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October 12, 2011 at 3:08 am | Posted in Economy, Labor, Occupy, politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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This boy has worked in Payne Cotton Mill, for 2 yrs Macon, Ga. Runs 4 sides and earns 52 cents a day. Overseer has hand on boy' s shoulder. He said this mill made 70% profit last year and expects to make 100% this year. This is owned by Bibb Mfg. Co. Location: Macon, Georgia. 1909 January. Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer. (Library of Congress)

It seems to me that those who are bitching about their situation over at Ewick Ewickson’s “We Are the 53%” are bitching about the same things as the Occupy protestors and their supporters.  The only difference is, Ewick’s group thinks those making $20,000/year and less are responsible for our economic mess and should just die in a fire, or at least live in fear of their house catching on fire.

It’s pretty rich that Ewick should bitch about having three jobs.  His radio job alone pays well enough to comfortably support four families. 

Farm boy with sack full of boll weevils which he has picked off of cotton plants. Macon County, Georgia. 1937 July. Dorothea Lange, photographer. (Library of Congress)

The county in Georgia where Ewick lives?

Almost 22% of of his fellow residents have income below the poverty line (the threshold for a single person is $11,161; for a family of four, including two children, $21,756), an increase of almost three percent since the 2000 census.  The median household income in Ewick’s home county is $37,367.

Despite not selling the house he bought in 2001 because he would have to take a small loss, Ewick had enough cash laying around to spend over $400,000 on a second house.

The median value of owner-occupied homes where he lives? Approximately $115,000. In fact, 40% of the homes sell for between $50,000 and $100,000.

House in which cotton farmer has lived for fifty years. Macon County, Georgia, 1937 July. Dorothea Lange, photographer. (Library of Congress)

Ewick is not working two other jobs to put food on his family or a roof on their heads. If he’s so overburdened by his two extra jobs, perhaps he should consider quitting one or both so that someone who is looking for a job can have one. Unemployment in Georgia more than doubled between 2008 and 2011. Almost four out of five of Georgia’s children lives in poverty, one out of five of Georgia’s adults below age 65 lives in poverty. Less than one in ten Georgians over age 65 lives in poverty. Clearly, those old people are living high on the hog and Social Security benefits should be reduced, or at the least raise the retirement age to 70, so we get their numbers more in line with everyone else, so Ewick doesn’t have to pay the same or a higher percentage of his income in taxes than the moochers.

Ralph Small House, 115 Rogers Ave., Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. 1939 or 1944. Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer. (Library of Congress)

Next time Ewick takes a flight from Georgia to wherever, perhaps he should contemplate how less safe he would be without government regulation of airplane construction, air-traffic controllers, pilots, airlines and government investment in airport infrastructure.

Eliminate all regulations and corporations can completely eliminate reports of airplane crashes. Ewick would have no idea how many passengers the airline operating his flight had killed that week, leaving the “free market” free to kill Ewick.

Gunter Field, Alabama. Loading airplane motors onto trucks. They are being shipped to Macon, Georgia for repairs. 1943 March. John Vachon, photographer. (Library of Congress)

Since poor people rarely fly, the only hazard to them would be planes falling on their houses. Certainly, a larger number of One Percenters, like Ewick, would be dead from preventable plane crashes, but if they want to live by the “free market” (except, of course, when their businesses fail and they get bailed out by the evil government), they’re going to die by preventable accident.

Let’s hope the other 99% don’t die from starvation or dangerous job conditions or curable disease or cancer caused by environmental pollution before enough of the One Percenters are dead from their beloved unregulated “free market” so that the surviving 99% can reestablish civilization.

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