It’s not an either or issue. Both are valid issues and concerns. If you are facing eviction because you are unable to pay the rent because your employer cut your hours; your financial situation will take precedence over a military conflict with Russia that may or may not happen. Your day-to-day survival is front and center 24/7/365 when your living in poverty.
And for the record, most of us do care about the poor and the issue of poverty in the U.S. Based on the following Canadian-based resources, I think you should start caring about your fellow citizens in Canada:
Income Inequality in Canada
Canada gets a “C” grade and ranks 12th out of 17 peer countries.
Income inequality in Canada has increased over the past 20 years.
Since 1990, the richest group of Canadians has increased its share of total national income, while the poorest and middle-income groups has lost share.
The concentration of income among the super-rich is happening in many countries, including Canada.
Source: The Conference Board of Canada
Wealth Inequality in Canada
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer in Canada, a new analysis of Statistics Canada data by an Ottawa-based think tank shows.
The study found that, much like the income gap, Canada’s wealth gap is also widening, the Broadbent Institute said in a statement Thursday.
“With much of the public debate focused on the growing problem of income inequality, wealth inequality has been less scrutinized,” said Rick Smith, executive director of the Ottawa based think tank, which describes itself as progressive.
Wealth is a broader measure than income because it takes into account all assets, including housing and investment, minus debts, the institute said.
“Contrary to rosy reports of rising net worth and a post-recession recovery, these new numbers sound the alarm on Canada’s wealth inequality problem,” Smith said.
The top 10 per cent of Canadians have seen their median net worth grow by 42 per cent since 2005 to $2.1 million in 2012, the study found.
Meanwhile, the bottom 10 per cent of Canadians saw their median net worth shrink by 150 per cent. In 2012, their debts outweighed their assets by $5,100. That was worse than in 2005, when they owed $2,000 more than they owned, the study said.
“Looking at this broad picture of wealth using new Statistics Canada data released to the Broadbent institute, this report shows deep and persistent inequality,” the institute said Thursday.
“This unequal distribution — particularly for the wealthiest and poorest 10 per cent segments of the population — challenges the narrative that suggests Canadians are getting wealthier across the board,” the study found.
Even more striking is the fact the bottom 50 per cent of Canadians own just 6 per cent of the wealth, while the bottom 30 per cent own just 1 per cent, the institute said.
Source: The Star
I find it inexcusable that so many of your posts accuse people of racism while you openly declare your disdain for the poor and those doing the best they can to survive day-to-day in poverty. I guess as long as it is your hate and prejudice … it’s OK. Well, it’s not.
You cannot take back or excuse your way out your own words:
I couldn’t care less about the US poor…
A comment like the poor in the U.S. take a second seat to the risk of war with Russia indicates acknowledgement of a valid issue and concern. Your comment indicating that you couldn’t care less fully illuminates your disdain for those who are below your station in life or are in need of social and economic assistance in the U.S.
Words have meaning and reflect a person’s innermost thoughts and beliefs. You made yours quite clear.
Your jingoistic jabs and insults towards the U.S. – and U.S. citizens – in nearly every one of your posts will not go unchallenged.