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Nine Charts to Better Understand the Budget

Nine Charts to Better Understand the Budget

Sadly, these charts put it in perspective.  I wish we could sit most of America down and show them these charts.  Then they might understand.  Be sure to pay attention to this particular quote:

“Combine this visual depiction of our supposed “shared sacrifices” and “painful cuts” with the extremes of wealth and poverty our culture editor, Cord, shared yesterdayhow the 400 wealthiest Americans are now richer than the bottom 50 percent of citizens—and it’s not hard to understand why people are protesting.”

(the emphasis in the quote is mine)

The Republicans and some of the news media are fighting for those 400 people, while at the same time turning teachers and public service individuals into villains.  I just don’t understand how these people can call teachers parasitic but at the same time approve of tax cuts for the absurdly wealthy, such as allowing them to claim a tax break on their vacation homes (costing the nation 8.9 billion dollars).  There are plenty of teachers out there struggling to pay for their regular homes, teachers who have to work over their “summer break” in order to make rent or mortgage payments.

::sigh::  Wow. Just….wow.