Selected ShortsPosted: May 12, 2012
Expensive U.S Health Care
Countries with the highest life expectancy Japan, Iceland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Australia spent on average half as much per capita for health care as the U.S.
$800 billion and Counting
Funding for the Iraq War is now approaching $800 billion. We still have troops and mercenaries in that country so the cost continues to rise.
How come people running for (local) political office spend so much time campaigning on their record of all the good things they have done for us, and yet poverty and homelessness has increased, unemployment is higher than the state average, services are being cut and taxes for most residents are rising? Isn’t it embarrassing to run on such a record?
Occupy Movement Makes Sense
More than half of all four year college graduates in the Unites States, under the age of 25 are unemployed or underemployed. With a paltry 2.2% increase in the GDP this year, the employment situation for these young people and others will not improve. The Occupy movement makes sense.
Sierra Club and Chesapeake Gas
Between 2008 and 2010 the Chesapeake Gas Company contributed $25 million to the Sierra Club. A recent Press & Sun-Bulletin front page article enlightened readers with the information that the Ithaca based philanthropic organization, the Parks Foundation, has given almost $3 million to environmental organizations to fight fracking. The Sierra Club has not taken a stand against fracking.
Walmart workers work hard and are dedicated to their jobs. Yet, they still make an average of $8.81 per hour, including many who are long-term employees. Rachel Maddow really brought it home when she highlighted that just six Walton family Walmart heirs have more money than the bottom 30% of the entire U.S. population. At that rate, workers would have to work nearly 750,000 years to earn the wealth of just one of the Walton Six. To add to this massive inequality, the Waltons have refused to meet with Walmart employees, while the value of their dividends continues to increase! It’s time to spread the word. With over $100 billion collectively, the Walmart 1% can surely afford to give “associates” living wage. For more information, visit www.walmart1percent.org. (Solidarity News May 2012)