9 thoughts on “The WaPo on ‘Why it costs so much to be poor in America’

  1. Insurance companies generally charge poor people more for their products. And while states have generally made it illegal to explicitly rate or underwrite based on race, there are lots of cute proxies that companies have devised.

  2. keiths:

    Its shameful.

    The American exceptionalism that has been preached for the past 100 years may have been true at some stage of its history, but it is now liked an aged starlet, weeping, “I was great, you should have seen me, you have no idea..”

    The greatest country in the world? There isn’t even ONE metric where this is true any longer. Freedom? Ha. Diversity? Rights? Education? Health care? Opportunities? Rule of law? Security? Ethics? World Conscience?

    Nothing. What can we brag about?

  3. Guns per capita? Incarceration rates?

    The good news nuggets are there, phoodoo: you just have to dig a little deeper!

  4. The US has the world’s largest military and highest incarceration rate. Sure, we suck at infant mortality, infrastructure maintenance, literacy, and overall happiness — but so what? WE’RE NUMBER ONE!!!

    Makes a fella proud to be a Merkin.

  5. Rumraket: Disproportionate military spending. Lack of trust in elected officials. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lack of trust as opposed to say England or Germany?

  6. phoodoo: What can we brag about?

    More mass shootings per year than the number of days in the year? Families losing their houses due to medical bills? Obesity? Honey Boo Boo?


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