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The Self-Sufficiency Standard Questions

 

  1. Why does a preschool child add $20,000 to the costs of a single parent in some parts of California, and far less in many other places?
  2. Why are rents so high in California and New York City? Are the apartments much fancier at the 40th percentile?
  3. Why are rents so low in Philadelphia?
  4. Why are rents higher in places where population density is high?
  5. Does the song "New York, New York" talk about life in a high rent area? ("If you can make it here, you'll make it anywhere.")
  6. Who gets the rent money?
  7. Why do renters at the just-getting-by level pay such high taxes? They aren't paying property taxes themselves; those are embedded in their rent. How much of it is payroll taxes?
  8. Only in the least expensive counties are people getting much in the way of tax credit money.
  9. How many of us lack sufficient income to meet our most simply defined needs?
  10. What does the rising price of gas do?
  11. What will happen to rents in the low-cost counties when retiring baby boomers with little home equity to live on move in? Who will benefit from this? Who will be negatively affected?
  12. Why are women willing to have a baby, even though their cost of living rises by $10,000, but reluctant to marry, even though their cost of living only rises it by about $7,000, and a husband is likely to bring income of more than that? (Maybe it is easier to manage on a tight budget with only one adult, rather than negotiating out the vicissitudes of tight-budget living with another adult.)
  13. Might the large share of people whose incomes are below or near the Self-Sufficiency Standard — the just-getting-by level — have some bearing on divorce rates and the number of single parent families?

 

Some answers and links — and probably some more questions — will be added as time goes on.

 

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themes:

cost of living

young people

poverty

poverty's causes

abolishing poverty

housing affordability

barriers to entry

absentee ownership

in one's sleep

paying twice

desperado

all benefits ...

burdening the poor

commuting

is democracy enough?

illusion of freedom

land monopoly capitalism

density

economic justice

effects of not collecting site rent

effects of taxing land value

equity for the landless

homeownershipe

equal opportunity

created equal

fences and small bandages

I was there first!

FIRE sector

God's eldest sons?

industrial slavery

inequality

infrastructure

interconnectedness

intergenerational equity

jobs chasing people

land prices

lowering the price of land

mobility

a society with no victims

not passed on

our daily bread

patchwork remedies

protecting the poor

rack-rented

real estate fortunes

red and blue

regressivie and progressive

rent control

rentiers

reparations

rich get rich

right to life

rights

shining city

heaven

slums

sprawl

small towns

small business

social problems

social surplus

unearned increment

wages

starve government

stakeholder society

ownership

possession

subtle alchemy

widow's skirts

supporting a family

sustainability

the least of these

the cat

theft

wages

wage slaves

Robinson Crusoe

the remedy

transportation

well-provisioned ship

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