The top income bracket used to have a tax rate of 91%
Now it’s 35%
Warren Buffett [sees] less than 0.5% of his annual income [taxed for] Social Security while some single mom working double-shifts at IHOP will see 100% of hers taxed.
The US spends 45% of the world’s military budget though is only 5% of the population. We also spend twice as much as the next four countries combined.
We spend twice as much on healthcare than the rest of the developed world yet we are less healthy and 60 of us die each day due to lack of healthcare.
Women with equal health conditions as men are more likely to pay higher premiums for the same policy.
Women and “people of color” still face glass ceilings when it comes to income or job promotions.
You ever notice that the so-called “pink collar” jobs are heavily geared towards service? As if a woman’s place in the world is to serve.
95% of victims from family violence are women abused by male partners.
More than 25% of abuses go unreported.
Usually, the rape victim is a female raped by a non-stranger who is usually a white male.
Most victims of sex crimes are female and most perpetrators are male.
Sexuality is often treated as a taboo but what is present on ads and billboards is the selling of sex as carnal lust. No wonder we see the above. When all young men can think about when they see an attractive woman is, “I’d hit [sic] that” then you know something’s wrong. The added ingredient of power and domination in a male-dominated society also helps explain. Don’t you think?
In Texas, as is true in most states, pets get more protection than people do. A pet owner is required to provide water, food and shelter or be punishable under the law (for the third offense it’s a felony).
Speaking of shelter, a large portion of homeless people are vets from foreign wars of aggression. Jingoists love to support their troops while they are committing crimes and becoming addicted to drugs and plagued with PTSD, but once its over they sneer at them on the streets when they ask for change.
In the lobby of where I work there are all kinds of pamphlets on substance abuse, domestic violence and so forth. Why do ya’ll think it is that there is a singular pamphlet on alcohol and combat?
The elderly are the demographic with the highest suicide rate.
We are more than 360% as productive as we were during the Golden Age of Capitalism that really should be called the Golden Age of State Intervention, yet we still work more than 40 hours a week. Guess where the wealth from the increased productivity went? I will give you a clue: not the working class.
Real living wages have steadily been declining since the end of that age.
We rank really low in education for the developed world so it is no wonder large portions of the population reject evolution and have superstitious beliefs about imaginary people living in magical places that they will get to go to once they die.
Livestock farming is a big contributor to the assault on our ecosystems. Think about it. We use massive amounts of land, water and grain to raise and kill animals for either us to eat or for other animals to eat. If you have a pet whose pet food contains animals know that some farmer, likely from a big corporate farm, grew that grain to feed to an animal to be slaughtered so it could be turned into pet food so you could feed it to Socks, the cat.
There is an entire industry of making milk from another animal for us to drink long after infancy. You should also look into how unsanitary the practice of milking cows industrially is.
Obama opponents from the right really oppose him because he is black. Terms like socialism are codewords they use in place of the n-bomb.
The US which is armed to the teeth (see above on military spending), flanked by two vast oceans its Navy dominates and is bordered by allies is deathly afraid of Afghanistan, a poor, defenseless country over 10,000 miles away. You can tell because a common remark supporting the war on that country is a hysterical cry that “If we don’t fight them there then we will have to fight them here!!!” That would be like me going out of state from Texas to Idaho to pummel an infant and then frantically crying, “If I didn’t pummel her there then I would have to pummel her here!!!”
And in an ironic twist, advocates of torture claim it is successful though they have yet to address why we are fighting foreign wars to keep them from our shores if torture works.
If we were actually bound to international law and didn’t use our veto power at the UNSC or economic intimidation of other countries then every president since Truman would have been tried for war crimes and hung Nuremberg style.