Sunday, April 12, 2009
Those of you bent on studying the causes of various revolutions take note.
On the one hand:
Foreclosures are up. Personal bankruptcies are up. Unemployment is up. Millions of Americans have seen their retirement go up in smoke. Somebody you know has been laid off. Somebody else you know has been out of work for a long time and can't seem to catch on anywhere. (Both of these people have something to offer.)
On the other hand, the annual Parade Magazine "What People Earn" issue is out:
Jennifer Aniston, a woman we might, in a weak moment, laughingly call an "actress" makes $27 million a year. Will Ferrell is less talented than Jen and yet makes $31 million a year. Bloated, bellicose, blowhard Rush Limbaugh goes for a cool $38 million a year. Singer Beyonce gets $80 million a year, and rapper Jay-Z takes in $82 million.
The average teacher salary in Washington, D.C. is $48,304. This is higher than average teachers' salaries in 44 states.
Something is seriously messed up here. And that's even without talking about the cost of tickets at the new Yankee Stadium.
Pitchforks and torches anyone?