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October 29, 2011

"We Should Be Ashamed"

“We should be ashamed,” is an understatement by Charles M. Blow in his Op Ed today in the New York Times entitled “America’s Exploding Pipe Dream.” 

Here are his key words:  “We sold ourselves a pipe dream that everyone could get rich and no one would get hurt — a pipe dream that exploded like a pipe bomb when the already-rich grabbed for all the gold; when they used their fortunes to influence government and gain favors and protection; when everyone else was left to scrounge around their ankles in hopes that a few coins would fall.”

“We have not taken care of the least among us. We have allowed a revolting level of income inequality to develop. We have watched as millions of our fellow countrymen have fallen into poverty. And we have done a poor job of educating our children and now threaten to leave them a country that is a shell of its former self. We should be ashamed.”

But, as the old hackneyed saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words and Mr. Blow has a picture (really a graph) in today’s paper from a recent report entitled “Social Justice in the OECD – How Do Member States Compare?” that proves his words are an understatement, with the US coming in near the bottom in every category measured:

Read the full Op Ed and view the graph here.

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