[I suspect that a spin-off of the degeneration of our American religions is that those in need are being cast aside and left to vastly inadequate private charities which the right wingers know full well cannot do the job that governments in developed countries must do.  But the further catch here is that those of us being hit go far beyond the traditional poor to include about 80% of Americans.  Check out the pensions of the fairly well off families that have paid mortgages, collected debts for college tuitions for their children, run up debts for this and that as they approach retirement age, lost a key job or been hit with major illnesses.  Ed Kent]

IF THIS IS SUCH A RICH COUNTRY, WHY ARE WE GETTING SQUEEZED?
By Heather Boushey, Joshua Holland, AlterNet
While the rich are getting richer, they’re slashing social
security, medicare and other social programs for the rest
of us. What gives?
http://www.alternet.org/workplace/57180/

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