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Don midwest
Don midwest

I have been writing about treatment of Covid using ivermectin. I am going to do a few comments on this.

First an Internal Medicine Doctor, IM Doc handle on Naked Capitalism, along with other material on NC, led me to investigate. I begin with his summary as a way to get into the topic

IM Doc August 8, 2021 at 8:33 am
This week has been a bit busy – so I have just put the whole week into one big comment.

We continue to have quite a bit of infection in the community. In my own practice, I am usually seeing 5-15 cases a day of COVID. The majority of these cases are vaccinated breakthroughs. There have been 2 whole days this week where the entire day were all vaccinated breakthroughs. Please note – this is the outpatient side. Despite Dr. Walensky’s reassurance to Americans that these are very rare, this has not been my experience at all. These breakthroughs continue to happen in clusters. While the unvaccinated positives tend to be more isolated and far less likely to spread and sicken contacts. The clusters are almost always vaccinated as well. I have no explanation for this. It is my feeling the virus is trying to tell us something. This seems to be consistent with constant news reports of cluster events among the vaccinated all over the country.

The unvaccinated positives are likely underrepresented in my office sample. They are likely younger. They are likely to have no insurance or high copays so very hesitant to get tested. They are likely to get fired if they miss a day of work so they just do not want to know if they are positive. Furthermore, it seems that every effort has been made to make it very difficult for anyone to get tested. Why bother?

As far as the hospital – it remains about 50/50 vaccinated/unvaccinated. The percentage of vaccinated patients seems to be slowly creeping up daily. I am hearing from my friends all over the country that the same is true. You no longer hear about 1% vaccinated anymore in the hospital. A slow but surely increasing prevalence of the vaccinated in the hospitals. The vaccinated inpatients tend to be older and vaccinated at the beginning in DEC or JAN. The unvaccinated are younger – usually 40-60 – almost always with obesity or diabetes. Unlike the last wave, the majority of these patients are in and out in a day or two. I am not saying there are not sick people – there are. Just not nearly as many as before. This too is confirmed by my friends. The critically ill are few but are almost entirely made up of the unvaccinated. We have had but 2 vaccinated in the ICU this whole time. The stories you are hearing of crashed hospitals in the big cities are happening because large numbers of non-critical patients are being admitted and discharged – with continued large numbers coming into the ER. The other factor is staffing. Nurses have become depressed and are leaving in droves. And the ancillary staff in many places has been decimated by employees leaving because of the vaccine mandates. There is more at work than patient numbers by the panic porn that is all over the MSM.

The vaccines are clearly not working as promised. Large numbers of vaccinated patients are getting sick. I remember when I did the guest post back in December about the Pfizer trials. I was and am gravely concerned about the medical establishment in the guise of the Editors of NEJM referring to these miraculous vaccines, perfect in every way, as a “triumph”. There are lots of things in medicine the past decades that are indeed miracles. But calling something a “triumph” before a shot was in the first arm betrayed to me a certain level of hubris – and I knew in my heart at that very moment that Nemesis, Hubris’s best friend, would soon be making a visit.

We should all remember where the word TRIUMPH actually comes from. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whbI55Q1KB0

One of my very elderly classics professors in college had worked as an adviser to Hollywood during the “Sword and Sandals” extravaganza of the 1950s. In his opinion, that clip was from the film that got the whole concept of triumph closest to reality. Quo Vadis. The Roman General is on his chariot going through the streets of Rome, past the Vestal Virgins. The throngs are going ape. But there is something there in Rome that we are sorely missing today – a slave on the chariot holding the Crown of Gold over his head. And please note what the slave is whispering in his ear the whole time. In Latin the words were Memento Homo! Memento Mori!. In English that means – REMEMBER THOU ART BUT A MAN! – REMEMBER THAT THOU ART MORTAL! – Unlike the medical triumph of these perfect vaccines, the Roman triumph was done for things that were very well deserved. And with all the Hubris going around, do we ever need that slave in the chariot today……..

As our Ancient Greek forebears taught us, when Hubris is let loose in the world, the Gods would have but one remedy to clean up all the delusions and insanity, and that would be to let loose Nemesis.

And I am beginning to see a lot of Nemesis coming right down from the sky. These vaccinated patients that are sick are not very happy at all. Many of them are profoundly angry. The lies and misrepresentations are very soon going to start catching up with our leaders. And what I never dreamed would happen has begun to happen this week – close to half of my positive COVID patients – in an unsolicited manner are demanding to be placed on alternative therapy such as ivermectin. In a very angry manner.

I have no problem using this drug. I used it quite a bit in the first big crash in the fall and winter and started using it again about 6 weeks ago. Using the scientific method as I was so carefully trained to do decades ago, and with the limited tools I have, I have been able to make some observations.

Once a patient, vaccinated or not, becomes positive for COVID in my practice, my nurses or myself call them once in the AM and once in the PM. There is a form we fill out on each of these calls to describe their clinical condition with parameters – fever, congestion, shortness of breath, coughing, pulse ox, etc. When the patients have cleared every single one, we quit calling them. We usually have between 15-20 active cases this past few weeks daily. A pattern became very obvious very quickly in this process – and I have distilled it with 2 raw numbers. The Ivermectin patients are cleared of symptoms (N of 44) in average of 2.4 days. The Non-Ivermectin patients (N of 19) are cleared of symptoms after 5.7 days. Furthermore, on day 5 of the illness, we always have the patients go and get tested again. The Ivermectin patients have literally a 100% negative rate by Day 5. The non-Ivermectin patients have a 58% clearance rate by Day 5.

I want to make one thing very clear. This is the scientific method. These numbers are consistent with the overall signal that all kinds of studies are showing with this drug. However, I am just one clinician in one office. Nothing dispositive can be said or done with these numbers.

However, it is an indication of yet another complete fail on the part of our medical leaders. These signals have now been out there for about a year. It is at this point, a national embarrassment that nothing has been done to fully evaluate this drug. I will say again, our leaders are not practicing medicine, they are practicing business.

I have a moral obligation to my patients. I must always do what is in their best interest. Our MSM is screaming the panic porn daily about hospitals and critically ill. On the ground, I am seeing already an alarming incidence of post-COVID symptoms (mainly now brain fog, depression, suicidal thinking, and severe headaches) in many of these patients WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED and then were infected.

Dr. Fauci & Dr. Walensky and Pfizer/Moderna – your vaccines have FAILED these patients. They still got sick. In numbers that are alarmingly high compared to what was promised. Post-COVID syndrome is a real thing – as real as it gets – and again your vaccines have failed. You would tell us to do NOTHING. Your whole plan is seemingly VACCINE VACCINE VACCINE. Well, they failed. Is it not my obligation to do everything possible to spare these patients POST COVID syndrome? With a drug with decades of safety behind it? With all the signal behind how well it works? Confirmed by my own eyes in my own practice?

Patients and the general public are profoundly angry and are beginning to lose all faith in our medical establishment. I see it every day. Nemesis is indeed upon us. If the Biden Administration does not quickly act to chart another course, I guarantee you, Nemesis will soon be unleashed upon them. It is going to be Reagan/Mondale 1984 landslide all over again.

Don midwest
Don midwest

This is where I realized that even though fully vaccinated, I can get Covid and I can transmit Covid

FLCCC , Front Line Covid Critical Care associates, flccc.net

I asked IM Doc if he uses their protocols

Don Midwest
August 8, 2021 at 2:39 pm
IM Doc, do you use the protocols posted by FLCCC – Front Line Covid Critical Associates?

Their preventive and early treatment phases have other off the shelf drugs — vitamin C, vitamin D, mouth wash, etc.

There is a lot of excellent information on their web page flccc.net

Including a 50 page manual for doctors which has important graphs of phases of the disease and treatments for various phases. 15 pages are references.

https://covid19criticalcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/FLCCC-Protocols-%E2%80%93-A-Guide-to-the-Management-of-COVID-19.pdf

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IM Doc
August 8, 2021 at 4:29 pm
The answer is yes.
In my opinion, when all the dust is settled – those brave folks will be the heroes of this entire situation.

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here is a series of testimonials. You can start with the first one and follow arrows to the right. I hope it still works.

https://vimeo.com/559743897

BIG HINT: I think you need to copy the link to vimeo and paste it into the browser. Then you can go from example to example following the arrow on the right.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Pierre Kory is the head of FLCC. Here he debates the author of an article in the British Medical Journal with the company line of big pharma. Only a randomized control trial can be used for the CDC, WHO, etc to change their recommendation on the use of a low cost readily available drug. This debate presents many of the issues

Ivermectin: Pros vs Cons. Dr. Luis Garegnani and Dr. Pierre Kory Debate The Issue

you can use CC

Don midwest
Don midwest

This an excellent Joe Rogan interview of Kory and a biologist Bret Weinstein

Joe is on spotify but I was able to sign up for short term usage for free

The big deal is that Big Pharma is fighting against this treatment and this includes the major world wide media, the major orgs like WHO, CDC — all are captured with the one solution.

Bret suggests that they are waging war because EUA, emergency use authorization, from the government provides many benefits, but there has to be NO other alternative

Also Bret thinks that these kinds of treatments can eliminate Covid.

Given the recent surge, my hope for this may be less.

In any case, the health system, political systems are driven into the corner by a microscopic agent

polarbear4

thanks for all the info, don. i have a feeling it would be very hard for me to get ivermectin, even if i requested it.

Don midwest
Don midwest

there is a list of doctors who prescribe it

the list is on the flccc.net web page

https://covid19criticalcare.com/ivermectin-in-covid-19/how-to-get-ivermectin/

the drug is in my local Costco, but I have not approached a doctor yet

first have to get my wife on board

am listing to the Joe Rogan interview again. Excellent. Billions from the government to drug companies.

FLCCC is like whistleblowers in public

jcitybone

The $3.5 trillion Reconciliation Package instruction includes a provision for lowering the Medicare eligibility age as well as including dental, vision, and hearing. Now on to the fights with “moderates” (bought and paid fors) as they attempt to take out stuff or avoid more taxes on the wealthy and corps.

https://www.democrats.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/MEMORANDUM%20for%20Democratic%20Senators%20-%20FY2022%20Budget%20Resolution.pdf

Committee on Finance

The Finance Committee will receive an instruction that requires at least $1 billion in deficit reduction. This will provide the Committee with flexibility to make investment, revenue and offset decisions consistent with the policy recommendations. Please see Section II of this memo for more information about this instruction.

Investments

 Paid Family and Medical Leave

 ACA expansion extension and filling the Medicaid Coverage Gap

 Expanding Medicare to include dental, vision, hearing benefits and lowering the

eligibility age

 Addressing health care provider shortages (Graduate Medical Education)

 Child Tax Credit/EITC/CDCTC extension

 Long-term care for seniors and persons with disabilities (HCBS)

 Clean energy, manufacturing, and transportation tax incentives

 Pro-worker incentives and worker support

 Health equity (maternal, behavioral, and racial justice health investments)

 Housing incentives

 SALT cap relief

 Other investments within the jurisdiction of the Finance Committee

Offsets

 Corporate and international tax reform

 Tax fairness for high-income individuals

 IRS tax enforcement

 Health care savings

 Carbon Polluter Import Fee

jcitybone

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/08/too-many-people-are-dying-of-covid-19-right-now.html

For a couple weeks now, concerned Americans have taken comfort in the Delta experience of other countries, namely the U.K. and the Netherlands, whose Delta waves had begun earlier and who had — very roughly — similar vaccination rates to ours. In those countries, as models would have suggested given our expectations for vaccines, caseloads dramatically diverged from hospitalizations and deaths, with case numbers growing much, much faster than severe disease, which stayed, all things considered, pretty low. That simply does not seem to be happening here, even though the vaccines are working well enough that hospitalization and death remain, for breakthrough cases, very rare. Could these trends reflect rates of under-testing? To some extent, of course. But how much?

On Saturday morning, looking at Friday’s figures, I emailed Topol to ask if he was as worried as I was. Yes, he said. We spoke again later in the afternoon.

These numbers are disorientingly grim to me. How are you thinking about what’s going on?

Well, I’m trying to use the other countries that have been through this already, or are concurrently going through it as a reference or an anchor. And I think our rate of rise of hospitalizations is really alarming. We saw quite a bit of hospitalization increase in the U.K. But this is so far worse than that. And many of those people are going to die.

Just looking at the U.K. and Israel, which had been our guideposts, I thought we would keep the hospitalizations pretty darn low — maybe a fourth of where we’d been in prior waves. And deaths 10 percent of prior waves. But we’re not doing that at all. If you look at the log charts of the U.S. and the U.K, you’re starting to see some real separation for death. It’s certainly going in the wrong direction, and it had been tracking incredibly closely, until recently.

Now, we are under-testing, too, compared with those other countries. That might be giving us a distorted picture of what’s happening here. But I just don’t know where we’re headed.

jcitybone

Don midwest
Don midwest

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/weekly-trends/#weekly_table

this shows the US leads in new cases of Covid while undercounting what is going on because not counting breakthrough cases unless serious

there are real serious risks blaming everything on un vaccinated

why not take up the FLCCC recommendation and put everyone who wants it on a preventative and treatment path?

can treat the entire world

if the powers that be cannot get covid right, the climate collapse cannot be stopped

jcitybone

Don midwest
Don midwest

yes

and the Dr interviewed, Dr. Topol, has been a big advocate for vaccines. With 12,000 papers published and founder of Scripts Institute for medicine, he is very influential.

The evidence of vaccine failure, which means public health failure, is too big to push under the rug

Why did CDC decide on May 1 of this year to no longer count breakthrough cases of Covid to fully documented individuals except when they were so serious that they ended up in hospital or ER?

For last few months IM Doc had more cases of Covid in his practice than the entire county. I don’t know if his county is now reporting all cases of Covid, and if they are reporting them are they getting into official counts.

Since CDC is a data agency, why would they decide to corrupt data?

***
I am one of those pissed people who took the treatment with the understanding that all is well. It was known right from the start that effectiveness went down.

Anger of the white people may turn the tide.

A long article based on this article in NY Mag in NC today which began these comment

Eric Topol Discusses Covid Vaccines Not Meeting Expectations, Breakthrough Cases Sicker

orlbucfan

You all on here know how I’ve been ranting and raving over politicizing a damned fatal disease! 🙁

orlbucfan

My sister is teaching this year. She is vaccinated and has a state-of-the-art room air purifier, and is as well prepared as possible.

Don midwest
Don midwest
jcitybone

https://inthesetimes.com/article/nina-turner-ohio-11-shontel-brown-loss-bernie-sanders-joe-biden-democrats

Tuesday’s election between Turner and Cuyahoga County Democratic Chair Shontel Brown was widely seen as a proxy battle between the Democratic Party’s establishment and progressive flanks, just like the Biden vs. Sanders primary fight that Turner was heavily engaged in last year. To that end, the establishment scored a resounding victory, as Brown won by six points.

While Turner initially held a polling lead of over 30 points ahead of an opponent one local newspaper described as ​“pleasant but undistinguished,” an institutional coalition formed behind Brown in the final two months of the race, with the Democratic Chair receiving endorsements from Hillary Clinton, Jim Clyburn and the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as over $2 million in SuperPAC funding. That flood of dark money helped churn out 24⁄7 attack ads against Turner that ultimately pushed Brown over the top. HuffPost​’s Daniel Marans, who covered the race, noted how many voters in the district brought up the ​“bowl of shit” quote unprompted in interviews, and the race effectively became a referendum on the brash style of Nina Turner herself, whom voters ultimately rejected in favor of a Democratic Party unifier. Jacobin​’s Luke Savage, meanwhile, has argued that centrists’ cynical cash dump to bury someone they resentfully associate with Sanders was little more than a run-of-the-mill bought election. I think they’re both right, and the fact that Turner’s words were so easily weaponized against her speaks to the tension inherent to the insurgent Left electoral project.

Turner entered the race not only as an already-nationally known figure, but a highly polarizing one closely associated with a certain cranky democratic socialist from Vermont with whom broad swaths of the political class have a deeply personal axe to grind. She racked up similar friends and enemies as those in previous center-Left matchups, hauling millions in small donations (including from many Sanders supporters) while also inciting millions in large donations against her from monied interests who hate Bernie’s guts, including the powerful Democratic Majority for Israel.

The hulking TV ad buys bankrolled by the latter were how so many Ohioans caught wind of Turner’s ​“bowl of shit” comment, as well as her openness to voting for the Green Party in 2016, each of which were already out in the public when she was ahead by over 30 points back in May. Still, Turner raised far more than Brown did in direct fundraising — suggesting that the ads’ content ultimately made more of a difference than simply the resources poured into making and airing them.

There’s a reason that the Democratic Party antagonism played well enough with voters to matter, and it presents a messaging challenge for the insurgent Left. Cuss words aside, Turner had a point: Democrats do overlap with Republicans in key ways that help explain the persistent inequality upon which Turner and other left-wing politicians have built their redistributive platforms. If the Republicans have lurched so far to the right that the Democrats can’t help but look better by comparison, the unfortunate fact is that both parties are captured by the same well-heeled corporate donor base, and generally prioritize the interests of the rich.

Support for neoliberal trade policies, never-ending wars and bloated military budgets have been resoundingly bipartisan. So, too, is disdain for universal public welfare programs like Medicare for All. Winning left victories — like the extension of the eviction moratorium that Rep. Cori Bush (D‑MO) helped secure through her high-profile campout on the Capitol steps — demands a confrontation with the Democratic Party. The whole point of a movement to elect more insurgent politicians is to get more elected officials with ties to movement politics in public office to confront the party establishment, which wouldn’t be necessary if ​“half a bowl of shit” weren’t more or less accurate.

But many voters don’t necessarily see it that way — particularly those who vote in Democratic primaries, even more so when it’s a special election. Among this highly keyed-in minority of voters, Biden is immensely popular, the Democrats are doing great, and the kind of saccharine ​“work together to get things done” drivel that makes Left Twitter cringe actually sounds pretty nice. And as journalist Ryan Grim pointed out, primaries can squeeze insurgent lefties from both sides. In 2016, Sanders’ camp championed open primaries to break out of the bind in states like New York, where strict registration deadlines favor both voters and candidates most loyal to the Democratic Party. But there’s strong evidence that open primaries in Ohio actually brought more Republicans into Brown’s fold, who were free to request Democratic ballots to vote against Turner.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t people who crave both a progressive and antagonistic stance — there are many! — but it does mean they’re tougher to find during primaries. There’s a paradox here: primary voters are also highly likely to support more left-leaning policies, which are still obstructed by mainstream Democrats, no matter how defensive voters are of them. And while the establishment’s desperation to crush Turner, not to mention her famous former boss, exemplifies Democratic powerholders’ contempt for working class-centric politics, there’s no viable short-term alternative to running within the party infrastructure and courting a swath of its base.

There’s an obvious lesson here for future Left insurgent candidates, which is more or less the messaging settled on by most successful progressive challengers: to call on the Democrats to live up to their full potential, and start doing more for the American people. This was the tack Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D‑N.Y) took in her first viral spot in 2018: ​“It’s time we acknowledge that not all Democrats are the same — that a Democrat who takes corporate money…cannot possibly represent us.” It was also used by Cori Bush, who, while pressuring her party to extend the eviction moratorium earlier this month, tweeted, ​“this is a defining moment for Democrats and how we lead when we’re elected…we could have extended it yesterday, but some Democrats went on vacation instead.” In other words, ​“help me help the Democrats.”

It’s an approach that’s corny enough to play with typical voters, while still leaving room for a forceful critique and drawing a contrast between the party’s center and left-most tendencies. After all, building institutional power that’s accountable to social movements is a grueling process that requires optimism to succeed. Perhaps we all need to look at the bowl of shit as half-full.

LieparDestin

Lots of spin of how its a Biden win, which is true as im sure his people helped make it happen. However Bidens ‘win’ is a long term loss for the democratic party.

‘Leftist elites’ and ‘far left twitter verse’ makes me think Neeras a ghost writer on this one.

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/566947-biden-stronger-after-ohio-and-trump-still-commands-gop

Off-year special elections always get more attention than they deserve. The recent Ohio congressional primaries are no exception, but their outcomes do provide clues to how national politics could proceed over the next three years.

And, in that calculus, President Biden scored a big win, while former President Trump caught a small win and a significant loss — if by proxy

Biden got a big boost with the victory of Shontel Brown over Nina Turner in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District. Turner led the race early and had loud support from the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, including in-person campaigning by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). But establishment Democrats poured in resources, and Rep. James Clyburn (D-Ga.) made defeating Turner a personal mission after her ill-advised insults.

In the end, the establishment (Brown) beat back the progressives (Turner) 50.4 percent to 44.3 percent, with a scattering of nobodies pulling in nearly nothing. The establishment victory in the most liberal district in Ohio (Cook Political Report Partisan Voting Index rating of D+32) boosts Biden by knocking back the loud left. A victory by Turner would have emboldened progressives, giving them the momentum to attempt to scupper the bipartisan infrastructure bill and any future compromises.

With the Brown win, Biden is on firmer political ground to withstand the more radical elements of his party.

Brown also showed that the establishment can successfully stand up to the far-left Twitterverse and leftist elites. That’s bad news for Trump and Republicans, who have found progressive-left radicalism a potent tonic for their recent losses.

polarbear4

if we don’t make a comeback, they’ll be right and the world will continue to die, horribly.

orlbucfan

What a load of BS. Nina was defeated cos these elections are lucky that anyone turns out. That said, she was defeated by weirdo districts who are orthodox white jews.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/08/08/he-broke-law-cuomos-groping-accuser-speaks-out-first-time

Brittany Commisso—one of 11 women whose allegations against Cuomo were substantiated in a report (pdf) released Tuesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office—told “CBS This Morning” that “the governor needs to be held accountable.”

According to the 168-page attorney general’s report, which identifies Commisso as “Executive Assistant #1,” Cuomo “reached under her blouse and grabbed her breast” on one occasion in November 2020, “grabbed her butt” on “multiple occasions in 2019 and 2020,” and “put his hand on and rubbed and grabbed her butt” while taking a selfie on New Year’s Eve 2019.

“What he did to me was a crime,” Commisso said Sunday. “He broke the law.”

Commisso also said she endured a series of inappropriate actions that began with Cuomo’s “hugs and kisses on the cheek” but escalated as he “quickly turned his head and kissed me on the lips.”

The executive assistant said she did not speak up about her ordeal because she feared she would not be believed.

“I didn’t say anything this whole time,” she told CBS. “People don’t understand that this is the governor of the state of New York. There are troopers that are outside of the mansion and there are some mansion staff. Those troopers that are there, they are not there to protect me. They are there to protect him.”

“I felt as though if I did something to insult him, especially insult him in his own home, it wasn’t going to be him that was going to get fired or in trouble. It was going to be me,” she added. “And I felt as though if I said something that I know, who was going to believe me?”

jcitybone

orlbucfan

T and R, and thanks, Ms. Benny!! 🙂

jcitybone

https://truthout.org/articles/at-least-27-million-workers-cant-afford-all-the-basic-necessities-of-life/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=42310c00-a57b-4282-aeba-e637f8466f1a

So that’s what it takes to survive in today’s America. About $30,000 a year for a single person without dependents in the average city — a little less in some cities, and much, much more for families and anyone who lives in a major city like San Francisco or New York.

But we estimate that at least 27 million U.S. workers don’t earn enough to hit that very low threshold of $30,000, based on the latest occupation wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a government agency, from May 2020. We believe this is a conservative estimate and that the number of people with jobs who earn less than what’s necessary to afford the necessities of life is likely much higher.

Low-income occupations encompass a wide range of jobs, from bus drivers to cleaners to administrative assistants. However, the majority of those 27 million workers are concentrated in two industries: retail trade and leisure and hospitality. These two industries are among America’s largest employers and pay the lowest average wages.

For example, the median salary for cashiers was $28,850 in early 2020, with 2.5 million of the nation’s 5 million cashiers earning less than that. Or take retail sales. There, 75% of workers — about 1.8 million — were earning less than $27,080 a year.

It’s the same story for leisure and hospitality, the industry that took the hardest hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, hemorrhaging 6 million jobs in April 2020 as much of the U.S. economy shut down. At the time, close to a million waiters and waitresses were earning less than the median income of $23,740.

Of course, millions of those jobs have returned, and wages have been surging this year — though only slightly more than inflation. But that doesn’t change the basic math that roughly 1 in 6 workers is making less than what’s necessary for an adult with no kids to survive.

That’s why it’s hardly surprising that 40% of U.S. households reported in 2018 that they couldn’t afford an emergency $400 expense.

To us, these figures should cause policymakers to redefine who counts among the “working poor.” A 2021 Bureau of Labor Statistics report estimated that in 2019 about 6.3 million workers earned less than the poverty rate.

But this situation drastically understates the scope of the working poor because the federal poverty line is unrealistically low — only $12,880 for an individual. The official poverty line was created to determine eligibility for Medicaid and other government benefits that support low-income people, not to indicate how much a person needs to actually get by.

polarbear4

but cuba!