Wealth is a favourite bogyman. The 'gap' between the Rich and the Poor. Almost to a template, the media will sell the idea that Inequality is a 'Bad Thing' like rain or women having babies. There are other factors, of course, which may even be spoken about - even focused upon - but not before the money aspect has been raised.
Money is the 'causal' issue, always. Income isn't equal. And it isn't 'fair'. And it is rich people's fault. So it always seems.
This came up today.
Unsuprisingly, no-one put their name to it. I would not either.
New York is a city of Extreme Inequality
...where people in the poorest neighbourhood of Brooklyn die 11 years earlier than those living around Wall Street, according to new data.The city unveiled health statistics from across Brooklyn, one of New York’s five boroughs, that seek to provide the most reliable indicator of community health in a decade.
Look, I don't want to put it too harshly, but if ''Inequality' is the main issue for the Headliners, would it help to even things up - make us all less 'unequal' - if we all became poor and all lived in squalor?Updating and expanding the statistics, officials hope, will highlight extreme inequality in America’s largest city and help to improve quality of life for the poorest.
Whoops. I think the socialists have that one covered already.
In Brooklyn’s poorest neighbourhood of Brownsville, which has a majority black population of 76 per cent, average life expectancy is 74.1 years — among the lowest in the city.Manhattan’s financial district, home to Wall Street, has the highest life expectancy in the city — at 85.4 years it is a staggering 11 years longer than in Brownsville.
Not that a lot of folk actually live on Wall St. Most commute in from a long way off and some even fly to get there. But heck,....
Er.... live in poverty. Yes. And why is that do you think? Ahhh, because they don't have money like rich people do. Duh !The data was last updated in 2006, making it the first time in 10 years that indicators have been reviewed and improved.Indicators include smoking, obesity, diabetes and drug use, as well as others not previously included that influence health such as air pollution, and quality of local housing and shops.“Poor health outcomes tend to cluster in places that people of colour call home and where many residents live in poverty,” said New York City health commissioner Mary Bassett.
Residents in Brownsville were not dying 11 years earlier from unusual causes but from “the same diseases — mostly heart disease and cancer — at younger age and at higher rates.”
|Let us not mention that Brownsville has a LOT more green-space than Wall St.|
Not that education has anything to do with income, especially with 'Common Core'.Among the 86,377 people living in Brownsville, more than 25 per cent of adults have not finished high school and nearly 40 per cent live below the federal poverty level.
It is the poorest neighbourhood in Brooklyn and the seventh poorest in New York, which includes four other boroughs — Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.
Ah, yes. That must be down to income inequality.Brownsville suffers more than twice the citywide rates of new HIV diagnoses, at 66 per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 30.4.
That too.Its rate of psychiatric hospitalisations is also more than twice the city rate at 1727 per 100,000 adults compared to 684.
I wonder - as the writer and the burghers of New York seem not to - if the lack of income is more due to the other factors discussed so briefly. The lack of education; the higher buggery rate (oh dear, the UN will be onto me now) and drug dealers on every corner, and the loonies that congregate. They did not even get around to comparing single-mother households.Other districts in Manhattan and Queens mimic the longer life expectancy of the financial district, while three other areas of Brooklyn and the Bronx cluster with Brownsville at the bottom.Remaining health profiles for the rest of New York will be released borough by borough over the coming weeks.
Would the writer be happier if Wall St had the same levels? More 'equal'?
And one other they always seem to overlook. Perhaps it has something to do with voting choices too.
Just thinking aloud.
I mean, just look at Chicago ! Look at Detroit!
They have a lot of green-spaces too !
Guess which Political Party consistently gets the votes there.
Meanwhile Brownsville residents are tacking the problems in the time-honoured Conservative way. They are getting on their bikes.
That is if they can only get the rich folk to cough up to build them some bike lanes.
Yes, they want Bike Lanes !!
The 'unofficial Mayor', has been gathering the gang to make a few demands of dem rich folk in da street, man.
Who would they turn to if there were no rich people? Heck, not even middling taxpayers working 8-6.
It is high time this 'Inequality' whine was kicked to the curb along with the drugs, the welfare dependancy, the woeful education, the gay plague, fatherlessness and socialism.
We would all live longer and better if we all developed healthy minds to go with healthy bodies. But that would require a healthy body-politic.