Further Thoughts on How to Address the Ridiculous Cost of Diapers

Share of household income spent on diapers

Share of household income spent on diapers via Washington Post.

I did some research on the costs of diapers back in the fall of 2015 using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey.1 I found that, of those who buy diapers, the poorest quintile by income spent nearly 14 percent of their after-tax income on them.

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Thomas Eric Duncan, and Deconstructing the Ebola Crisis in the U.S.

Thomas Eric Duncan

Thomas Eric Duncan's death was characterized by institutional incompetence and racism, not Ebola. Photo by zennie62 (flickr).

In 2014, the Ebola virus devastated western Africa. That fall, the American public panicked over the possibility of an Ebola outbreak in the United States. Americans stocked up on emergency supplies, avoided public spaces for fear of contracting the virus, and clamored for a vaccine. Though the episode and accompanying media spectacle had largely passed by November 2014, it exposed ongoing problems with the country’s response to disease and its obligations to the world. This is clear from the misplaced priorities of politicians and institutions—informed by racism and classism—and poor reporting from the media.

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