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  • 3 government 'solutions' that have failed miserably

    08/12/2017 12:19:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    WND ^ | July 17, 2017 | Rita Dunaway
    In their passion to achieve a government-crafted utopia, the liberal/progressive movement often does more harm than good. This is because their tool of choice – the government – can only apply superficial solutions that come with harmful side effects. Efforts to correct “income inequality” and “fight poverty” through government entitlement programs are a prime example. As columnist George Will recently asked and answered, “[W]hat if large causes of poverty are not matters of material distribution but are behavioral – bad choices and the cultures that produce them? If so, policymakers must rethink their confidence in social salvation through economic abundance.”...
  • How Fast Food Chains Supersized Inequality

    08/03/2017 4:33:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August 2, 2017 | Max Holleran
    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans there was a brief moment of shocked compassion before racial anxieties flooded the Internet. Victims of the disaster were quickly recast as looters, criminals, and layabouts. They were government “dependents” seeking even more entitlements now that they were bona fide survivors. Some of these hideous opinions drew on the physical “evidence” of the bad character of hurricane survivors: their size. The mostly black bodies crowding the Superdome, getting on rafts, and being carried away by helicopters, were too large for online critics. Obesity, while common in the US and over-represented in the South, was...
  • Tax-Funded Anti-Poverty Groups Pay Their CEOs Huge Salaries

    07/20/2017 2:23:05 PM PDT · by detective · 25 replies
    Top officials with 14 anti-poverty nonprofits were paid as much as $869,900 as their organizations were enriched with $900 million of taxpayer money, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s (TheDCNF) Investigative Group has found. The activist groups received as much as 85 percent of their revenue from federal, state and local governments and collectively spent millions on lobbying, TheDCNF’s analysis found. Also, half of the charities’ CEOs made political contributions – nearly all of which was to Democratic candidates.
  • Abortion a "Tool to End Poverty" [semi-satire]

    07/18/2017 9:59:02 AM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 July 2017 | John Semmens
    In a recent interview with CTV News, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada's Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, called abortion a "tool to end poverty" and labeled the Catholic Church's objections "illogical and self-serving." "Abortions reduce the number of people sharing the world's resources," Bibeau pointed out. "Culling the population in this manner means there is a bigger slice of the pie for each survivor. The Church's opposition would condemn an ever-growing human herd to subsist on shrinking shares of material goods." "I try to be tolerant of their religious beliefs, but I can't acquiesce to their sinister plan to promote...
  • Canadian Gov't Official Calls Abortion a 'Tool to End Poverty'

    07/13/2017 11:07:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/12/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    An official representing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argued that abortion and contraception are a means to ending poverty.Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told CTVNews.ca in an interview Tuesday that the Canadian government rejected the protests of a group of Catholic bishops regarding their reproductive healthcare policies."Contraception and even abortion is only a tool to end poverty," argued Bibeau, adding that the Trudeau administration wants "to give [women] the control over their lives." (Photo: Reuters)Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Ontario in this undated photo."This is only a tool to reduce poverty and inequality and to make...
  • Lowest-income families spend 40% of their money on what economists label luxuries

    07/10/2017 4:46:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 9, 2017 | Leslie Albrecht
    It turns out that all Americans, regardless of income, spend a large percentage of their income on what economists categorize as luxuries. People who make the most money spend the biggest chunk of their incomes on luxury goods, but even the poorest households spend a significant amount on luxuries, according to an analysis released recently by Deutsche Bank Research. The wealthiest families (the top fifth of earners) spend around 65% of their incomes on luxury goods and 35% on necessities, according to the study, which looked at spending habits between 1984 and 2014. Middle-income households weren’t far behind: They spend...
  • Caribbean Foreign Ministers meet with Trump officials

    07/07/2017 9:34:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Breaking Belize News ^ | July 7, 2017 | Staff
    Caribbean Foreign Ministers, including Belizean Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, attended a meeting in Grenada yesterday with two officials from the new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump. “Basically I thought they wanted to tell us they still have an interest in us and to hear our concerns and interests, and so we told them the various ills confronting our region,” Elrington told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) following the talks. UnderSecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A Shannon Jr. and Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco Palmieri, met with the foreign ministers on the sidelines of the...
  • Why poverty is skyrocketing in the suburbs

    07/05/2017 5:07:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 61 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03 July 2017 | Dwyer Gunn
    If you were to ask a group of Americans to pinpoint poverty in this country, a good many would tell you you to turn a watchful eye to the inner-city blocks. Perhaps others would suggest you look at the isolated valleys of rural Appalachian coal mining towns. But few would point you to the suburbs, our country's neatly manicured, leafy green mazes of driveways and cul-de-sacs. That's a shame; it's this very misperception that makes the issue so pernicious. In recent decades, the number of suburbanites living in poverty has increased at an alarming clip. In 1990, there were 9.5...
  • Study Lists Top 50 Worst US Cities

    07/03/2017 4:49:59 PM PDT · by LUV W · 118 replies
    Dennis Michael Lynch dba DML Daily ^ | July 3, 2017 | Ben Brady
    A quality of life study conducted by the website 24/7 Wall Street formulated a list of the 50 worst cities to live in America, and some commonly referenced shanty towns headline it. The 50 worst cities list was not kind to the state of Michigan, which contributed two cities to the top 10, and is home to the number one worst city to live in the US: Detroit.
  • Companies need to step in to help feed families hurt by budget cuts

    06/30/2017 11:55:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 30, 2017 | Kevin Johnson, Jilly Stephens and Diana Aviv
    The United States is a nation built on the values of equal opportunity, hard work and self-determination. It prides itself on the belief that in this land of opportunity any woman, man and child should be able to reach their full potential. The challenge is to create the environment in which people can thrive. That includes a strong social compact in which government, business and the social (non-profit) sector invest in the well-being of individuals and families and ensure pathways to opportunity and success. At the most basic level that begins with ensuring access to life's basic needs, including quality,...
  • Urban America's Underclass: More Money Won't Solve the Problems

    There's only one "program" that will make a difference. PBS NewsHour aired a story last year about Milwaukee, saying many residents call the city "the worst place to be a black man in America." It talked about last year's riots in the city after a cop shot a black man. One black Milwaukee resident explained that this is "what happens when you inflict poverty" on poor black residents. "Inflict poverty"? In the 50 years following President Lyndon Johnson's launch of the "war on poverty" in 1964, government spent over $22 trillion on welfare and various anti-poverty programs. The problem in...
  • Letter: Trump, other rich oppress the poor ("One out of four children homeless and/or hungry")

    06/21/2017 5:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Register-Guard ^ | June 21, 2017 | Robert Rubinstein
    CEOs receive $38 million to $70 million per year and more, plus benefits. (We don’t know, of course, what President Trump “earns.”) Then, these CEOs fire thousands of their employees. Companies are closing. People continue losing jobs. Others remain unemployed. Nearly one out of four children in the U.S. are homeless and/or hungry. This extreme wealth is truly obscene. How many cars, houses, boats and $50,000 coats do the 1 percent need to maintain their status and rip off everyone else, as Trump has? A mean-spirited Trump and Congress now propose a budget that would sharply reduce health care for...
  • One Nation, Under Medicaid, With Misery and Poverty for All

    06/14/2017 10:01:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/17 | Megan Barth
    In Nevada, we will know the difference between a moderate Republican and a Socialist by Friday Free enterprise has done more to reduce poverty than all the government programs dreamed up by Democrats.—Ronald Reagan In a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 24 states have a majority of births financed by Medicaid. In other words, a majority of births in nearly half of our nation are born into poverty. This is progress according to Progressives Socialists, the champions of big government (not the little guy) and the architects of the disaster known as Obamacare. So why would Socialists double...
  • The Democrats' New Economic Agenda Will Solidify Their Minority Status

    06/11/2017 3:07:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 11, 2017 | John Tamny
    In a column from December of 2015, the Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady unveiled a rather inconvenient fact that poverty warriors on the American left and right would perhaps prefer remain hidden: from 1980 to 2000, when the U.S. economy boomed, the number of Mexican arrivals into the U.S. grew from 2.2 million in 1980 to 9.4 million in 2000. The previous number is a clear market signal that the U.S. is where poverty has always been cured, as opposed to a condition that requires specific U.S. policy fixes. O’Grady’s statistics came to mind while reading a recent New York...
  • When there's no school lunches, food vans help fill the gap

    06/04/2017 4:50:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | June 4, 2017 | Allison Colburn
    Operation Food Search is launching an expanded summer program this week, providing free meals to children under the age of 18 who would normally eat breakfast and lunch at school. Some of the meals will come from food truck-like vans. Starting Monday and continuing through Aug. 11, program leaders plan to distribute more than 100,000 meals to hungry children in St. Louis and St. Louis County, exceeding last year’s record. The summer program, now in its sixth year, has grown from providing 5,000 meals in 2012, Executive Director Sunny Schaefer said....
  • The Kids Are Not All Right

    06/02/2017 7:59:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2017 | Mona Charen
    More than 36 percent of teenage girls in America are depressed or have suffered a recent major depressive episode, according to a study published in Translational Psychiatry. For boys, the rate is 13.6 percent. What are we doing to the kids? It isn't just one study. Research throughout the last several decades has shown a consistent pattern of rising anxiety, depression, suicide and suicide attempts among American adolescents. A 2001 paper published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis found that the suicide rate tripled between 1950 and 1990. The rise in depression and other psychological suffering cannot be written off...
  • Los Angeles homeless numbers jump 23% in a year

    05/31/2017 6:13:44 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 41 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1st June 2017 | BBC News
    The number of people homeless in the US city of Los Angeles has soared in the past year, a new report shows, despite efforts to combat the problem. The homeless population in the city grew 20% while the numbers for the wider Los Angeles County were even higher at 23%, the figures revealed. Experts say soaring rents and a high cost of living are major factors. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn described the figures as "staggering". "Homelessness in LA County has grown at a shocking rate," she said in a statement. "Even as work is being done to get...
  • Summer meal programs a lifeline for many children

    05/30/2017 12:21:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | May 30, 2017 | Marian Wright Edelman
    Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’ So hush, little baby, don’t you cry. — Lyrics to “Summertime,” sung by Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald knew a lot about the haves and have-nots. She grew up poor and at 17 had been homeless and hungry for a year before she was “discovered” at The Apollo in Harlem in 1934. Think of the millions of hungry children in rich America today who might never be “discovered” or are kept from realizing their talents. And for them...
  • Ben Carson correctly explains how a mindset keeps people in poverty; left predictably goes bananas

    05/25/2017 9:20:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Because if you have power to change your situation, then you don't need to rely on them There is nothing liberals hate more than the suggestion that people with problems in their lives have the power to solve those problems, on their own, by making changes in their lives. They freak out at any such suggestion and paint it as “blaming the victim.” But it is really not that at all. It is simply a recognition that people make their own decisions and form their own attitudes, and that they have the power to change those decisions and attitudes if...
  • Democrat Rep. Corrine Brown Found GUILTY: 18 Counts of Fraud, Conspiracy and Obstruction

    05/11/2017 1:06:23 PM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 11, 2017 | Sundance
    Former U.S. Democrat Representative Corrine Brown was found guilty on 18 of 22 charges for fraud and tax evasion during trial verdict Thursday in federal court in Jacksonville. Brown was found guilty of taking tens-of-thousands of dollars from her One Door for Education Foundation, a charity for poor and impoverished children, and putting the money into her personal accounts for use in maintaining an indulgent lifestyle. She was also found guilty of conspiring within the scheme to defraud donors to the foundation, and guilty of attempts to impede/obstruct the investigation.