Caption: Lily is pretty upset about this.
The widening income gap in the U.S. is a frequent topic of Goat Rope rants. The war in Iraq is sadly revealing a different kind of income gap. As CBS News reports
Among the Americans killed in the Iraq war, 34 percent have come from communities reporting the lowest levels of family income. Half come from middle income communities and only 17 percent from the highest income level.
That's a change from World War II, when all income groups were represented about equally. In Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, the poor have made up a progressively larger share of casualties, by this analysis.
During World War II, casualty rates across income quartiles were 26, 26, 25, and 23 moving from lower to higher income groups. Iraq war death rates among the lowest quarter of the population increased by 1/3 from World War II levels while death rates among the highest declined by more than 1/4, although the total number of casualties is much smaller.
While low income Americans have been fighting and dying in Iraq, the Bush administration has lavished its attention on cutting taxes for the very wealthy and slashing the budgets of social programs like Medicaid and student aid that benefit the families and communities the soldiers come from.
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