by Greg Palast
Here’s your question, class:
In his State of the Union, the President asked Congress for $300 million for poor kids in the inner city. As there are, officially, 15 million children in America living in poverty, how much is that per child? Correct! $20.
Here’s your second question. The President also demanded that Congress extend his tax cuts. The cost: $4.3 trillion over ten years. The big recipients are millionaires. And the number of millionaires happens, not coincidentally, to equal the number of poor kids, roughly 15 million of them. OK class: what is the cost of the tax cut per millionaire? That’s right, Richie, $287,000 apiece.
Mr. Bush said, “In neighborhoods across our country, there are boys and girls with dreams. And a decent education is their only hope of achieving them.”
So how much educational dreaming will $20 buy?
When the President and Congress throw out large numbers these days, my eyes just glaze over and the numbers mean nothing. They are just that – numbers. All the numbers are enormous (in the stratosphere..).
Greg Palast does a great job of breaking down a few of them and putting them in practical ‘human’ terms. His style is funny in his own snarky way, but the message is clear and exposes once again just how clueless, how condescending, how ridiculous, out of touch, and heartless George W. Bush is.
Great post by Palast.