According to the 2007 Census statistics, the bottom 20% of this countries population earned less than $19,178. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2001, West Virginia had a per capita personal income (PCPI) of $22,862 which ranked 49th in the United States (including the District of Columbia) and was 75% of the national average, $30,413. Data released by the US Census Bureau, in 2000, the median household income was $29,052 compared to the national average of $42,148.
I live in the greatest state in the United States, but there are problems here, as is expected when you are in the heart of Appalachia. Poverty is not as rampant as it was a generation ago, but it is still here. I can take you within an hour’s driving distance of trailers (too old to be a mobile home) where people live – who work – with boards on some windows, and doors held on by duct tape.
This weekend, in the local newspaper, a lost and found add was placed for a Savannah cat. Granted, if my cat was lost, I would most likely do the same thing, but you see, this is not just a normal domesticated feline – this is a Savannah cat.
What is a Savannah Cat you ask?
A Savannah cat is a cross between an African Serval and a domesticated house cat. Savannahs are noted for their tall and slender bodies and their big ears. It is one of the newest breeds in the world and there are just a few breeders worldwide that have achieved their goal of successfully mating a Serval to a domesticated cat.
Here are some prices (from the above site):
- F1 $7,500-$22,000
- F2 $4,500-$16,000
- F3 $3,000-$6,000
- F4 $1,200-$3,000
- F5 $950-$6,000
- SBT $950-$6,000
- F1 $6000-$22,000
- F2 $4,500-$14,000
- F3 $3,500-$5,500
- F4 $1,200-$4,500
- F5 $950-$3,000
- SBT $950-$3,000
And from here, we find kittens starting about $15,000.
Now, I ask you, where are our priorities that we have people who are able to buy these cats – CATS! – and people who cannot afford adequate health care, food, or even shoes? Compare the household incomes above to the price of these cute little hybrid felines. Do you see something wrong with this pictures? The fix is not government, by the way, but can only be found in our culture. These cats not cannot feed people – would you really eat a $20,000 cat – or help them in any way except as a trophy.
Is this really the state of our culture?