A complex world
Few people seem to read beyond the headline or think critically about what they read. As a consequence, fewer people understand our increasingly complex world.
The recent PPIC study that found that less than 50 percent of Californians are now middle income is a perfect example of this. Most people reacted in horror that the percentage of middle-income Californians had dropped from 60.5 percent in 1980 to only 49.7 percent in 2010. Some blamed the super wealthy for their greed. Others blamed high taxes for driving productive people out of this state. Many blamed an influx of illegal immigrants.
These people obviously didn’t read the full article, let alone the study itself. If they had, they would have realized that most of those formerly middle-income Californians were now high-income families. Yes, the biggest change over the past 30 years was that the proportion of high-income families increased from 5.5 percent to 13.7 percent. That should be considered very good news by most.
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Less good news was that the proportion of lowincome families also increased, but only by 8 percent. The really bad news, however, was that the incomes of low-income families decreased by 21 percent during the Great Recession from 2007 to 2010. During the same period, the incomes of high-income families also dropped, but by only 5 percent.
The full story is more complex than just the headlines.
Republicans, the supposed party of small government, are now seeking to stigmatize and debase the unemployed by requiring drug testing for those collecting unemployment benefits. They are using this issue, and a payroll tax cut that would primarily benefit the middle class, to hold all of us hostage to their elitist demands.
Considering their poor job performance, members of Congress are the ones who should be subject to random drug testing. I’m sure most Republicans would agree since this dovetails so nicely with the conservative trickle-down theory of economics.
Enhancement Inc., a nonprofit serving local breast cancer survivors, would like to thank J. Lohr Winery of Paso Robles for its generous donation of $2,670 to our Donna Van Noy Breast Cancer Care Fund. This fund assists women with breast cancer-related treatment costs. To apply for funding, go to our website at www.enhance mentinc.org and download an application form.
We would also like to thank Dr. Laleh Shaban of Morro Bay for holding a fundraiser and donating $3,627 to us. Audio Ecstasy donated more than $1,000 worth of items to a silent auction, along with many other local businesses, and we thank them all.
Also, during the month of October, we placed 175 donation jars with photos of three local breast cancer survivors in stores and offices around the county and we would like to thank the business community for their support. Some shops are keeping the jars year-round so keep your eyes out for a jar if you want to add a donation. For further information on our programs, call 771-8640.
Executive director, Enhancement Inc.
Recently, a letter talked about corporations being classified as a person by the courts. The writer hit the nail on the head in the designation being a strictly a political one.
I’ve written letters before pointing out that it was the suspect Supreme Court around the 1860s that allowed this to happen. When the 14th Amendment was passed, corporations felt this may be a way to get their foot in the door with the intended parties of the act. From what I remember in early history, corporations were created to perform a specific task, for example, manufacturing widgets and nothing else.
How anybody could change the definition of “person” to a piece of paper, including unions, I don’t know. To me, if it doesn’t bleed, it can’t be in that definition. Some are going to say, a dog, cat, horse, etc. bleeds so they can be classified as a person. Not unless another court decides to do something stupid again.
Just go back in early history, the early writings, and it defines what or who a person is. Now it’s a means to buy the elections.
Cerrito Peak is sacred
Regarding plans to build on Cerrito Peak in Morro Bay:
Developer: I am appalled at your lack of sensitivity, regarding the Native Americans’ sacred ground.
Native Americans: I apologize for, and regret personally, the obvious disrespect that has been shown.
Is there any limit in what will be done to these Native American people? I am saddened.
Michael S. Friedlander