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Wednesday, July 19

Ghetto Tax

A new study out from the Brookings Institute brings to light the hundreds of extra dollars low income families pay for everyday items in comparison to middle class families. The article in the New York Times today discusses the study's findings and addresses the disparity between those living in poverty stricken areas and others living in middle class areas of cities. It's bad enough that this country's welfare system works against those in poverty to ever have a chance to rise above the poverty line given the vast limitations and strategic rules that keep people from making a certain amount of income, but counting the "ghetto tax" piles on extreme limits to anyone trying to make it. Considering that the majority of people in poverty are women and children these regulations and practices hender a mother's ability to care for her children which again is sad in a country that claims to be so pro-mother and completely pro-child......No child left behind.......right?

The Brookings Institute has advised that doing away with such financial loop holes would be a step forward in the fight against poverty. I wonder how much government investment goes into the 'fight against poverty'? The capitalist culture we live in demands poverty as a means of control and clearly a means of consumption, so I don't believe the government has much investment in eradicating poverty as much as 'fighting the war on terror' which has it's finanical benefits as well. A bit contradictory considering a fight against poverty would in the long run create a better more educated consumer culture and if there was an investment in long term self reliance on natural fuel sources the war on terror would cease to be the front for control of natural resources.

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