The 1984 you is the weak link they can push and squeeze. Just like Walmart does it to their people.
Either your not understanding me, or im not understanding you. The point I was trying to make is that in 1984 I think I was living fairly well for a young kid working a menial job.
Like I say, after bills and living expenses .......I could have saved 25% of each paycheck had I wanted to. How many working families could do that today? Save a quarter of their takehome? Not many.....to say the least.
Other thing is.....Wage increases never really keep pace with real inflation. It just gradually happens over time , until suddenly,... you find yourself running like a rat on a wheel never able to snag that illusive piece of cheese.....