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Excessive wealth for some creates extreme poverty for others

A Timothy Egan New York Times editorial (Dec, 22, 2013) talks about a Montana wheat farmer who gets $300,000 a year in federal subsidies. He spends a month in Hawaii. The title of the editorial is “Good Poor, Bad Poor.”

He also talks about a homeless girl named Dasani, who is “at the center of Andrea Elliot’s extraordinary series in the New York Times — a Dickensian tale for the modern age.” New York mayor Mike Bloomberg said of this homeless girl named Dasani, “the kid was dealt a bad hand, I don’t know why, that’s just the way God works. Sometimes some of us are lucky, and some of us are not.”

So what is it mayor, is it “God’s work,” or is it luck? As far as I can tell it is neither. Continue Reading →

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