Down And Out In America

It probably comes as no surprise that most of what “everybody knows” about poverty in America is dead wrong. It should also come as no surprise that most people are ignorant about poverty, given the relentless propagandizing by oligarchs determined to make the rest of us see the poor as somehow “other” and “less.”  Interestingly, if someone smart (like say, a Redditor) were to compare poverty rates by county in the US using the same standards (though adjusted for cost of living) as the UN uses for Africa, they’d see huge swathes of abject poverty in the reddest states of the Deep South. Why? Mainly because the Deep South has been following the Republican/Oligarch Economic Model (small government, low wages, no unions, little regulation) for the better part of a century.

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Published in: on March 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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