Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Median Man, the Loser

We keep hearing how the economy is great and that the average income in the US is up. This is the old statistical truth that misleads.

You could call it a lie.

An easy way to think about it is with the example of the King and the Kingdom. Let's say the King has made a lot of money this year. So much money that he has made more than everybody else in the Kingdom combined. But let's also say that his subjects have lost money this year. Not in pennies but in buying power. Say the cost of gas has gone from $1.75 to $2.75 and the cost of a house has gone from $115,000 to $175,000 but the nice young lady answering the King's phone still makes $8 an hour. So when the King goes on tv and says the "average" income is up and pats himself on the back, it is technically true but not really. Let's use another word instead of average, because average let's the King's money make things look good, when it ain't. For you anyway.

Let's use the word, median. That stands for the people in the middle...that would be. you, more likely than not. In Tennessee, your actual income has dropped 8.7% since the Republicans took over the Senate, The House of Representatives, and the Presidency. The average pay of Senators, Congresmen, and the President have gone up during that time...way up. Vice President Cheney came into office five years ago with a net worth of about 30 million dollars. He's now worth about 90. He makes speaches saying the "Average income of all Amricans is higher" thanks to him. That is true, strictly speaking. If you take the 60 million bucks he's made and add it to the $45,000 the median man has made and divide by two, the "Average" is $30 million 22,500...But you didn't get any of it. And neither did your Papaw working at Wal-Mart to pay for his prescriptions.

The Median income dropped 8.7% for Tennessee. Vice President Cheney's taxes have dropped too...By over $3.5 million dollars a year. Don't you feel good for him? Between you and Mr. Cheney, your taxes have dropped an "Average" of $1,750,000.00...Bless you, Mr. Cheney...You have done so much for the "Average" person...Bless you, Republicans, for helping Mr, Cheney get filthier rich doing absolutely nothing in the form of actual work.

I just feel warm and fuzzy all over knowing all this.

Tennesseans can compare their own misery to the rest of the country by going here.




My friend, Ken Campbell in Oconee County, S.C., sent a few video clips...

1. I need someone to "protect" my marriage... I think I found some people who can help:


2. Republicans support impeachment... or so they say...


3. Republican leaders aren't "using" Christians as a voting block... just ask the sponsor of a bill to put the ten commandments in courthouses... put your coffee down for this one...

Oh my gosh...Three

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