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…”
AN ACTOR who pleaded guilty in court to stealing groceries said he did it because telling his three children that there was no bread and milk “was a step too far”.
“That’s why we were left with no money and nothing in the fridge,” Purcell told The Irish Times yesterday.
“For myself I can deal with it, but for the three kids it was different. I couldn’t let them ask for a glass of milk in the morning and not get any,” he said.
The actor, his wife and three children, aged nine, 12 and 16, is living on social welfare payments and the small earnings from on and off acting work .
Last Thursday he pleaded guilty at Tallaght District Court to stealing €58 worth of groceries from two shops in Firhouse last August 6th. Judge Anthony Halpin ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service.
Judge Halpin told the court that middle-class people unable to buy food for their children was a new type of poor that had emerged from the recession.
However the judge said there were “green shoots”.” He described the recent appearance of Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the front page of Time magazine as a “great launch for this country to show that we are pulling ourselves up by our boot straps”.
Yesterday Purcell said he had originally decided to ask for some credit in local shops on August 6th but was refused. “I had no money. I had to get bread and milk, simple things,” he said. Purcell said the manager caught him getting into his car outside the second shop.
“I said I don’t do this all the time, I’m not a thief, but the manager said, ‘You are a thief,’” Purcell explained. He felt there was “a difference between stealing a million dollars or mugging an old lady and stealing a loaf of bread”.
He was ashamed at first but is no longer ashamed. “What man wouldn’t, if your children are hungry? It’s basic instinct,” he said. His family manages to live on the social welfare payments but was always to the pin of its collar, he said. He and his wife have given up smoking and no longer have a drink once a week.
He hopes he can get more acting work to help.
“This Monday morning we had €10 left until Thursday and we will stretch that, no matter what happens,” he sai
“To see our Taoiseach, on this front page of Playboy magazine, I wish him well, I voted him as Taoiseach, but I expected a lot different of him,” he said.
Kenny said he was “leading Ireland’s fight to recover from the bust”… Ireland’s Gross Domestic Product beginning to sneak upward once again, Mr. Kenny may prove himself anything but the “fool” that his predecessor (then T Brian Cowen) called him in 2010.
Mr. Kenny was asked by Time magazine why there had been no large-scale demonstrations in Ireland against cutbacks as there had been in other European countries.
“People understand that you have to do difficult things to sort out our own public finances,” he said.
I do not know what Kenny did to get such a favourable interview, but he for sure got off lightly. One suspects the journalist from Time magazine has absolutely no idea of what is happening in Ireland.
Does the woman not know we have high unemployment, increasing immigration? A lowering of all social services with further social charges be implemented and most likely additional tax charges in the upcoming budget, etc.?
Madam hear is the real Enda Kenny