It is the [political] theory of Trickle Down Economics that when the rich are given tax breaks, they are able to invest their extra money and these investments benefit everyone from the top to the bottom. It is assumed that the wealth will “trickle down," primarily in the form of employment, providing a more rounded economy.
I ask my suegra to let me shovel the ice onto the wheelbarrow and she says no. She doesn’t want me to get hurt, never mind the fact that she recently hurt her hip and a few days ago fell off a ladder. I stand and watch her work and she suddenly asks me to take a picture, so I begin recording instead. Put it on Facebook, she says, so my family can see how I earn my money.
In this food truck parking lot, this is how the wealth trickles down:
-El Chino owns the truck. He rents the truck out to a driver.
-The driver drives the truck. S/he pays the rent for the truck, the parking fee and purchases the merchandise.
-The cook and clerk are employed by the driver, and are paid solely to cook and take orders throughout the day respectively.
-The driver additionally employs a worker to do the cleaning inside, outside, bottom and top of the truck, pack and organize the truck with the merchandise, load the ice, turn on/off the gas and clean and prepare the deep-fry.
At the bottom of the line is my suegra. She bikes to the food truck parking lot everyday at around noon and sometimes leaves past midnight. She climbs into the food truck and cleans the inside. She climbs on top of the food truck and scrubs it clean. She picks the merchandise from the on-site warehouse and organizes it. She loads the ice at least once a day, and she scrubs clean the deep-fry once a week. Once done, she moves on to the next truck. For each truck, she is paid from $100 to $150 per week. Then on the weekends, she asks a friend to drive her to Costco so she can buy gloves and rags to clean the trucks again the next week.
And that is how the wealth trickles down.