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Plutocracy and America-How Corporate Welfare is Destroying America

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Hence, as we may not be able to completely solve or understand the poverty problem in America unless those who are rich, become poor. Even high ranking Police officials complain about the wage disparity problem, so it seems to exist at every level of society, not just the poorest of Americans. For example, the Dothan Eagle news, Glenview, Illinois reported that "Police Officers must take about ten years to earn the rank of lieutenant and is on a pay scale of $45,094 to $68, 827. Senior officers are making $2,000 to $2,500 more than they are"- (20) Proquest library.

"These estimated [disparity] gaps seem to be lower for women, with work experience than men"- (21) (Proquest library.This new type of analysis seems to be "non-parametric" (22) Proquest library.However, we cannot overlook that statement "We feel like deadbeats" in which Marlene, a woman in her late 30s went from middle class, to poverty when her marriage failed"- (23) (Laurer & Laurer, 2008, page 157). (24) As many have "reported wages below the minimum wage of $5.15 per hour"...."more of them were women than men" (Laurer & Laurer, 2008, page 177). I once knew an American Indian [who I bought a train fair for at Los Angeles Railway station to Fullerton, California] who told me that Caucasian bosses were paying him and his comrades $1.00 per hour, and that they had been living in outdoor shanties and alley ways so they could earn enough money to live on. How long, do we as human beings expect to get along in society when we turn a blind eye to corruption? I tried to stay in touch with "Jim"- and he called me to pay the $5.00 back, but I would not accept it and he was too proud to ask for further help.

One way of breaking this cycle for single mothers in Indiana is "Full-day Kindergarten." Under the "Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1001 a grant program was created providing progressive funding for full day kindergarten programs in Indiana schools from 2007-2008." This action was the result of a survey taken in 2004 in which the State found that "11.1 percent of all Indiana residents lived in poverty, 15.7 percent were under the age of 18 and 19.8 percent were under the age of 5." Indiana realized this as the passage of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) "presented new problems for the US daycare system"- (25) Proquest library. People on TANF were found to be "eager for welfare reform and were supportive of work requirements" TANF does not completely solve the problem, as "benefits and food stamps "still leave those in this cycle "below the poverty level." "TANF exacerbates the problem as it requires single mothers [who are already suffering from wage disparity] to find work and become self-supporting" (26) (Laurer & Laurer, 2008, pages 170, 174, 178). In my opinion "disparity" which is a fancy word for "inequality" (27) also applies to the fact that our country gives "Corporate welfare"- to the "needy"- and the "greedy"- on Wall Street (28) (Laurer & Laurer, 2008, page 175). A prime example being the current trend of Wall Street bailouts, which are exceeding one trillion dollars (700 billion dollars passed in late 2008 and another $819 billion which is imminent as this article is being written (29) Financial Times, ft.com) (30) (CNNMoney.com). I must admit, I despise these so called people more than any other scum on the face of the earth.
This is a terrible injustice, when companies such as AIG are allowed to spend bailout money on lavish parties when I know a single mother with two children, who lost her job, only to lose her new job in two short months at AIG, Taiwan, since the company felt they had to downsize their company due to a lack of profits (31) (dvorak.org, Dvorak Uncensored). There was a report of yet another party in England which followed, yet nothing has been done to the directors who committed these acts. I would go into the argument of prosecuting the Bush administration for everything from war crimes to contract favoritism regarding Halliburton, but it would take us back in history to his Grandfather, Prescott Bush and his association with Adolf Hitler, which is beyond the scope of this article. Its discussion in this article will not solve or answer the immediate problem at hand regarding "Plutocracy."
Education alone will not solve the problem of disparity either, as we have seen among the wealthy class in reference (21) and (22) above. The "Quality of Education is much less likely to be available to the poor" (32) (Laurer & Laurer, 2008, page 184).
Even charity workers in Northern Ireland are paid less than those of the South (33) Proquest library.
Some feel that the domination of America by the wealthy class, and the domination of Northern Ireland by the British has to cease. If we do not solve these problems and give more people a chance for equal opportunity, not just on paper and in law, but real opportunity then the "J Curve theory" which creates "a widening gap between people want and what they get leads to a revolutionary situation" (34) (Davies 1962) (Laurer & Laurer, 2008, page 138, on violence).. This may not necessarily yield results as "The French were experiencing real economic gain prior to the revolution"- (35) (Laurer & Laurer, 2008, page 138). The same happened in the Philippines when Ferdinand Marcos was ousted. People are now worse off than before, especially since they expelled American bases and domination as "overspending in 1969 led to higher inflation and devaluation of the peso.:" .(36) (Wikipedia) Subsequently, Filipinos failed to renew the American leases at Clark Air Base, Los Angeles City, Pampanga and Naval Station Subic Bay, Olongopo City in 199 (37), (38) (Wikipedia) .Hence, if Imperialists, such as the British were, and the American government are want to dominate a country such as is being done in Northern Ireland, then investments should be made not just home rule under the "Good Friday Agreement." overseen by the "British-Irish council"- (39) (Wikipedia) The Irish people are discriminated against in England, much as African-Americans and Hispanics have been in the United States. As for the Philippines; the Filipinos were just tired of hundreds of years by Spain and [an unjust occupation by] America.

A survey was collected regarding "Wage disparities and affirmative action in the 1980s" and wanted to find out if a relationship exists "between race, ethnicity." "During the 1980s, the gender- wage gap narrowed as women's work experience increased." "At the same time, the minority wage gap widened." "The wage gap for women decreased by 7.6%" either due to "less discrimination or women achieving better positions" but did not do so for minority groups as "the battle against employment discrimination has not yet progressed far enough to outweigh other economic changes...." "Blacks tend to be best off in comparison to whites in smaller industrial cities, than in the Deep South"- and "The worst cities in terms of the Asian wage gap are in the North East"- (40) Proquest library.

Perhaps there is no easy solution to these problems we face. However, we can take an example from South Africa and note that "The middle class is de-racializing" and "South Africa's economic managers in both the public and private sector must now get to grips with a different problem-over-performance.....with GDP growth of 5% a year over the past three years." ....."it has taken the economy 25 years to catch up." In this case we can see that the revolution was beneficial to the country (41) Proquest library.

For one and a half decades I worked under the direction of a multi-millionaire who came from a long line of Scottish bankers. During the latter days of our business in Hong Kong he saw me standing at a bus stop and wondered what I was doing there. I explained that I was "taking the bus home."- He told me he had never been on a bus and he did not know the feeling. I told him: "You should try it one day."- In reply he asked me to get in the taxi with him, so I could go to the ferry terminal from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, where I lived. For all those years he used the "carrot and stick routine"- to get what he wanted. I only received 50% or less of what was promised. Perhaps if not for him, I may not have lasted in Asia for all these years. He is kind in many ways, but his outlook on the world is only from his point of view, like most of us.The struggle we are in today is no longer about "wage disparity or helping the poor help themselves."- The number of poor whites is substantially higher than the number of poor Hispanics or poor African-Americans, but the rate of poverty among whites is substantially lower than that among the other groups"-A paradoxical statement [indeed]. If you are white, you are less likely to be poorer than if you are non-white, but if you are poor, you are more likely to be white, than non-white"- (43) (Laurer & Laurer, 2008, page 162).

For many years, this country has been run by the elite Plutocrats. This will become a class struggle between rich and poor if the problems are not solved now. It can only lead to chaos.

1) Social Problems & The Quality of Life, 11th Edition, 2008, Laurer & Laurer, page 387, www.vitalbooks.com

2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomsonian_medicine

3) Wikipedia, ibid.

4) Wikipedia, ibid

5) http://www.potshot.ca/pm/index.php?n=Main.Rockefeller-FarbenTies

6) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomsonian_medicine

7) http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/history/aof/aof2.html

8) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Revolution

9) http://www.gaiagarden.com/art/history_herbal_medicine4.html

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