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Upper Class Dependence on the Poor
Upper Class Dependence on the Poor
This is going to be long. I am speaking about poverty as I am a poverty scholar having both lived, studied, and witnessed poverty on the ground. Why do I think poverty is an important issue in your discussion? Because the middle and upper classes do not realize how much they depend on those in poverty to maintain their own class standings. Here are some ways:
- Cheap labor. While in our own country and those abroad who do not make enough wage to live on, every time you visit a grocery store, a WalMart or Target store, a café worker, childcare worker, and grounds keeper, Home Depot, etc., anyone of the upper classes who patronize those services, they are dependent on these workers to keep the prices down both for the goods they buy as well as the employee whom they pay, this is so they can afford those goods and services.
- Charity donations: On the average when donating to a mega-non-profits who receive about $52,000-$64,000 per client ~ but only about $2,000 is actually given in direct services. Rich people who donate $millions can use these donations as their own private Cayman Islands for tax breaks. In essence, they do not make any donation at all since they get it all back. NOBODY asks where that $50,000-62,000 goes. Well, I have asked that question and found to my disgust that little is done by these mega-nons for anyone but themselves.
- Furthermore mega non-profits use cheap labor while their Executive Directors and their associated cohorts make 6-7 figure incomes ~ while even employing slave labor (“volunteers” who are often the working poor paying off things such as their welfare check at 50 cents an hour or community work for those getting out of jail or work requirements to pay off food stamps, and/or now Medicaid). Non-profit paid workers are also paid well below the standard of living ~ so they can benefit the charity to generate those donations that pay those Executive Directors, lawyers, accountants, and board members those 6 figure incomes.
- Government funding in mega-non-profits is a must since they often match grants for these entities. They usually do not give grants to smaller non-profits who are doing the REAL work on the ground. These for-profits who also take in slave labor for “training” while never having to observe labor laws such as giving breaks or observe safety issues, often forcing their slave labor to work a straight 8 hours with not so much as a lunch break.
- Taxes: In my state (WA) as a low-income person I pay over 17% of my income in taxes, as do most poor, who pay up to 20% of their meager income in this way. The middle class pays about 10% in taxes out of their incomes ~ and the richest pay only 2% of their incomes in taxes. Both classes howl about how much they pay, but the truth is, they can afford to pay the 17% the poor pay, but law-makers would *never* concede this reality, instead they keep raising regressive taxes that burden the poor the most. Why does the poor pay so much? So the upper classes don’t have to.
- Illegal immigrants: the employers who pay them pass their “savings” onto us, while illegal immigrants pay for things they would never receive such as paying into the Social Security and Medicare funds. You can find out how much they pay in your state here: http://www.itep.org/immigration/#map. My state receives over $315,000,000.
- Medical industry: Whether a mega-non or for- profit the medical industry who employ millions in the middle and upper classes, they receive massive $millions in grants and donations to maintain their businesses. These classes depend upon that money to employ themselves or profit from the takings. I also include there the psychology and psychiatry businesses in this mix who depend on $millions for their own for-profit businesses. BTW there is no scientific proof psychology or psychiatry works.
- The prison industries: As the U.S. has the largest prison populations in the world it should be considered how the middle and upper classes depend upon the prison industries for their own survival They keep the lower and middle class in jobs. They often use slave labor in for-profit prisons for side businesses, hard labor and other ways to profit off a convicted felon’s backs.
Those are just a few ways those in the upper classes depend upon the poor for their own benefit. The next time anyone looks down on a beggar in the street, they might consider how they employ the middle class to give them services from these entities and how the upper classes employ a huge proportion of the middle classes for their own survival.
It is time for the upper classes to realize their own dependence upon the poor by using punitive practices to keep the poor in check with rules, regulations, and laws. BTW if you want to see where you stand in your state as to how much of your income you pay in taxes compared to the other classes you can find that here: http://www.itep.org/whopays/
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