September 18, 2014
A majority of voters — 55% to 45% — rejected the possibility of Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom and becoming an independent nation. A very close vote for a developed country and a 300 year relationship.
These were the two main reasons cited by supporters of independence from the UK:
1. Scots want more representation in the UK Parliament because of:
2. Income Inequality. Scotland has a more equitable society than Britain.
The current majority party in the UK House of Commons is the Conservative Party which has many economic policies characteristic of the Republican Party in the United States. Scotland does not want to go the way of Britain and the United States whereby a few elite are very wealthy while the masses are poor.
While the United States has a worse income gap than the UK, our debt has helped maintain the facade on our standard of living for the last 30 years to benefit a few. We can no longer afford to do this.
The Scots won’t let it get to that point or suffer for the Conservatives actions.
This index measures the degree of inequality in the distribution of family income in a country.
0 = Complete Equality
100 = Complete Inequality
Most of Europe, Canada, and Australia are in the 30’s for income disparity.
American exceptionalism and political rhetoric won’t save us unless we become realistic, pragmatic, and vote!
The U.S. spends less per capita than another other developed nations. We have a spending problem because we have an income problem.
Let’s let politicians remember the whole equation in November.
The Scottish Government: Social and Welfare – Income and Poverty – Main Analyses
On an interesting note, China for all its economic might is or will be in the same predicament as the United States at an income inequality of 47.0
The masses have not benefited from the wealth but they are able to buy time by improving their infrastructure and controlling the flow of information such as the internet.
The take a nice story about Scotch and turn it into class warfare!