with two teenagers at home, he needs a job that pays at least the $33,000 a year he was making at the mill.

What a country! Making less than $33,000 is hardship. According to the Global Rich List, Jefferson is in the top 5.38% richest people in the world. There are 5,677,022,058 people who make less. I don't make half of what he made and I live in super-expensive Washington, while he lives in rural North Carolina. I know it's unpleasant to be unemployed, but the rhetoric is out of proportion.

Meanwhile, Mother Jones is looking for five interns who will work for $100 per month. Does that add up to $33,000? If you are really good, you might get a fellowship worth $1,176 per month. That's a wee bit short as well. They don't say how much they will pay a new Investigative Editor, but a freelancer can get $150 for a 1000 word piece. That's 220 stories to earn $33,000.

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