USA! #1!

The Observer: A shocking 37 million Americans live in poverty. That is 12.7 per cent of the population — the highest percentage in the developed world. They are found from the hills of Kentucky to Detroit’s streets, from the Deep South of Louisiana to the heartland of Oklahoma. Each year since 2001 their number has grown. Under President George W Bush an extra 5.4 million have slipped below the poverty line.


“The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.” But they don’t get many elephants in Oklahoma, do they? They must use some kind of lifesize cardboard cut-out for measurement purposes. Perhaps it’s a photo of an elephant rolling a tree. They could stick it to the side of each combine harvester. Imagine it seen from the road—a giant row of elephants majestically rolling their way across the prairies.