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  • Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up?

    06/24/2015 8:29:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 24, 2015 | Thomas B. Edsall
    Why are today’s working poor so quiescent? I’m not the only one posing this question. “Why aren’t the poor storming the barricades?” asks The Economist. “Why don’t voters demand more redistribution?” wonders David Samuels, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota. The headline on an April 7 National Catholic Reporter article reads: “Why aren’t Americans doing more to protest inequality?” There are legitimate grounds for grievance. For those in the bottom quintile, household income in inflation-adjusted dollars has dropped sharply, from $13,787 in 2000 to $11,651 in 2013. According to the Census Bureau, 64 million Americans currently live in...
  • When school's out, millions of kids go hungry

    06/22/2015 3:25:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 89 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/22/2015 | staff
    A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit. Fewer than 4 million kids -- or just 18% of those in the school lunch program -- are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food program. While that's a record number for the 40-year-old initiative, many advocates and government officials say more needs to be done. "In the summer, when those school meals disappear, children find themselves hungry and with few options," said Duke Storen, a senior...
  • The mad war to house the poor in America's suburbs

    06/22/2015 3:35:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | 06/22/2015 | Betsy McCaughey
    An African-American millionaire can buy a home in any expensive suburb. Color is no longer a barrier. Despite this progress, President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing expensive towns of racism, simply because most minorities can’t afford to live there. Westchester County has struggled under a federal monitor since 2009 to compel the county to build multi-unit affordable housing in the county’s most expensive areas. Hillary Clinton claims to be a warrior against inequality. But her adopted hometown of Chappaqua is battling HUD’s demands — and that means it’s fighting the man believed to top Hillary’s veep...
  • Why Is Hillary Rodham Clinton Harming The American Composers and Performers She Once Loved?

    06/22/2015 11:18:27 AM PDT · by AveryJarhman · 2 replies
    Knute's web blog ^ | Avery Jarhman
    Why Is Hillary Rodham Clinton Harming The American Composers and Performers She Once Loved? Mrs. Hillary Clinton unabashedly stated to the American public, “For a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear." Mrs. Clinton, in his 2015 Grammy award winning rap performance, "I", American Rap Performance Artist Kendrick Lamar reveals, "I've been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent." In a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview (Google search), American rapper and Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote...
  • The World's Poor Need More Energy: What BP Knows and Pope Francis Doesn’t

    06/22/2015 5:05:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/21/2015 | Robert Bryce
    When it comes to energy supplies — and therefore carbon dioxide emissions and climate change — who are you going to believe? Pope Francis, or BP? Whether you love the pope and hate BP, or vice versa, doesn’t matter. What matters when discussing energy availability, climate change, and poverty are hard numbers and simple math. And the latest edition of BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy, which was released eight days before Pope Francis issued his encyclical on climate change, is chockfull of numbers that expose the pope’s failed climate math. Indeed, an analysis of the two documents reveals the...
  • The Filipino First Policy caused the Philippines to Fail

    06/20/2015 1:29:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CoRRECT Movement ^ | June 20, 2015
    Are you proud that this is what the Philippines looks like to the rest of the World? If you are one of those Filipinos who thinks that the “Filipino First Policy” of actively discouraging Foreign Direct Investors and multinational companies from coming into the Philippines by requiring them to partner with local Filipino investors who will own at least 60% of the company set up in the Philippines is a step in the right direction, think again. Local Filipino investors are not numerous enough to create as many businesses that would create the huge number of jobs necessary to absorb...
  • Pope Francis’s Vow of Poverty — for All

    06/19/2015 5:36:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/19/2015 | by RUPERT DARWALL
    Hopes that the pope’s encyclical will narrow the climate-change divide are likely to be dashed. “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” Pope Francis tells us in his encyclical Laudato si’. The encyclical had climate alarmists in a swoon for the pope’s deep dive into climate policy and taking a swing at skeptics for denial and obstructionism. But the encyclical has the merit of honesty in not maintaining any pretense of objectivity and balance. “Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity” — the pope writes in...
  • Pope Francis’s ‘holy war’ on capitalism and toxic inequality [Revelation 16]

    06/18/2015 3:49:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 52 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | Paul Farrell
    Big first-year anniversary for anticapitalist, anticonservative, socialist Pope Francis. Fortune magazine ranks him first among the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” Tenure unlimited. Now he’s in an ideological war with U.S. Senate Majority boss Mitch McConnell’s Big Oil backed GOP as well as conservative ideologues. At war in America’s unstable, endlessly fickle, myopic, rigged political arena. [...] [...] Yes, Pope Francis is celebrating his one-year anniversary since laying down his anticapitalism manifesto for his army of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. He’s also been removing conservative cardinals and bishops from leadership roles. He’s hell-bent on changing the world fast. And his mandate...
  • Many low-income Americans can’t even afford to rent

    06/18/2015 4:31:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | June 16, 2015 | Quentin Fottrell, personal finance reporter
    The poorest Americans, who can’t afford to buy property, are increasingly priced out of rentals. There were only 28 adequate and available to rent homes for every 100 extremely low-income renters in 2013, down from 37 in 2000, according to the Urban Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that focuses on social and economic policy. “This gap between supply and demand leaves 72% of the country’s poorest families burdened by the high cost of housing,” it found. Extremely low-income renters are households with incomes at or below 30% of the median income in that region. Not one county in the...
  • Pope Francis Calls For A New Global Political Authority To Save Humanity

    06/17/2015 5:10:37 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 82 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 6/17/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Pope Francis says that global warming is a fact and that a new global political authority is necessary in order to save humanity from utter disaster. The new encyclical that was scheduled to be released on Thursday has been leaked, and it is being reported that this new global political authority that Pope Francis envisions would be in charge of “the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions”. The funny thing is that this sounds very much in line with the new sustainable development agenda that is going to be launched at the United Nations in...
  • Baltimore: A few Notes on Riots

    06/14/2015 6:25:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Social Justice Solutions ^ | June 13, 2015 | Rea L. Ginsberg, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD
    BALTIMORE A few Notes on Riots April 29, 2015 Rea L. Ginsberg, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD **** The moment we cease to hold each other, The moment we break faith with one another, The sea engulfs us and the light goes out. – James Baldwin My town is on fire. Spreading now to Washington D.C., New York City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia. No wonder. This is not just a Baltimore problem. This is a USA problem. This is a worldwide problem. Long ago, I worked in those inflamed communities. I worked there for a year, 1966-67. When Dr. King was murdered in 1968...
  • A $15 Minimum Wage Would Put All Working Americans Into The Global 1%

    06/12/2015 7:09:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/12/2015 | Tim Worstall
    I’ve been trying to think through a way of really getting across the point that a $15 an hour minimum wage for the US is really just too high. And I may have found it: a $15 per hour minimum wage would put all workers in the US into the global 1% by income. Well, all those workers in the US who managed to keep their jobs when there’s a $15 an hour minimum wage at least. Given that the US labour force is rather larger than merely 1% of the global labour force this isn’t really going to work,...
  • Why Poor People Stay Poor

    06/11/2015 10:54:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 115 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    In the 1970s, crime was soaring, and American policymakers had all sorts of ideas for how to reduce it: longer sentences, more police, prison reform and more. But one of the most potent remedies was not conceived as a way to combat crime. To clean up the environment and improve public health, the federal government banned lead in paint and gasoline. By diminishing lead, though, it reduced the harm it was doing to young brains -- harm that could push kids into delinquency. Curbing lead exposure was a big reason for the decline in violent crime that began in the...
  • Obama making bid to diversify wealthy neighborhoods

    06/11/2015 7:58:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The Obama administration is moving forward with regulations designed to help diversify America’s wealthier neighborhoods, drawing fire from critics who decry the proposal as executive overreach in search of an “unrealistic utopia.” A final Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule due out this month is aimed at ending decades of deep-rooted segregation around the country.
  • Reforming anti-poverty programs: Results and data matter

    06/11/2015 5:06:13 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-7-15 | Jennifer Rubin
    The U.S. and other wealthy nations have spent trillions of dollars over the past half-century trying to lift the world’s poorest people out of penury, with largely disappointing results. In 1966, shortly after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty, 14.7% of Americans were poor, under the official definition of the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2013, 14.5% of Americans were poor. Finally, after decades of failure there is a movement afoot to launch “a new generation of experimental programs focusing not on large-scale social support and development but on helping the poor and indebted to save more, live better...
  • VOA Special Report: Baltimore Program Tackles Roots of Unrest

    06/11/2015 5:05:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Voice of America ^ | June 11, 2015 | Carol Guensburg
    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND— Sirens wail frequently outside Bronwyn Mayden’s office, with ambulances and squad cars rushing to the University of Maryland Medical Center half a block away. It’s a trauma hospital, the one where 25-year-old Freddie Gray wound up dying in April from a neck injury sustained in police custody. Mayden deals with trauma, too, but of a different kind. Assistant dean at the university’s School of Social Work, she’s also executive director of Promise Heights, an academic-community partnership that assists one of West Baltimore’s neediest neighborhoods just over a mile from her office. Upton-Druid Heights – like the adjacent Sandtown...
  • Bernie Sanders: We don’t need 23 deodorant choices when children are hungry

    05/27/2015 6:12:55 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 105 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/27/15 | Dan Calabrese
    our average left-winger agrees with this stuff and thinks Sanders is a genius Just as an exercise in curiosity, I’m going to try to think like a socialist. And since I really have no earthly idea how socialists come up with the ideas they embrace, I’m going to let Bernie Sanders get me rolling. Tell me, Bernie, your thoughts on economic growth: The whole size of the economy and the GDP doesn’t matter if people continue to work longer hours for low wages and you have 45 million people living in poverty. You can’t just continue growth for the sake...
  • Pope Francis: Poverty, corruption and human trafficking are the worst evils of our time.

    05/25/2015 11:55:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 24, 2015 | Pope Francis
    La Voz del Pueblo: What are the worst evils that beset the world today? Pope Francis: Poverty, corruption and human trafficking. I can be wrong with the statistics, but what will you tell me if I ask you: When it comes to spending, what thing in the world comes after food, clothing and medicine? The fourth is cosmetics and the fifth are pets. That is serious. Pet care is like love that is somewhat programmed; that is, I can program the loving response of a dog or a little cat, and I do not need to have the experience of...
  • Barack Obama's 'Lottery Winners'

    05/20/2015 12:06:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, President Obama held a summit on poverty at Georgetown University. There, he explained that unrest in major American cities could be traced not to lack of values, but to simple lack of cash -- and that lack of cash, he suggested, could be attributed to simple lack of luck. "The top 25 hedge fund managers made more than all of the kindergarten teachers in the country," Obama stated. "You pretty much have more than you'll ever be able to use or anyone in your family will ever be able to use. There's a fairness issue involved here." He...
  • An Open Letter to President Obama

    05/19/2015 12:00:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Dear President Obama, I write this letter in response to your May 12 visit to Georgetown University where, in a so-called religious setting, you urged conservatives and liberals to unify to fight poverty. Helping those in need is a cause that touches the heart of God, so I was a little encouraged until you took a potshot at Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, insinuating they could care less about the plight of the poor. Your insinuation was offensive, revealing that even in helping others you cannot help insulting your political opponents. And obviously,...
  • Victims? Aren't We All!

    05/19/2015 9:57:25 AM PDT · by xuberalles · 15 replies
    Self | 5/19/15 | Me
    Will someone please inform our so-called President it's not 1860 and that neither him or Michelle Obama have ever been slaves. Even at the height of slavery during the Antebellum period, less than 2% of the population were slave owners; which by the way, included black Americans amongst their infamous ranks. This of course is omitting the trivial facts African tribes sold their brethren into bondage for everyday trinkets and that nearly 400,000 white men died to procure their freedom. I'm also guessing our myopic pastor of prejudice forgot that the KKK was specifically forged as the terrorist arm of...
  • 15 Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea

    05/18/2015 9:14:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 30 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Inequality in Baltimore has been thrust into the national spotlight this week, with riots and civil unrest in that city following the funeral of Freddie Gray. This inequality has roots that stretch deep into the past. It's been exasperated by bad policy decisions in the present-day. And it makes itself felt in every aspect of life in the city, from the racial composition of neighborhoods to the number of empty houses standing in them. For another illustration, let's look at a hypothetical case of two babies born on the same day this year in Baltimore. One is born in Roland...
  • On Poverty, Obama Shows Poor Judgment

    05/18/2015 8:00:12 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 17, 2015 | Tony Perkins.
    These days, it wouldn’t be a presidential appearance without some gratuitous Christian-bashing. And at yesterday’s roundtable on poverty, President Obama didn’t disappoint. During the panel discussion at Georgetown University, President Obama took the common goal of helping the poor and used it to drive an even deeper wedge between his administration and people of faith. In between swipes at Fox News, the President scolded the church for being too preoccupied with the culture war to help the needy. “I think it would be powerful for our faith-based organizations to speak out on this in a more forceful fashion. This may...
  • Ronald Reagan doesn’t live here anymore: Why it’s high time liberals stop tiptoeing around race

    05/17/2015 2:22:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | May 16, 2015 | Elias Isquith, staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics.
    http://media.salon.com/2015/05/hillary_warren_de_blasio.jpgEarlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a gaggle of bored reporters and some boldfaced names in the progressive movement, unveiled a “Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.” Much like the media event that accompanied its unveiling, the agenda is supposed to be understood as a kind of 21st-century, liberal version of the storied “Contract with America,” the PR stunt that, as legend (erroneously) has it, rocketed Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party to power after the 1994 midterm elections. As my colleague Joan Walsh reported on Thursday, this backward-looking attempt to lay out a...
  • Everything's Up in Obama's America: Poverty, Taxes, Debt, and Gas Prices

    05/15/2015 1:47:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama participated in a panel discussion this week about poverty in America, but failed to acknowledge the central reason why it has remained so high under his presidency. And that reason has to do with anti-growth policies that have held back tens of millions of low income Americans, and destroyed entry level jobs that would help the poor get on the first rung of the economic ladder. The Census Bureau, which gathers the nation's poverty data, said that more than 45 million Americans were stuck below the poverty line, according to figures released late last year. This...
  • At Georgetown, Obama Masquerading Again as Bipartisan

    05/15/2015 7:13:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    I watched President Obama's remarks on poverty at Georgetown University, and several things stood out to me, apart from his umpteenth swipe at Fox News. Obama sometimes makes statements that sound reasonable and moderate, but he either doesn't believe the things he's saying or has an ideological blind spot about what they really mean. But his practice of saying such things, I think, is one reason that during the 2008 presidential campaign, some were fooled into believing he was bipartisan and a uniter. He continues to decry extremism from both sides and implies his own position is decidedly more moderate....
  • Pope Francis vs. the NY Times

    05/14/2015 12:15:19 PM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 1 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Scott Walter
    Do individual human beings matter? They do to Pope Francis, who recently had 150 of Rome’s homeless persons receive a tour of the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. Particular men and women, so some folks tell us, aren’t that important, because if you really want to “change the world” and help people, you must turn your gaze from the people you see in front of you and contemplate instead social structures/societal forces/the root causes of poverty. This kind of thinking is common in places like the New York Times editorial pages, which seem to think Pope Francis shares their...
  • “You Didn’t Earn That on Your Own; Somebody Else Did That For You” (take 5)

    05/14/2015 7:40:11 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 16 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-14-2015 | MOTUS
    Speaking to a panel on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama dismissed wealthy Americans as “society’s lottery winners” and called on them to made a “modest investment” to the poor in the form of tax increases. – Daily Caller If you Google “Life’s Biggest Lottery Winner” I’m pretty sure this will be the first image entry: The luckiest man in the world “There’s a fairness issue involved here. And by the way, if we were able to close that loophole, I could now invest in early childhood education to make a difference. [Prove it] That’s where the rubber...
  • Obama Blames Rich People Like Him For The Country's Poor

    05/14/2015 7:14:01 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/13/2015 | Staff
    President Obama talked this week about poverty, a subject he should know a lot about, since he's done such a good job of expanding it. Instead, he offered only fact-challenged and badly misguided ideas.
  • Howard Dean: Jesus Probably to Left of Democratic Party

    05/14/2015 5:13:14 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is Jesus a Bernie Sanders fan? Could be, if you believe Howard Dean. On today's Morning Joe, Dean claimed that "if you look at the red-letter version of the Bible, Jesus was probably to the left of the Democratic party." Dean's declaration came in the context of a discussion of yesterday's forum on poverty in which President Obama and AEI President Arthur Brooks participated. Question: is Dean confusing the establishment of faceless government bureaucracies that can entrap people in dependency with the kind of personal caring for the downtrodden that Christ commanded? View the video here.
  • The Propagandist Calling The Stereotype, "Black!"

    05/13/2015 6:02:50 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 18 replies
    Self | 05/13/15 | Me
    Who is Barack Obama to lecture anyone, let alone Fox News, about "malicious" stereotypes concerning poverty? According to our "Uniter in Chief", I'm the racist equivalent of White Privilege who needlessly clings to guns and religion because I'm an ignorant Right Wing Extremist instead of an educated patriot who knows the constitutional charter of individual liberty - Checks & Balances - is the single greatest deterrence to executive unilateralism and government tyranny. Stereotypes, Mr. President? Unlike you I'm armed with cutthroat common sense and unflinching perspective: that's the catharsis of the "unreported truth" in liberal vernacular. If I may, Mr....
  • Pope says environmental sinners will face God's judgment for world hunger

    05/13/2015 11:28:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Pope Francis has warned “the powerful of the Earth” they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population. “The planet has enough food for all, but it seems that there is a lack of willingness to share it with everyone,” Francis said at a mass to mark the opening of the general assembly of the Catholic charitable organisation Caritas. “We must do what we can so that everyone has something to eat, but we must also remind the powerful of the Earth that God will call them to judgment...
  • Barack and Michelle the Poverty Pimps

    05/13/2015 7:08:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/13/15 | Judi Mcleod
    Crying poor mouth by the Obamas has about as much validity as the rich-by-billions Clintons trying to get away with crying poor mouth The picture of Barack Obama when he was still Barry Soetoro on his tricycle, age 4, circa 1965, tells the true-life story about Obama and his claim of knowing what it’s like to be poor. Obama was never poor. He lived a charmed and privileged life, including the photographed chapter where he was the spoiled and spiffy little darling of his well-heeled maternal grandparents. Ditto for the woman he was later to make his wife. Crying poor...
  • Obama: Churches Should Focus More On Poverty Instead Of Abortion And Gay Marriage

    05/12/2015 3:18:56 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 76 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 12,2015 | Charles Spiering
    President Obama suggested that people of faith should focus more on helping the poor, instead of focusing on divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion. President Obama suggested that people of faith should focus more on helping the poor, instead of focusing on divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion.
  • Obama Rips Fox: "We're Going To Have To Change How The Media Reports"

    05/12/2015 2:43:28 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 60 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 12,2015 | John Nolte
    For going on seven years we have learned three things about President Obama: 1) He loves the poor so much he continues to create more of them. 2) He loves the poor so much he does everything in his power to keep them poor. 3) He doesn’t see the opposition as loyal, but as bad players — his enemy. This is especially true of Fox News, which Obama ripped as anti-poor bigots during a Wednesday afternoon summit on poverty.
  • Ben Carson in Baltimore

    05/10/2015 6:56:18 AM PDT · by impactplayer · 4 replies
    Cure ^ | May 9, 2015 | Star Parker
    The Congressional Black Caucus said that poverty and civil unrest are tied. Who did they blame? Read this: "The Republican budget was partly to blame. It’s very unkind to domestic nondiscretionary spending and will just wreak havoc in low-income communities." This tired excuse has got to go! Blacks -- and all Americans -- need to hear a new message. They need to hear about a black man who grew up with a single-mother in the ghetto of Detroit and escaped. They need to hear how, as a young and angry man, he read the Bible, changed his life, and eventually...
  • Something fishy about Baltimore

    05/09/2015 7:18:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 10, 2015 | Amitabha Bagchi
    In the summer of 1996 I got off a long flight at Baltimore to begin a PhD at Johns Hopkins University. My roommates-to-be were two Indian students who had rented a car to pick me up were somewhat unfamiliar with the roads. So, having taken a wrong turn off the highway, we found ourselves in West Baltimore, not far from Mondawmin Mall where two weeks ago rioting began in the wake of the custodial death of Freddie Gray. Out of the backseat I saw shabbily dressed people sitting on plastic chairs or on the stoops of their rowhouses. These houses...
  • Report: Only 16% of Baltimore Teens Raised With Married Parents

    05/07/2015 7:24:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 7, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    A new report released by the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) says that only 16 percent of 15- to 17-year-old teens in Baltimore have been raised in an intact, married family. The report, released Wednesday and compiled in light of the recent Baltimore riots, cites Census Bureau statistics showing that, in terms of family units, Baltimore is “one of the five least intact counties of America,” along with Cuyahoga, Ohio; the Bronx, N.Y.; the District of Columbia; and Shelby County, Tenn. The report cites studies indicating that children who grow up in intact, married families are...
  • School Lunch: Opting Out is Not an Option

    05/06/2015 11:36:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    US News & World Report's Eat & Run Blog ^ | April 28, 2015 | Chef Ann Cooper
    All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve safe, nourishing and delicious school meals.One of the best ways to help district nutrition programs as they transition to healthier food is to buy school lunch for your children. When I talk with parents about school food, many are so disappointed in the options their schools provide that they’ve simply opted out. They pack their children’s lunches every day, giving up on their school’s nutrition program as a lost cause. I understand and support parents who insist their children eat healthfully and responsibly. My dream is a nation in which all food –...
  • Off The New Plantations

    05/06/2015 4:14:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | John Warren
    Reflecting upon Ferguson and Baltimore—along with Detroit and other cities—reveals what they all have in common: most of their African-American residents are captives on what some might call the new plantations—urban islands of poverty surrounded by the fetid waters of political disinterest. The new plantations aren’t so new, created as they were by The Great Society, when Lyndon Johnson wrapped himself in the mantle of the brave new world, and despite presumably noble instincts, laid the foundations for a social slavery he would never have imagined. It’s debatable, of course, but when one peruses the photographic journals compiled by Pittsburgh’s...
  • Ben Carson and Baltimore

    05/06/2015 11:13:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | Star Parker
    Regardless of how Dr. Ben Carson chooses to try to convince Republican voters that he should be their candidate for president, Carson's personal story is particularly worthy of the attention of all Americans during these troubled times. His story defies much of the conventional wisdom we get from both the left and the right to "explain" the grave social problems in our poor minority communities and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles to success facing poor black children. From the left, we hear that black life in America would have no hope but for government programs to ease the burdens of an...
  • In Baltimore and Elsewhere, It’s the Culture that Can Make or Break a Cycle of Poverty

    05/06/2015 6:59:33 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/6/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Neighborhoods matter. That’s the upshot of two fascinating new studies from Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues. In the 1990s, the federal government launched an experiment, called the Moving to Opportunity project. It created a lottery for housing vouchers that would allow the winners to move out of high-poverty neighborhoods into low-poverty ones. The project’s initial findings were a disappointment for people — like me — who argue that culture matters quite a lot. It did find that neighborhood poverty was a big factor in determining economic mobility, but researchers saw little evidence that getting poor people out of...
  • The War on Poverty – $40 Trillion Funding Failure Rather than Facebook or FUBU or Ford

    05/05/2015 3:17:52 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-05-15 | Vince
    Last year the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty begun by LBJ in 1964. Over that time the country has spent approximately $40 trillion on welfare and redistribution programs of one sort or another – and that number doesn’t include expenditures for Social Security or Medicare. The program started out slow, but has steadily picked up steam so that today the United States spends over a trillion dollars on welfare programs every year. To put that $1 trillion in perspective, that is more than the GDP of every country on the planet except for the...
  • Bill Clinton On Getting $500,000 For Speeches “I Got To Pay Our Bills” (box of tissues alert)

    05/04/2015 8:51:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 4, 2015
    Bubba threw a pity party on the Today Show. For those of you who didn't catch the MSM newser news, probably just about everyone these days, here is a link to the video. You might want to have a box of tissues handy ... cause this short clip is a real tear jerker!
  • Boyz II Men co-founder launches campaign to help homeless Capitol worker

    05/04/2015 6:08:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/27/15 | Dana Bash
    ...After seeing CNN's story Friday on Charles Gladden -- a man who works in the Senate cafeteria but lives on the streets -- Nathan Morris, the co-founder of musical group Boyz II Men, started an online call to arms to help. Using a crowd-funding site "Go Fund Me," Morris urged people to make a donation to help Gladden find housing.... ...Gladden, 63, makes about $11 an hour, and takes home about $360 a week. But he said he gives a lot of it to his children and grandchildren, who have their own financial troubles. "I take care of them," he...
  • Jobs elusive for 40% of area poor: Survey respondents still struggling

    05/03/2015 1:41:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Local ^ | May 3, 2015 | Sherry Slater
    A survey targeting local low-income families has found that 40 percent of respondents felt they have very little or no job security, according to results being released this week. That kind of instability makes it challenging to commit to car loans, apartment leases and tuition payments – steps often necessary to improving a family’s economic standing. Of those participating in the survey, more than 1 in 2 has received free groceries or meals and about 1 in 4 has needed help with housing, utilities or health care. The 502 responses reflect the experiences of those who continue to struggle in...
  • Lack of ‘Investment’ Is Not the Problem in Baltimore

    04/30/2015 7:34:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    For a sense of the neighborhood in which Freddie Gray grew up, and which has been set partly ablaze over the last several days — the plot of West Baltimore known as Sandtown-Winchester — one need only read the relevant portion of the Baltimore City Health Department’s 2011 Neighborhood Health Profiles. According to the department (which included in its analysis the adjacent neighborhood of Harlem Park), the 10,000-person neighborhood, which is almost entirely black (97 percent), had a median household income of $22,277 as of 2011– 40 percent below Baltimore City’s average. One in five residents age 16 or older...
  • Black rage is valid, even when it makes White people uncomfortable [Opinion]

    04/29/2015 6:31:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Hello Beautiful.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Veronica Hilbring
    Baltimore is in a state of unrest and the mainstream media is condemning protestors as vigilantes. In other words, when it comes to black rage and pain, it’s business as usual. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “A riot is the language of the unheard.” Since the beginning of time, riots and have revolution have gone hand in hand. From the Boston Tea Party to Nat Turner to the L.A riots, there has never been revolution without them. To dismiss the riots as just the actions of “thieves” trying to get free stuff is to ignore history. While Whoopi Goldberg and...
  • Sheriff Clarke: Why are we surprised at sub-human behavior in American ghettos?...

    04/29/2015 12:49:46 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 31 replies
    BizPacReview ^ | April 28, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    Full title: Sheriff Clarke: Why are we surprised at sub-human behavior in American ghettos? Lib policies created it........Outspoken Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. blasted Baltimore rioters and the left-wing agenda he says created the powder keg that blew up into violence. On Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Clarke told the host that liberal policies, not the death of accused drug dealer Freddie Gray, are responsible for the violence in the city.
  • Clinton run for presidency swept up in Haitian gold mining permit affair

    03/09/2015 2:22:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    MINING.COM ^ | 03/09/2015 | Andrew Topf
    The presidential ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton have become ensnared in an obscure gold-mining project in Haiti, as the Democratic favorite for the presidency begins her second run for the White House. In a story that suggests cronyism, questionable ethics and a blurring of the lines between charity and profiteering, The Daily Mail reported on Sunday that Hillary Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, sat on the board of VCS Mining when the unlisted, Delaware-based junior was granted a permit to mine gold in Haiti following a massive earthquake on the impoverished island nation in 2010. The permit was the first to...