ABOVE is the graphic the Wall Street Times published to illustrate its story about rising taxes in the US.
The look on the face of that single parent getting by on 4260,000 a year is heart-wrenching. That single woman with no kids pulling in $230,000 for 12 months hard graft should lift her chin and thank her lucky stars that no man left her destitute with two extra mouths to feed.
The elderly couple who can only afford rope to wear ropes as scarves could consider selling less-vital organs to heat their arching bones.
But the pick are the huddled masses, the family of six subsistence deskers on $650,000 a year. Someone get Bob Geldof on the phone.
We feel a song coming on:
“It’s bonus time, there’s a need to feel afraid…”
Waterford mother-of-three Andrea Galgey was so fed up with budget cuts she posted an online invitation for politicians to put themselves in her shoes.
The father of two admits he’s not quite sure what he’s in for: “It’s early in the project and a lot of details have to be worked out.
“It has been said, probably rightly, that policy makers are seldom affected by decisions they make so this is an opportunity to explore that.
“It is a chance to see how decisions made in Leinster House affect people in the community.”