Don't let your schooling interfere with your education.
~ Pete Seeger

Friday, July 11, 2008

Is the US Losing Its Economic Dominance?

Last night I clicked on a link with the title above, only to find that they were measuring the health of respective economies by the number of billionaires produced.

What bullshit. I can think of no worse measure of economic health or dominance than the number of billionaires. (The publication promoting such ridiculous garbage was Forbes Magazine, so it's no surprise.) Perhaps if you wanted to measure the degree of economic corruption, the number of billionaires would be meaningful.

A far better measure of economic health and dominance would be the level of the median income, or average income. How are the masses faring? By that measure, yes, I believe we are falling fast.

It really is time to start taxing the crap out of the rich. Here's some reasonable suggestions: income between $300,000 and $500,000/yr gets taxed at 50%; over $500,000, 70%.

No comments:

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
~Helen Keller

Reading List for Information about Transpeople

  • Becoming a Visible Man, by Jamison Green
  • Conundrum, by Jan Morris
  • Gender Outlaw, by Kate Bornstein
  • My Husband Betty, by Helen Boyd
  • Right Side Out, by Annah Moore
  • She's Not There, by Jennifer Boylan
  • The Riddle of Gender, by Deborah Rudacille
  • Trans Liberation, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transgender Emergence, by Arlene Istar Lev
  • Transgender Warriors, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transition and Beyond, by Reid Vanderburgh
  • True Selves, by Mildred Brown
  • What Becomes You, by Aaron Link Raz and Hilda Raz
  • Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano
I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His - the Christ's, our
Beloved's.
~Hafiz