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  • ‘Poverty chic FTW': Lefty journo worried that US tourists will destroy Cuban paradise

    12/17/2014 9:35:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 17, 2104 | Staff
    “Independent journalist” Jeremy Scahill is a blogger at The Intercept, which was co-founded by Glenn Greenwald. He is also a colossal moron: I'm very glad I was able to visit Cuba several times before US tourists try to turn it into Cancun
  • U.S. Birthrate Declines for Sixth Consecutive Year; Economy Could Be Factor

    12/16/2014 8:42:14 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | DEC. 4, 2014 | TAMAR LEWIN
    The number of women in the United States who gave birth dropped last year, according to federal statistics released Thursday, extending the decline for a sixth year. The National Center for Health Statistics reported Thursday that there were 3.93 million births in the United States in 2013, down slightly from 3.95 million in 2012, but 9 percent below the high in 2007. According to the report, the general fertility rate in the United States — the average number of babies women from 15 to 44 bear over their lifetime — dropped to a record low last year, to 1.86 babies,...
  • Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000 for 37 Straight Months

    12/16/2014 9:57:29 AM PST · by yoe · 19 replies
    CNSnews ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The number of beneficiaries who receive compensation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has topped 46,000,000 for 37 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In September 2014, which is the latest data from the USDA, there were 46,459,998 Americans who received assistance from the SNAP program. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, a total of 37 months, or more than three years. [snip]Households on food stamps in September got an average of $252.69 during the month, and the program benefits cost taxpayers $5,748,809,023....
  • 1 in 5 Millennials Live in Poverty, Census Bureau Says

    12/16/2014 12:02:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 15, 2014 - 1:09 PM | Ali Meyer
    One in five young adults—ages 18 to 34 years old—live in poverty, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “More millennials are living in poverty today, and they have lower rates of employment, compared with their counterparts in 1980,” the Census states. “One in five young adults lives in poverty (13.5 million people), up from one in seven (8.4 million people) in 1980.” …
  • America in Urgent Need of Welfare Reform

    12/16/2014 8:43:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Vann Ellison
    If government anti-poverty programs focused on individual outcomes, the results would be those like Lance from Michigan. His father on death row and his mother a prostitute, Lance wandered into Florida and lived behind a dumpster at a 7-11. Hungry, dirty and homeless, he later found a place to live, became sober, got a job and will go to college on a scholarship. We don’t hear stories like that attributed to government assistance. That is because there are over 90 government welfare programs ranging from cash payments to housing and nutrition that are projected to cost $14 trillion over the...
  • How to Fix Poverty: Write Every Family a Basic Income Check

    12/15/2014 12:08:35 PM PST · by PROCON · 148 replies
    newsweek ^ | Dec. 14, 2014 | Betsy Isaacson
    In the United States—as in all of the world’s wealthier nations—ending poverty is not a matter of resources. Many economists, including Timothy Smeeding of the University of Wisconsin (and former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty) have argued that every developed nation has the financial wherewithal to eradicate poverty. In large part this is because post-industrial productivity has reached the point where to suggest a deficit in resources is laughably disingenuous. And despite the occasional political grandstanding against welfare, there is no policy, ideology or political party that is on the books as pro-starvation, pro-homelessness, pro-death or anti-dignity....
  • Cop who caught starving mother stealing eggs gives her two truckloads of food to feed her family

    12/12/2014 9:39:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 66 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2014 | James Nye
    The compassion shown by Officer William Stacy to desperate Alabama mother Helen Johnson captured the nation's attention at a time of strained relations between the police and black Americans. Instead of arresting her for stealing five eggs to feed her starving family on Saturday, Stacy bought the carton and the touching hug they shared afterwards caught on video by a stunned passer-by went viral. But it got even better on Wednesday when Officer Stacy and some colleagues arrived at 47-year-old Johnson's home with two truckloads of food to keep her and her children and grandchildren fed through Christmas.
  • 65 Percent of Children in Households on Federal Aid Programs

    12/10/2014 12:21:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    The Census Bureau reported in a study released this week that 65 percent of American children lived in households taking aid from one or more federal program as of the fall of 2011. "Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children," said the Census Bureau, "lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program." How to be dependent on government is now one of...
  • 2.5 Million Children Are Homeless in US, New Data Reveals

    12/10/2014 8:37:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/10/2014 | Stephanie samuel
    A historic number of America's youth – 2.5 million children – are homeless according to a report recently released by the National Center on Family Homelessness. These children, the report shows, are victims of a number of variables that contribute to homelessness including single motherhood, racial disparities and low household incomes. The report, based on data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau, reveals that many of the nation's homeless children are on the verge of losing their housing, don't have a fixed residence, are living in places not designated for human beings, or are living...
  • Poverty Pimp On Display: Sharpton to Lead New Civil Rights Movement March on DC

    12/09/2014 11:27:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Wayne Dupree
    Let me see here. According to the history books, Civil Rights were won in the 60s with the signing of the Civil Rights Act pushed by Republicans and signed into law by Lyndon Baines Johnson. Al Sharpton now wants to secure his place in history as the Supreme Black Leader of our generation by going back to the past and creating a “New Civil Rights Movement?” On December 13, 2014, Sharpton looks to lead yet another March on DC to correct police across the nation. “We are not advocating violence, we are asking that police violence stop.” – Al Sharpton...
  • There Has Never Been A Greater Portion Of America Living On Food Stamps

    12/08/2014 9:25:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/08/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Friday's jobs data proves it - America is back baby!!! Or is it all totally manipulated statistical shenanigans? A quick glimpse at the following charts two rather uncomfortably 'non-recovery-like' lines - of structural unemployment and the percent of the US population of Food Stamps - would suggest that for much of America, the recovery never happened... and in fact has got worse...  
  • Oh, Brother

    12/07/2014 5:58:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Cain was a witty fellow. He asked one of the best-known rhetorical questions, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Of course he was not. But that was irrelevant. He was covering up something. About what he had done to his brother. So, when I hear the phrase “my brother’s keeper,” I look around for casualties. Earlier this year we saw President Obama more than Abel to raise Cain’s phraseology. His “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is a $200 million public-private partnership to help mentor and assist young black and Latino boys in maneuvering the admittedly treacherous terrain of growing up. Since this...
  • In Top 10 States With Most Abortions, 60% of Babies Killed Were Black or Hispanic

    12/05/2014 2:32:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life news ^ | 12/5/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    As LifeNews previously reported, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its national abortion report last month and the new statistics show the number of abortions in the United States have declined to a historic low. However, unfortunately, a new analysis reveals that out of the ten states where the most abortions occurred, 60.48% of the babies killed were African American and Hispanic. blackbaby6According to the Census Bureau, Blacks and Hispanics comprise only 13.2% and 17.1% of the population respectively; however they get 37.3% and 22% of all abortions. Additionally, while it definitely isn’t news that Planned Parenthood targets minority...
  • US Birth Rate Hits All-Time Low

    12/04/2014 2:12:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12/04/2014 | by Bahar Gholipour
    The U.S. birth rate reached an all-time low in 2013, as the number of babies born in the country declined for the sixth straight year since the peak in 2007, a new report finds. The country's birth rate dipped to 62.5 births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 44, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is 10 percent lower than the birth rate in 2007, which was 69.3 per 1,000 women, and a record low since the government started tracking birth rates in 1909, when birth rate was 126.8. In 2013,...
  • NYC: 78% of Abortions Were Black and Hispanic Babies

    12/01/2014 2:09:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    CNS news ^ | December 1, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – In New York City, 77.56% of the abortions in 2011 were performed on Black and Hispanic babies, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Abortion Surveillance report published by the CDC, for which the latest abortion numbers are for 2011, show there were 76,251 abortions in New York City that year. For that total, 9,550 abortions were of white babies, which is 12.5% of the total; 35,188 babies were black (46.1% of total); 23,959 were Hispanic (31.4%); and another 7,554 “other” abortions, 9.9%, which includes Asians and Native Americans, as...
  • In Texas V. California, Results, Not Intentions, Matter Most

    11/29/2014 6:53:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/29/2014 | CHUCK DEVORE
    When it comes to poverty, the two biggest states, California and Texas, offer a vivid contrast: Results matter more than well-meaning intentions, and work beats welfare. Once again, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation at 23.4%, according to a new Census Bureau report that takes into account the variable cost of housing from state to state as well as noncash benefits such as housing vouchers and food stamps. (The official poverty measure assumes the same costs throughout America.) This broad poverty measure shows that Texas' poverty rate dropped to 15.9%, the national average. Along with the nation's...
  • UC Davis Economics Professor: There Is No American Dream

    11/28/2014 9:42:32 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | 11/26/2014 | Steve Large
    DAVIS (CBS13) — A UC Davis economics professorhas determined there is no American Dream. Gregory Clark is sharing his research as a hard truth with no hope—whether or not you can get ahead in America is as predictable as any formula. In fact, he says, the formulas for social mobility in the United States show there’s nothing to dream about. “America has no higher rate of social mobility than medieval England, Or pre-industrial Sweden,” he said. “That’s the most difficult part of talking about social mobility is because it is shattering people s dreams.” Clark crunched the numbers in the...
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Households Will Celebrate Thanksgiving on Food Stamps

    11/26/2014 11:37:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Staff
    Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year. As of this August, according to the most recent data released by USDA, there were 22,729,389 households on food stamps. That equaled 19.75 percent of 115,048,000 households in the country...
  • Since Michael Brown Died, 981 Black Babies Have Died in Abortion in Missouri,... No Riots

    11/26/2014 6:37:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/26/14 | Steven Ertelt
    FULL TITLE: Since Michael Brown Died, 981 Black Babies Have Died in Abortion in Missouri, But There are No Riots Riots are taking place across the country in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri police officer for shooting a black teenager. The decision not to bring charges has renewed difficult racial tensions nationwide. Yesterday, LifeNews reported how the Planned Parenthood abortion business fanned the flames of racial divide by aggressively opposing the decision in Ferguson. Though the events in Ferguson have nothing to do with abortion, Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion CEO Cecile Richards...
  • Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH (Philippines)

    11/20/2014 7:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Rappler ^ | November 20, 2014 | Katerina Francisco
    MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis, the Argentine pope known for espousing a simpler Church, also wants the same treatment for his upcoming visit to the Philippines next year. At a press briefing on Thursday, November 20, papal visit media relations sub-committee chair Fr Anton Pascual said the Vatican would prefer a simple papal visit with minimal expenditures. The Vatican also urged for more resources to be spent on helping the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the earthquake in Bohol in 2013, according to an article on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site. The Pope will...
  • Obama Economy Leaves People Hungry: Underemployed seek meals from food banks

    11/18/2014 9:28:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 17, 2014 | Mary Lou Byrd
    Food banks across the country are reporting shortages as the holidays approach and the underemployed and the long-term unemployed are utilizing them to stave off hunger. Food bank lines continue to swell despite claims by the federal government that the economy is improving and increased spending on food stamps: Forty-six million Americans, or one in five, are now receiving food stamps. “The need continues to be strong. Even though the state level unemployment percent is low, this does not address the underemployed and long-term unemployed,” said Bruce Wilson, director of operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank. NHFB has already...
  • Abortion is Racist, For Every 1,000 Black Babies Born in New York City, 1,223 are Aborted

    11/17/2014 6:57:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/14/14 | Ryan Bomberger
    Time magazine shows that some things never change with time. The liberal publication’s relentless defense of abortion, no matter the lie, remains unchanged. Writer Katha Pollitt, author of “Reclaiming Abortion Rights”, is on a mission to destigmatize abortion. She wants to recast the act of killing human life via abortion as a “moral right” and “social good.”It apparently doesn’t matter if you have to immorally misrepresent the facts in order to promote this violent “social good.” Her article, “6 Myths About Abortion”, is laced with sloppy research and silly accusations. Others will inevitably dismantle her other five so-called mythbusters; I’ll...
  • If You’re Not Rich, Divorce Can Be Financially Devastating

    11/15/2014 10:24:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/15/2014 | TERESA TRITCH
    There is a long list of women* who have amassed personal fortunes by divorcing rich husbands — and as far as I can tell, they deserved every penny. This week Sue Ann Hamm joined it when a court ordered her ex-husband, Harold Hamm, the Oklahoma oil man, to pay her some $1 billion in cash and assets, or about $38 million per year of a 26-year marriage. Ms. Hamm plans to appeal on the grounds that the award grossly undervalues her share of the wealth accumulated during the marriage, Reuters reported on Thursday. If Ms. Hamm gets anywhere near half...
  • United Way study finds working families struggling to get by

    11/13/2014 9:51:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/11/14 | JENNY STALETOVICH
    Almost half the residents of Florida, including much of the state’s glitzy southern half, are barely getting by, living below the federal poverty level or struggling to pay for food, housing, childcare and other basic needs, according to a United Way study released Tuesday.
  • How To Stop Being Poor

    11/11/2014 5:12:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Liberalism is for poor people who are content to stay poor. Conservatism is for poor people who want to make a better life for themselves. I tell you that from experience because I have been poor. Once in college, on a trip out of town, I slept in an elevator all night because I couldn’t afford to pay to share a room with friends and I was too proud to crash without paying. On another trip, I slept in my car the whole week-end and ate bags of apples and powdered doughnuts because they were cheap. Later on, I got...
  • War on Poverty Turns 50: Are We Winning Yet?

    11/05/2014 10:49:46 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 25 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael D. Tanner and Charles Hughes
    The War on Poverty is 50 years old. Over that time, federal and state governments have spent more than $19 trillion fighting poverty. But what have we really accomplished? Although far from conclusive, the evidence suggests that we have successfully reduced many of the deprivations of material poverty, especially in the early years of the War on Poverty. However, these efforts were more successful among socioeconomically stable groups such as the elderly than low-income groups facing other social problems. Moreover, other factors like the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the expansion of economic opportunities to African Americans and women,...
  • Suit Filed to Halt Work Requirements for Food Stamp Recipients in New Mexico

    10/28/2014 7:52:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Brietbart ^ | October 28, 2014 | Awr Hawkins
    On October 27, the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty, the Southwest Organizing Project, and a number of food stamp recipients filed suit to halt work requirements for food stamp recipients which are set to go into effect in November. The Associated Press reports the changes would require "some childless adults [to] work in order to receive food stamps." Other recipients would have to "search for a job or participate in community service or job training."
  • Food Stamps, without Work Requirements: In 42 states, Able-bodied collect benefits without working.

    10/28/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/28/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The Great Recession ended more than 1,900 days ago, and the national unemployment rate is 5.9 percent — but many able-bodied adults in 42 states nevertheless continue to collect long-term food-stamp benefits without working, volunteering, or training for a job. Unless a state has extraordinarily high unemployment or a dearth of jobs, able-bodied adults who are younger than 50 and without a dependent must spend 20 hours a week productively if they wish to continue drawing food-stamp benefits longer than three months — or so says a policy enacted as part of the 1996 welfare reforms. But Congress temporarily suspended...
  • Report: Child poverty in the U.S. is at highest point in 20 years

    10/22/2014 9:15:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/22/14 | Gale Holland
    Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25% of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don’t have health insurance, the analysis says. Even worse: Five children die daily by firearms, and one dies every seven hours from abuse or neglect. “It shouldn’t be this hard for kids to grow and thrive
  • Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa

    10/21/2014 8:49:47 AM PDT · by knak · 150 replies
    washington post ^ | 10/16/14 | harlan
    CULLMAN, Ala. — The love seat and sofa that Jamie Abbott can’t quite afford ended up in her double-wide trailer because of the day earlier this year when she and her family walked into a new store called Buddy’s. Abbott had no access to credit, no bank account and little cash, but here was a place that catered to exactly those kinds of customers. Anything could be hers. The possibilities — and the prices — were dizzying. At Buddy’s, a used 32-gigabyte, early model iPad costs $1,439.28, paid over 72 weeks. An Acer laptop: $1,943.28, in 72 weekly installments. A...
  • Poverty

    10/11/2014 8:18:14 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 9 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 11, 2014 | John Stossel
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared “War on Poverty.” It sounded great to me. I was taught at Princeton, “We’re a rich country. All we have to do is tax the rich, and then use that money to create programs that will lift the poor out of poverty.” Government created job-training programs for the strong and expanded social security for the weak.... Johnson’s War brought further progress, but progress then stopped. It stopped because government is not good at making a distinction between needy and lazy. It taught moms not to marry the father of their kids because that...
  • Harry Reid’s Bodyguard Attacks Jason Mattera for Asking a Simple Question

    10/09/2014 2:07:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 10-9-14
    Crapitalism author Jason Mattera wanted to ask Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) a simple question: How did Reid, who was born in poverty, become so rich while working for the government? So he caught up with Reid recently to ask him about it. Reid refused to answer at all. Suddenly, one of Reid’s bodyguards took it upon himself to stop the questioning. He attacked Mattera while Reid just kept silently walking on. Take a look. (Video at source) By the way, Jason has accepted Bob Beckel’s challenge to fight, after Mattera targeted IRS targeting scandal honcho Lois Lerner.
  • Poverty

    10/08/2014 4:40:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | John Stossel
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared "War on Poverty." It sounded great to me. I was taught at Princeton, "We're a rich country. All we have to do is tax the rich, and then use that money to create programs that will lift the poor out of poverty." Government created job-training programs for the strong and expanded social security for the weak. It seemed to work. The poverty rate dropped from 17 percent to 12 percent in the programs' first decade. Unfortunately, few people noticed that during the half-decade before the "War," the rate dropped from 22 percent to...
  • Food Stamp Recipients Top 46 Million for 35th Straight Month

    10/07/2014 5:49:51 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 12 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 10/7/2014 | Ali Meyer
    CNSNews.com) - The number of Americans on food stamps has topped 46,000,000 for 35 straight months, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). From September 2011 through July 2014, the latest month for which data is available, the number of persons participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has exceeded 46 million. As of July 2014, there were 46,486,434 beneficiaries of the SNAP program. Excerpt - - - Graphs at the source
  • Food Stamp Enrollments Top 46 Million for 35 Months in a Row

    10/06/2014 8:49:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/5/2014 | Wynton Hall
    The government's newly released food stamp enrollment figures reveal that the number of individuals in America on food stamps has topped 46 million for 35 consecutive months. According to the Department of Agriculture, the number of individuals in July (the most recent month figures are available) who received food stamps was 46,486,434. The last time food stamp enrollments fell below 46 million was July 2011.
  • Family Of U.S. Ebola Carrier Moves Into Donated Home (Escorted by a Democratic judge)

    10/04/2014 12:22:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    KTVT-TV ^ | October 3, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins personally escorted the family of Ebola carrier Thomas Duncan to a 4 bedroom spacious home in a gated community Friday. It’s where they will live, miles away from their cramped apartment in Dallas while under quarantine. “I’m wearing the same shirt I was when I was in the car for 45 minutes today with that family,” said Jenkins about the car ride. “If there was any risk, I wouldn’t expose myself or my family,” he said during Friday’s press conference where city and county leaders called the move necessary. “Where they were living was...
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    09/30/2014 3:19:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 20, 2014 | Linda Tirado
    Linda Tirado photographed by Scott Suchman near her home in Washington DC for the Observer New Review. Why do so many poor people eat junk food, fail to budget properly, show no ambition? Linda Tirado knew exactly why… because she was one of them. Here, in an extract from her book, Hand to Mouth, she tells her story in her own words •Q&A with Linda Tirado In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls....
  • How Not to Be Poor [What the schools are NOT teaching our kids]

    09/30/2014 11:31:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/30/2014 | Helen Smith
    I read over Kathy Shaidle’s piece on the ways in which one can stay out of poverty. While a lot of the poor lifestyle decisions she points out make sense for avoiding poverty, such as finishing high school or not having numerous kids while a teenager, or even avoiding smoking, my experience as a therapist has taught me that education on how not to be poor is an important component for helping people to avoid poverty. Let me explain.Most books like Peter Thiel’s Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future tell one how to get...
  • Good News for the Poor: An Interview with Mez McConnell

    09/28/2014 1:16:28 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    ,,,,,I grew up in Ireland in the foster care system for most of my early life....In my late teens and early twenties, my drug use spiraled out of control, I was homeless on the streets, and I finally ended up in prison. It gave me a place to live. I heard the gospel for the first time and was converted through reading Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible.....The church has made mistakes in the past by farming out, almost exclusively, social justice-type ministries to parachurch organizations. The church has also been guilty of paternalism and malevolent generosity when it comes...
  • US Poverty Rate Drops for First Time in 7 Years, With Hispanic Households Seeing Gains in Income

    09/18/2014 7:44:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/18/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    The overall poverty rate in the United States dropped for the first time since 2006, with Hispanics being the only racial or ethnic group that experienced the most significant change in income. The U.S. Census Bureau's annual report released Tuesday indicated that the poverty rate among Latinos in 2013 decreased by 2.1 percentage points from the previous year. In addition, income for Hispanic households increased by 3.5 percent between 2012 and 2013 to $40,963. The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that represents millions of Hispanic Evangelicals, attributed the rise in income to more Latinos...
  • Obama's Illinois: Food Stamp Growth Exceeds New Jobs

    09/17/2014 3:41:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Economy In Crisis: A new study by the Illinois Policy Institute shows in the past four years, the number of new food-stamp recipients in the state has outpaced new jobs nearly 2-to-1. Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, locked in a tight re-election battle with self-made billionaire Republican Bruce Rauner, has been arguing that Illinois, arguably the bluest of blue states, has turned the fiscal corner and is on its way back. The recovery may be slower than Quinn wants it to be — but, he says, it is real. It is an odd recovery, though, that makes more people dependent...
  • Census: Real Household Income Peaked in 20th Century

    09/17/2014 7:48:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    So far, if measured by household income, the 21st century has not been a good one for the United States of America. In its annual report on "Income and Poverty in the United States," released on Tuesday, the Census Bureau described real median household income as stagnating for two years after declining for two. "Median household income was $51,939 in 2013, not statistically different in real terms from the 2012 median of $51,759," said the Census Bureau. "This is the second consecutive year that the annual change was not statistically significant, following two consecutive years of annual declines in median...
  • America Wastes $22 Trillion In War On Poverty. 'Poverty' in America is not your father's poverty

    09/17/2014 6:00:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/17/2014 | Robert Rector
    The Census Bureau's annual report on poverty, released Tuesday, is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the war has failed because we didn't spend enough money. Their answer is to spend more. But the facts show otherwise. Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson's War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that's three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution. The federal government currently runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs. These...
  • Welfare Sign-ups Beat Job Creation 2-to-1 in Illinois

    09/16/2014 6:21:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    For every job created in the state of Illinois, two people sign-up for food stamps—not exactly an encouraging statistic. The state ranked ‘dead last’ across America for job growth in 2014, according to the Illinois Policy.Not only is the economically-challenged state failing to create positions in the private sector, it actually lost nearly 6,000 jobs between January and July of this year. Since the financial crisis of 2008, Illinois has almost 300,000 fewer workers:  The pace at which Illinois has been creating jobs is simply not good enough for Illinois families, and policy mistakes, such as the historic 2011 tax hikes,...
  • The War on Poverty After 50 Years (has cost tax payers to date $22 Trillion)

    09/16/2014 5:25:39 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 46 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | September 15 ,2014 | Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield
    This week, the U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release its annual poverty report. The report will be notable because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. In his January 1964 State of the Union address, Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.”[1] Since that time, U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusted for inflation, this spending (which does not include Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all military wars in...
  • Poverty in US declines for first time since before recession

    09/16/2014 10:49:41 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed
    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Tuesday that he would recommend deploying United States combat forces against Islamic extremists in specific operations if the current strategy of airstrikes was not successful, raising the possibility of the kind of escalation that President Obama has flatly ruled out. General Dempsey said that the ground forces would likely be Special Operations commands who could call in airstrikes from the ground. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said that while he was confident in the ability of the coalition of American, European...
  • The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

    09/16/2014 6:46:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 09/16/14 | Robert Rector
    Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise. Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.
  • 46,496,145: Food Stamp Recipients Can Fill Yankee Stadium 925 Times

    09/15/2014 2:24:06 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12 Sep 14 | Ali Meyer
    In June 2014, there were 46,496,145 recipients of the food stamp program, which is enough to fill the Yankee Stadium 925 times, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Yankee Stadium is equipped to hold 50,291 persons, meaning that the 46,496,145 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in June 2014 could fill the stadium 925 times. The number of recipients was up 270,999 since the previous month in May 2014 when there were 46,225,146 individuals participating in the program. Similarly, the number of households participating in the SNAP program has increased as well from the 22,590,393 participating...
  • Food stamp recipients could fill Yankee Stadium 925 times

    09/15/2014 11:01:27 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 9/15/14 | Allen West
    Recently we reported there are 92 million Americans out of work who didn’t look for employment last month – while there were 9 million out of work who were still looking. And you must understand, since the 92 million aren’t looking, they’re not counted as “unemployed” therefore giving the impression that American unemployment is only 6.1 percent. Well, we haven’t looked at the growth of the welfare nanny-state for sometime. As we are winding down the baseball season — which is the last season for Yankee stalwart Derek Jeter — I figured we could pay tribute to the Yankees as...
  • Max De Pree has the answer to Ferguson

    09/15/2014 6:04:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Star Parker
    This is my third consecutive column about the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black youth, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. I have focused on this because the circumstances that led to this tragedy point to more than narrow, parochial concerns of low-income minority communities. They point to things fundamentally wrong in America that are dragging us all down. Hopefully, remedial measures will be adopted that will lower the likelihood that a police officer will reduce a black youth to a racial stereotype and kill him. But even with such measures, we cannot continue to ignore circumstances...