12.30.2007

Two weeks old but no less depressing...

I'm catching up on blogs and saw this post by my friends Benj and Jessica. It's from a NY Times article, and it completely blew my mind:

No, wait. It's believable. In fact, it was easily predictable. Which doesn't make it any less astounding:

The increase in incomes of the top 1 percent of Americans from 2003 to 2005 exceeded the total income of the poorest 20 percent of Americans, data in a new report by the Congressional Budget Office shows.

The poorest fifth of households had total income of $383.4 billion in 2005, while just the increase in income for the top 1 percent came to $524.8 billion, a figure 37 percent higher.


I went to see No Country For Old Men the other evening, and this fact seems somehow related to that movie's themes of desperation and a society gone uncontrollably, savagely wrong. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but I guess I wouldn't be the first to do so. (The bartender at Bender's, where we went for a drink after the film, heard us deconstructing the movie and said her friend had done a complete analysis of the movie as Biblical allegory. I didn't go that far, but I do see the struggle of the poor in this country as a deep root of our societal decay.)

Happy thoughts!

1 comment:

jfh said...

I'll be sure to see that movie when it comes out on video. I found out today that I am one of the oldest living people in the world. So are you, if you have achieved 65 years. If you're 61 you are one of the oldest of the baby boomers. I feel lucky to be alive and healthy, even as one of the oldest [YIKES!!!] humans around.