I just read a blog from someone I won’t name repeating the conservative propaganda that the rich are the “productive class” and the poor are unproductive, it then went on to complain that 20% of americans now depend on the government for their income and cited the Heritage Foundation’s dissertation on how government “dependence” is a big problem that’s arisen over the last few decades, ignoring the actual causes of it and basically saying it’s because poor people are lazy.
Yes, underemployment is around 20% because poor people spontaneously became lazy when the banks collapsed. And people became dependent on the government more and more not because of the rise of credit cards and the shrinking of minimum wage through inflation sharply diminishing the buying power of their money while costs like groceries double overnight – no, it’s because poor people stopped being productive.
If poor people weren’t productive there wouldn’t be any rich people.
Under the bush administration alone the wages of people on minimum wage went down 25% due to inflation and congress not adjusting minimum wage for a decade. In the period the heritage foundation (an openly partisan conservative propaganda mill btw) says this “dependence” happened, the average salary of CEOs tripled from 100 times the salary of the average worker to 300 times the salary of the average worker. The lower 50% of americans don’t pay federal income tax and many are dependent on the government for their living, but that is because the bottom half of the country controls less than three percent of the country’s wealth, but their work generates almost all of it. Unproductive my ass.