I recently saw this article entitled showing how much money you need to live comfortably in the 50 biggest cities. There were a couple of interesting things I noticed as I flipped through the slides, but the thing that jumped out at me the most is that the most expensive cities to live are usually the liberal/”progressive”/left-leaning cities:

  • San Francisco: $119,570
  • Boston: $84,422
  • Washington, DC: $83,104
  • New York: $87,446
  • Los Angeles: $74,371
  • Denver: $62,842
  • Portland: $60,195

One the one hand, this isn’t in any way surprising. Safe Zones Cities full of liberal, whining lefties are likely to accept high taxes and all the other dangers of living among other whiny liberals. I’m sure they think it’s a fair price to pay for never having to have their ideas challenged or threatened by reality. They can sit among their own kind and screech at the rest of the world that’s so offensive, racist, and any other -ist or anti--ist or whatever they’re always crying about when they don’t get their way. And fortunately for me, I don’t ever plan to live in any of those places (again, in the case of Denver — though we didn’t live in Denver itself).

I can’t really fathom what they’re always on about because I have a brain and can think and can choose to not be offended at literally everything! I can even *gasp!* choose not to be offended at all.

On a related note, there have been more fast-food “protests” recently where the people who normally would be messing up your order are out complaining that they’re not getting $15/hour to do so. They claim they “deserve” this rate; that their work entitles them to this rate. It’s utter nonsense, of course. They’ve proven they don’t deserve the minimum wage they’re making now because they’re not, you know, working when they’re out in the car park holding signs.

Personally in our family, we’ve eliminated almost all fast food from our diet. We were pretty discriminating to begin with, but since this “fight for 15” BS started, we’ve aggressively cut back on the fast-food places we spend our money. Which is something these short-sighted whiners can’t grasp because they don’t have the capability to think about it: I have to find value in the product they’re selling. And I already feel there’s no value in places like Taco Bell and McDonald’s. There will be even less value for even more people once the price of this poison shoots up to cover a $15/hour “living wage”. Whatever that is.

Okay, so liberal hypocrisy isn’t hard to find. It’s like swatting at nothing: it’s guaranteed you’ll hit it. But looking at the numbers, I simply can’t understand how liberals function. They (liberals) think this “fight for 15” helps the fast-food worker (it doesn’t), but they’ve also managed to making living in these safe zones places too expensive for these fast-food workers. Even if they got the $15/hour they don’t deserve, fast-food workers wouldn’t be able to afford to live in any of those liberal strongholds. Assuming the typical 40-hour work week, $15/hour is $31,200 per year.

Here’re the differences between what the study says they need to live comfortably and what they’d be making. In all but one city, the difference is already more than their proposed yearly income would be:

  • San Francisco: $88,370
  • Boston: $53,222
  • Washington, DC: $51,904
  • New York: $56,246
  • Los Angeles: $43,171
  • Denver: $31,642
  • Portland: $28,995

Understand I’m not arguing against paying people what they’re worth; I absolutely think employers need to pay people what they’re worth. (I also think sometimes the minimum wage laws mean people get paid more than what they’re worth).

Here comes a not-so-secret inconvenient truth:

You usually know what rate you’ll be getting when you accept a position.

This is true for nearly everyone in nearly every position. If you don’t like the terms of the offer, don’t accept it. You don’t need a college degree to work in fast food — you don’t even need a high-school diploma. If you have either of those, you should presumably have the ability to understand what I’m saying. If you accept the terms of employment, you have nothing to complain about. If women don’t like the supposed wage gap, they don’t have to accept the offer. It’s as simple as that.

We live in an (ostensibly) free country. You don’t need a passport to move between states or cities. If your costs of living are higher than your income, move. You can do that. You’re allowed to do it.
I know it’s easier to sit around and whine, but that solves nothing. Quit whining, and make the change. Be responsible for your own self and your own future. I know it’s very scary, little liberal, but once you do it enough, you’ll learn how to think for yourself.

Good luck.


4 thoughts on “Income

  1. rissa0421

    This is absolutely brilliant and so well written! Thanks for the read. Would love to share on my Twitter account, please let me know if you have a Twitter handle so I can tag you. Keep up the great work!

  2. Carol Reamy

    I don’t think I’d ever consciously made the connection between liberal values and high-cost-of-living cities although it comes as no surprise. I appreciated this article.

    1. matt Post author

      These two items crossed my attention within a couple of days of each other, and I found the numbers interesting. As the article says, “living comfortably” is subjective, and I have no doubt people live comfortably in those places for less.
      So in all honesty, liberal values and a high cost of living aren’t necessarily linked… But it’s an interesting enough glance at the issue to raise the question.


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