Iran’s rich eat ice cream covered in gold as poor struggle to survive
Washington Post
06-Aug-2011 (6 comments)

TEHRAN — Gold-flecked ice cream wasn’t part of the picture that Shiite Muslim clerics painted during the Iranian Revolution, when they promised to lift the poor by distributing the country’s vast oil income equally across society.

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Most Iranians are fat, they

by Zamin on

Most Iranians are fat, they are hardly starving.. The poors onces support IRI, so its completely irrelevant to you batcha sabzi hedonists


  "But the arc of

by vildemose on


"But the arc of history does not bend toward justice through capitulation cast as compromise. It does not bend when 400 people control more of the wealth than 150 million of their fellow Americans. It does not bend when the average middle-class family has seen its income stagnate over the last 30 years while the richest 1 percent has seen its income rise astronomically. It does not bend when we cut the fixed incomes of our parents and grandparents so hedge fund managers can keep their 15 percent tax rates. It does not bend when only one side in negotiations between workers and their bosses is allowed representation. And it does not bend when, as political scientists have shown, it is not public opinion but the opinions of the wealthy that predict the votes of the Senate. The arc of history can bend only so far before it breaks.

Income inequality is one of the main factors that caused the financial crisis. But that's not the only way that inequality is haunting this economy. Inequality is probably slowing the recovery as well. So far most of the gains of the recovery have gone to wealthy Americans. Luxury spending is up. So that helps.


But as you put more and more wealth into the hands of fewer and fewer Americans, you get less of a bump from those gains for the overall economy. There's only so much money the rich can spend. Instead, they will take their extra wealth and put it into savings. And what we need right now to boost the economy is spending, not savings.

The debt deal seems to make clear that Washington, at least for now, has no plans to deal with the income gap. Not only that, it seems unlikely that after trying to claim victory in the debt deal, a politician would turn around and say, "O.K., now we need to spend money on programs to boost employment." Our best hope to boost the economy is for some deal to lower taxes, either for corporations or for middle-class Americans. But because there was no deal on raising taxes on the wealthy, it is likely that Obama and the rest of the Democrats will hold the line on the Bush tax cuts and let them expire completely. So taxes for everyone are going up. And that could be another drag on the economy. So why was the stock market down on Thursday? Why wouldn't it be?"

Income inequality is worse in the U.S. than Egypt+*


"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx


I second

by Raoul1955 on

Joe's comment as right here we have the middle class being destroyed while hundreds of billions of dollars are being borrowed and sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to those 'allah-o-akbaring' folks!  Also, in EVERY society there are those with very high income and those who have practically no income.  At least Iranians don't have many problems that African nations have.  The real Iranians have a lot to be grateful for.  Imagine an Iran torn apart by sectarian wars were people can't even travel, or feel safe in their own homes.  One should take a few deep breaths and be realistic about their expectations.  Those [pragmatic] ayatollahs have provided the Iranian people with a safe and secure country.  Instead of being critical of the ayatollahs Iranians should be truly grateful.  Reminder that over three decades ago their lack of gratitude towards the previous regime resulted in the current one, just imagine how bad Iran can get if people try to replace this one on their own!

Joe L.

this is just crazy.

by Joe L. on

this is just crazy. washington post is talking about income inbalance in iranian society? oh my gosh, this is funny. how about another title:

in u.s. rich can buy anything while the middle class struggles to survive?


while population suffers, u.s. government spends millions of dollars daily in war


u.s. government can't pay for social security while the wealthy is buying bmw?

just pure none sense article.


I feel sad for them too

by Rastin on

They deserve so much more than this.

Parsis Victor

Maryam Hojjat

Thanks for posting

by Maryam Hojjat on

Shame on ISLAMISTS of IRR.  I feel very sad for 60 mil IRANIANS.  May be for this reason they throw these regime to the trash can of history.