© Margaret Bourke-White
Washington is the grinch that stole Christmas. Bah Humbug defines its agenda.
Unprecedented in modern times. Privileged Americans never had it better. Ordinary ones face lump of coal harshness. Hard times keep getting harder.
Reflected in institutionalized inequality. Growing poverty. High unemployment. Multiples higher than phony Labor Department numbers. An epidemic of underemployment persists.
Jobs paying poverty or sub-poverty wages. With few or no benefits.
Households need two or three to get by.
Growing millions face "one impossible choice after another," according to Poverty USA. "(B)etween food and medicine(s), getting to work or paying the heating bill."
Census data show around half the population living in poverty or bordering it. In the world's richest country.
Affecting nearly 60% of children. America has a higher percent of working poor than any other industrialized country.
Human suffering is real. Neoliberal harshness is official policy. Force-fed austerity reflects it. Social injustice is rife.
Bipartisan complicity supports it. Ordinary people are increasingly on their own out of luck.
America's social contact is targeted for elimination. Disappearing when most needed. Monied interests alone are served.
Inequality is appalling. A race to the bottom persists. Class warfare defines it.
Most working Americans get by from paycheck to paycheck. One missed one away from possible homelessness, hunger and despair.
Inflation adjusted median household income keeps dropping. Americans have less to spend on increasingly more expensive goods and services.
People who eat. Drive cars. Pay rent. Service mortgages. Have medical expenses. Heat and/or air-condition residences.