Monday, August 18, 2008

John McCain laughs in the face of poverty

Pastor Rick Warren asked Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obamahow they quantified "rich".

Barack Obama:
"I would argue that if you are making more than $250,000, then you are in the top 3, 4 percent of this country," he said. "You are doing well."

(And just to place that in context, according to the US Census Bureau, as of 2006, the highest quintile of earners made more than $97,000 a year. The median income in the U.S. is $48,200.)

John McCain:
"I think if you're just talking about income, how about $5 million?"

His campaign says he was "joking". That is a really funny joke, John McCain--where do you come up with this stuff?!

But let's remember that more than 36 million people live in poverty--which is not just what happens after you're forced to pay back taxes on your beach properties (I can do jokes, too)--and almost 20% of children live in impoverished families. Let's keep in mind that 47 million people have no health insurance. That less than 20% of all 25 year olds have a 4-year degree. That only a third of elementary students meet grade-level standards of achievement (however bullshit those measures may be.)

Barack Obama has a tax plan. It would, in fact, raise taxes on his own income group. And it would raise them to examine those problems.

John McCain thinks those problems are a joke. MORE DRILLING.

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