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  • The Basic Income Guarantee: Simplicity, but at What Cost?

    08/27/2014 5:55:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    CATO Unbound ^ | 8-26-2014 | Michael D. Tanner
    Our current welfare system is clearly a mess. The federal government currently funds 126 separate anti-poverty programs, at least 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. For example, there are 33 housing programs, run by four different cabinet departments, including bizarrely the Department of Energy. There are currently 21 different programs providing food or food purchasing assistance. These programs are administered by three different federal departments and one independent agency.  There are eight different health care programs, administered by five separate agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. And six cabinet departments and five...
  • The Welfare State

    08/27/2014 3:07:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/27/2014 | Michael Tanner
    One hundred ten million! That’s how many Americans now live in households that receive some form of means-tested welfare benefit from the federal government. According to a report from the Census Bureau released last week, that’s the highest absolute number in American history, and it represents 35.4 percent of the American population. Think about it — more than one out of every three Americans live in households that are now on welfare. Looked at another way, America’s welfare state now has nearly three times the population of the largest actual state. Because many of these households include more than one...
  • More Than Half Of All Americans Can’t Come Up With $400 In Emergency Cash… Unless They Borrow

    08/26/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | August 11, 2014 | Ben Bullard
    Count yourself fortunate, or something, if you’re among the 48 percent of Americans who can cough up a spare $400 in emergency cash without having to beg, borrow or steal. According to a Federal Reserve report on American households’ “economic well-being” in 2013, fewer than half of all Americans said they’d be able to come up with four Benjamins on short notice to deal with an unexpected expense. The report, released last week by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, indicates a disparity between how Americans view their financial situation and the reality of where their finances actually...
  • How Dana Loesch’s Upbringing Led Her to Believe ‘Poverty Is a Choice’

    08/25/2014 6:37:12 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/25/2014 | Erica Ritz
    Dana Loesch on Monday shared the story of her upbringing, saying “poverty is a choice” and she knows “a thing or two” about it. “I spent my childhood in a house headed by a single mom, and sometimes, we would have milk, gravy and biscuits twice a day to save money,” Loesch began, filling in on The Glenn Beck Program. “I borrowed notebook paper from my cousin because we were pinching pennies. We didn’t have cable. We didn’t have cell phones. We didn’t have any of the stuff that kids today have. We rented a tiny house in a small...
  • Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi

    08/24/2014 6:30:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 08/24/2014 | Fraser Nelson
    Now and again, American inequality is on display to the world. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and we have seen it again in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A white police offer shoots dead a black man, after having stopped him for jaywalking. Britain’s police don’t have guns, so these scenes are unthinkable. But American-style inequality? We have plenty of that too, we’re just better at hiding it – as I say in my Telegraph column today. I came across a striking fact while researching this piece: if Britain were to somehow leave the EU and join the US...
  • Liberals Declare War on Working Poor

    08/23/2014 7:08:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The misguided attempt to increase the minimum wage can almost be passed off as institutionalized economic illiteracy. Many people, however, have argued that it’s more than simple ignorance that drives the Left to ignore fiscal sanity and push for a $15 per hour burger-flipping wage. Well, if the latest attempt to institute mandated-minimum-pay illustrates anything, it shows that the Left isn’t that fond of the effort/reward relationship of hard work. Labor groups are now aiming to snuff out the system of tipping servers because… well… because it’s “unfair”.There is a movement to bump the minimum wage for tipped servers (often...
  • Poverty Is Not The Cause of Criminal Behavior

    08/22/2014 5:51:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/22/2014 | By Patricia L. Dickson
    As the events in Ferguson, Missouri continue to unfold, a common excuse being offered for the riots and looting is poverty and income inequality. An article written by retired NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar outlines what he calls the reasons for a coming race war that stems from class warfare and systemic racism. The article was so full of liberal talking points and delusional distortions that I had to take a break after each paragraph. He, like others, claims that the rich are somehow holding back poor blacks in order to maintain control of their riches. He also claims the rich...
  • 5 things you should know about poverty in Southern California

    08/21/2014 7:43:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 54 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 | JENNA CHANDLER
    Economists say regional poverty trends are ‘alarming.’ Redlands-based economist John E. Husing issued a dire warning Wednesday, as elected officials from across Southern California pledged to reignite Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty: “If we do not solve this problem, we are not going to want to live in Southern California. The communities are going to become unhinged.” Husing is one of several economists who looked at findings from the 2012 American Community Survey and state Employment Development Department to find out where poverty is concentrated in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. Some of the results...
  • Are we Ferguson?

    08/21/2014 5:59:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | August 21, 2014 | Professor John Inazu
    We all know the slogans meant to express empathy and solidarity: "We are Columbine." "We are all New Yorkers." "I am Trayvon Martin." The "We are Ferguson" messages have already begun, and we will likely see more. The well-intended connections seldom work. Most of us are not Columbine because most of us did not lose children in our community in a high school mass shooting. We are not all New Yorkers because only some of us experienced the aftermath of 9/11 at Ground Zero. I am not Trayvon Martin because I am not a black male. Are we Ferguson? That's...
  • The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

    08/20/2014 7:09:30 AM PDT · by xzins · 89 replies
    CNS ^ | August 20, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014. But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time. When those receiving benefits from...
  • Study Finds 25% of Troops Use Food Banks

    08/19/2014 9:28:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Military ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Amy Bushatz
    A new study suggests that 25 percent of troops in active duty, Guard and the Reserve use food banks to provide groceries and meals for themselves or their families. The study sponsored by Feeding America, the nation's largest food bank network, is conducted once every four years and was based on data collected in 2012. It found that four percent of surveyed households who used a food bank contained a currently serving military member. Based on those results, Feeding America officials estimated that 620,000 of their 46.5 million customers, or about 25 percent of the military population in 2012, used...
  • Low Income Preppers, Should they get a SNAP/EBT Card? ~ Vanity

    08/18/2014 11:34:16 AM PDT · by GraceG · 77 replies
    GraceG
    Okay, So I know of a few people who are shall we say very Lower middle class who used to be Mid-Middle class until recently due to the wonderful economy as of late. I know they are wanting to prep, but are unable to make ends meet and I have been rotating out my own personal prepping stock to just keep them fed day to day. (don't worry I am not giving them expired food, just food that is nearing expiration). The question recently arose about if they should get an EBT card and use it to buy their own...
  • Study: At Least 740,000 Wisconsinites Face Food Insecurity

    08/18/2014 10:53:13 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 57 replies
    MADISON, Wis. – In the land of cheese and bratwurst, a surprising 740,000 Wisconsinites are worried about going hungry. A recent study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health shows a significant portion of the state's population is worried about not having enough to eat. Lead researcher Dr. Javier Nieto said it isn't just a problem in the rural areas of the state. "We also found more than six percent of respondents in suburban, wealthier areas, also responding 'yes' to the question about whether families have been concerned about having enough food for their family in...
  • More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries (1/4)

    08/18/2014 5:58:17 AM PDT · by Drango · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/18/14 | Pam Fessler
    Despite the economic recovery, more than 46 million Americans — or one in seven — used a food pantry last year. And a surprisingly high number of those seeking help were households with military members, according to a new survey by Feeding America, which is a network of U.S. food banks. The — conducted in 2013 — found that almost 620,000 of the households using Feeding America services have at least one member currently in the military. That's one quarter of all U.S. military households. , who's president and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore, says she isn't...
  • The coming race war won't be about race

    08/17/2014 8:42:16 PM PDT · by Wicket · 67 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 8-17-14 | Kareem Abdul Jabbar
    Ferguson is not just about systemic racism—it's about class warfare, and how America's poor are held back Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice . . . By focusing on just the racial aspect, the discussion becomes about whether Michael Brown’s death—or that of the other three unarmed black men who were killed by police in the U.S. within that month—is about discrimination or about police justification. Then we’ll argue about whether there isn’t just as much black-against-white racism in the U.S. as there is white-against-black. (Yes, there is. But,...
  • The case for free tampons

    08/16/2014 1:58:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jessica Valenti
    The cost of a product that half the world’s population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply too much.When I got my first period, I was in the most embarrassing place my then-11-year-old self could have imagined: my grandparents’ house. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I just put on extra pairs of underwear and threw them away one-by-one, scrunched at the bottom of the bathroom trash bin, as I bled through them. Finally, with nary a pair of panties in sight, I was forced to tell my mother. I have never been...
  • Poverty vs poverty: Seven traits of the successful poor

    08/05/2014 10:16:16 PM PDT · by Ellendra · 13 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine - web site ^ | 8-4-14 | Claire Wolfe
    It’s a mystery why one person can be poor but still be proud, independent, and reasonably content while the guy next door is only content to slide into a swamp of misery, blame, slovenliness, dependence, and cigarette smoke. I agree that Alchemist summed things up pretty well by observing, “Poor is a state of finance. Poverty is a state of mind.” But why? Entire tomes have been written about poverty, of course. How soul-crushing it is. How it leads to crime. How it’s everybody’s fault except the individuals who are in that state. How it’s increasingly becoming institutionalized among entire...
  • The 15 US Cities Where Poor Neighborhoods Are Expanding The Fastest

    08/04/2014 7:14:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/04/2014 | ALLAN SMITH AND ERIN FUCHS
    Poverty is stuck at record levels in America, and it's spreading in neighborhoods that are already blighted and impoverished, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.So-called concentrated poverty spurs high crime rates and can worsen health, schools, and housing conditions, according to Brookings. While poverty was once viewed as an urban problem, more and more of America's poor live in the suburbs.The Brookings report analyzes the poverty levels in metro areas and their distressed neighborhoods, examining the change between 2000 and the period of 2008-2012, which includes an average from a five-year Census estimate and shows the effect of the recession.Brookings...
  • Three Cheers for Ryan’s Plan

    08/02/2014 4:55:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Representative Paul Ryan has a bold, ambitious proposal “Expanding Opportunity in America,” to completely remake the American welfare state. Along the way he would also change the federal government’s approach to education, revamp what we are doing in our prison system and much more. Here is a surprise. Although Ryan’s approach is based on well-known conservative ideas, some on the left are actually praising parts of the proposal – including the editorial page of the Washington Post. Ryan’s plan shows something I have believed for a long time. All the innovative thinking on how to solve public policy problems for...
  • Media’s take on poverty issues exposes the dishonesty of the press

    08/01/2014 11:55:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2014 | Noah Rothman
    There is perhaps nothing which so perfectly exposes the partisan instincts of the political press as do our various National Conversations on poverty issues. When poverty again becomes a major focus of the media, as it often does when Republicans are on the political ascendancy, the intentions of Democrats are almost always framed as pure and decent. Republicans, meanwhile, are morally bankrupt, indecent, and self-serving – often simply for refusing to throw money at the problem at hand. Does that characterization sound a little unforgiving of the press? It should, and they have earned it. The most recent example...
  • Government Is Destroying our Standard of Living

    07/29/2014 5:31:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/29/2014 | Monty Pelerin
    Finally, the change in net worth has made the mainstream media. The statistics, as reported in the NY Times, are horrific, as are the implications for the future of the country. Net worth may be the best single measure of a country's well-being. Median net worth is a reasonable marker for the standard of living. Medians (or averages) are not good measures to capture what is happening at the lowest or highest ends. (More about that below.) In the simplest terms, net worth is the value of a person's assets minus his liabilities. If this measure is growing, a person...
  • The Five Elements to Creating a Something-for-Nothing Society

    07/25/2014 5:09:56 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    TMO ^ | 7-25-2014 | Ty Andros
    July 24, 2014 Ty Andros Adam Smith in his seminal book, Wealth of Nations, outlined how all great empires rest upon an educated, productive and prosperous citizenry. The United States is no exception as its schools over the centuries from grade school to colleges provided the teachings of history, reading and writing, logic, self-reliance, independence and the principles of the constitutional republic brought to us by our founding fathers and God. The United States was founded by people seeking shelter from Despots, authoritarian governments and dictators. Independent souls who were not afraid of providing for themselves (snip)There are FIVE ELEMENTS...
  • Advice to a Young Liberal Journalist (vanity)

    07/22/2014 10:45:38 AM PDT · by A_perfect_lady · 6 replies
    My seething mind | 22Jul14 | Moi
    So you want to write about poverty, joblessness, homelessness, and general misery in America. Let me give you some advice, and I'll cut right to the chase and be as blunt as possible. First, consider your audience. It’s white people. If you are trying to tell a sob story that ends in “we need more social services” most minorities are already on your side and the ones that aren’t have their own sources of information. You’re talking to mainstream white America, so you need to tailor your story to them. Start with a young white couple who has fallen on...
  • Author, broadcaster calls for 2016 presidential debate on poverty: Smiley spoke at KS Conference...

    07/18/2014 10:01:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | July 18, 2014 | Ann Marie Bush
    Author and broadcaster Tavis Smiley during the Kansas Conference on Poverty on Friday spoke out about Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget and called for a 2016 presidential debate that would focus solely on poverty and income equality. “Budgets are moral documents,” Smiley told a crowd gathered in the Sunflower Ballroom of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. He said Brownback gave tax breaks to the “rich and lucky” and “cut K-12 education.” “The tax cuts are a good sound-bite politics but unsound policy,” Smiley said. He also said what Brownback has done to the state is “shameful.” Education is...
  • Hillary Clinton reveals what it's like to be poor in America

    07/16/2014 7:57:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    thepeoplescube.com ^ | 6/9/2014 | Opiate of the People
    Hillary Clinton has served America for decades; in January 1993, she made history as she became the country's first co-president along with her husband, Bill. After her tour in the White House ended, she answered the call from her adopted state of New York and voluntarily gave up a lucrative career trading cattle futures to act as one of only two US senators from that state. In 2008, after tirelessly devoting herself to helping Barack Obama become America's best president, she looked forward to retiring to a quiet life in a small cottage somewhere. Once again her country called, pleading...
  • On Every Big Issue, Obama's Presidency is Found Wanting

    07/04/2014 9:39:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Republicans have a wealth of political issues that will dominate the 2014 midterm election races and determine their outcome. The national news media has done its best to try to bury these issues, play them down or sugar coat them, but the American people know better. They have persistently put these issues at or near the top of every voter poll in the last six years of Barack Obama's scandal-ridden, trouble-plagued administration. It's hard to break through and overcome the power of the Washington news media that has worked hard to cover up the Obama White House's blunders....
  • The Looting of Italy

    06/30/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 23 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is an article that was written and sent to me by Alessandra Nucci, an Italian journalist and friend. It describes what the European Union has done to Italy. Since it's a very long article, I've broken it down in 4 parts. Here is the first part. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How would you feel if for years you had been picking up shipwrecked penniless migrants from Africa, dumped by criminal agents all over the Mediterranean, ferrying them to your shores and taking them in by the thousands, only to see yourself made the butt of sarcasm, reproaches and even pecuniary fines...
  • Clinton Defends $225,000 Speaking Fee

    06/29/2014 12:16:12 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 June 2014 | John Semmens
    Elias Benjelloun’s, the UNLV student body president, and Daniel Waqar’s, the student government’s public relations director, protest that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s $225,000 fee for a single speech is excessive was slapped down by the lady herself. “Students angry that their tuition fees are being increased shouldn’t try to take it out on me,” Clinton angrily exclaimed. “I have unique credentials. I’ve been a First Lady and co-president, a United States Senator, and Secretary of State. Audiences should expect to pay more to hear me.” Clinton compared her fee with the $230,000 per game salary paid to the...
  • The Worldview [Collectivism] that Makes the Underclass [A Case Study of England]

    06/28/2014 10:13:45 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 13 replies
    By a mixture of ideology and fiscal and social policies, the family has been systematically fractured and destroyed in England, at least in the lowest part of the society that, unfortunately, needs family solidarity the most. Certainly the notions of dependence and independence have changed. I remember a population that was terrified of falling into dependence on the state, because such dependence, apart from being unpleasant in itself, signified personal failure and humiliation. But there has been an astonishing gestalt switch in my lifetime. Independence has now come to mean independence of the people to whom one is related and...
  • How to decry poverty and get rich on the public payroll

    06/28/2014 7:29:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/28/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    div class="article_body top">Isn’t it amazing how people can make a career decrying poverty and end up collecting big bucks from taxpayers for not much work? Consider the case of University of North Carolina Law School Professor Gene Nichol, who teaches one course per semester, and pulls down almost $213,000 per year in that state-funded school, as professor and head of the school’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.Add in his wife, also on the UC payroll ay the medical school and Health Care System, and this fun couple pulls down over 600k per year. The College Fix has the goods...
  • Why Keira Knightley Lives On $50K a Year

    06/26/2014 2:47:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    ABC News ^ | Lucina Fisher
    She may be an A-list movie star, but Keira Knightley gives herself an annual allowance of only $50,000 to live on. “It’s something around that,” the 29-year-old British actress told Glamour’s July issue. “I mean, if I want or need something that goes over that, I get it, but, yes, around that.” But why so little to begin with? Keira Knightley Reveals Why She Was Bullied for Wearing “I think living an [expensive] lifestyle means you can’t hang out with people who don’t live that lifestyle,” Knightley told the magazine. “It alienates you. Some of my best, most hilarious times...
  • Hillary Clinton reveals what it's like to be poor in America

    06/26/2014 8:41:24 AM PDT · by laotzu · 28 replies
    The Peoples Cube ^ | 6/9/14 | Opiate of the People
    Hillary Clinton has served America for decades; in January 1993, she made history as she became the country's first co-president along with her husband, Bill. After her tour in the White House ended, she answered the call from her adopted state of New York and voluntarily gave up a lucrative career trading cattle futures to act as one of only two US senators from that state. In 2008, after tirelessly devoting herself to helping Barack Obama become America's best president, she looked forward to retiring to a quiet life in a small cottage somewhere. Once again her country called, pleading...
  • Joe Biden: Guys, I assure you I, too, am super-poor

    06/24/2014 6:15:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/24/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Noah mentioned this in his piece about the ridiculous Democratic race to the bottom income bracket, but it deserves its own space. This kind of mess will continue to happen until reporters stop asking the question because there’s really no good answer. “Income inequality” is an evil of American society, according to the Democratic Party. In running against Republicans, especially Mitt Romney, every high-profile Democrat has made it his business to equate rich with evil. And, not just evil, but congenitally unable to understand or adjust policy to reflect the problems of real people. If that’s true for Romney,...
  • Nearly Half Of Detroit Water Customers Can’t Pay Their Bill

    06/23/2014 12:17:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 06/23/2014
    It’s a basic human right: water. But could the United Nations soon help the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department provide the service to struggling customers? Water department spokeswoman Curtrise Garner says it’s a possibility — but for now, the water bills must be paid. “We do have programs that do help those that are just totally in need; can’t afford it — but we also know that there are also people who can’t afford it would can not pay and we know this because, once we shut water off, the next day they are in paying the bill in full....
  • Billionaire Chen Guangbiao invites 1,000 poor Americans to dinner in Central Park

    06/18/2014 9:11:36 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 20 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 18 June, 2014 | Mimi Lau
    Controversial billionaire Chen Guangbiao placed a full-page advertisement in Monday’s New York Times and a half-page advertisement in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, inviting 1,000 underprivileged Americans to dine with him. “I want to spread the message in the US that there are good philanthropists in China and not all are crazy spenders on luxury goods”. Chen said he was “teaming up with a famous American charity to host a charity luncheon for 1,000 poor and destitute Americans, who each will receive 300 dollars”. The underprivileged will be invited to the Boat House restaurant in New York’s Central Park, where Chen...
  • Aide: Clintons 'Have a Life and a Set of Expectations that Are Different' from Middle Class

    06/10/2014 8:02:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 10, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Former Clinton aide Kiki McLean defended Hillary Clinton's claim that she was "dead broke" and "struggled" after leaving the White House by saying that the Clintons "have a life and a set of expectations that are different" from middle class Americans. McLean made the comments on CNN:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)"I suppose when you heard that comment you knew full well that that was going to be fodder for the Republicans," the CNN host said today referring to the comments Clinton made in an interview that aired last night. "Mrs. Clinton used the word 'houses' -- the plural version, which many Americans would hear...
  • Great Society's decline: The high cost of Lyndon Johnson's grand project

    tanding on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.” This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier. Fifty years ago this Thursday, at the University of Michigan, Johnson had proposed legislating into existence a Great Society. It would end poverty and racial injustice, “but that is just the beginning.” It would “rebuild the entire urban United States” while fending off “boredom and restlessness,” slaking “the hunger for community” and enhancing “the meaning of our...
  • Poverty Shoots Up in Venezuela

    06/05/2014 11:37:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 4, 2014 | Juan Nagel
    When the Venezuelan government defends itself from its critics, it usually points to declining poverty rates as proof of its success. For a while, this worked; poverty figures indeed improved during a portion of the chavista years. But the days when poverty was a winning issue for chavismo are over. Official statistics now show that poverty is rising rapidly. Venezuela's official statistics office (INE) mostly spends its time producing reports charged with political language -- but it still manages to report actual data once in a while. A few weeks ago, the statisticians published proof that one in three Venezuelans...
  • What White Privilege Looks Like When You’re Poor

    05/26/2014 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 58 replies
    The Nation ^ | 5/22/2014
    Inevitably, when you talk about white privilege someone will ask the question, “What about poor white people? What privilege do they have?” In January 1961, John F. Kennedy was inagurated as the nation’s thirty-fifth president. In February 1961, he signed an executive order for a pilot food stamp program, one based on the model previously used during the Great Depression. During his campaign, Kennedy had spent much time in West Virginia, and according to his speechwriter Ted Sorensen, “was appalled by the pitiful conditions he saw, by the children of poverty, by the families living on surplus lard and corn...
  • Why many retired women live in poverty

    05/20/2014 9:34:42 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 113 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 13MAY2014 | Melanie Hicken
    Gender inequality doesn't end at the workplace. For many women, the gender gap haunts them well into their retirement years, when far more women find themselves living in poverty. In fact, women are almost twice as likely as men to live below the poverty line during retirement, with single and minority women struggling the most (see chart). On average, women 65 years and older rely on a median income of around $16,000 a year -- roughly $11,000 less than men of the same age, according to a Congressional analysis of Census data. And many elderly women rely exclusively on Social...
  • Even Jesus Sometimes said “No.”

    05/20/2014 2:07:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the struggles that many Christians experience is that the needs around us are so great, and yet we are limited, both in personal strength, and in resources. And, lurking in the back of our mind, is a notion that whatever the problem, Jesus would always help and so should we. But, then, is it always wrong to say no when there is need?It is a true fact, Jesus was quite generous with his time, attention, and resources. We too are counseled to be rich in mercy and kindness, expansive in our charity and to be willing to forsake...
  • Sowell: Poverty and Snow Storms

    05/19/2014 11:42:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Many years ago, in upstate New York, there was a lady who was caught in a fierce snow storm that produced conditions called a "whiteout." That's when the snow is falling so thick and fast that all you can see in any direction is just sheer white. This lady wandered around in the storm, struggling to try to get home, but there was no way for her to know where home was. Eventually she collapsed in the snow and died — something like 50 feet from her home that she could not see. All too often that image comes back...
  • What LBJ Wrought: 50 Years after the war on poverty, the results are in.

    05/19/2014 8:26:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 05/19/2014 | George Will
    If our government has any obligation to fulfill its many promises on health care, it should be first and foremost to the men and women who served in our armed forces. But the scandal over hidden waiting lists at a growing number of veterans’ hospitals (seven so far) — wherein dozens of veterans died while waiting months for vital treatment, and the VA covered up the lengthy wait times — should make everyone wonder whether we can place our trust in a government-managed health-care system. The Dayton Daily News reported on Sunday that its investigation of a database of...
  • Is There A Biblical Answer To Poverty?

    05/13/2014 10:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/13/2014 | Gracy Olmstead
    I’ve often heard conservatives called “anti-poor” (take this Atlantic article). While the term “compassionate conservative” was highly prevalent during and after George W. Bush’s presidency, conservatives’ adherence to free market principles sometimes gives them a perception of apathy and even ruthlessness toward the less fortunate. But these perceptions are sadly faulty—and thankfully, The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics has just released a book that may help change such perceptions: titled For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer To Poverty, it’s a series of essays from Christian conservative thinkers, explaining the ties between free-market economic principles with biblical...
  • Inequality isn't a problem: it's a driver of progress

    05/04/2014 10:12:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2014 | Andrew Lilico
    Is there a genuine "issue of inequality"? I say no. There are (or at least may be) genuine issues of poverty, market and regulatory failure in the financial sector, or how best to raise taxes to fund public services. Very often discussions of "inequality" are either disguised discussions of one of these things or else inequality is seen a symptom of problems elsewhere (e.g. bonuses in the banking sector seen as a symptom of poor regulatory risk management oversight). But once we strip out these other potential issues all that is left of the "inequality" discussion is this: is it...
  • Getting Past Name-Calling to Talk About Poverty

    04/30/2014 9:18:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-30-14 | Juan Williams
    Rep. Paul Ryan is meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. Let's hope they give his ideas a fair hearing. Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday to discuss his plans to address poverty and his March 12 comments in a radio interview about a "tailspin of culture" in our inner cities where "generations of men [are] not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." Mr. Ryan's statement sparked liberal accusations of racism. Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) called it "a thinly veiled racial attack" that...
  • Panhandlers in Winston-Salem could be required to wear ID badges

    04/29/2014 2:55:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WGHP-TV ^ | April 17, 2014 | Michael Spears
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Panhandlers in Winston-Salem could soon be required to wear a photo identification badge at all times under a proposal by the City Attorney’s Office. All panhandlers are required by current city ordinance to apply and obtain a free panhandling license. The City Attorney’s Office now recommends adding a photo ID provision into the licensing process and requiring the tag to be worn at all times while panhandling. The ID tag would also include the license’s expiration date. Having ready identification would help the city enforce current panhandling laws according to The City Attorney’s Office, which also cites...
  • Special Rules for Democrats

    04/29/2014 5:01:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Remember poverty? It was once a chief preoccupation of the Democratic Party. Lyndon Johnson made war on it. An entire ecosystem of federal, state and local programs has been created over the course of the past half-century to combat it, costing taxpayers more than $1 trillion annually. Yet the Democratic Party seems to have forgotten the poor. The proposal to increase the minimum wage by a few dollars is trifling compared with the vaunting ambitions of the War on Poverty. Sargent Shriver, Johnson's poverty czar, predicted that welfare state programs would eliminate poverty by 1976. Throughout the post-Great Society era,...
  • Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves... [Bundy Echoes Black Writer]

    04/24/2014 12:00:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Amazon ^ | Star Parker
    Uncle Sam’s Plantation is an incisive look at how government manipulates, controls, and ultimately devastates the lives of the poor—and what Americans must do to stop it. Once a hustler and welfare addict who was chewed up and spit out by the ruthless welfare system, Star Parker sheds much needed light on the bungled bureaucratic attempts to end poverty and reveals the insidious deceptions perpetrated by self-serving politicians. “Star Parker rocks the world. She is an iconoclast that must be listened to and reckoned with.” ―Sean Hannity “Star Parker’s important new book helps advance the understanding—critical for all Americans—that prosperity...
  • 50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back (Massive Democrat Failure)

    04/23/2014 3:09:32 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 20, 2014 | TRIP GABRIEL
    McDowell County, the poorest in West Virginia, has been emblematic of entrenched American poverty for more than a half-century. John F. Kennedy campaigned here in 1960 and was so appalled that he promised to send help if elected president. His first executive order created the modern food stamp program, whose first recipients were McDowell County residents. When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964, it was the squalor of Appalachia he had in mind. The federal programs that followed — Medicare, Medicaid, free school lunches and others — lifted tens of thousands above a subsistence standard...