Whoever said money can't buy happiness was probably never late on his rent.
He probably didn't read the newspaper, either.
For those who have money, it's easy not to equate it to happiness. The brain of the financially comfortable isn't burdened with feeding a family or getting a carburetor fixed. They can focus on solving complex problems at their job or settling on either Verizon or AT&T for their new iPhone – and those certainly don't bring true happiness. But, having a choice on where to spend money is a far cry from those who have to choose where they can't spend their money this month – the rent, the phone bill, the car insurance, you name it.
The figures released from last year's census are jaw-dropping. In 2009, the top 20 percent of the working population (those making more than $100,000 a year) accounted for 50 percent of all income generated in the United States. As if this figure weren't shocking enough, the more than 40 million people living in poverty generate only 3.4 percent. According to the Associated Press, this disparity is higher than in 2008 and almost twice what it was in 1968. But wait! There's more: In 2009, 31 states reported an increase in people living below the poverty line and there was a 4 percent drop in median income nationally. Unfortunately, as one may have guessed, the majority of those living in poverty are families with children or single mothers.
CliffsNotes version: The poor are getting poorer while the rich are getting richer.
But to the real question: doesn't the government already pay for education? Public schools, public universities, student loans, Pell grants, the GI bill, etc? And while low-cost/no-cost birth control might sound good, I'm pessimistic that it would work. By and large the woman who would take the time to seek out free birth control is the woman who already has. The number of unwanted pregnancies would go down slightly, but probably not enough to offset the cost of the program.
Lol at the melodrama. Murder! MURDER!
Answer by SuperChicken at 12:09 PM on Feb. 16, 2011
Answer by LoriKeet at 5:05 PM on Feb. 16, 2011
Unlike the author, I'm heartened that all of 20% of Americans are making $100,000+ a year. In fact, my parents are in this category. My father is a non-union plumber; my mother, a homemaker. Their success does not stifle the success of others. A pet peeve of mine is the thought that there is a cap on the amount of money in the American economy. That in order for the rich to get richer the money must be taken from the poor in the U.S. The fact of the matter is the rich are getting richer...and so are the poor. The standard of living has been rising consistently for all economic groups since WWII. And does it come as a surprise to anyone that the number of those in poverty increases during a recession?
Answer by SpiritedWitch at 12:01 PM on Feb. 16, 2011
.take away all entitlements and MURDER the poor , disabled and elderly.....
Your dramatic sentiments are entertaining... A discussion of taking entitlements off the table means a real hard look wasteful spending politicians have condoned in the name of votes that are doing NOTHING to end poverty....
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:07 PM on Feb. 16, 2011
UNFUNDED government is the problem. You can't spend money freely for 30 years and CUT revenue at the same time. You can not open the borders to free trade and cry when the jobs go to the places with cheap labor. You can not create corporate loopholes (entitlements) and then wonder why large corporations move operations, jobs and their tax base offshore. You can not incessantly complain about the deficit, yet balk when YOU might be affected by the solutions.
FYI, there is a difference between wealth and income. The vast majority of mega wealthy folks do NOT actually work...it's all inheritance, trusts and protected assets. Not working the 9-5 grind-please do some research!
Answer by Sisteract at 12:09 PM on Feb. 16, 2011
Answer by Rosehawk at 12:09 PM on Feb. 16, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:58 AM on Feb. 16, 2011
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:59 AM on Feb. 16, 2011
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