Saturday, April 29, 2017

Escaping poverty

See this short review of Peter Temin's book The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy. The poor are in that situation by intentional design by the top 1%. The latter can buy legislation to keep minimum wages low, while under funding educational institutions, infrastructure and public transit in poor neighborhoods. Obviously to get out of poverty those obstructions must be removed.

But that can only happen with a change in cultural beliefs, especially the canard that private industry can effectively handle public programs better than good government. And for that to change people have to wake up to the fact that said 1% are never going to change, so the only way to change that is to vote in politicians that have a proven track record of fighting for that shift. And it sure as hell ain't the Twamp Swamp, which only exacerbates the problem.

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