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Economy 40% of Americans don't have $500 for emergencies

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  1. Richmma80 Purple Belt

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    This stat was posted awhile back. Who is to blame for 40% of Americans not having 500 bucks? From what I remember, I think the poster blamed the US government.
     
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    I’m for a lot of social programs.

    but there are so many ignorant fucktards out there. I can’t fathom how in the fuck you cant have $500 saved up.

    ignorant stupidity should not be rewarded. These people are either dumb, or made horrible life decisions.

    the only people I feel for are the medical poor. It’s awful and almost criminal. Something needs to change there.
     
  4. genecop Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Who cares who’s fault it is, it’s bad news for everyone..
     
  5. trac209 Red Belt

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    Don’t have or would rather saddle the government with their bills... I find that number very hard to believe.
     
  6. nac386 Steel Belt

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    I would guess that specific statistic is sometimes the fault of bad prioritizing. But I do also believe that many companies do not pay their workers fair wages for the amount of money the companies bring in. For example, nobody who works for a company like Walmart should be poor.

    I do wonder though, if you paid those same 40% of people an extra $5,000 a year, what percentage of them would still not have $500 saved?
     
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    Good Thing I can just call my dad
     
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    Don't have $500 in cash?

    What about other assets that they could potentially liquidate? Coins, jewelry, electronics, collectibles, etc.?

    Whose fault? Theirs.

    Edit: Ah, I see.

     
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  9. Richmma80 Purple Belt

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    I must be part of the 1% if half the country doesnt have 500 bucks
     
  10. nostradumbass Steel Belt

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    They do have that much, this for an emergency on top of their current bills. And the number that say they couldn't borrow or sell something for it is only 12%

    The companies that make that much do so because of how many employees they have, meaning they would have to downsize and fire a ton of people to be able to afford giving everyone raises. If I take $1 dollar from everyone on earth, I'd be one of those evil billionaires, but that doesn't mean I could afford to give everyone $5 back. For that same reason, that "A CEO makes ___x more than the average employee" is kind of bullshit because that does not mean they could afford to pay everyone that much more. It's not like the boss of some local business with 12 employees is making 100x more than his employees.

    Using your example of Walmart, giving all of their employees an extra $5,000 a year would cost the company $11.5 billion, and the entire company's net income last year was only $6.5B.
     
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    They are.

    Everyone of them had a teacher that warned what would happen if they didn’t pay attention.
     
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    Should I start a business that's called $500 for emergencies? Then loan at huge interest?
     
  13. Kowboy Karl Black Belt

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    $500 bucks barely gets you a bottle of gas station champagne and a box of condoms in an emergency

    can’t imagine facing real problems with a stack of cash like that

    lawyer
    Doctor
    New tires
     
  14. kahiljabroni Black Belt

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    80% of people have a 500$+ phone in their pocket. Most people are dumb asses
     
  15. ultramanhyata Reclimbing Like Mountain Yellow Card

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    "As long as I can create a hypothetical scenario in which the alleged victim of a system could have avoided victimization I have proven that it's no fault of the system." - The Usual Gang of Shergoof's
     
  16. kahiljabroni Black Belt

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    Government should provide 8 hours of free life coaching via Skype for anyone that's willing. Teach a man to fish...don't send him on a monthly fish.
     
  17. Mr Holmes You talking money, need a hearing aid

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    Pathetic
     
  18. kahiljabroni Black Belt

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    Literally 90% of these turds could find themselves in a stable financial situation with a plan and an ounce of discipline
     
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    Sounds like some Americans need to have a can of beans every once in awhile instead of so many steak dinners. At least until enough is saved up.
     
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    You are the flesh man who proves what I asserted wasn't a straw man. Thank you.
     

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