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#323239 - 03/23/20 11:52 AM Re: Underclass [Re: pondering_it_all]
Ujest Shurly Offline
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Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
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I don't even know who that is! [Ralph Kramden]


That's because most regulars here have about 40 more years of life experience than you. You should be able to find Ralph via Google.


While you are at it, also google Jackie Gleason and find and watch episodes of The Honeymooners.
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#323280 - 03/23/20 09:00 PM Re: Underclass [Re: Ujest Shurly]
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Ralph was a metro bus driver. I don't think he worked directly for the city but his company, Gotham Bus Lines maybe(?) was probably a city contractor. So in a sense he was dependent on government.
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#323284 - 03/23/20 09:46 PM Re: Underclass [Re: Greger]
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Originally Posted By: Greger
Ralph was a metro bus driver. I don't think he worked directly for the city but his company, Gotham Bus Lines maybe(?) was probably a city contractor. So in a sense he was dependent on government.


One thing is for sure, Ralph Kramden would be an "essential worker" at this point, and just for some perspective, he only needed that one job to afford a roof over his head, food, utilities, and even healthcare, and it's likely he could have afforded night school or some other higher education if he wanted to upgrade, or he could have taken advantage of plentiful union apprenticeships to move into a higher paying trade.

None of the above is the reality now.
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