Rand Paul has once again stuck his foot in his mouth. Despite the fact that Americans are falling into poverty in record numbers, Senator Paul, son of Ron Paul, says that the poor are getting rich. He also claimed that there is no correlation between poverty and death and that to claim that there was such a connection is nothing more than “socialism” and “tyranny.”
Census data revealed on Tuesday that a record 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010. Yet, Paul had this to say.
“We also need to understand that poverty is not a state of permanence. When you look at people in the bottom 5th of the economic ladder — those at the bottom — only 5 percent are there after 16 years. People move up, the American dream does exist…The rich are getting richer, but the poor are getting richer even faster.”
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Paul’s claim is obviously bogus. ￼￼Income inequality in the United States is greater than that of Pakistan and Ethiopia and higher than at any other time since the Great Depression. Because of exceedingly low tax rates, the rich are getting richer, with the richest one percent earning nearly 25 percent of the total income in the country. For Rand Paul to claim that the poor are getting “richer faster” is insulting. The American people are suffering. Only the richest Americans are getting richer. Meanwhile, median income levels have done nothing but drop since 2001. In other words, Americans are getting POORER, not richer. Rand Paul is just another Republican who is disconnected from the American people. That, or he just doesn’t give a damn.