Sunday, September 19, 2010

3092 How do you define rich?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

People who want to share their religious views with you
almost never want you to share yours with them.
-- Dave Barry --


An ABC newsreader said something the other day that made me whip around and stare at the screen in disbelief. She described the US as "the richest country in the history of the world."

What? In the world? In history?

Has she never heard of oil countries in the Mid-east where no citizen has to work because they all share in the oil proceeds? They hire foreigners to do all the work. No one is homeless. No one is hungry. No one is "below the poverty line." Education is free for all through graduate school.

The statement was made in the context of a story about how 1 in 7 American households lives in poverty. They define the poverty line as below $21,954 for a family of 4, or below $10,830 for a single person.

And that's "the richest country in the world", eh?

No wonder the rest of the world considers us arrogant and unaware. Somebody has a swelled head, and no clue about what's going on elsewhere, no sense of history. Ugly America.

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