It’s no use pretending that what has obviously happened has not in fact happened. The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation’s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent. Their lot in life has improved considerably. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent."Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%" by Joseph Stiglitz
The average income of the four hundred richest Americans (measured by AGI) has increased while their average tax rate has decreased:
More tax charts from Mother Jones magazine and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
As life gets better and better for the rich, the poor continue to suffer.
The World Bank has warned that rising food prices have put the world's poor "one shock away from a full-blown crisis."
Tax preparers are targeting the poor with their usurious refund anticipation loans.
Debt collectors using harrassing and threatening tactics have decided that the risk of violating federal law is just the price of doing business.
The Indiana Senate has voted to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger abortion bill - even though abortions are only 3% of their business and are funded by private giving. If this is signed into law we can expect more unplanned pregnancies.
Without Planned Parenthood, [Gayla Winston of the Indiana Family Health Council] said, there would be no clinic south of Monroe County and east of Dubois County where a woman could get free birth control pills.I am a pro-life Christian, but defunding Planned Parenthood is a blockheaded thing to do. Many poor women use PP as a primary provider.
A 2008 study by the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks reproductive health policy nationwide, found that 31 percent of Indiana women who need contraceptives have those needs met. That's 10 percentage points lower than the national average.
Dan Horan, OFM, on being willfully ignorant concerning the conditions of the poor:
"I just don’t want to know" is not a legitimate or justifiable excuse. It is a reflection of the sin of willful ignorance, because, although what you don’t know may not hurt you, it most certainly hurts others. We have an obligation, a responsibility as members of the human family and the Body of Christ to learn about both the “joys and hopes” as well as the “sorrows and anxieties” of the people of the world. And we should then, aware of suffering in the world, work to bring about justice and alleviate suffering in whatever way we can.