Southern Man

Monday, October 10, 2011

We Are The 1%

This cheeky response to the Occupy Wherever movement is all over the net...

Photo taken from Google Images; original source may be this twitter account.

And on a slightly different note the thread on Southern Sister's Facebook account (from which Southern Man has been banned) has this juicy tidbit from none other than Southern Sister's SO:
The wealth of some has grown greatly in the last 40 years yet our calculation/definition of poor has not: poor is a family of four making less than $22,350/year...that's not poor that's starvation.
Southern Man suspected that this actually makes a point he's been hammering at for some time (that the "poor" in the USA are middle class in Europe and wealthy compared to most of the world) so he typed "world income" into Google and the top hit was the Global Rich List into which you enter your income and it tells you your rank for the entire planet. Two results of interest are:
USA Poverty Level of $22,350 - just inside 10%.
Southern Man - just inside 1%.
So someone explain how an intelligent, college-educated person can call a top-ten-percent income - and, mind you, people at this income level in the USA live in constructed homes with indoor plumbing and clean running water and have refrigerators and televisions and air conditioners and cable television and cell phones and iPods and pay other people to prepare their meals for them on a regular basis and otherwise live like kings compared to much of the world - "starvation." Does she really believe that 90% of the people on the planet are starving to death? And consider that any family of four who actually earns $22,350 as income is almost certainly drawing another half that in direct government aid (for example, in addition to a variety of assistance programs they'll pick up about 4K in Earned Income Credit alone) - and that puts them in the top 5% of global incomes, right there. Witness the power of capitalism and the free market, which has created a nation of such wealth that our poor are in the very highest echelons of world income. To be poor in the USA today is to be richer than 99% of the humans who ever lived. And no other nation is as generous about sharing that wealth. Southern Man can't count the number of times he's been in line behind someone at a convenience store who's got iPod earbuds hanging around their neck and is chatting on a smartphone while buying beer and cigarettes along with their food-stamp-subsidized groceries. That's what we call "poor" around here.

And Southern Man is pleased to join the Chicago Board of Trade as part of the 1%. It's good to be on top. Lord, you have blessed this nation beyond measure. Let us not forget the source of our blessings. Amen.


At Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I knew this but now I can use your info to make my talking points better.

At Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You made sense from the chaos being thrown out. Perhaps the news outlets need a college professor to educate them. Is any of this class envy? Jealousy? People with a hand out with the other hand a closed fist?

At Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question for you....If you had employees or co workers that called in sick (not asking for the day off for personal concerns, but called in sick to get paid) and you find out that they are at the mob rally, Would you fire them? Is that a good reason to fire them (I mean they lied)? Could it hold up in court if they sued to get their job back? People here have done just that!

At Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Southern Man,
As an educator, do you know anything about the coming solar maximum which is scheduled to peak late in 2012? Should we be concerned? Also...I was told that China is currently building an Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon to use against our fleet of Carriers. Is this sci-fi or real?


At Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Blogger Southern Man said...

Thanks, Anonymous(s)! To answer a few questions: if I had employees that lied to me about why they took a day off, there would be consequences. And while I follow the Solar Cycle more closely than most (both 'cause I'm interested and 'cause I teach Astronomy) I don't know any more than what appears on the science/tech blogs I follow. IMHO EMP weapons are still science fiction.

At Thursday, October 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You.


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