Here is a scary statistic on wage inequality in the United States. I think even the well-off should be concerned about this, because all the “nice stuff” everybody likes to own won’t get made without a thriving middle class to also buy them.
Q. The average household in the ‘top 1 percent’ by income out-earned a typical ‘bottom 90 percent’ household by how much in 2012?
A. 42 times as much, with income averaging $1.3 million.
For comparison, in 1938, when America first introduced a minimum wage, the income of the top 1 percent was 25 times larger than that of the average “bottom 90” percenter, according to data derived from tax returns by researchers including Emmanuel Saez.
It’s an interesting quiz to take:
ref: The Christian Science Monitor – http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2014/0122/Are-the-rich-getting-richer-Take-our-quiz-on-inequality-and-incomes/Top-incomes
This clip from NBC Nightly News is worth watching. Chilling. Moving. Memorable. And speeches which are about real things. Things of value, which don’t sound like platitudes.
Take a minute and view it.
These are on the ground floor of the hospital I visit sometimes. I guess it’s more interesting than pink and blue symbols to indicate which restroom is which.
The strange thing is, even more strange than the signs themselves, is that both restrooms are exactly the same. They are both handicapped equipped for single use only with a locked door. So I don’t know why you need to distinguish between a men’s room and a women’s room.
Still, interesting signs. I have a suspicion that they will not become generally popular.
I don’t know why the GOP and conservatives are so dead set against people without health coverage finally having a way to acquire and afford it.
But I’d like to take time here to mention an especially contradictory argument being made by certain Tea Partyites.
There’s are two arguments which Senator Ted Cruz (R. Texas) repeats in interviews which are so self-contradictory I don’t know why the media don’t constantly push back on it. It’s logical nonsense. In the same breath he says:
1. “Obamacare is a huge job killer” because it requires companies with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health coverage so they are reducing hours and not hiring. (Statistically that’s in dispute of course, but that’s one point he’s making.)
Then he says this:
2. Instead of Obamacare, his solution for people not having health insurance is for them to go out and get jobs and get insurance through their work place.
If he and his fellow travelers can’t see the glaring contradictions in those two positions they are truly ready for the trash heap of history.