Category Archives: Economy

Who makes less than $15 an hour?

Fight for 15 info graphic3Home care workers.

Child care workers.

Go here to read more.

We’re No. 16!

According to the Social Progress Index, we rank 16th behind countries such as Canada, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Germany and you get the idea.

For our purposes, the index defines social progress as

the capacity of a society to meet the basic human needs of its citizens, establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives, and create the conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential.

imagesAs Leftover — who sent the links — says, the U.S. ranks No. 1 in gross domestic product by every measure we acknowledge. Yet we’re No. 16 in the important stuff?

Here’s more on the people behind the index.


What you need to be middle class

mktbghuw90nvp2p8brrhCheck this out. Can you find your state? Did you make it?

Tax the rich

561671_9788_1024x2000The majority of the U.S. think the wealthy do not pay their fair share in taxes. Some 68 percent of Americans polled said that wealthy households pay too little in federal taxes.

You can read the poll here. Do please scroll down to see the make-up of the people who were surveyed. Among other things, they considered themselves mostly moderate, politically.

And thanks, Doug, for letting me steal this from you on Facebook.

So no dancing with the one what brought you, I guess

Wall Street hearted Obama in ’08, but now they heart Romney.

But then again

And thanks, Cynical, for the link.

A lil’ poem to light your way

What History Fails to MentionWhat history fails to mention is

Most everybody lived their lives
With friends and children, played it cool
Left truth & beauty to the guys
Who tricked for bigshots, and were fools.

Gary Snyder
from Left Out in the Rain
North Point Press, 1986 

(via 3QD)

And, for more of your reading pleasure: Why Washington Accepts Mass Unemployment.

And thanks, Leftover, for the inspiration.

It’s hard out there for a kid

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published its 23rd annual Kids Count Data Book, and the news? Is mixed. From the report (which you can read here: KIDSCOUNT2012DataBookFullReport):

Unlike the domains of  education and Health,  where children are  benefiting from long-  term progress overall,   the economic well-Being  of children and families  has plummeted because  of the recession.


In 2000, the official child poverty rate, which is a conservative mea- sure of economic hardship, was 17 percent. From 2000 to 2010, the number of children living in poverty jumped from 12.2 million to 15.7 million, an increase of nearly 30 percent. The additional 3.5 million children living in poverty is nearly equivalent to the entire population of the city of Los Angeles.

And thanks, Leftover, for the links.