The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01620

Submission Number:
01620
Commenter:
phyllis daniels
State:
Washington
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Sometimes I think of the act of hosting as being very similar to the Royalty of England whom when faced with financial issues might open their mansions and castles to the public for a fee. Back in the depression my grandma ran a boarding house.. she cooked and cleaned and offered rooms for rent, mostly to guys working the oil fields in Texas. I'm 60 years old, unemployed, and our economy is not too different from then. After 35 years of working freelance with no retirement to speak of and only the hope of a paltry $300 per month of expected SS benefits, my only asset is my home and the time and money I have put into improvements and repairs over the years. I do have my ability to clean and willingness to host people who come to my town. I enjoy the interactions I have with them and they get the benefit of my love of my town and my hard work in my yard and home. If this were to be taken from me, I would definitely be in dire straits.. I would need to begin taking more from the government to survive, or live on the streets from the inability to pay my bills and taxes. So far I have lived a good life, never once even drawing unemployment benefits or any other government handout.. perhaps it's my grandmothers influence again, she would never have lived off charity out of pride for herself and her family.. I hope to continue to live in her footsteps and be self sufficient till I pass on to the other side. Thank you for listening.