I caught this piece this morning- up early reading the news.
Census finds record gap between rich and poor
Of course this is not news to those of us who follow politics. What interested me was the tone of the article- which seems to be attempting to inflame class divisions. Take this for example-
The top-earning 20 percent of Americans — those making more than $100,000 each year — received 49.4 percent of all income generated in the U.S., compared with the 3.4 percent earned by those below the poverty line, according to newly released census figures. That ratio of 14.5-to-1 was an increase from 13.6 in 2008 and nearly double a low of 7.69 in 1968.
Rich against poor. Ok- pretty standard fare. How about this?
Lower-skilled adults ages 18 to 34 had the largest jumps in poverty last year as employers kept or hired older workers for the dwindling jobs available, Smeeding said. The declining economic fortunes have caused many unemployed young Americans to double-up in housing with parents, friends and loved ones, with potential problems for the labor market if they don’t get needed training for future jobs, he said.
Wow- I didn’t know employers were discriminating against the young in favor of the old. Did you? Seems I recall hearing how companies hire younger cheaper labor- but maybe they actually want people who WORK now. Pitting the young against the old.
The findings are part of a broad array of U.S. census data being released this month that highlight the far-reaching impact of the recent economic meltdown. The effects have ranged from near-historic declines in U.S. mobility and birth rates to delayed marriage and the first drop in the number of illegal immigrants in two decades.
Wow! A drop in the number of illegal immigrants! If memory serves- the government was having trouble getting illegals to come forward and fill out Census forms- in which case it would be more correct to say that the Census COUNTED fewer illegals. Try telling our blogging friends there are fewer illegals.
Last bit I will quote-
Safety nets are helping fill health gaps. The percentage of children covered by government-sponsored health insurance such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program jumped to 37 percent, or 27.6 million, from 24 percent in 2000. That helped offset steady losses in employer-sponsored insurance.
The 2009 poverty level was set at $21,954 for a family of four, based on an official government calculation that includes only cash income. It excludes noncash aid such as food stamps.
Arloc Sherman, a senior researcher at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, noted the effects of expanded government programs in cushioning the impact of skyrocketing unemployment
Notice that “expanded government” is helping? Notice that “government sponsored health insurance” is GOOD?
Oh isn’t it awful to live in America – where the ugly rich have so much and the dependent poor have so little?
Sad isn’t it that the media uses Census data to rouse the rabble and inflame class division. (Even though America is supposedly class free?) Rich v poor, old v young. The media plays the same old government sponsored propaganda symphony. And the people will suck it up.
Just in time for the mid-terms.