As former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said on National Public Radio last week, "In the 1950s, the top marginal income tax rate was 91 percent. Now it's 35 percent. ... Meanwhile, capital gains and dividends - a big chunk of (wealthy people's) income - were taxed at 35 percent as recently as the late 1980s. Now, they're taxed at 15 percent." Harrington said that when he began his research into poverty in the late 1950s, "for most Americans to be old was to be poor." And those who were poor and old, as he wrote in "The Other America," were likely to suffer: "The aged members of the other America are often sick, and they cannot move. Another group of them live out their lives in loneliness and frustration: They sit in rented rooms, or else they stay close to a house in a neighborhood that has completely changed from the old days. Indeed, one of the worst aspects of poverty among the aged is that these people are out of sight and out of mind, and alone." Ryan's budget plan mounts war on the elderly and poor | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper --------------------------- Since Republicans took office in many places nationwide after the last election, where they ran on a platform of "Jobs, jobs, jobs", there have been many "Wars" with varying success. The War on Women's rights The War on Teachers and Nurses The War on Unions The War on Immigrants Will the "War on the Elderly" be one they can completely win? What about their "War on the Disabled"?