I, Fat Bastardo, have always liked Jimmy Carter and not only because he grew peanuts. Sure peanut butter is delicious and a great fattening food but Jimmy Carter is admired by fatlings for being a guy who tells it like it is.
The following article is Jimmy Carter telling it like it is!
Carter says today's middle class looks like the poor from his presidency due to income gap..
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday
that the income gap in the United States has increased to the point
where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in
poverty when he occupied the White House.
Carter offered his assessment of the nation's economic
challenges Monday at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Oakland
— the first of five cities he and wife Rosalynn plan to visit this week
to commemorate their three-decade alliance with the international
nonprofit that promotes and builds affordable housing.
The recent economic downturn revealed that families living in
even comparatively well-off, but expensive regions like the San
Francisco Bay Area are economically insecure, he said.
"Even in one of the wealthiest parts of the world there is a
great deal of foreclosures and now a great deal of people who are
fortunate to own their own houses owe more on them than the houses are
worth in the present market, and that's all changed in the last eight
years," Carter said during an exclusive interview with The Associated
Taking a break from framing windows at a new 12-unit town house
development in a section of East Oakland where Habitat already has built
or repaired 115 homes, the 89-year-old former Democratic president said
the federal government is investing less in affordable housing at a
time of greater need.
"The disparity between rich people and poor people in America
has increased dramatically since when we started," he said. "The middle
class has become more like poor people than they were 30 years ago. So I
don't think it's getting any better."
Years of tax breaks for the wealthy, a minimum wage untethered
from the inflation rate and electoral districts drawn to maximize
political polarization have reduced the quality of life for all but a
small fraction of Americans and imperiled the nation's standing as "a
real superpower," he said.
"Equity of taxation and treating the middle class with a great
deal of attention, providing funding for people in true need, like for
affordable housing, those are the sort of things that would pay rich
dividends for Americans no matter what kind of income they have," said
Carter, looking relaxed in a baseball cap, blue jeans and white
"The richest people in America would be better off if everybody
lived in a decent home and had a chance to pay for it, and if everyone
had enough income even if they had a daily job to be good buyers for the
products that are produced."
Habitat for Humanity was founded in Georgia, the home state of
the Carters. They first joined a Habitat for Humanity work site in 1984
in New York and have spent a week every year working on construction
sites in the U.S. and abroad.
On Tuesday, the former president and first lady are scheduled to
help renovate homes in a section of Silicon Valley that has remained
immune to the wealth generated by the high-tech industry. After that,
they intend to travel to Denver, New York and Union Beach, N.J., where
they will help rebuild homes wiped out by Hurricane Sandy.