Sunday, February 19, 2006
37 million Americans live in poverty
It is so good to see that Bush and his Republicans don't let their Christianity get in the way of their dislike for the poor, eh?
ObserverUK: "A shocking 37 million Americans live in poverty. That is 12.7 % of the population - the highest percentage in the developed world. Each year since 2001 their number has grown. Under President George W Bush an extra 5.4 million have slipped below the poverty line. Yet they are not a story of the unemployed or the destitute. Most have jobs. Many have 2. But the economy, stripped of worker benefits like healthcare, is having trouble providing good wages. Even families with 2 working parents are often one slice of bad luck - a medical bill or factory closure - away from disaster. The minimum wage of $5.15 an hr has not risen since 1997 and, adjusted for inflation, is at its lowest since 1956. The gap between the haves and the have-nots looms wider than ever. Faced w/ rising poverty rates, Bush's trillion-dollar fedrl budget recently raised massive amounts of defence spending for the war in Iraq and slashed billions from welfare programs." And yet Bush and his Republicans somehow smile and nod their heads yes and say that we must make Bush's wealthy tax cuts permanent. Their evilness, their moral bankruptcy, and their indifference to other human beings knows no bounds. And I'm sure they justify it w/this: their appallingly self-reassuring lie that these people are poor b/c they are lazy and choose to be poor, and then the Religious Frighters chime in and spew the ghastly lie that they are poor b/c they haven't earned God's favor. Perhaps they need to try opening the Bible and actually read what is said about the poor... Jesus had more than plenty to say.