Monday, December 18, 2006

The Real Impact of the Corporate Based Economy on Working People

A tough story about a senior citizen dealing with the cost of prescription drugs (this is happening all over the country).

Here is a short documentary about the struggles of low wage workers. (scroll down when you reach the page). Most of the video involves low wage workers at a major American University. The documentary is entitled “Where There is a Will, There Will Be A Living Wage”.


An elderly man recently robbed a bank in order to get arrested, because he did not have enough money to take care of himself.

Remember Melvena Cooke? She's the 79 year old woman who tried to rob a bank in Chicago a few months ago. Why? Because she could not pay her rent.

And remember the Chicago fire a few months ago, where 6 children from one family perished? The fire was caused by candles which were being used because there had been no electricity in the apartment for several months. Chicago Mayor Daley reacts.

Poverty kills!


A great discussion about poverty and healthcare, particularly in the Bellweather State of Missouri. What has the Corporate Republican economy meant for working people in the Midwest?


Previous Blog Entries on This General Subject

1. Is the American Dream Still Possible? A Discussion with Barbara Ehrenreich.

2. Recent discussion about Poverty in America.

3. A report on Infant Mortality rates.

4. The need for a living wage.

5. The struggle for families to keep food on the table.

1 comment:

Constructive Feedback said...


The opposite of a "Corporate Based Economy" is what in your view?

Could you detail for me the country that is clostest to "getting it right" in your book?

And finally with the world's population at 6,500,000,00 but more than half operating on less than a few dollars per day to their name how do you balance your "localized anger" against the big picture realities of the world?

For instance - the poor of San Diego by American standards live less than 50 miles away from desperate poverty to the south of them in Mexico. Should the poor of San Diego leverage a man made border to turn a blind eye upon people who in relative terms make them appear to be upper middle class?