“Over the last 30 years, there has been an unprecedented growth in income inequality. Eighty percent of Americans have seen their wages diminish or stagnate. Now it takes two wage earners in a family to make the equivalent of what one used to earn.”
~Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, New England Council of Carpenters
Chapter Two Questions: Here are some things to ponder
You don't have to answer them all, but answer the ones you care about most or add in your own sentiments. Its your discussion!
- What did you think of the Mark Erlich quote at the beginning of the chapter?
- How does the system of time banking work? How is it different from barter?
- What is the single best step we can take for the poor?
- What do you think are the best steps forward for the lowest economic 20%?
- What economic group do you think the system of time banking can work best for? What do think is the potential of it to help the elderly?
- Are there any assertions in the chapter that you do not agree with?
- Do you think that time banking can help the elderly poor and/or struggling?
- Did you learn anything from the health care chart?
- What was the most interesting piece of information for you in the section on health care, housing and college education costs?