[quote=“porcelainprincess”]all you need is for the top echelon to be a lot higher to bring up the average (I might have thought this to be the most basic concept in statistics that even your average Joe understands implicitly, but clearly that’s not true in your case). We all saw the underclass on television in New Orleans this past year. I’ve seen them in various American cities. We have an underclass in Canada, too. They’re called “First Nations” people.
Have you ever read Conservative pundit Diane Francis? Wealth disparities are more pronounced in Canada.
Canada has become a collection of family dynasties and management fiefdoms. This book profiles its thirty-two wealthiest families. Along with five conglomerates, they controlled one-third of Canada’s non-financial assets in 1985, nearly double what they controlled just four years earlier. The concentration of wealth in Canada is much more profound than it is in the U.S., where the largest firms are publicly held. [/quote]
I laughed at Mucha Man’s use of the phrase “underclass” when referring to the US. Of course, I don’t think there is real underclass in Canada or the US. Even native Canadians have a wide range of tax breaks, educational subsidies, affirmative action programs etc. that give them every opportunity to get ahead – if they really want to. Of course, these handouts also “breed” dependency. The real underclass are the billion people around the world who earn less than US$2 a day.
Mucha Man said the US has a higher murder rate because it still has a huge “underclass.” All I am saying is that wealth disparities are higher in Canada and the GDP per capita statistics for most provinces are lower than the poorest US states. In my opinion, there are more working poor in Canada because the system wants to keep them poor, stupid, and proponents of eating Tim Hortons and watching Hockey Night in Canda.