Remember that line from the book “Animal Farm” by George Orwell? — “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Of course, that was a statement about people, instead of animals …
A CNN article reports that California has that biggest income disparity in the U.S.. The reasons implied are education and opportunity which are tied to location. See the article here:
The article addresses statistical differences, but it doesn’t touch on the hardships experienced by those at the lower end of the income scale – or how opportunity for the lower income folks is actually curtailed by the wealthy – who are often heavily biased against “poor people.”
For example: Many lower income people do not have the educational opportunities the wealthier folks have. Universities are just too expensive. In some areas in the U.S., government and nonprofit programs assist people financially to go to trade schools, junior colleges and even to earn bachelor degrees. Most programs stop there. A person with a bachelor degree should be able to find a good job, right? Think again.
If you are disabled, it’s even harder to find a decent job – or to become employed at all. If you are an older person, finding work that pays a living wage is next to impossible. Employers (the “wealthy”) discriminate against people because of disability, age and even obesity. Of course, they aren’t going to say that’s the reason, but for anyone in these “classes” who has been turned down for work just knows that is the reason. It’s illegal to discriminate against people because of age or disability … but how does one prove that discrimination? And how can one NOT be poor, when no one will hire them?