Saturday, February 20, 2010

Going Political

The house is starting to fill up. When I arrived the middle of January there were four women and a dozen men. Today we have 20 men, 2 families and 6 women. I consider myself very fortunate to be here, with a roof over my head and 3 hot meals a day. And just waiting to join the revolution.

Did you know? Over 50 million Americans are now living in poverty. Every day, 10,000 U.S. homes enter foreclosure and 3 million people are currently homeless with the fastest growing segment single parents with children.

In 1970, CEO's made $25 for every $1 the average worker made. From 1970 to 2000, technological advancements caused production and profit levels to explode. Where do you think that money is going? The pay ratio for CEO's rose to 90/1 in relation to the average worker. That would be you and me. And it's estimated that when you include stock options and other benefits, the accurate number is more like 500/1.

Paul Buchheit, from DePaul University, revealed, "From 1980 to 2006, the richest 1% of America tripled their after-tax percentage of our nation's total income, while the bottom 90% have seen their share drop over 20%."

It's my belief there is one good thing about the current unemployment rate. People will actually have time to stop and see what's happening in our country and they are going to become angry. As long as we're the hamsters on the wheel - working our asses off to barely keep afloat, we don't have time to stop and smell the shit, so to speak. I never thought I would get political on this blog, but it's starting to stink around here and I find myself unable to be silent any longer.


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Anonymous said...

Indeed sometimes an entire population has to hit rock bottom before they wake up to what's going on. I really do hope Americans begin to come together to wield the power of numbers to ask for a fairer system.