“The Rich Get Richer And The Poor Get… Children”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/business/economy/01jobs.html

Many Low-Wage Jobs Seen as Failing to Meet Basic Needs

 

Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency

A study on economic stability says many jobs today are unlikely to cover fundamentals like housing, utilities and food.

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This article touches on so much more than it actually says. It is infuriating, heartbreaking, and illustrative of a national ethos that is increasingly indifferent to the jobless, the uninsured, the homeless, the elderly on fixed incomes, the undocumented with children born here, the mentally ill — anyone who needs services considered as basic rights in every other western industrialized nation.

We blame the victim, allow our schools to deteriorate, and accept a political system in which creationism and the President’s birth certificate continue as matters of serious discussion even as a Congresswoman recovering from being shot in the head at a political gathering quickly became a non-topic.

Seeing Huckabee, Bachmann, Palin, Limbaugh, O’Reilly and their ilk taken seriously leaves many of us feeling frustrated and angry. Lately, however, I will admit to a fear of increasing chaos. The center is not holding.

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