The Velvet Rope Economy

The Velvet Rope EconomyFrom New York Times Business Reporter Nelson D Schwartz Comes A Gripping Investigation Of How A Virtual Velvet Rope Divides Americans In Every Arena Of Life, Creating A Friction Free Existence For Those With Money On One Side And A Darwinian Struggle For The Middle Class On The Other SideIn Nearly Every Realm Of Daily Life From Health Care To Education, Highways To Home Security There Is An Invisible Velvet Rope That Divides How Americans Live On One Side Of The Rope, For A Price, Red Tape Is Cut, Lines Are Jumped, Appointments Are Secured, And Doors Are Opened On The Other Side, Middle And Working Class Americans Fight To Find An Empty Seat On The Plane, A Place In Line With Their Kids At The Amusement Park, A College Acceptance, Or A Hospital Bed We Are All Aware Of The Gap Between The Rich And Everyone Else, But When We Weren T Looking, Business Innovators Stepped In To Exploit It, Shifting Services Away From The Masses And Finding New Ways To Profit By Serving The Privileged And As Decision Makers And Corporate Leaders Increasingly Live On The Friction Free Side Of The Velvet Rope, They Are Less Inclined To Change Or Even Notice The Obstacles Everyone Else Must Contend With Schwartz S Must Read Book Takes Us On A Behind The Scenes Tour Of This New Reality And Shows The Toll The Velvet Rope Divide Takes On Society Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review I d thought I d start a non fiction book so I wasn t up too late This ended up keeping me up It reads smoothly, transitioning and segueing into different areas without effort I won t say this book didn t trouble mea lot Just this morning we were discussing how Disney has now fallen into this and they are offering VIP seating for the parades, plaid shirt treatment for a price, etc The book delves into how this came about and how it creeps into areas we wouldn t expect, such as medical care I ll be thinking about this book for some time to come Highly recommended. Excellent book The recent results from a Gallup Poll Jan 2018 showed that 36% Americans are dissatisfied with the ability to get ahead by working hard This should not be a surprise for anyone working today for peanuts while exhausting themselves daily for 10c raises as Top Producers Associate of the Months and whatever other title they wiggle in your face to try to achieve.I know this because like many of you I went from upper middle to extreme poverty now officially locked in to the bottom row.You might ask how Well, divorce, bankruptcy, no child support for over a year living on credit to raise a family of four, legal medical expenses, marital credit debt, student loan debt by way that MPA never used to raise 3 kids with son med disabled for life since birth I mention this once again not for sympathy, not empathy, not compassion as I know that s not the norm today but to show that working hard is a farce as it s a tough competition today with not only the college kids but the low salaries, the stagnant wages, the lack of benefits and cutting hours just below F T yes I see you employers , and the work to death motto that leaves you with nothing than higher medical bills.How should I know as I worked at a factory as top producer in two departments while being video taped by my bosses to show others how it s done The garbage guy who didn t work off conveyor, allowed to move freely w o question, never begged for toilet breaks or fresh air circulation from dusty fans overhead made than me working like a nut.I was paid exactly 7.25 hr w 10cent raise with 25 one time bonuses for associate of the month awards.YIPPEEEE I would add that same job pays the same wages from when I worked as a teen now 47 next May Is this the Make America Great Again that they all spoke of so beautifully or are we being sold empty promises and broken dreams ps Malignant Narcissist survivor too So, yes, when I say the welfare to work is to force others into employment w o care or concern for safety or survival I MEAN IT You see while in extreme poverty my son 19 yo now full time college was taken off SSI SSP in March just before graduating high school in May and ironically the same day the welfare to work took effect.Now push forward a few months he then enrolled full time night classes at college 1st yr freshman and he has his food stamps taken awayand they wonder why colleges now have food banks inside of them What the hell is wrong with people You see my family and I were left bankrupt and homeless after divorcing an abusive spouse with an active pfa and violation w his arrest and 3 month probation for enrollment into alcohol and drug and anger management courses.A warrant was issued for his failure to pay and appear for court and child support w 15 k arrears.I had given up career to raise med disabled son w vater syndrome for 19 yrs.I have looked for a job since 2010 separation and 2013 divorce w 3 interviews this after attending job fairs, networking, referrals, cold calls, begging, placing resumes online after updating at undergrad colleges, with linkedin business accounts, etcI was just passed up with my 20 yrs volunteering experience and Points of Light Award for a college girl who was basically on the yearbook staff as a content writer even though I currently work unpaid as a national trade blogger with over 9 major publications producing over 1k reviews yearly at Goodreads NetGalley and having won every award for high reviews and stats.So folks, please do continue with the hard work pays nonsense but it s not what you do it s who you know, how much money you possess, and what your age, race, and other factors like class and credit are in today s world.You see those w o credit can t get jobs, nor housing, nor will landlords rent to those w kids or past abuse histories This is fact You might also not be aware that shelters won t take in women and kids nope just women and they must not be in the facility during the day but seeking work.EBT is not a handout but handup and I know this all too well as I continue to dispose of the myths and misconceptions having had my food insecurities told to every member of Congress in Community Voices.So sure, when those who ve been fed the lies approach me I want to rip their heads off because the stories about welfare recipients and the abuse of the system or the character judgement is so off center and made to be a catch all or nothing response.The facts are when you have welfare providing income than minimum wage employment than you have yourself a huge problem In Pennsylvania, it s 6.53 income if you have to support a family and you can t get paid a living wage to raise a family wouldn t you make the same choice others are now being forced to make Would you think this is milking or survival You tell me.What if you needed benefits because your family member was disabled or suffered other lifelong illnesses or ailments What if I told you employers deliberately pay under 40 hrs to not provide benefits Would you think less of others for seeking benefits to survive Or in my case with spinal stenosis causing leg paralysis, raynaud s phenomenon, severe anemia w dyspnea, vater syndrome, and much, much, .This is reality folks and though the GET A JOB comments are enduring they are not reality for many especially those my age or older who can t get hired from age discrimination.If you think it doesn t exists I ask why would a company wish to hire a LT unemployed homemaker whose overqualified and lacks prior work experience with a family of 4 to support on benefits and flex schedules when they can easily go to greener pastures with a college student that is young and not often seeking such accolades to survive but rather need to get foot in door to start the dreaded loan process or deferment.In fact, you cannot write off those student loans in bankruptcy so good luck with all that debt.The author illustrates a point when he notes, 82% said income inequality is a major problem according to his research from Pew Research Center Oct 2017.In essence, the middle class is being hollowed out every day as we enter a feudal system for the top 1% rather than a sustainable working class capitalist system.If you want the truth I provide this video from my former boss President of Al Beech, a local food bank for which I volunteered Here she puts on full display the myths and misconceptions she herself had which resembled what many now believe and how wrong she was in her own professional words information about poverty, EBT, food insecurities and please visit my profile or check out these links and then tell me hard work pays 38 to see my story told by Rose DeLauro D Conn on the topics of LT Unemployment and Extreme Poverty The Velvet Rope Economy is a shocking expos of our continually splintering economy and value system Schwartz skillfully navigates the playground of the super rich and their long list of premium experiences from VIP amusement park tours and luxury sports arena boxes to better access to hospitals and educational opportunities The real life examples and statistics he reveals invoke a wide range of emotions from bewilderment and envy to anger, disgust, disappointment and even fear As one very small segment of the population keeps piling on wealth, the middle class struggles harder, becoming isolated, excluded and fractured An eye opening wake up call that something needs to be done to stop the class segmentation before it truly divides us all Highly recommend.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Velvet Rope Economy
  • Nelson D. Schwartz
  • 21 March 2019
  • 9780385543088