Pauper’s Index

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—Inspired by Harper’s Index—

• Number of children under 18 in the United States living in food-insecure households: 15.3 million

• Top five states with the highest rate of food-insecure children under 18: D.C., Mississippi, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Georgia

• Number of jobs in the U.S. paying at a rate that is below the poverty threshold: one out of five

• Portion of the jobs the Department of Labor predicts will be added to the U.S. economy by 2018 will pay enough to keep a two-worker, two-child, family out of poverty : less than half

• Number of families in New Orleans remaining on the waitlist for subsidized housing: 16,000

• Amount of public dollars spent repairing the Superdome since Katrina: $471 million

• Amount paid at auction for Babe Ruth’s 1920 Uniform: $4.4 Million

• Portion of the U.S. population that will live in poverty at some point before age 65: more than half.

• Amount Bronx Catholic priest 'stole from two city parishes to pay for drugs, hot tub and rough sex with muscle-bound escort lover': $1M

• Number of private prison contracts that include occupancy requirements mandating that local or state government keep those facilities between 80 and 100 percent full: 41 out of 62

• Amount Colorado state wasted in taxpayer money using CCA's prisons instead of its own:at least $2 million

• Percentage of Democrats who would prefer a distribution of wealth closer to that of Sweden compared to America’s: 93.5%

• Percentage of Republicans who would prefer, in a blind test, a distribution of wealth closer to that of Sweden compared to America’s: 90.2%

• Percentage of charitable givers among people making $25,000 or less: 16.6%

• Among people (liberal or conservative) making $200,000 or more: -4.5%

• From 1948 - 1985, the percentage of income growth that went to the bottom 90%: 60%

• From 1986 - 2008, the percentage of average yearly take-home growth that went to the top 10%: 100%

• Chances that Donald Trump’s original family name was Drumpf: 100% chance

• Number of his holdings bearing the name Trump: 515

• Portion of Trump supporters who would likely be supporting Bernie Sanders, who actually represents their economic interests, if they weren’t blinded by racism: “most”

• Amount Congress has spent on investigating the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi : $4,600,000

• On investigating the preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina : $86,607 (from Harper’s Index, December 2015)

• Likelihood the average Republican knows that the first president to propose national health insurance was Republican Theodore Roosevelt: Slim

• Number of countries without labor-law restrictions by gender: 18 (Armenia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain and Taiwan)

• Number of countries among those with bans on abortion: 6 (Dominican Republic, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru)

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Quote Zenzoe:

• Percentage of charitable givers among people making $25,000 or less: 16.6%

• Among people (liberal or conservative) making $200,000 or more: -4.5%

You should look at your link again.

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Quote gumball:

Quote Zenzoe:

• Percentage of charitable givers among people making $25,000 or less: 16.6%

• Among people (liberal or conservative) making $200,000 or more: -4.5%

You should look at your link again.

Why? Maybe I missed something, but, despite the implication of the title, where it distinguishes between “poorer conservatives and wealthy liberals,” thereby giving a false impression, it seemed to me the point, judging by the chart —“Big Divide in Giving Trends by Income"— was not about liberal vs. conservative, but about class, and how more lower income folks, percentage-wise, contribute to charity than rich folks of any political stripe.

From the article: “The study noted that while the amount of charitable giving by the US as a nation has remained steady at 3 percent, the poorer people are, the greater amount they spend on charity. And this trend has been exacerbated in the years covered by the study, which showed that those earning $25,000 or less contributed 16.6 percent more of their income, while those with incomes of over $200,000 were spending 4.5 percent less of their money on charity in 2012 than in 2006.”

I don’t know, Gumball, but I find it interesting.

Anyway, this is the one I thought was even more interesting:

• Percentage of Democrats who would prefer a distribution of wealth closer to that of Sweden compared to America’s: 93.5%

Percentage of Republicans who would prefer, in a blind test, a distribution of wealth closer to that of Sweden compared to America’s: 90.2%

Hm-m-m?

Zenzoe
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The numbers were the percentage of increase or decrease over the time frame, not the percentage within in the income group who are charitable.

I prefer a more equitable wealth distribution too, I just don't want the government to take from someone else to give to me to achieve that.

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Quote gumball:

The numbers were the percentage of increase or decrease over the time frame, not the percentage within in the income group who are charitable.


You’re right. That’s a fair point. I should have made that clear in my original posting of the info. Thanks for the correction, gumball.

Still, the poor increased their charitable spending during that time frame, while the rich decreased it. It’s still a contrast between the giving behavior of the poor and that of the rich, not a contrast between liberal and conservative giving, as the title implied.

Quote gumball:

I prefer a more equitable wealth distribution too, I just don't want the government to take from someone else to give to me to achieve that.

So, what are your proposals for an effective, equitable distribution of wealth, if you’re not going to ask the rich and corporations to pay a greater share of taxes than they do now?

I’m here to learn.

Zenzoe
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In the meantime, while awaiting Gumball’s proposals for equitable wealth distribution, two more index items:

• Number of Senate Republicans blocking Paycheck Fairness Act: 43, (a majority with 3 Republicans not voting)

• Compared to Canada and several European countries, the United States stands out as having more or less intergenerational mobility: Less

Zenzoe
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When I decided to post this Pauper’s Index, with its focus on poverty, I hadn’t noticed DdC’s excellent thread suggesting we “prepare to vomit” over the offshore accounts of the rich. In fact, I haven’t been paying much attention to the forum these days, and I’m sure I’ve missed lots of good stuff, including that.

In any case, DdC has posted some important items on the subject, as he is probably the best researcher around here. For example: http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2016/02/someone-added-money-rich-have-offshore-accounts-—-prepare-vomit#comment-347907

Still, I am not quite ready to abandon this thing. :-)

Hunger in America: 2015 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts
http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/us_hunger_facts.htm

(I suggest gumball et al read that entire article, top to bottom.)

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By the Numbers: Childhood Poverty in the U.S.

...Only three other countries in the developed world have a higher child poverty rate(pdf) than the U.S., according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Mexico leads all nations with a rate of 25.79, followed by Chile (23.95), Turkey (23.46), and the U.S. (21.63).

Zenzoe
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