• Poor People Should Just Go Die

    April 9, 2016

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    Posted in: #99Percent, Economy


    Despite advances in medicine, technology and education, the longevity gap between high-income and low-income Americans has widened sharply. You want to talk inequality? Talk about this.

    The poor are losing ground not only in income, but also in years of life, the most basic measure of well-being. In the early 1970s, a 60-year-old man in the top half of the earnings ladder could expect to live 1.2 years longer than a man of the same age in the bottom half, according to an analysis by the Social Security Administration. By 2001, and he could expect to live 5.8 years longer than his poorer counterpart.

    New research offers even more horrifying numbers. Economists found for men born in 1920, there was a six-year difference in life expectancy between the top 10 percent of earners and the bottom 10 percent. For men born in 1950, that difference had more than doubled, to 14 years.

    The serfs are dying. The castle-owners are buying themselves more years.

    Poor health outcomes for low-income Americans have dragged the United States down to some of the lowest rankings of life expectancy among industrialized nations. The Social Security Administration found, for example, that life expectancy for the wealthiest American men at age 60 was just below the rates in Iceland and Japan, two countries where people live the longest. However, for Americans in the bottom quarter of the wage scale, their life expectancy is closer to that in Poland and the Czech Republic.

    The gap in life spans started widening about 40 years ago, when income inequality began to grow.

    Earlier in the 20th century, trends in life spans were of declining disparities, because improvements in public health, such as the invention of the polio vaccine and improved sanitation, benefited rich and poor alike. The broad adoption of medication for high blood pressure in the 1950s led to a major improvement for black men, erasing a big part of the gap with whites. But medical improvements can also drive disparity when they disproportionately benefit affluent Americans; for example, cutting-edge cancer treatments.

    Imagine that — in one of the world’s richest countries, people die simply because we can’t find a way to provide them good healthcare as does the rest of the civilized world.

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    • Rich Bauer said...


      The rich need the poor…for their organ transplants.

      04/9/16 9:48 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      quote”Imagine that — in one of the world’s richest countries, people die simply because we can’t find a way to provide them good healthcare as does the rest of the civilized world.”unquote’

      Kinda redefines the word “exceptional”, eh?

      And here I was under the impression Obama”care” was bringing healthcare for the masses in the US up to the 21st century. Dumb me.

      04/9/16 10:33 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Rich Bauer said…

      “The rich need the poor…for their organ transplants.”

      The only “organ” I’ll leave for them is my middle finger.

      04/9/16 10:35 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Hillary beat you to it, Pitch.

      “Corning’s corporate strategies are hardly in line with what Clinton’s increasingly progressive party base might consider to be the actions of a “great American company.”

      From 2008 to 2012, the company paid nothing in federal income taxes, making it one of the top-10 “Corporate Tax Avoiders” placed on a list that circulated among progressives.

      Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s primary challenger, also shared the list on his Senate website.

      Not only did Corning avoid taxes during that four year stint, the company also received a $10 million tax refund from the IRS. That despite making more than $3.4 billion in profits.

      The company also stashed $11.9 billion in offshore tax shelters to avoid paying federal taxes. Clinton has criticized the use of offshore schemes.

      Clinton personally intervened to help the company during that same time span, her emails show.’

      Hillary: FU. I’m rich.

      04/9/16 10:52 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      In a four person race for POTUS Vegas won’t know how to spread the odds. Trump and Sanders as Independents, Clinton for Dems and whoever (it may not matter) for the Republicans. I wouldn’t count out Hillary until she’s indicted or hits her head again -Venal types can be very resilient and resourceful.

      04/9/16 2:32 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      John Poole said..

      “In a four person race for POTUS Vegas won’t know how to spread the odds.”

      You should be a bookie. 🙂

      Meanwhile, Peter is succinct..

      quote”Peter Van Buren ‏@WeMeantWell 7h7 hours ago

      @emptywheel And assumes all requests by FBI are good, true, right and benign, as if.”unquote

      Haha! As if. Benign. right.

      I’m nominating that for this weeks award for Great Moments in Cognitive Dissonance.

      bartender.. two bottles of DoublePhasePalm beer …to go.

      04/9/16 7:32 PM | Comment Link

    • steve said...


      meaningless correlation once again presented as cause & effect.

      the poor have money for tattoos, plenty food to get fat on, and tv to sit at.

      and please don’t equate education with schooling. (presumably too expensive for the poor.) the poor here spend more than average people living much longer in many countries in asia, on far less money.

      04/9/16 7:35 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      …the poor here spend more than average people living much longer in many countries in asia, on far less money.

      The third world is catching up to US fatheads:

      The number of obese or overweight people in the developing world nearly quadrupled from 250 million to 904 million between 1980 and 2008, according to a study published this month by a UK think tank. Over the same period obesity rates in high-income countries increased by 1.7 times.

      One third of all adults worldwide—1.46 billion people—are now overweight or obese, says the report from the Overseas Development Institute. But by 2008, more people were overweight and obese in developing countries (904 million) than in richer countries (557 million).

      The developing world’s dramatic weight gain since 1980 is due primarily to two factors, says the report: richer diets and more sedentary lifestyles. More people in poorer countries are earning enough to move from diets built on cereals and tubers to diets rich in meat, fat and sugar, and now have increasingly stationary lives.

      04/10/16 10:13 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer, the pharmaceutical companies specializing in diabetes medication are looking forward to celebrating the 2 billion obesity mark. Sort of like MacDonald’s celebrating its 100 billionith ingested Big Mac worldwide.

      04/10/16 12:43 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      quote”the poor have money for tattoos, plenty food to get fat on, and tv to sit at.”unquote

      Says one who never slept on the street or tried to make $176 SNAP last a month to feed two adults. Listen schmuck, the next time you’re feeling fucking righteous..trade places with me for a month. Other wise…eat shit and die…asshole.

      04/10/16 4:33 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Steve probably “earns” his money stealing from US doing his patriotic duty:


      04/10/16 10:07 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      I don’t know where that picture was taken, but it says volumes about the inequality gap. ..notwithstanding the capacity to withstand any feeling of human suffering while eating lobster and hoisting glasses of $4k bottles of champagne while dinning on a patio above masses of adjacent human beings wallowing in squalor. How do they look in a mirror.

      04/11/16 7:09 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      04/11/16 9:36 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Hillarious will have to give back some of her Goldman Sucks gold:

      “Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will pay $5.1 billion to settle a U.S. probe into its handling of mortgage-backed securities involving allegations that loans weren’t properly vetted before being sold to investors as high-quality bonds.
      New York-based Goldman Sachs, which announced details of the accord in January, will pay a $2.39 billion civil penalty, make $875 million in cash payments and provide $1.8 billion in consumer relief, according to a Justice Department statement.

      “This resolution holds Goldman Sachs accountable for its serious misconduct in falsely assuring investors that securities it sold were backed by sound mortgages, when it knew that they were full of mortgages that were likely to fail,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery.”

      Hillarious didn’t mention the fraud case in her speech.

      04/11/16 12:52 PM | Comment Link

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    • John Poole said...


      Bauer- check out THE BIG SHORT for some chuckles. Goldman Sachs plays a large part in the film about bundled mortgages none of which went belly up since the Fed bailed out the bundlers.

      04/12/16 7:17 AM | Comment Link

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