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First, I'm aware of this data, and share your (implied) concerns on the folks at the top getting too much money.  for example,
  1.  getting rid of the inheritance tax, IMHO, goes against logic and basic American principles of upward mobility.  Raising the threshold level of the tax (which is absurd just looking at inflation) makes common sense--but getting rid of it, no sense.
  2.  I am concerned with income levels at the top, though am a little bothered at focusing only on CEO's, since the argument is far broader and should include actors, baseball players, other sports leaders, etc. etc.  And unfortunately while the answer to 1. above is obvious (don't do it), the answer here is not as clearl.
  3.  I'm concerned at the lack of equal education at grades 1--16, as it defeats the ideal of the American dream of giving everyone a fair shot.  (I dispute some of the absurd comments on college education in the US, as being ill informed and missing the point entirely as to how to help the US on this point).  Unfortunately we are split in America as how to fix grades 1 through 16--vouchers and privitization versus more money into systems that have failed (I intend no support of either of the two with my charectarization).  

But the focus on this site seems to be convincing someone (I'm not sure who) that there is poverty in America--which of course there is.  And furthermore to lambasting the US to seemingly prove the European model is better.  I, for one, would love to find a model that would improve America.

so back to the questions on my post, which you are responding to:

The issue is poverty in the United States -- does it exist?  what is the scope?  how bad is it?  can it be overcome?  I missed the post where someone denied there was poverty in the US.  Could some one refer me to it and the ensuing dialogue?

 how does it compare to Europe?  and why does this matter?  I definitely didn't see any comments on this question previously.  At least nothing factual--like with data, I know, a foreign concept for some of us.  

And thank you for this one cut on the American data (and though I have seen it, I think it is helpful) and for the French data, which I was unaware of.

by wchurchill on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 06:07:56 AM EST
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