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Lets see you say that when you are retired and those kids are paying your social security and medicare.
Feel free to find my posts and point them out to me.
Aside from the obvious, "How do you have kids if you can't afford them?" which seems to be lost on people or conveniently ignored so as not to be labeled racist/elitist...
If you can afford your home, consider yourself lucky. We bought ours in 1991, but could never buy that same house today. I hate to break it to you, but the problem with our economy is not that some people with a middle class income can afford to buy a house.
The median house price on Long Island, not counting the much more expensive eastern part, is about $350,000 and rising. Using the rule of thumb that your home should cost no more than 2.5 times your salary, that means that those tenured teachers are barely able to afford that home. Of course non-tenured teachers aren't likely to be making that much money, and younger teachers are likely to be dealing with student debt.
Not only would you be changing the rules in the middle of the game for those with existing mortgages ...
Many of them are giddy over the deal they have - Not too bad for a 9.5 month gig - plus tutoring opportunities for $100/hr, pension and benefits. Ultra-generous maternity policies. Sabaticals.
Can't speak for the rest of the country, but in New York, especially Long Island, they are killing us! Teachers doing average jobs with their protective tenure making $130K? School District Supers making $300K, plus 6 figs in benefits? The number of civil servants here making 6 figures with automatic increases in salary and pension benefits? The flag person on a state road crew making $60 per hour plus benefits? Why is it OK to pay a carpenter $35/hour for private work but if they work for the state on a prevailing wage project it's at least double? And people wonder why we are going bankrupt?
No, thanks. You shouldn't need it pointed out to you that you've disagreed with comments such as:
"In a modern economy, more people doesn't necessarily translate into more production,"
"... there's a large underclass that simply can't compete for skilled-labor positions. At the same time, the number of unskilled-labor positions is decreasing due to automation and other technological boosts to efficiency (and outsourcing, of course), and they generally do not pay a living wage."
When people have pointed out that adding millions of low-skilled immigrants to a labor pool that already has a substantial surplus of low-skilled labor (and a job market that has a declining number of low-skilled jobs that pay a living wage), you've repeatedly disagreed, saying that such people are a net positive because they "shift the demand curve" (and other such gibberish).
This is something my wife, who is a physician, does not understand. She thinks that she's well paid because saving lives is a good thing. She's wrong. She's well paid because saving lives is a good thing AND VERY FEW PEOPLE ARE QUALIFIED TO DO WHAT SHE DOES.
especially when every teachers' union in America refuses to allow merit-based pay.
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