Monday, February 26, 2007

Poverty In America

Think it doesn't happen? Think again.

A friend provided this link
after another friend commented on watching an elderly woman eating from the garbage cans at a local mall.
Not a poor looking woman, not a mentally disturbed woman - just a woman.

She could have been your grandmother. Or your mother. Maybe even you. Watch the video.



Do you still believe there aren't two Americas?
Don't forget to vote.

9 Comments:

Blogger Frank Baron said...

I can't comment specifically on hunger in America but it's certainly not confined to your country.

Every community I know of in Canada with a population of over 50,000 or so has a local food bank and periodic food drives.

Even "socialistic" countries like ours have people who fall between the cracks. It's up to the "haves" to lend the "nots" a hand.

Frankly, I thought the video was a little overwrought. It's too simplistic to contrast the wealthy and the poor and imply that just being wealthy is somehow wrong or evil and being poor is noble. There's way more grey in the world than that.

February 28, 2007 2:22 PM  
Blogger Frank Baron said...

I forgot to add:

Welcome back (again). :)

February 28, 2007 2:23 PM  
Blogger Unique said...

ah - but Frank - you don't know about America's tax cuts?

For the wealthy - the top 1% of America while the bottom picks up the tab?

It should be overwrought - but it isn't. Because the reality is obscene.

February 28, 2007 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah - but Frank - you don't know about America's tax cuts?

For the wealthy - the top 1% of America while the bottom picks up the tab?


According to the IRS, in 2004 the top 1% of taxpayers in terms of income paid 36.89% of total income taxes. The top 50% paid 96.70% of taxes. The bottom 50% paid 3.30%.

The bottom picks up the tab? The facts don't support this assertion.

March 02, 2007 11:07 PM  
Blogger Unique said...

I might buy that anonymous -

until I looked at their board of directors.

Wayne Gable, Chairman
Koch Industries, Inc.

James W. Lintott, Treasurer
Sterling Foundation Management LLC

Scott Hodge, Secretary
Tax Foundation

Michael P. Boyle
Microsoft Corporation

Joseph O. Luby, Jr.
Exxon Mobil Corporation

Bill Archer
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

R. Glenn Hubbard
Columbia University

Jim Miller, Emeritus
Capital Analysis Group

James Q. Riordan, Emeritus
Mobil Corporation

March 04, 2007 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't like the Tax Foundation? That's OK.

If you look directly at the statistics available from the IRS (here):

In 2004 the top 1% of taxpayers in terms of income paid 36.89% of total income taxes. The top 50% paid 96.70% of taxes. That also means that the bottom 50% paid 3.30%.

The bottom picks up the tab? Again, the facts don't support the assertion.

March 05, 2007 12:26 AM  
Blogger Unique said...

sure, sure. anything you say.

March 05, 2007 5:36 PM  
Blogger Tsuki said...

The world is tearing itself to shreds. It's a sad thing to see....

March 18, 2007 11:20 PM  
Blogger brokenfingers said...

Hey what can I say?

I was hungry...

March 24, 2007 11:43 AM  

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