Bernie Sanders is well known for saying that the rich have sucked up everything and they are the reason we are all poor. While I would love to demonize the rich for my crappy life, I’m a skeptic who needs proof, not words. So I set out to find out just how all these rich 1%ers that we love to glorify for some reason are responsible for the death of the American middle class.
The first thing I had to do was find an easy formula that could help me see what was being taken. It couldn’t be something complicated because I wanted normal people to understand the process without having to put time and energy into big mathematical explanations. you know, the kind the politicians and news outlets give you that you have no clue what they mean. I didn’t want that. On a good note, I’m just above average in math compared to the rest of the country, so I couldn’t make it too complicated if I wanted to. So after about a month of studying everything, I got my formula. It’s based off of Bernie Sander’s $15 an hour wage everyone said was impossible to give. The wage took into account that the earnings would be full time, 40 hours a week, and it would be based on a yearly average.
$$$$$ divided by 52, then divided by 40, then divided by $15
That is the formula.
So let’s see how it works, shall we?
What we do is look at extra income of the rich and powerful here in America. I started with Hillary Clinton when I heard she made $12 million in speeches to college students. It enraged me first off because that $12 million had to come from somewhere. Colleges and universities do not grow money trees. It had to come from somewhere, and that somewhere was the student body’s tuition. Do you know a student that didn’t get their degree because they were just a little short of the financial aid to get it? Thank people like Hillary Clinton.
But let’s get down to the numbers, shall we?
Clinton made $12 million in one year from colleges and universities she spoke at. So the first thing I did was check to see how much that made her a week. So I divided the $12 million by 52, for the weeks in a year. That gives me roughly $230, 769 she was making weekly giving speeches. I divided that by 40, converting that money into what she would take home per hour on your average full-time job. (Mind you she wasn’t actually working full time with her speeches. It was an hour here and an hour there). So, $230,769 divided by 40 is: about $5,769 she made per hour, assuming a 40 hour, full time job was being done.
Now let’s see, from what we have as her hourly pay, how many $15 an hour jobs she sucked out of those colleges that could have gone to students trying to get their degrees. $5, 769 divided by $15 is: 384!
Just in one year of speeches, Hillary Clinton took 384 full-time jobs at $15 an hour out of the economy. And she took it from the people who needed the money the most. College kids. And that is just one place she soaked up the money for vital job creation.
According to Bloomberg, the Clinton family made $139 million in eight years giving speeches to corporations and other places that weren’t universities. So let’s break that down. First we need to break it down into what was made per year. $139 million divided by 8 years is $17, 375,000 per year. Now that we have a yearly wage, let’s see how many $15 an hour jobs they took from businesses that could have used that money to hire more people, shall we?
$17, 375,000 divided by 52 is: $334, 134 made per week.
$334,134 divided by 40 is: $8,353 per hour the Clintons made.
$8,353 divided by $15 is: 556 full time jobs for a year at $15 an hour they sucked out of the economy.
Add that to the 384 Hillary took from colleges and we have 940 full time jobs at $15 an hour the Clintons forced out of the economy and into their pockets FOR TALKING.
Let me repeat that. They got paid almost 1000 full time jobs at $15 an hour last year for letting air go over their vocal chords.
Don’t you wish you could walk up to a college and demand even $500 from them and then all you had to do for it was stand on the football field and say what you think politically? If you think that is nuts, realize that Hillary is making $13,000 an HOUR doing just that. And then she isn’t even working those hours. MAYBE 2 hours a week out of the 40 she should be working for it.
The worst part about all this? Hillary isn’t one of the worst offenders. In fact, she is rather low on the list. And she is a politician, not a CEO.
According to Forbes, John Hammergren of McKesson Pharmaceuticals brought in a whopping $131 million in income in 2014. using the formula I’ve given you, you can see he makes as much as 4,198 full-time employees would if they were paid $15 an hour. One man, 4,198 $15 an hour jobs he took out of our economy. For selling prescription drugs that have proven harmful and sometimes fatal to the public.
Talk about your drug dealers getting paid.
I won’t go through every source I went through, and my list hasn’t been completed yet. But going through just the 1%ers and what they earn above and beyond normal profits…(when it comes to big drug companies I compare what they charge to the average costs paid by consumers in other countries and use the remainder as corporate profit margin to be used)…and I have found that, not even finished, if the rich stopped sucking money out of the economy in little scams like the ones the Clinton’s have done with their speeches, and how CEOs have done with price gouging, we would have enough full time, $15 an hour jobs per year to take care of roughly 400,000,000 people. By contrast, America has only 330,000,000 people. Add the 12 million illegal immigrants as well as the 10,000 Syrian refugees republicans say we can’t afford and it still leaves us with around 86 million full time jobs at $15 an hour to give out, or use to give in raises, etc…
If we stop letting the rich steal from us, if we took back the money they greedily grabbed up, everyone could make at least $15 an hour and live comfortably in America. Even the illegals and the refugees that come here. With plenty left over to make life even better for those who actually work hard for it.
But don’t take my word for it. Use the formula and look for yourself. See with your own eyes who the thieves are and where they are draining our economy of it’s life blood. Then join me in taking action.