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The Rich Get Richer, and the Poor Get Shorter Life Spans

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Sunday, September, 18th, 2011, 6:00 pm

Blindfolded Uncle Sam

Three-plus decades dominated by the GOP philosophy of trickle-down economics, tax cuts for the rich, and corporate welfare has resulted in a growing disparity between the rich and poor in this country–and a growing disparity in the life expectancy between the two classes.

In other words, the rich get richer, and the poor get to die earlier.

The poorer a country is, the lower the life expectancy is of its citizens. Also, the poorer a segment of the population of a country is, the shorter the life expectancy of that segment is versus the rest of the population.

In just the past decade, since Bush tax cuts and keeping gaping tax loopholes for rich corporations have ruled the land, the poverty level has increased, the median real income has fallen, and the number of people without health insurance has increased, according to a DailyKos article, which was based on Census Bureau data.

Not surprisingly, then, life expectancy in large portions of the U.S. has started falling behind the world’s healthiest nations, and life expectancy is declining in some of the poorest locations of the nation.

Think about that. In the United States of America, which is said to be the greatest nation in the world so often that the statement is rarely questioned (at least within its boundaries), some segments of the population are expected to live shorter lives than their parents–and we knowingly continue to support policies that will make this crisis worse.

Do the Republicans react by suggesting policies to improve the situation? No, they debate what we should do with the poor, unemployed, and uninsured. The policies are fine; we need more of the same–more tax cuts, more loopholes, and more corporate welfare. And let’s cut Social Security and Medicare while we’re at it.

When a person who is poor, unemployed, and uninsured becomes sick, some Republican supporters actually think that we should “Let him die,” which one enthusiastically and boldly yelled out at the most recent Republican debate.

Politics has become a sports-like game in this country, similar to when the Cowboys play the Giants, and we choose sides and root for our side at all costs. But games don’t affect people’s lives, and games don’t determine what kind of nation we’re going to be.

Politics is no game.

The Rich Get Richer, and the Poor Get Shorter Life Spans was written by Paul Yeager for PoliticusUSA.
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