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  •  Me thinks (4.00)
    ..the appalling wage disparity is a huGe contributor to this conundrum.  When a ditch-digger labors for $5/hr (+/- min wage) for decades (with no hope for increase) ... and (for example) a 'model' makes six-figures (+?) for flaunting their boobs (or biceps) on a 'runway' (or mag-cover) ...oR, a CEO pulls down 400-times a top-blue-collar 'worker's wage (+?) while the blue-colar 'safety net' (retirement, health care, etc) are gutted is the point in "trying"?

    What stumps me is..."we" (i think) outnumber "them"  at a ratio even greater than the 'wage' disparity!?¿ô  ~no?

    (...i gess the Kool-Aid's pretty goOd!? ie. "glitz" "pie-in-sky" .. ??)
    ~Fantasy vs. reality............

    [just my crayyyyzee thots..]

    Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation. ---Jane Addams

    by Orj ozeppi on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 02:05:46 PM PST

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    •  learn2play (none)
      Salary is a function of scarcity, not effort; hence, the model pulls in more bling. Any able person can dig a ditch. Few folks have "what it takes" to be models. Deal.

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