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Letting people live in poverty is not the only issue where America is an embarrassment. We are unbelievably cruel and indifferent toward those same poor people, blaming them (and not the system) for their plight. The reality is, no one in this world gets ahead without help. Wealthy people have a natural advantage of a network of family and friends who can push them into the right school, teach them the right values, and help them get into jobs where they can succeed. The poor do not have that advantage, and we blame them for it. We demonize them, calling them white trash or ghetto moms.
"Mick, you got that right. I lived overseas for 27 years before I returned to America to retire and found people just hateful, selfish and a mean streak a mile wide. Civility has been lost in our society because there are no boundaries for behavior. Everyone knows their rights, but forget their responsibilities."
Originally posted by TeroK
Why do 5% of the world's population consume 30% of its resources? There are many things wrong with the society, but I blame the systematic destruction of civility & values.
Originally posted by KrazyJethro
A few points from an American:
1) If American's are cruel, I'd hate to think what is said about Africans, or the Chinese, or the Indians/Pakistanis, or even many from Latin America.
Americans give record $295B to charity'
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans gave nearly $300 billion to charitable causes last year, setting a record and besting the 2005 total that had been boosted by a surge in aid to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma and the Asian tsunami.
Donors contributed an estimated $295.02 billion in 2006, a 1% increase when adjusted for inflation, up from $283.05 billion in 2005. Excluding donations for disaster relief, the total rose 3.2%, inflation-adjusted, according to an annual report released Monday by the Giving USA Foundation at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy.
Giving historically tracks the health of the overall economy, with the rise amounting to about one-third the rise in the stock market, according to Giving USA. Last year was right on target, with a 3.2% rise as stocks rose more than 10% on an inflation-adjusted basis.
"What people find especially interesting about this, and it's true year after year, that such a high percentage comes from individual donors," Giving USA Chairman Richard Jolly said.
If many conservatives are liberals who have been mugged by reality, Brooks, a registered independent, is, as a reviewer of his book said, a social scientist who has been mugged by data. They include these findings:
-- Although liberal families' incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).
-- Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.
-- Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that voted for George Bush.
-- Bush carried 24 of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average.
-- In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.
-- People who reject the idea that "government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality" give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition.
Originally posted by gameoverforyou
No other coutnry has a history so blood as america (the united states), except for maybe britain and russia (stalin). From the massacre of the indians, to genocide of third world countries, such as vietnam and the 20 yr war in iraq, to the bogus wars on afghanistan and pakistan, and now libya. I bet history will look upon america as one of the most bloody and cruel nations, and just like germans during the nazi occupation, americans will think nothing was ever wrong right up until its fall.
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
ETA: it has occured to me that in your over reactive lashing out at me, you may have just displayed part of why "Americans are so shockingly cruel". Hyper vigilance, argumentativeness, hyper sensitivity, and over reaction. Just sayin'.