Economist Christmas issue
The Economist is the only non-medical periodical besides Ultrarunning I subscribe too. Each year I look forward to the year-ending double Christmas issue (which seems no longer to be the Christmas issue, alas), which in addition to the usual news contains a variety of longer feature articles, which I have time to enjoy over the holidays. These are mostly available for free here.
One of the most interesting this year is comparing the poor in the US with the rich in poor countries, specifically, an Appalachin man drawing disability and a doctor in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who make about the same amount of money. One might think it would go a lot farther in Africa, but not really:
A typical poor household in America has two televisions, cable or satellite reception and a VCR or a DVD player.And living in the US is a lot safer and more conveinent with than in any African countries.
Read the whole thing as they say, but it is facts like this, and that this guy on "disability" hasn't worked in 25 years, despite still not being 65, that makes me think the welfare system in this country is a bit too generous.