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The French newspaper Le Monde reports 1.5 million living the American dream on $2 a day

by Democrats Ramshield Sun May 27th, 2012 at 01:16:20 PM EST

Written by an American Expat who holds an M.B.A. degree living in the E.U.
My email address is: democratsramshield@yahoo(dot)com

Surely the death of the American working class dream is not news to the American 1 percent elites. The truth be known simply put they like it that way, as they surely are the architects of the GOP led class warfare against the American working class.

(The Statue of Liberty in the photo below is located in Paris, France and is believed to have become emblematic as the American dream now resides in Europe instead of America).  

Le Monde quote: "From Near And Far, Bidding Farewell To The American Dream
    By Claire Gatinois

    LE MONDE/Worldcrunch
     No matter what the frame of reference of the person examining it, its bottom line is unambiguous: the United States - not supposedly fusty Europe -- rates lowest in terms of this relationship in the distribution of riches and social mobility. Yes, Paris Hilton's America ranks way below the Scandinavian countries, but also below France, New Zealand, Japan, the United Kingdom, and others."

Clearly the weak American social safety net has become an international badge of shame, worn with pride around the necks of American capitalist elites who have put America up for international pillory as a pariah state wherein estimates show 1.5 million Americans live on less than $2 a day, which is on par with many third world nations.

Le Monde quote:
"on February 24, the USA Today daily published a feature on extreme poverty in the United States, reporting that the number of families living on less than $2 a day had more than doubled in 15 years, going from 636,000 in 1996 to 1.5 million in 2011."

Despite the fact the 2012 elections will cost over $2 billion dollars, essentially bought by private capital (primarily financial capital). These elections are essentially depoliticized, focusing instead on so called character qualities of the candidates largely in what may only be referred to as a media public relations extravaganza! Wherein issues that confront the great American working class in the GOP led class warfare are never substantively addressed except in all but the most forgettable sound bytes. Therefore the American public has become completely atomized at this turn of events, wherein millions are angry and confused, no longer knowing the way out.

Le Monde quote:
"French economist and historian Thomas Piketty has already demonstrated out how America's wealth is as distorted as it is vast. But should you discuss this particular matter with an American citizen, you will be told that "the rich are rich because they deserve it." The quasi Communist idea of taking from the rich to give to those in need is not a fair reward for talent."

Americans have been brainwashed into accepting a ridiculous level of income inequality, Americans only do so because of the high degree of working insecurity present in the US to a degree unimaginable in other major industrialized countries around the world. For example, if you lose your job in America, usually you and your family lose your health insurance coverage. This is something that is completely unimaginable in the European Union. American workers therefore have to be extremely compliant, which is exactly the way the American elites like it.

Clearly the Le Monde article is correct. In fact Piketty in April was quoted by the New York Times quite sensibly stating that there is nothing radical about supporting income equality in America. What is radical is accepting the American income inequality that exists in America presently.

New York Times quote:
"The United States is getting accustomed to a completely crazy level of inequality," Mr. Piketty said, with a degree of wonder. "People say that reducing inequality is radical. I think that tolerating the level of inequality the United States tolerates is radical."
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/17/business/for-economists-saez-and-piketty-the-buffett-rule-is-just- a-start.html?pagewanted=all

Please let's have an honest dialog about the myth of American exceptionalism. Indeed in the plain sober light of day the simple truth is too many Americans have been brainwashed by the media. This has caused the mainstream German magazine Der Spiegel to publish headlines asking, "Has America become an Oligarchy?".

Clearly the purpose of the American plutocrat owned media's propaganda is to brainwash people into believing the myth of the American dream. No one has said it better than the late comedian George Carlin who plainly told us they call it the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it, and it is no coincidence therefore that political satirists and comedians such as Jon Stewart and Colbert and Bill Maher have become household names, because the only people in America left that dare to speak the truth and keep their jobs are comedians and satirists. Just like in the days of old when only the court jester could dare speak the truth to the king and still keep his head, so it is today that the American dream has become a tale of the Emperor's new clothes. The American dream has become pablum for the mind for the brainwashed masses who have fallen victims of the propaganda of the GOP led class warfare, who are only able to speak interminably repeating the Fox news talking points as if it were a Gregorian mass chant, which has taken on articles of faith akin to religious zealotry in their worship of the vast wealth holdings of the 1 percent as their new age American deity.

Le Monde quote:
"If an American is tenacious enough, shouldn't he or she be able some day to make it to the top of the heap? "No pain, no gain," as they say. But the Great Gatsby Curve says No. So much so that in the United States, as elsewhere, "having talent" may just be another way of saying "having inherited money."

Where until recently the high priest of the temple of the 1% formerly led by Saint Alan Greenspan where he and his followers prostrated themselves before the altar of unbridled avarice, wherein before Saint Alan was defrocked by the 08 financial crisis, for which he bears substantial responsibility. His primary article of faith was "the invisible hand of the market", which forbade sensible financial regulation by define commandment, which has led to the most inequitable distribution of wealth in America of any major industrialized nation on earth.

America's 1 percenters have become an object of idol worship in popular culture which includes reality based TV shows where they are adored for their horrible behavior for which they are richly rewarded reminiscent of the bad behavior of medieval lords in the feudal age.

Le Monde quote:
"The American system of education, at one time considered to be "the great equalizer," is partly responsible for this state of affairs. A recent study conducted in Michigan and quoted by the New York Times shows that the discrepancy in performance levels between rich and poor students has risen by 50% since the 1980s - which means that wealth, more than race, is what makes the difference in school."

This has led to an atomized American society, wherein the proposition of democracy as expressed through elections has become a proposition at tension with itself, as American elections are financed by private capital, and as such have become essentially depoliticized. The Occupy Movement is the first spontaneous grass roots effort since the 1970's from the American working class to respond to the social injustice as expressed through the efforts of the Occupy Movement in the atomized American society of 2012, wherein people are angry and confused as expressed through the anguish of millions of Americans who no longer know the way out.

Le Monde quote:
"American workers are being increasingly badly paid as businesses amass larger and larger profits. The result, as Evariste Lefeuvre of the Natixis corporate and investment bank in New York points out, is that the profits of American companies amounting to 13% of GDP are at a historic high."

As 59 million Americans find themselves without health insurance; 132 million without dental; and 45 million on food stamps; 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line. This international badge of shame has marked America as being talked about as a neo-feudal pariah state in European capitals, where universal medical access is considered to be a human right from cradle to grave, where everyone has 4 weeks paid vacation, paid sick leave and paid maternity leave. Continental Europeans have no student loans to speak of as university tuition is so low, American students pay more in books than Continental Europeans pay for tuition. As such they are unable to understand the American tolerance for worker exploitation and social inequity, which they find to be bewildering.

Translated quotations from Worldcrunch (in partnership with Le Monde).

To read the original Le Monde article in full text in French, please click on the link below.
http://www.lemonde.fr/elections-americaines/article/2012/02/28/le-declin-du-reve-americain_1649386_8 29254.html

Let's please remember 93% of income gains now go to the top 1%

New York Times quote:The top 1 percent has done progressively better in each economic recovery of the past two decades. In the Clinton era expansion, 45 percent of the total income gains went to the top 1 percent; in the Bush recovery, the figure was 65 percent; now it is 93 percent.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/opinion/the-rich-get-even-richer.html?_r=2&partner=rssnyt& emc=rss

To win in America all we have to do is to care about each other and stick together!
If we are looking for change we must look to the Occupy movement to provide that peaceful nonviolent approach to change in helping to elect better
progressive politicians to public office. The Occupy movement and the American unions are the last great hope of the American working class dream!!

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Well, I certainly don't have to explain why I'm an expat, do I?  Thanks, Democrats Ramshield.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon May 28th, 2012 at 01:53:10 AM EST
Also I'd like to if I may please invite you and any of our fellow expats (or other internationals) to please consider joining our expat group over at the Daily Kos.
 If you or other readers are interested in joining, please send me an email:  democratsramshield@yahoo(dot)com

Thanks for the support and thank you also for the post.

sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

by Democrats Ramshield on Mon May 28th, 2012 at 06:15:33 AM EST
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More like European Nightmare.
The European Sovereign has spoken.
Draghi: The European social model has already gone when we see the youth unemployment rates prevailing in some countries. These reforms are necessary to increase employment, especially youth employment, and therefore expenditure and consumption.
I guess that's that, then.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 28th, 2012 at 04:49:28 AM EST
and that includes the EU. However the problems that we have in America have become very serious indeed. That is what my article tries to point out. Thanks for taking the time to read it.

sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]
by Democrats Ramshield on Mon May 28th, 2012 at 06:17:14 AM EST
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There are places within the EU where the bit about health care as a human right does not apply.
by Upstate NY on Mon May 28th, 2012 at 09:27:38 AM EST
and in others they would stop to apply if USA-loving governments have their way.

res humą m'és alič
by Antoni Jaume on Mon May 28th, 2012 at 10:44:52 AM EST
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To Antoni Jaume
You're right. If the Americans could shut down medical access as a human right in Western Europe, they would do it. The problem is no western European country is interested in buying for-profit American medical insurance. In fact no for-profit American medical insurance company even exists anywhere in Western Europe. America can't export it's for-profit broken medical system to Europe. Isn't that interesting? Great post. Thank you for your support.

sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]
by Democrats Ramshield on Tue May 29th, 2012 at 04:48:56 AM EST
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Oh, give Spain's right-wing a couple more years of shock doctrine.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue May 29th, 2012 at 05:04:33 AM EST
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But, of course, if you have no medical services, and no medicines, it's rather odd for a country to crow about not having for-profit insurance, isn't it?
by Upstate NY on Tue May 29th, 2012 at 08:53:28 AM EST
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For now, until Spain right-wing government does as Migeru says, Spain has a quite decent health system, that is we have medical services and medicines.

res humą m'és alič
by Antoni Jaume on Tue May 29th, 2012 at 03:21:02 PM EST
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Right, I wasn't referring to Spain.
by Upstate NY on Tue May 29th, 2012 at 03:45:24 PM EST
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Though Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical multinational, has reportedly put 11 Spanish hospitals on a credit limit, and should their arrears exceed the limit it will suspend shipments of anti-cancer medicines.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue May 29th, 2012 at 03:52:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Now in ElPais.com in English.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue May 29th, 2012 at 03:58:37 PM EST
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