Why Our Government Isn’t Listening: How Greed Is at the Root of US Suffering


Eliza A. Webb | Truthout | February 11, 2016

(Photo: US Currency via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO)(Photo: US Currency via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO)

In the United States, children go hungry.

Human beings endure poverty so deep “many people don’t believe [it] exists here.” US residents pay far more for health care than the people of any other wealthy country, yet their bodies are sicker and more broken. The public school system is unfairly funded and racist. Workers go abused and underpaid. The government throws more people behind bars than any other nation in the world. More than one in four Black and Brown Americans are living in poverty, further undermined by institutional racism and murderous police forces. Hispanic and Latina women are making 54 cents on the dollar compared to white men. More people are buried here because of gun violence than in any other industrialized country.

The American people are suffering.

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