There is a rather widespread belief that if the government simply gives people money, they won’t work. Instead, they will be satisfied with the money they are given.
Forest Fire Fighter: Median pay, $40,815 a year.
The variables in this hypothesis are: The amount of money, the people’s needs, the jobs available, the salaries available, and perhaps most importantly, the psychology of the people with regard to work.
There is a strange paradox that the people who labor hardest or at the least appealing jobs are paid the least.
It’s a paradox only because, for instance, one would think an employer would have to pay more to get someone willing to dig in a windowless, damp, dark, dreary, dangerous mine than to a teacher sitting in a comfortable, clean, often air-conditioned room, with windows to the outside.
Where would you rather be: A mine or a classroom?
Yet the median…
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