Hand-to-Mouth, Paycheck to Paycheck

Yesterday it was reported that 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. According to Bankrate.com’s survey reported by CNN, “Fewer than one in four Americans have enough money in their savings account to cover at least six months of expenses, enough to help cushion the blow of a job loss, medical emergency or some other unexpected event, according to the survey of 1,000 adults.… [Read more]

America’s Untouchables

While visiting Atlanta over the past couple of days I talked with an immigrant cabbie from Nigeria. During our conversation we talked about the number of homeless people sleeping on the street around the Georgia Capitol. He told me he immigrated to America from his home so he could enjoy the fruits of America. I asked him if the money being made from oil has trickled down to the Nigerian people, and he told me that poverty and political corruption continued to rule his home.… [Read more]

Taking the Good With the Bad

Taking the good with the not so good; isn’t it all a balancing act? As with every other week, there was much on the nation’s calendar to juggle this week; so much to do…so much to fix. This week, we’re wrapping up with a look at a study in contrasts.

During the same week in which there was strong focus on the environment in the form of the International Day of Action for Rivers, we also received word that the US Environmental Protection Agency may delay proposed greenhouse gas limits for power plants.… [Read more]

It’s Only a Dream…the American Dream, that is…

The stock markets soar and the rich get richer, but the middle class has lost ground and the poor live in stagnation. For many, the “American Dream” is nowhere in sight. Teachers, cops and other civil servants have seen their salaries erode before their own eyes as they struggle to try to fulfill a dream rigged by the powers that be.… [Read more]

The Republicans, The Protestant Ethic and the Poor

The Republican attack machine has been in full force this election season and their number one target is Barack Obama, but pulling a close second are poor people. The GOP has been attacking poor people for some time now in their policies but now the poor are attacked almost daily by their rhetoric. Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, GOP operatives hammered the President and the poor relentlessly.… [Read more]

A Guaranteed Living Wage

I was talking to an acquaintance the other day; she was telling me how tired she was after her week of work. She told me that after being laid off from her job of 28 years with a carpet company in Georgia, she now makes minimum wage on a factory floor standing for eight hours a day on her fifty-something legs.… [Read more]

American Jubilee

America needs a Jubilee, a period of loan forgiveness, and a reset of the income disparity, From CEO to Janitor, starting with a Guaranteed Living Wage. The latest report on income disparity and CEOs is just another example how out of whack America has gone. It has been reported by the Department of Labor that over the last two years the average worker has seen his wages go down by 2%, CEO’s salaries have increased 43% and since 1978 CEO salaries have risen 725%.… [Read more]

Rich Girl

Must be nice… “You can rely on the old man’s money….”

The “birthday gift” that keeps on giving…

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Fix It!!

"This is war(fare)"! We've heard that declaration quite frequently though, in recent weeks, the rhetoric has toned down somewhat and been replaced by other nonsense spewed by the CONservative spin meisters. Despite being ratcheted down a notch, the whining and lying talking points from the right continue to focus on how the poor and middle-class have declared war against the ultra-rich. Read more...

Revolution – A Song for the 99%

Tracy Chapman said/sang it best:

“Poor people gonna rise up, and get their share…

Poor people gonna rise up, and take what’s theirs.”

 

 

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I can’t think of a song that is more appropriate to express the frustration felt by the 99%!

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Talking ‘Bout A Revolution, single from the album called Tracy Chapman, released in 1988.… [Read more]