Scenes from the class war (6.29)

Scenes from the class war (6.29) June 29, 2015

In Missouri, there are 958 more payday lenders than there are McDonald’s restaurants, a ratio reflected in most US states.”

We cannot sit by idly while some of the poorest among us are preyed on by people simply looking for a quick buck with no regard for the devastation they cause in the lives of others.”

“US military spending is about the same as the total of military spending by the next eight largest countries combined, that is more than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, UK, India and Germany combined.”

“A dollar spent on [foreign aid] is a dollar that we won’t have to spend on additional bombs and bullets and God forbid boots on the ground in the future.”

“Why don’t they just build more reservoirs and plants? After all, California is a coastal state. It’s got a whole ocean right there, water all around ya.”

““The bottom line in Florida, the polite way I can put it is: You’re doomed.”

This man is not wrong.

There is no state in the union where a full-time, minimum-wage worker can afford to rent a one-bedroom apartment for less than 30 percent of [their] paycheck (which is a standard measure of housing affordability).”

Victims in Michigan are thrown even deeper into crisis when police, as is common there, accuse victims of being in on the scam and seize their vehicles and other assets under civil forfeiture laws.”

“Look, there’s no reason for ‘socialism’ to serve as a synonym for ‘stuff Republicans don’t like.‘ It’s an actual word with a fairly specific meaning, involving public ownership of the means of production.”

“Even though I work seven days a week – putting in 70 hours between my two jobs – I can’t manage to pay the rent, buy school supplies for my kids or even put food on the table.”

Like many debt collectors, Portfolio lacked the proper documentation for the debt it purchased but pursued it anyway.”

“In some cases the FTC alleges that the collection abuses targeted individuals over a period of several years, despite evidence that a debt was not owed or previously paid in full.” sham-cancer-charities-infographic

[Most conspicuously, basic income schemes are] less prone to sociological error and less vulnerable to social change than are alternative models of social security provision.”

Galileo wasn’t backed by major corporations with a financial stake in overthrowing geocentrism.”

Government Finds $60 Billion Company Responsible for Deaths of Four Workers, Fines It $99,000

“For nearly all of the measures of religiosity, when societies are more unequal, the richer people become more religious than the poorer people.”

“Adjusted for inflation, somebody going to college today to a state university, is paying about 300 percent of what her mom or dad did just 30 years ago”

They’ve discovered, belatedly, that income inequality is a problem, and they’re no longer proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Now they are proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent of Americans.”

People who make tens of millions of dollars enjoyed falling income tax rates and ballooning wealth for a decade as middle-class taxpayers floundered.”

The disease of Reaganism — the disease that said government couldn’t do anything right, that government got in the way, that government was bad and evil — has killed far more Americans than Ebola ever did. “

White Americans have 13 times the net worth of Black Americans. In 2013, white household wealth was $141,900 while the net worth of the Black household was just $11,000.”

In the city’s struggle for beauty, everybody’s troubles go hand in hand.”

When the top 10 percent gets 100 percent of the income growth over the course of a generation, then the America of opportunity is vanishing.”

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