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Let’s Go Shopping!

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I’ll tell you what the disaster in New Orleans has taught me: To survive in this world today, you need to be rich.

This world is no longer a place for the poor. No one listens to the poor. Funny, in New Orleans, the rich live on the high ground and the poor live near the water. Funny, in my very wealthy county, the rich live on the Coast, where there are no hurricanes, and the poor live inland.

I’ve learned that in an emergency, if you’re poor, there’s no one to count on. The fact that people drowned in their own homes is society’s sin. Sure, we can point fingers at George Bush, but we all elected him and we all let him be elected.

America’s philosophy isn’t to take care of the poorest of the poor. It’s to float the rich in hopes that they’ll do the right thing. Well, the rich just keep getting richer and more of the middle class is falling into the poor category, aspiring to be rich. Household incomes haven’t increased in five straight years.

But hey, we want our stocks to go up, we want to continue to buy our $200 jeans, so we elect someone who’s good for business. America needs a new attitude and a new backbone. America has Osteoporosis.

Business does all right by itself. They don’t need money, resources or education. They don’t float anyone’s boats except for their own. We need to start focusing on ways to lift the people who have the least not the people who have the most.

But I suspect when it all blows over, we’ll all just go shopping.
ed: JH

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About OC hairball

  • America has Osteoporosis.

    Those three words sum up this whole nightmare which began on September 11, 2001.

  • Interesting article in the Times which you link to. I wonder where they’re getting their figures from since this claim that household income hasn’t risen in five years is not supported by any of the data from the BEA that I’ve seen. And, in fact, the figures show income increasing more at the lower end of the economic scale than at the higher end where rental incomes, royalties and interest are a bit down.


  • ochairball

    i’ll look into that. i’m curious. it seems to be for the average joe that incomes can’t possibly be going up because over the past several years workers have had to pay more for insurance. i’m sure employers aren’t adding to their salaries to compensate. i think you have to figure inflation as well.

  • It turns out that the article is citing a real stat, but calling it the wrong thing. It’s not household income which is actually at issue, but the number of people in poverty, which has increased by a small fraction each year for the last five. Household income has been up and down during that period, but mostly up overall.

    I find it ironic that the original link to the Times now takes you to a glitzy Ralph Lauren ad.


  • Wow, someone has managed to sneak a live forwarding link to the RNC webpage into this thread.


  • I fixed it…

  • ochairball

    i suppose poverty level is a better measure. according to this chart, more people are in poverty 1990 vs. 2000.

    but still, it’s sort of tricky to figure it all out. when you consider household incomes, you have to consider rising costs. what about poverty threshold levels. geez, i didn’t realize they were so low, a family of four =$17,000-some. crazy.

  • How did they manage to do that, DrPat – feel free to email me about it.

    As for the poverty level, it actually peaked highest during Clinton’s years. We’re nowhere near that now. Apparently it always goes up after a recession.