Guardian: US Class series

Chris Brady cdbrady at
Mon Nov 10 00:58:25 MST 2003

Julian Borger's three-part series in the Guardian should be the sort of
thing we'd read in a major American daily, but we know why not.
Nevertheless, we can read it on line.  Here are the headlines for the
three, each with a short quote, and the URLs.  You may find them useful
in discussion.

Long queue at drive-in soup kitchen
George Bush's America, the wealthiest nation in history, faces a growing
poverty crisis.
by Julian Borger
The Guardian, Monday November 3, 2003

The free food is handed out at nine, but the queue starts forming hours
earlier. By dawn, there is a line of cars stretching half a mile back.
In Logan, it is what passes for rush hour - a traffic jam driven by
poverty and hunger.

The cars come out of the Ohio hills in all shapes and sizes, from the
old jalopies of the chronically poor, to the newer, sleeker models of
the new members of the club, who only months ago considered themselves
middle class, before jobs and their retirement funds evaporated.


Land where calling an ambulance is first step to bankruptcy
The second in a three-part series on Bush's America looks at the
inflated hospital bills facing the uninsured poor
by Julian Borger
The Guardian, Tuesday November 4, 2003

Rose Shaffer's heart attack taught her a lot of things that, as a nurse,
she should have known. She learnt it pays to eat carefully and exercise
regularly. And she learnt the hard way that if you cannot afford medical
insurance in America, you better hope you don't get sick.

A Chicago hospital saved Mrs Shaffer's life but she feels it is now
trying to take it back. Since that frantic October night three years
ago, the hospital owners, a Christian, non-profit foundation, have
hounded her for crushing bills she could not afford, partly because as
an uninsured patient she had been charged double.


Why America's plutocrats gobble up $1,500 hot dogs
In the final part of a series, Julian Borger examines the inequality of
the Bush era
by Julian Borger
The Guardian, Wednesday November 5, 2003

David Brooks, a commentator at the conservative American Enterprise
Institute, believes the divide is cultural rather than economic.  It is
the divide between the urban, cosmopolitan and liberal culture of the
coasts where there are "sun-dried tomato concoctions" on restaurant
menus - what he calls Blue America - and the conservative, church-going,
gun-owning, patriotic
and mainly white culture of Red America.


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