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Ah, mimi, this is why I'm so fond of you!  You just drag it all right out in the open!  So many arguments to have!  I'm not sure I have the strength, but you do get the pot stirring!

I think we have, in various threads including poor Colman's, been comparing apples, oranges, etc.  My whole goal has been to establish that there's a pretty big poverty problem in the US and that a  lot more are struggling.  That's it.

As to comparisons, I think they are useful for finding causes and solutions and other educational purposes.  If they're being used "prove" that some people don't have it so bad or someone else has it worse -- one-upping in other words -- then I think comparisons can be detrimental to the discussion.  But I wholeheartedly encourage the former types.

And I think you're correct that income is a relative thing.  I'm not sure what subsets would be valuable to compare.  It's getting late here now and I'll be off to bed soon, but I think the recent UN report would give us some good ideas.  Plus, I have every confidence that other things will come up in this thread as the Europeans awake and I go off to have sweet dreams. Play nice while I'm gone! ;-)

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 01:08:38 AM EST
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