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  • Regional killings soar past 100, reach highest level in decade (Richmond, Virginia area)

    02/19/2017 12:50:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | February 18, 2017 | Mark Bowes
    Killings across the Richmond region soared in 2016 to the highest level in more than a decade, with African-Americans suffering the greatest loss of life at 81 percent of all victims. Homicides in the region’s four cities, three towns and 16 counties with a collective population of 1.26 million jumped 24 percent, from 98 in 2015 to 124 last year — the highest tally since 2005, when 132 killings occurred, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis of regional homicide data. The distressing loss of black lives continued at a disproportionately high pace in 2016, with 101 of the 124 victims,...
  • Whistleblowers: Planned Parenthood Had Dead Baby Quotas

    02/08/2017 5:51:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/8/17 | Bre Payton
    In a new video, former Planned Parenthood employees reveal they were incentivized to pressure women into getting abortions to meet monthly corporate quotas.In the video from Live Action, Sue Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood manager in Storm Lake, Iowa, explained that if her center met its quota for abortion referrals, employees would be rewarded with pizza parties, paid time off, and other rewards.After administering a pregnancy test to a woman, Planned Parenthood employees would tell her how much it cost and ask how much she would be able to pay towards it. If a woman was unable to pay for a...
  • Fire engulfs Philippine slum, thousands homeless

    02/08/2017 4:37:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 8, 2017 | Agence France-Press
    As many as 15,000 people are homeless after a huge fire engulfed an overcrowded slum in Manila, destroying thousands of homes and sending residents fleeing with their few possessions. The inferno started in a sprawling slum near the port late Tuesday and raged for about 10 hours, as hundreds of firefighters from across the Philippine capital hauled their hoses across rickety, tin roofs to reach the flames. As the blaze whipped across the squalid area, sending a huge plume of smoke billowing into the night sky, residents ran for their lives carrying refrigerators, religious icons and other valuables. Others, desperate...
  • Debunking a Misleading Minimum Wage Study

    02/08/2017 12:05:21 PM PST · by TBP · 4 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) ^ | February 08, 2017 | Dave Thompson
    The National Employment Law Project (NELP) released a study claiming to have directly disproved any link between minimum wage and job loss. Unfortunately, it has received media attention, including a piece or two by Nick Hanauer, “America’s worst minimum wage pundit.” Fortunately, at least some of the coverage is negative – as it should be. The NELP study is not serious, and it’s also flat wrong. Numerous people have pointed out the primary issue: NELP asked the wrong question. Asking the wrong question is a common but serious error, and can invalidate your result. Here’s a revealing sentence from the...
  • Sanders Says American Poor Worse off than Poor Anywhere Else [semi-satire]

    01/22/2017 10:05:20 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    Despite the fact that the living standards of those in poverty in the United States exceed the standards of the middle class in most countries, recent Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted that "America's record is worse than virtually any other country on Earth." "A lot of people have been bad-mouthing Venezuela because of shortages of essentials and their high cost," Sanders said. "But the people are united by their equality. No one is allowed to hoard more than his fair share. And say what you will about Stalin's Soviet Union, but there everyone was guaranteed a job. Even...
  • Jesse Jackson: Trump's inauguration speech was 'full of hope and inclusion'

    01/22/2017 2:11:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WPXI-TV ^ | January 21, 2017 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Not long after President Donald Trump was sworn in, we happened to run into the Rev. Jesse Jackson on the street. He gave a thumbs-up to Trump’s inauguration speech but said the new commander in chief has much work to do in order to unify a nation riven by a divisive campaign. “The speech was full of hope and inclusion and he reached out to cities in a way they’ve not been reached out to for a long time,” he said. “But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.” Trump’s speech hit many of the populist...
  • Redesigning the journey to critical benefits for Americans

    01/15/2017 7:02:28 AM PST · by spintreebob
    United States Digital Service via Medium.com ^ | 1/14/2017 | Jess Kahn & Mollie Ruskin
    The United States Digital Service is a startup at The White House, using design and technology to deliver better services to the American people. www.usds.gov For people who need timely access to critical benefits, interacting with the government can become as time consuming as a part-time job. As William has encountered time and again, enrolling in these programs can be cumbersome, duplicative and at odds with the demands of working and caring for one’s family. In recent years, non-profits, academia and state and federal government agencies alike began studying and experimenting with a shift toward a more family-centered — as opposed to...
  • Illinois Congressman: Poverty Plays A Large Role In Chicago Gun Violence

    01/08/2017 5:28:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | January 7, 2017 | Staff
    Congressman Danny Davis is a Democrat representing Illinois's 7th District, which includes some Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. His own grandson was shot and killed last November. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We hear now from Congressman Danny Davis. He's represented the 7th Congressional District since 1996, but gun violence is not just an abstract concept to him. His 15-year-old grandson Javon was killed in a dispute over borrowed clothing last November, and Congressman Davis delivered the eulogy. He was kind enough to host us in his offices on Capitol Hill. Congressman, thank you so much for speaking with us...
  • Trump Versus The Green Blob: The Battle That Will Define His Presidency

    12/19/2016 8:58:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | December 19, 2016 | James Delingpole
    2016 will go down in history as the year when the world finally saw sense. Nowhere will this be more apparent than in America’s bold and brilliant decision to elect Donald Trump who, in my view, is set fair to be one of the truly great U.S. presidents. I realise that this isn’t obvious to some people—even those who claim to be on the conservative side of the political argument. But after a recent trip to D.C. for some private briefings, both with his transition teams and with key members of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, I came away more confident...
  • SSI took away my rights and made me too poor to survive

    12/06/2016 7:54:49 AM PST · by mainestategop · 21 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    The following is an email from Mark Nugent of Sacramento california who at the age of 16 was forced into the mental health system against his will, branded mentally ill, stripped of his trust fund by his liberal parents and forced on SSI. The SSI program was originally intended for those liberals branded too old or too stupid to work. It pays very little, about $695 a month and to receive it one must not hold assets or property worth more than $2000.  People with disabilities who receive SSI [Supplemental Security Income] payments continue to be the nation’s poorest citizens....
  • Red light cameras and the “anti-poverty” argument: Disproportionately issued to low income drivers.

    12/05/2016 1:05:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/05/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    In Rochester, New York, the mayor is making a controversial change to the city’s law enforcement strategy. Normally when we’re talking about crime here I’m dealing with murders, sexual assaults and all of the truly horrible things which unfortunately happen. This one, however, has to do with traffic violations. Wait! Don’t stop reading yet… there’s a point to be made here.Mayor Lovely Warren is preparing to shut down the city’s system of automated red light cameras which record motorists running stop lights and are used to issue tickets. Her complaint isn’t that the cameras don’t work properly or are...
  • When Will Africa Get Healthy and Prosperous? (How Western envirnmantalists keep Africa poor)

    12/01/2016 10:07:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | Steven Lyazi
    Africa is still battling “transitional periods,” from slavery and colonialism, to neocolonialism and eco-imperialism. Its wars, diseases and suffering will never end until we stop having greedy leaders who only care about their families, cronies and tribal members. The continent has enough natural resources to bring peace, health and prosperity to nearly everyone. And yet 90% of Africans still lack electricity and basic necessities, while corrupt leaders who could help transform our nations embezzle billions and leave parents and children starving and poor. From Rwanda and Liberia to the Sudan and Uganda, we see every day the horrible effects of...
  • Half Of The Population Of The World Is Dirt Poor – And The Global Elite Want To Keep It That Way

    11/25/2016 6:44:21 AM PST · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Economic Collapse ^ | 22 November 2016 | Michael Snyder
    According to Compassion International, approximately half of the population of the entire planet currently lives on $2.50 a day or less. Meanwhile, those hoarding wealth at the very top of the global pyramid are rapidly becoming a lot wealthier. Don’t get me wrong – I am a very big believer in working hard and contributing something of value to society, and those that work the hardest and contribute the most should be able to reap the rewards. In this article I am in no way, shape or form criticizing true capitalism, because if true capitalism were actually being practiced all...
  • Donald Trump's infrastructure plan wouldn't actually fix America's infrastructure problems

    11/21/2016 9:00:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Vox ^ | November 18, 2016 | Brad Plumer
    Donald Trump loves the idea of infrastructure. He brings it up all the time. He wants to make an infrastructure bill a priority in his first 100 days as president. And Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have said they’d love to work with him on this."We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals," Trump promised cheering supporters on election night. "We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it."The...
  • Vanity - all of a sudden - people are poor and homeless again.

    11/17/2016 8:34:06 PM PST · by shineon · 43 replies
    After 8 years of prosperity. All of a sudden we are all poor and homeless again.
  • Poor people help ‘rich’ people redistribute stolen inherited and hoarded wealth across Mama Earth

    10/30/2016 6:06:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | October 28, 2016 | Vivi T., POOR Magazine
    The “Stolen Land and Hoarded Resources Redistribution, Decolonization and Community Reparations Tour for Mama Earth and its Earth Peoples” was launched last spring by POOR Magazine, led by “Poverty Skola” Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE and fellow race, disability, indigenous scholars Leroy Moore from Krip Hop Nation and First Nations Ohlone warrior Corrina Gould of the Sogorea Land Trust. They plan to resume the tour in the coming months. Along with many local Bay Area community allies, this nationwide tour kicked off in April in the wealthy Pacific Heights neighborhood in San Francisco (Yelamu), later followed by a...
  • Thomas Sowell: The Left's Phony Compassion For The Downtrodden

    10/19/2016 5:23:36 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 12 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | October 18, 2016 3:25 PM ET | THOMAS SOWELL
    Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left — which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly. Like so much that is claimed by the left, their compassion for the masses has seldom been subjected to any factual test. Both their words and their deeds reveal their low opinion of the people they claim to be championing. When Barack Obama referred to ordinary working people as people...
  • Virginians with EBT card can now get into Science Museum for less

    10/09/2016 11:21:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    WAHU-TV ^ | October 5, 2016 | The Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Low-income families who want to visit the Science Museum of Virginia will now get to do it at a fraction of the cost. Local media outlets report that the museum will charge an exhibit admission fee of $1 per child and $2 per adult to families who have an Electronic Benefit Transfer card. If they pay an additional $1, they can watch a movie in the museum's Dome Theatre. EBT cards are used by low-income families to pay for things like groceries....
  • Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday

    09/25/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2016 • The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus by Hendrick ter BrugghenIn the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and Hell. We live in times in which many consider the teachings on Hell to be untenable. They struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful, and forgiving can assign certain souls to Hell forever. Despite the fact that the Doctrine of Hell is taught...
  • The Bad News about Good Census Numbers

    10/03/2016 9:04:27 AM PDT · by tekrat · 13 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 10/3/2016 | Karen Dolan
    Poverty is down, median income is up and health coverage expanded last year. These gains are felt across all racial, ethnic, gender and age groups in the U.S. The gender pay gap, income inequality, unemployment rates – all decreasing. Both the poor and those with middle incomes saw economic gains in 2015, according to new U.S. Census data. And the economy even added more than 2.6 million jobs last year. Sounds like cause for celebration, doesn't it? But don't break out the bubbly just yet. Although these figures are heartening, especially after so many years of increasing hardship in the...
  • The Bronx Inaugurates Mural in Honor of Hugo Chavez

    09/23/2016 6:51:36 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 35 replies
    The Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez inaugurated the mural along with members of the community, artists and activists from the U.S. and Latin America. Rodriguez was also accompanied by members of the African American community in the Bronx. During the inauguration people shouted, “You can see him, you can feel him! Chavez is present!"
  • 15 Facts About US Poverty the Government Hides

    09/15/2016 6:39:24 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 13, 2016 | Robert Rector, Rachel Sheffield
    On Tuesday, the Census Bureau released its annual poverty report declaring that 43.1 million Americans lived in poverty in 2015. We should be concerned about any American living in real material hardship, but much of what the Census reports about poverty is misleading. Here are 15 facts about poverty in America that may surprise you. (All statistics are taken from U.S. government surveys.) Poor households routinely report spending $2.40 for every $1 of income the Census says they have. The average poor American lives in a house or apartment that is in good repair and has more living space than...
  • The Left's Lies About U.S. Poverty Exposed

    09/14/2016 2:52:33 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 25 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | September 13, 2016 | TERRY JONES
    Each year the U.S. Census Bureau releases its data on poverty. And each year the news seems even worse than the year before. This year is no different, with Census informing us in its annual report that some 43.1 million Americans, or about 13.5% of us, were officially poor in 2015. The number of poor fell during the year as the nation continued to climb out of the economic crater left by the economy's financial implosion in 2008... ...contrary to the rhetoric of the left and the misleading data from the government, the 43 million in poverty number is vastly...
  • Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

    09/12/2016 11:05:04 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 56 replies
    Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day. And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about. It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in...
  • Robert J. Samuelson: Is Ending Poverty A Mission Impossible?

    09/01/2016 5:18:59 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 45 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | September 1, 2016 | ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
    Don't expect a second War on Poverty, regardless of who wins the election. Picking up where Lyndon Johnson left off in the 1960s would seem a logical response to the campaign's relentless criticism of economic inequality. But appearances are deceiving. Most proposals to reduce inequality -- conspicuously from Hillary Clinton -- are aimed at the middle class. Spillovers for the very poor would be mostly incidental. These proposals include: raising Social Security payments; increasing subsidies for early childhood care; reducing -- or eliminating -- college tuition at state colleges and universities; boosting the minimum wage. For his part, Donald Trump...
  • DOJ against holding people because they can't afford bail

    08/21/2016 1:11:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Aug. 20, 2016 | T. BECKET ADAMS
    It is unconstitutional for defendants to be held in jail simply because they can't afford to post bail, the Justice Department asserted this week. This marks the first time that the federal government has sided with this position before an appeals court, according to NBC News. In a friend of the court briefing, the DOJ said: "Bail practices that incarcerate indigent individuals before trial solely because of their inability to pay for their release violate the Fourteenth Amendment." The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that no citizen can be denied "life, liberty or property, without due process of law."
  • Legalized pot is making America’s lower class poorer and less responsible

    08/21/2016 10:34:48 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 254 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8-20-16 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    (Snip) The middle and upper classes have been the ones out there pushing for decriminalization and legalization measures, and they have also tried to demolish the cultural taboo against smoking pot. But they themselves have chosen not to partake very much. Which is not surprising. Middle-class men and women who have jobs and families know that this is not a habit they want to take up with any regularity because it will interfere with their ability to do their jobs and take care of their families. But the poor, who already have a hard time holding down jobs and taking...
  • HILLARY'S IN TROUBLE: LA Times Poll: Trump's SURGING with African Americans

    08/17/2016 11:30:55 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 141 replies
    HILLARY'S IN TROUBLE: LA Times Poll: Trump's SURGING with African Americans.
  • Donald J. Trump Remarks on Creating a New and Better Future for America’s Inner Cities

    08/16/2016 8:39:55 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 82 replies
    DonaldJTrump.com ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    It’s so great to be here tonight. I am honored to also be joined this evening by Governor Scott Walker, Chairman Reince Priebus, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. We are at a decisive moment in this election. Last week, I laid out my plan to bring jobs back to our country. Yesterday, I laid out my plan to defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism. Tonight, I am going to talk about how to make our communities safe again from crime and lawlessness. Let me begin by thanking the law enforcement officers here in this city, and across this country, for their service and...
  • The Unsexy Truth About Millennials: They’re Poor

    08/15/2016 11:06:57 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 269 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05 August 2016 | Samantha Allen
    Millennials are not some vast unsolvable mystery. According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF), they earn $2,000 less than their parents did at a comparable age, they are more likely to live in poverty, and they are more likely to live at home. But Baby Boomers and Gen Xers still seem to find it hard to believe that basic economic math can explain much of the younger generation’s behavior. After several news outlets, including The Daily Beast, reported that rates of millennial sexual inactivity in early adulthood are surprisingly high, armchair social theorists came out in force...
  • Democrats Laugh at the Uninsured When No One’s Looking

    08/12/2016 4:37:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2016 | Mytheos Holt
    If you paid any attention to the much-hyped Democratic National Convention (DNC), you likely absorbed a message that, for conservatives, should be as old hat as a worn-through “Make America Great Again” cap. That message can be summed up as follows: Republicans, in their desire to roll back Obamacare, are seeking to cast the uninsured into an abyss of high drug prices and callous pharmaceutical companies, who will laugh at their agony as Washington sits idly by. This can’t be allowed to succeed; therefore electing Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump is the only reasonable course for anyone who isn’t either...
  • Hillary Clinton's plan to tax and wipe out the middle-class

    08/06/2016 10:52:15 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 20 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU__9f0kEb0&feature=gp-n-y&google_comment_id=z13ltx55tpb0jd4s322jgxtrzletuvjlg Hillary Clinton plans to raise taxes for the workers the affluent and middle class. Pay roll taxes and national sales taxes for workers, Higher income taxes for the rest with the middle class bearing the brunt of these taxes. With commentary by Mike Savage Also get a load of some of the people who are gonna benefit the most from these new taxes, yokels, alcoholics, potheads, anarchists, thugs and crazies!
  • Obama Hails Economic Progress During His Administration [semi-satire]

    08/02/2016 9:14:30 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 July 2016 | John Semmens
    In his speech at the Democratic Convention President Obama contended that "by so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started." Unfortunately, a number of key statistics seem to contradict that assessment. There are 3 million more people in poverty. Household incomes for those in the bottom 20% declined. Nearly 9 million more individuals are receiving food stamps. And 14 million have left the workforce. Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted that "these statistics need to be properly interpreted. Before we leap to a hasty conclusion that the President's policies have been ineffective let's...
  • Black Fathers Matter [five minute video]

    08/01/2016 2:11:44 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    PragerU ^ | June 13, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FszQelEQ2KY
  • How socialist governments deal with unemployment: GENOCIDE

    07/12/2016 6:59:51 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball and Reuban Ben Abraham
    One of the biggest arguments made by liberals in favor of socialist government is the lack of unemployment. Unemployment levels according to liberals was zero in the USSR under Stalin and in Germany under Hitler. You would think, "Gosh! All I have to do is give up my constitutional liberties and let the state take care of me and my problems are over!" But not so fast! It never occurred to supporters of socialism just how they were able to do it! They didn't do it by giving everyone a job that paid. They did it through the enslavement and/or...
  • Democrats Run Every Major City Which Is a Poverty Center, Here’s The Problem

    07/09/2016 8:06:47 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 29 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 07-09-2016 | Pete DiDonato
    Every major city in America which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats and has been under Democratic party control for a very long time. If those communities want to reverse their fortunes it’s time to stop voting for Democrats.
  • A staggering percentage of Americans are too poor to shop

    07/08/2016 8:29:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 211 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-6-16 | Lisa Fickenscher
    Retailers have blamed the weather, slow job growth and millennials for their poor results this past year, but a new study claims that more than 20 percent of Americans are simply too poor to shop. These 26 million Americans are juggling two to three jobs, earning just around $27,000 a year and supporting two to four children — and exist largely under the radar, according to America’s Research Group, which has been tracking consumer shopping trends since 1979.
  • IMF warns the US over high poverty

    06/24/2016 7:12:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22 June 2016
    The US has been warned about its high poverty rate in the International Monetary Fund's annual assessment of the economy. The fund said about one in seven people were living in poverty and that it needed to be tackled urgently. It recommended raising the minimum wage and offering paid maternity leave to women to encourage them to work. The report also cut the country's growth forecast for 2016 to 2.2% from a previous prediction of 2.4%. Slower global growth and weaker consumer spending were blamed.
  • IMF warns the US over high poverty

    06/22/2016 3:48:05 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 47 replies
    BBC news ^ | June 22th 2016 | BBC news
    The US has been warned about its high poverty rate in the International Monetary Fund's annual assessment of the economy. The fund said about one in seven people were living in poverty and that it needed to be tackled urgently. It recommended raising the minimum wage and offering paid maternity leave to women to encourage them to work.
  • Trump Challenges Hillary: Stop Your Support for Refugee Program, Give the Money to Inner City Kids

    06/11/2016 4:55:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 10, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Donald Trump is calling on Hillary Clinton “to replace her support for increased refugee admissions… with a new job program for our inner cities.” Clinton “wants a 500% increase in Syrian refugees to come into our country,” Trump said at Friday’s Faith and Freedom Summit. Clinton’s plan to resettle 65,000 Syrian migrants would cost U.S. taxpayers over $42 billion over the course of the migrants’ lifetimes, based on projections from Heritage Foundation scholar Robert Rector. Trump said that rather than using taxpayer funds to import foreign migrants from terror-prone regions, Clinton should instead use the funds to help struggling Americans...
  • Average Family Today Has Less Income Than When Obama Took Office(?)

    06/11/2016 9:42:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 6/10/2016 | Daniel Mitchell
    What’s the most important economic statistic to gauge a society’s prosperity? I often use per-capita economic output when comparing nations. But for ordinary people, what probably matters most is household income. And if you look at the median household income numbers for the United States, Obamanomics is a failure. According to the Census Bureau’s latest numbers, the average family today has less income (after adjusting for inflation) than when Obama took office. In an amazing feat of chutzpah, however, the President is actually arguing that he’s done a good job with the economy. His main talking point is that the...
  • 'The Great White Hope'

    05/27/2016 5:33:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    "Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group have been rising, not falling." The big new killers of middle-aged white folks? Alcoholic liver disease, overdoses of heroin and opioids, and suicides. So wrote Gina Kolata in The New York Times of a stunning study by the husband-wife team of Nobel laureate Angus Deaton and Anne Case. Deaton could cite but one parallel to this social disaster: "Only H.I.V./AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this." Middle-aged whites are four times as...
  • Pope Francis Betrays Christianity By Romanticizing Poverty

    05/16/2016 7:25:41 AM PDT · by detective · 141 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 16, 2016 | Maureen Mullarkey
    Writing in Forbes last year, Steve Moore, a Catholic, asked: “What is the theological case for telling those in the poorest villages of the planet where people still live at subsistence levels, that they have a moral obligation to save the planet by staying poor and using less fossil fuels, less energy and electricity?” Three months later, Vatican Radio ran the telltale headline: “Pope: Christians Should Kneel Before the Poor.” The article cited Pope Francis’ assertion that “poverty is the great teaching” Jesus gave us, and that “the poor are not a burden but a resource.” He capped his homily...
  • How socialism turned oil-rich Venezuela into a basket case

    05/08/2016 7:52:01 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 28 replies
    National Post ^ | 6 May, 2016 | Kelly McParland
    Life isn’t much fun these days in the world’s socialist paradise. If you had to choose a country you didn’t want to live in, Venezuela would be near the top of the list. Corrupt, dysfunctional, bankrupt, crime-ridden, drug-infested, short of practically every basic commodity, it can’t keep the lights on, keep the government running or brew its own beer. Last weekend six army officers were arrested for stealing goats from a farm because they were hungry. Venezuela has become the basket case of the western hemisphere, a case study on how not to run a country and a living example...
  • How The Liberal Welfare State Destroyed Black America

    05/05/2016 3:35:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 58 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 5, 2016 | John Perazzo
    How The Liberal Welfare State Destroyed Black America What Democrat voters and political leaders refuse to believe. May 5, 2016 John Perazzo    When President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 launched the so-called War on Poverty, which enacted an unprecedented amount of antipoverty legislation and added many new layers to the American welfare state, he explained that his objective was to reduce dependency, “break the cycle of poverty,” and make “taxpayers out of tax eaters.” Johnson further claimed that his programs would bring to an end the “conditions that breed despair and violence,” those being “ignorance, discrimination, slums, poverty, disease, not enough...
  • Les Miserables Redux: Italian court rules that stealing food if you're poor and hungry not a crime

    05/04/2016 8:27:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2016 | Rick Moran
    This is an interesting ruling, especially the justification used by the Italian high court to throw out the conviction of a homeless man who stole about $7 worth of food from a grocery store. BBC: Judges overturned a theft conviction against Roman Ostriakov after he stole cheese and sausages worth €4.07 (£3; $4.50) from a supermarket. Mr Ostriakov, a homeless man of Ukrainian background, had taken the food "in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment", the court of cassation decided. Therefore it was not a crime, it said. A fellow customer informed the store's security...
  • ‘Poverty is a death sentence,’ Sanders declares during Baltimore stop

    05/02/2016 6:31:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 23, 2016 | John Wagner
    BALTIMORE — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders used a campaign stop Saturday in this economically challenged city to decry the difference between the life expectancies of the nation’s rich and poor, declaring that “poverty is a death sentence.” “If you are born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood, your life expectancy is almost 20 years shorter than if you’re born in its wealthiest neighborhood,” the senator from Vermont said, adding that “15 neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them have a higher infant mortality rate than Palestine's West Bank.” Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, promised an...
  • Former Islamist: Ideology and Theology, Not Grievances or Poverty, Produce Radicalization

    04/27/2016 5:19:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 27, 2016 | 4:10 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Religion does not necessarily play a role in radicalization of Muslims, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday night, citing political repression and denial of rights as relevant factors, along with the lure of “regular meals [and] companionship.” In a speech at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Kerry acknowledged that “you don’t have to be poor or repressed or receive special training” to become a recruit of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL/DAESH). “You don’t even have to be religious,” he added, citing as an example a reported case of two young...
  • Pat Caddell: When Trump Finds Out Kasich Voted for NAFTA, Kasich Will Lose Ohio

    03/11/2016 9:34:16 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 69 replies
    Teaparty.org ^ | 3/11/16
    Breitbart) – Veteran pollster Pat Caddell warns that Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s vote for the North American Free Trade Agreement during his tenure in Congress could cost him both his approval rating as governor and the critical state primary. “I believe — I haven’t gone back and looked — but I think he was in Congress in ’93 and if so, I’d bet you he voted for NAFTA. How much do you want to bet? Somebody ought to look that one up. That’s the real point this morning that could change the election in Ohio,” he told Breitbart News executive...
  • Inequality in Michigan: Not As Bad As You Think

    03/08/2016 12:54:11 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/4/2016 | John O'Trakoun
    Economic inequality continues to be a persistent theme in both national and state politics and is a hot topic of academic studies. As the 2016 presidential campaign moves into the primary season, crusaders against economic inequality will likely grow even more vocal, with presidential candidates making it a key part of their platforms. While a lot of this discussion will happen at the national level, Michigan policymakers will undoubtedly use this popular issue to push their preferred policy recommendations, such as boosting the minimum wage, hiking income taxes, increasing aid to public universities and many others. When economic inequality is...