Tuesday, May 16, 2006
What we have at work in America today amounts to a production model for manufacturing poverty.
Think about it.
Wages today, calculated in real dollar terms, have sliden lower than five years ago.
Good paying jobs are outsourced overseas. The new jobs being created by our economy do not pay anywhere near wages of the jobs they replace.
Gasoline prices don't need to be described!
Utilities cost more, much more in some sections of the country.
Auto liability insurance, required by law, grows more expensive each year, but provides less and less benefit.
Housing costs, calculated in real terms and as a percentage of income, continue to soar.
Consumer prices also inch up so that food, clothing, medications, transportation, child care, all cost more every year.
Government at every level slashes public programs benefitting the poor, even those with a work requirement, even those tied to food security.
The number of uninsured Americans increases by the day, as health costs soar.
No surprise then, is it that over 1 million Americans fell below the poverty line last year?
In inner city communities the impact is often disasterous.
Simply put, these are the facts of life in my part of Dallas.