While perusing the blogosphere, I came across this blog on how to train yourself to find fault in those from a low-income background. While satirical in nature, it brought up some rather disappointing points about American society. The poor are often blamed for our deficit when it only accounts for 13 percent of it. A large portion of the money we spend (three-fifths) goes to defense spending; more than the next 17 countries combined. He then goes on to debunk other misconceptions related to those making under $20,000 yearly, such as how much influence they have on the government.
While reading this article, I had two recurring thoughts. The first was about Nike having only overseas factories in order to maximize profit. The people of low-income in the video we saw were more than willing to do whatever Nike wanted them to. They wanted to work, anything to help get out of poverty would do. My other thought was on the name of the blog itself: The Same Air. Based on a quote by President Kennedy, it insinuates that everyone breathes the same air, except for the fact that they don’t. People are sometimes the victims of negative externalities. In this article, the local residents didn’t choose to live where the air is polluted. There are sure to be some who can’t move due to their job and as such have to deal with the toxic air. The unfortunate fact is that often the poor live in dirtier areas because they are cheap, but then get health problems due to the pollution that keeps them in poverty. It’s a vicious cycle.