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  •  Excellent point, mmacdDE. My observation wasn't (1+ / 0-)
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    intended to be a criticism of the American People--just the corporatist MSM.

    Actually, I started to add this AP article to my post, as a possible reason for Americans' lack of travel to other countries.  Here it is:

    'Dismal' prospects: 1 in 2 Americans are now poor or low income

    By Associated Press

    WASHINGTON - Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

    The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.
    "Safety net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses, they are considered too 'rich' to qualify," said Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan public policy professor who specializes in poverty.

    "The reality is that prospects for the poor and the near poor are dismal," he said. "If Congress and the states make further cuts, we can expect the number of poor and low-income families to rise for the next several years." . . .

    And below is an excerpt from a OECD study of the countries' ranking, by the factor of 'income inequality.'  

    Naturally, the US needs much improvement in this category.


    There is considerable variation in income inequality
    across OECD countries.

    Inequality as measured by the Gini coefficient is lowest in Slovenia, Denmark and Norway and highest in Chile, Mexico and Turkey.

    Note:  Ranking by highest level of inequality is as follows:

    Chile - 34
    Mexico -  33
    Turkey - 32
    United States - 31

    Some 'company to keep, huh, LOL!  Seriously, we have so many serious problems here today.  It is beyond imagination that the PtB are tallking about dragging the US into another military action (Syria).  Incredible!

    It is above-average in Israel, Portugal and the United States, and below-average in the remaining Nordic and many Continental European countries.

    The Gini coefficient for the most unequal country (Chile) is double the value of the most equal country (Slovenia).

    Overall, the different measures of income inequalities provide similar ranking across countries.

    From the mid-1980s to the late-2000s, inequality rose in 15 out of 19 countries for which longer-run data are available.

    The increase was strongest in Finland, New Zealand and Sweden.

    Declines occurred in France, Greece, and Turkey.

    Income inequality generally rose faster from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s than in the following period.

    With measurement-related differences in mind, non-OECD countries have higher levels of income inequality than OECD countries, particularly in Brazil and South Africa.


    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


    by musiccitymollie on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:54:56 AM PDT

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