“…one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Is our country indivisible and left undivided? It sure doesn’t seem that way any more. We feel conned by our political system, pushed aside by the outrageously wealthy “one percent,” and Constitutionally abandoned by our politicians.
One of the most confusing aspects of our political system in which every citizen is encouraged to participate is our Elections and our…dun dun dun…Electoral College. Rather than debating its usefulness, legitimacy, and fairness, let’s instead look at an artful alternative to the Electoral College – a United States made of 50 states with equal population.
Does this feel better? Which state would you live in if this was the division of our country?
We are all well aware of the wealth inequality in our country, but interestingly enough, surveys show we think the inequality is more equal than it is in reality! The video below recently went viral:
What’s your reaction to this harsh reality check on the spread of wealth in the USA?
“Out Of Reach” is a side-by-side comparison of wages and an area’s Fair Market Rent for housing by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Their 2012 report is humbling.
The picture you see here shows each state and the number of hours one would need to work per week at minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom unit at Fair Market Rent. Ouch.
Here’s a link to a similar map showing what minimum wage would need to be in each state if working 40 hours a week and affording a two-bedroom unit (PDF): http://ow.ly/itggq
Here’s that map in list form (PDF): http://ow.ly/itgkb
In summary, the most expensive places are:
2. Washington D.C.
4. New Jersey
While the least expensive are:
49. South Dakota
50. West Virginia
52. Puerto Rico
Keep in mind, the US minimum wage is $7.25 per hour…
How does your state stack up? How do we fix this?
Lastly, the male-female pay gap. Even with moves toward equalizing the pay discrepency between women and men, men still make nearly 20% more money than women in nearly every industry. Check out this infographic from Learn Stuff (it’s long, but it’s really neat):
Why is this still happening? How can we change it?
Continuing with this pay gap theme, a report was recently released listing the 10 worst paying cities for women. We here at Imagine Growth Strategy are largely based in Salt Lake City, Utah – so you can imagine our dismay when we saw the top two worst paying cities in the country. Click the picture to link to the article.