Institutionalized Inequality in America
America's social contract is on the chopping block for elimination.
by Stephen Lendman
Millions of Americans face lump of coal harshness this holiday season. It's no different throughout the year. Annually, things get worse.
Hard times reflect what growing numbers endure. Bipartisan complicity bears full responsibility.
Political Washington institutionalized inequality. Class war rages. It began decades ago. Fiscal cliff duplicity reflects much worse ahead.
Wealth, power and privilege are prioritized over basic human needs. Extreme deprivation follows. Families struggle to get by. Annually the battle gets harder.
Many can't cope and suffer. Some give up entirely. Poverty, unemployment, underemployment, homelessness, hunger, and despair affect them. The world's richest country doesn't care.
Imperial priorities take precedence. So does redistributing wealth to bankers, other corporate favorites, and super-rich elites.
It's the American way. It was never beautiful and isn't now.
A three-part Reuters report discussed it. It's titled "The Unequal State of America." It covers the plight of America's "undeserving poor." They struggle out of sight and mind. Growing hardships harm them.
"The American welfare state has grown," said Reuters, "but so have the ranks of the poor." The latter way outstrips the former.
In the 1970s, about one in 50 Americans were on food stamps. Today, it's one in 6.5. At yearend 2008, 31.6 million Americans were on food stamps. Today it's around 48 million and rising.
Over half the population needs some form of federal aid. Bipartisan complicity plans on cutting it en route to eliminating it altogether.
A decade or two from now, it may be gone. At the same time, median household income is declining. Unemployment approaches 23%.