The Invisible Poverty of “The Other America” of the 1960s Is Far More Visible Today. Peter Dreier, Truthout in the USA: “Fifty years ago (in March 1962) Michael Harrington wrote a book, ‘The Other America: Poverty in the United States‘ – a haunting tour of deprivation in an affluent society – that inspired Presidents Kennedy and Johnson to wage a war on poverty. This slim, 186-page volume became a best-seller and became required reading for social scientists, elected officials, college students, members of study groups sponsored by churches and synagogues, reporters and intellectuals, the new wave of community organizers and the student activists who traveled to the South to join the civil rights crusade”: here.
USA: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Co.: “A PBS spokesperson told The New York Times that the service ‘is fully committed to independent films and the diversity of content they provide.’ That can quickly be demonstrated by reversing a bad decision and returning to a national core time slot the independent documentaries created – often at real financial sacrifice – by the producers and filmmakers whose own passion is to reveal life honestly and to make plain, for all to see, the realities of inequality and injustice in America”: here.
US auto execs paid millions for slashing workers’ wages: here.
On March 15, California schools handed out 20,000 layoff notices to teachers and other employees in all the school districts across the state: here.
By Julie Hyland in Britain:
UK budget brings a bonanza for the rich and pain for workers
23 March 2012
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition’s budget is unambiguously aimed at enriching the top 1 percent at the expense of everyone else
Two years into the most severe austerity measures since the 1930s, during which time living standards have plummeted, Chancellor George Osborne announced the top rate of tax will be cut from 50 to 45 pence.
The 50 pence top rate applies only to those earning over £150,000 per annum—just 1 percent of the population. Introduced by Labour in 2010 as a temporary measure, it was in large part aimed at deflecting attention from from the multibillion-pound bank bailout that had rescued the fortunes of the super-rich at society’s expense.
For the most part, Britain’s wealthy have as usual managed to avoid paying anywhere near the amount set due to what was described by Channel 4 News as “legitimate tax avoidance”. But they are bitterly hostile to any infringement on their state-supported riches and had demanded its swift removal.
Osborne cynically cited extensive tax avoidance as proof that the top rate was worthless, had brought in far less than the £2.6 billion anticipated and should be scrapped.
He did so despite opinion polls showing that two thirds of those questioned were in favour of maintaining the top rate. In fact, more than 90 percent felt that the rich should be subject to greater taxation.
Britain: The Fawcett Society‘s report reveals the terrible impact of austerity on women.
USA: A Single Hedge-Fund Hustler Makes More Than 85,000 Teachers: Why Are Our Priorities So Messed Up? Here.
A new study reveals that living standards for nearly half of the US population remain stagnant or have plummeted six years into the recessionary crisis: here.