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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

gshennon Wrote: Sep 09, 2012 12:36 AM
oops, a typo. I meant to say: *NOW try telling me **Anything Other Than** "Nothing is riskier than being poor in America"
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

gshennon Wrote: Sep 09, 2012 12:33 AM
... - Highest homicide rate. - Largest prison population per capita NOW try telling me that nothing is riskier than being poor in America.
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

gshennon Wrote: Sep 09, 2012 12:32 AM
... - Third-shortest life expectancy at birth; behind only Denmark and Portugal. - Highest carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption per capita. - Second-lowest score on the World Economic Forum's environmental performance index; behind only Belgium and Denmark. - Highest rate of failure to ratify international agreements. - Lowest spending on international development and humanitarian assistance (we donate 1% a year of GDP to aid foreign countries). - Highest military spending as a portion of GDP - Largest international arms sales - Third-lowest scores for student performance math, behind only Portugal and Italy, and far from the top in both science and reading. - Second-highest school dropout rate; behind only Spain
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gshennon Wrote: Sep 09, 2012 12:32 AM
... - The lowest average number of days for paid holidays, annual leaves, and maternity leaves - The lowest score on the United Nations' Index of "material well-being of children." - The worst score on the United Nations gender equality index. - The lowest social mobility - The highest public and private expenditure on health care as a percentage of GDP These trends are accompanied by the: - Highest infant mortality rate. - Highest prevalence of mental-health problems. - Highest obesity rate. - Highest proportion of population going without health care due to cost. - Second-lowest birth rate for children per capita (adjusted for total population number differences); behind only Japan. - Highest consumption of antidepressants per capita.
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

gshennon Wrote: Sep 09, 2012 12:32 AM
now I don't usually swear but the provocative, personal rebuttal this man makes...well, this $%&# had the nerve to mock Melissa and cite the Heritage Foundation that the poor aren't really poor because many of them have things like cable. All copied from Chris Hedges' Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt: Among Industrialized Nations, the United States has: - The greatest poverty rate. - The greatest inequality of incomes. - The lowest government spending as a percentage of GDP on social programs for the disadvantaged. - The lowest average number of days for paid holidays, annual leaves, and maternity leaves - The lowest score on the United Nations' Index of "material well-being of children." ...
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