Business Insider published an article July 15, 2010 called:
“22 Statistics That Prove the Middle Class is Being Systematically Wiped Out of Existence in America”
So in honor of my extermination, and probably yours too, let’s take a closer look and see if it’s true.
To begin, let’s examine one of the “inciting events” the author gives for our death sentence:
“What do most Americans have to offer in the marketplace other than their labor? Not much. The truth is that most Americans are absolutely dependent on someone else giving them a job. But today, U.S. workers are “less attractive” than ever.”
I’m not a smart dresser, particularly since I started working for myself—in fact, when I was told recently that the dress code for a gathering was “business casual,” I had to clarify that it didn’t mean boxer briefs, an open robe, two-fisted coffee, and tousled hair.
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But “less attractive?!” C’mon, now, what’s not to like? Maybe I’m depressed and struggling…okay, a bit grungy too…But at least I know the chemical name of caffeine (it’s 1-3-7-trimethylxanthine).
I guess “absolutely dependent” on someone else isn’t exactly right either…most of my friends (most of whom are unemployed and but with “good personalities”) have started their own businesses. It’s the wave of the future, you know, and only smart people do it. Are any of us successful? Well…give us a break. We just got started. Who defines success by making money anyway.
I’m not dead yet and I’m going down fighting.
Next up: Statistic Number 1 of 22 that I’m being exterminated.