Posts tagged inequality
Posts tagged inequality
From US Uncut:
Happening NOW! Walmart workers are getting arrested for striking outside the company’s NYC headquarters as part of a nationwide action.
I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in NYC — and everywhere else — placing their livelihood and lives at risk by standing up for the rights of workers. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.
“Hawaii Flies Its Homeless Away and Other Ideas from the Fringe" | The Daily Beast
Because a one-way plane ticket is easier than addressing structural inequality and poverty, amirite?
Peter Buffett, “The Charitable Industrial Complex" | The New York Times, July 26, 2013
This thought-provoking editorial about the ultra-rich reinforcing global inequality by supposed “charitable” endeavors is a must read.
Hundreds of poor people waiting outside of a closed grocery store for the possibility of getting the remaining food is not the picture of the “American Dream.” Yet on March 23, outside the Laney Walker Supermarket in Augusta, Ga., that is exactly what happened.
Residents filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables. But a local church never came to pick up the food, as the storeowner prior to the eviction said they had arranged. By the time the people showed up for the food, what was left inside the premises—as with any eviction—came into the ownership of the property holder, SunTrust Bank.
The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”
And what would be more likely to cause a riot? Hungry, desperate people denied the food they were told they would receive, or distribution of said food? I’d be tempted to say that this is capitalism at its most dysfunctional, but it’s actually functioning as it is supposed to here. If a commodity can’t turn a profit for a capitalist, the capitalist is encouraged by the profit motive to dispose of the good quickly. As the author, Sarah Carlson, writes:
In a capitalist society, the motive behind the production of food is not to feed people, housing is not made to give them shelter, clothing is not made to keep them warm, and health care is not offered primarily to keep people healthy. All of these things, which are and should be viewed as basic rights, are nothing other than commodities—to be bought and sold—from which to make a profit. If a profit cannot be made, usually due to overproduction in relation to the market, the commodity is considered useless by the capitalist and destroyed.
Disgusting and heartbreaking. This is not an economic crisis — this is economic violence.
From The Atlantic:
Stocks surpassed the nominal record set in 2007, while the last recorded real median US household income was 8% lower than its 2007 peak.
This is where we are, in picture form:
Please, explain to me why this is good for the majority of people. Go ahead. Try. I’ll wait.
[ETA]: A sharp-eyed reader noticed the alignment of the graphs is wonky. Here’s the alignment corrected as best as I can manage.
You have to read it to believe it. Scranton, Penn. claims to be broke and has lowered the pay of all city workers to $7.25. That means firefighters and police officers risking their lives for the citizens of Scranton will do so for $7.25/hr.
It’s insulting and disgusting to think that’s even close to a fair wage. It is impossible to live on minimum wage. That’s $290 a week, about $1,160 a month, and $15,080 a year — before taxes, and for a forty hour work week. Here’s the kicker:
Congressional Republicans repeatedly blocked efforts to extend aid to the states that would have helped shore up their budgets and keep these workers on payroll.
Take a bow, GOP, and ask yourselves: Do you want that police officer responding to your emergency call or the firefighter rushing into your burning house wondering if it’s worth it for $7.25/hr?
I sure as hell wouldn’t.
Republican Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde scolding the media at a recent event for writing “sob stories” about Americans affected by the recession.
The issues they should be covering? Hovde says lowering the corporate tax rate and the national deficit are more important than unemployment and poverty. Not surprisingly, he’s also a former hedge fund manager.
Go to hell, Eric Hovde. I hope your family never has to do without for fear you’d be too stubborn to ask for help, thereby jeopardizing their existence.
Hanging in the criminal justice department at UW. The title reads: “What is the sequence of events in the criminal justice system?”
As an undergrad, I’ve memorized this chart. And it’s damned hard to follow every branch – especially when every stage has a chance for a subjective decision that can mean the difference between prison or freedom.
Is it any wonder so many people, particularly working class people and/or people of color get railroaded? (Taken with Instagram at Arts and Sciences Building)
One percent of aristocats control over 80% of the cheeseburgers. True facts, y’all.
If you heard about the lawsuit filed by 43 religious organizations in regards to providing insurance that covers contraceptives, you’ve probably heard the intellectually dishonest point that the church isn’t trying to shove religious beliefs down people’s throats. Honest!
Well, that shit is nothing new. Arguments against providing said coverage were rejected eight years ago by the California Supreme Court, and there’s little indication the federal court would act differently. The court wrote:
The [law] serves the compelling state interest of eliminating gender discrimination. Evidence before the Legislature showed that women during their reproductive years spent as much as 68 percent more than men in out-of-pocket health care costs, due in part to the cost of prescription contraceptives and the various costs of unintended pregnancies, including health risks, premature deliveries and increased neonatal care. Assembly, Senate and legislative staff analyses of the bills that became the [birth control law] consistently identify the elimination of this economic inequity as the bills’ principal object…
Strongly enhancing the state’s interest is the circumstance that any exemption from the WCEA sacrifices the affected women’s interest in receiving equitable treatment with respect to health benefits. We are unaware of any decision in which this court, or the United States Supreme Court, has exempted a religious objector from the operation of a neutral, generally applicable law despite the recognition that the requested exemption would detrimentally affect the rights of third parties… [I]n rejecting a religious employer’s challenge to a law requiring him to pay Social Security and unemployment taxes for his employees, the [Supreme C]ourt wrote that “[g]ranting an exemption from social security taxes to an employer operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees.”
As ThinkProgress notes, the only justice to vote in favor of striking down the contraceptive coverage mandate in California previously compared liberalism to “slavery” and social security to a “socialist revolution.”
Oh, and before anyone howls about “liberal California,” all six justices on California’s Supreme Court were Republican.
May Day Occupy Oakland protesters lay a line of flowers in front of police.
(Image: Occupy Wall Street)
Just a brief PSA… GOP: Pro-life ‘til the birth canal ends.
(Image: Tracy Knauss)
I do believe he just called anyone who’s not successful a loser. Exactly what is your definition of success? Those in the top 20%? The top 1%? Those not benefiting from government programs?
If the last point is the case, I’d like to introduce John Boehner to one of the biggest welfare queens in existence:
Meet Willard Mitt “Mittens” Romney. He’s used government programs and loopholes to reduce his taxes for years.
But that’s okay, right? Because at least he’s NOT POOR! What losers. Side note: You just know Boehner spells it “loosers” </sarcasm>
This is why we can’t have nice things.