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  • Almost half of US families can't afford basics like rent and food

    05/17/2018 9:56:10 AM PDT · by fwdude · 107 replies
    CNN ^ | May 17, 2018 | Tami Luhby
    The economy may be chugging along, but many Americans are still struggling to afford a basic middle class life. Nearly 51 million households don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released Thursday by the United Way ALICE Project. That's 43% of households in the United States.
  • 2.2 Million Fewer People on Food Stamps Under Donald Trump

    05/13/2018 2:35:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 10, 2018 | Katherine Rodriguez
    More than 2.2 million people have discontinued their participation in food stamps during President Trump’s first full year in office, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data on food stamp enrollment. The latest USDA data shows that since Trump’s first full month in office in February 2017—when food stamp enrollment was at 42,289,366— participation in the program decreased by 2,257,235 to 40,032,131. The continued decline in enrollment during Trump’s first full year is on pace with the steady decline in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation since 2013. Before then, participation in the federal welfare program swelled...
  • Responsibility to the poor: Government or Church? Part II

    05/11/2018 8:17:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/11/18 | Kevin Kookogey
    The aim to eliminate poverty, especially under sanction of law, results in all sorts of injustice, including taking from one group of people in order to give to another without the consent of either. That is not charity. It is compulsion, and God admonishes against it. (2 Corin 9:6-8) Moreover, like all social programs, the lofty goal of eradicating poverty breeds corruption among those who administer the agenda. Emotions are manipulated to loosen the purse strings of well-meaning citizens to contribute to a cause that no human could ignore. Yet very little of the money raised or taxed to address...
  • America before and after welfare handouts

    05/09/2018 7:32:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/9/2018 | Walter Williams
    Before the massive growth of our welfare state, private charity was the sole option for an individual or family facing insurmountable financial difficulties or other challenges. How do we know that? There is no history of Americans dying on the streets because they could not find food or basic medical assistance. Respecting the biblical commandment to honor thy father and mother, children took care of their elderly or infirm parents. Family members and the local church also helped those who had fallen on hard times.
  • Food Security: The Key to Thwarting Global Hunger

    05/05/2018 6:47:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2018 | Congressman Chris Smith
    Owing in large part to the generosity of the American taxpayer, worldwide starvation and chronic hunger have dropped notably. According to estimates by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the number of undernourished people in the world fell by over 100 million from 2003 to 2016. While we’re making progress in the global fight against hunger, clearly much more needs to be done. Congress enacted the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) in 2016 to help countries achieve food security, self-sufficiency, and, ultimately, political stability. Joined by Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-MN), I recently introduced the bill to reauthorize the GFSA...
  • ‘I can’t afford an apartment’: Congressmen sleeping in offices cry poverty

    05/02/2018 9:04:00 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 131 replies
    nypost ^ | 05/01/2018 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON — These Congress members are sleeping on the job — and defending their right to do it. Crying poverty amid decade-long stagnant salaries and Washington’s steep cost of living, an increasing number of House lawmakers have turned into professional squatters at night, hitting the sack in their Capitol Hill offices — on everything from cots in closets to futons stashed behind constituent couches — to save a few bucks during the work week. “Washington is too expensive,” said Rep. Dan Donovan (R-SI), who credits the cot that he sleeps on in a tiny alcove in his office as the...
  • HUD Floats a Plan Intended to Reduce Reliance on Housing Assistance

    04/26/2018 6:59:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 25, 2018 | GLENN THRUSH
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has proposed legislation that could triple rents on the poorest tenants in federally subsidized housing as part of a push to redefine housing assistance as a temporary benefit instead of the permanent source of shelter it has become for millions of poor people. The legislation, spurred by Mr. Trump’s conservative budget director, Mick Mulvaney, and drafted by aides to Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, would also allow local governments to impose work requirements on tenants in public housing deemed fit for work. The plan would also increase rents for elderly and...
  • Trump's vitally important anti-poverty initiative

    04/18/2018 2:47:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    StarParker.com ^ | April 17, 2018 | Star Parker
    It takes a lot of courage for a president to target almost a quarter of the federal budget for reform in an election year. But this is exactly what President Trump is doing with his executive order, "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility." We're now spending more than $700 billion per year on low-income assistance, which is more than we are spending on our national defense. And there are plenty of reasons to believe this spending is inefficient, wasteful and counterproductive. Over the last half-century, some $22 trillion has been spent on anti-poverty programs and yet...
  • Executive Order Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility

    04/10/2018 9:54:15 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    www.whitehouse.gov/ ^ | 4/10/2018 | white house
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to promote economic mobility, strong social networks, and accountability to American taxpayers, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The United States and its Constitution were founded on the principles of freedom and equal opportunity for all. To ensure that all Americans would be able to realize the benefits of those principles, especially during hard times, the Government established programs to help families with basic unmet needs. Unfortunately, many of the programs designed to help families have...
  • Black Political Power Means Zilch

    04/11/2018 8:50:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    It's often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That's an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis.Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. Plus, a black man was elected to the presidency twice. Jason Riley, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, tells how this surge in political power has had little beneficial impact on the black community.In a PragerU video, "Blacks in Power Don't Empower Blacks," Riley says the conventional wisdom was based on the...
  • What If The Media Covered The War On Poverty Like It Did Vietnam?

    04/05/2018 12:09:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/04/2018 | Daniel Lee
    Imagine if the ambiguous result in our long struggle to end poverty—like the Vietnam War, an effort in which the goal posts always seem to be moving—was shown to be as ineffective. Fifty years ago, American Marines were wrapping up their bloody battle to retake the historic Vietnamese capital of Hue, occupied by communist forces in the Tet Offensive weeks before.Graphic images from the struggle went on display in January at the Newseum, in Washington DC, in an exhibit titled, “The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War.” The title of the exhibit, which runs through July...
  • Death in Wilmington

    03/30/2018 10:16:24 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Outline ^ | Mar—29—2018 | Paul Blest
    -snip- Today, the area is still largely divided by race, not by law but through decades of white flight. New Castle County, which includes Wilmington and its suburbs (many of which are unincorporated communities), is nearly two-thirds white; the city of Wilmington, on the other hand, was 58 percent black as of the 2010 census. The difference in how children in both of these populations grow up is drastic: in New Castle County, the child poverty rate as of 2016 was 15 percent; in Wilmington, it was more than double that, at 35 percent. A 2017 report by a state...
  • Do 5 Million Americans Really Live in Third World Poverty?

    03/30/2018 6:54:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/29/2018 | By ROBERT RECTOR & JAMIE BRYAN HALL
    The claim that they do is based on a failure to account for all sources of income. Nobel Prize–winning economist Angus Deaton recently published an op-ed in the New York Times titled “The U.S. Can No Longer Hide from Its Deep Poverty Problem.” Deaton asserted that 5.3 million Americans (or 1.7 percent of the population) live on less than $4 per day and “are as destitute as the world’s poorest people. . . . [Their] suffering, through material poverty and poor health, is as bad [as] or worse than that of the people in Africa or in Asia.”But measurements of...
  • Single Parenthood and Poverty, the Undeniable Connection

    03/19/2018 9:14:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/19/2018 | Robert Samuelson
    Anyone who has raised children knows that it's a messy, trial-and-error process, with an emphasis on "error." It's hard enough to do well with two parents, a reasonably stable and sane marriage and a reliable income. When there's only one parent with a meager income, the burdens mount and feed on themselves. That's one reason why the growth of single-parent households is rightly regarded as one cause of poverty. Or so I thought. Naturally, I was shocked recently to read in The New York Times — with all the Times' authority — an opinion essay headlined, "Single Mothers Are Not...
  • World's Happiest Country Also Has No Carbon Emissions [Bhutan]

    03/15/2018 12:02:05 PM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 14, 2018 | Sarah Gibbens
    Bhutan is small, about the size of Switzerland, and similarly mountainous—though more geographically remote. To the south, Bhutan is landlocked by India, and to the North, it's buffered by the mighty Himalaya. Before 1974, Bhutan was completely closed off to tourists and most outsiders, and even now, only a few fee-paying visitors are allowed in at a time. The small mountain kingdom is home to a thriving, ancient culture, as well as stunning natural beauty. What many believe is the world's highest unclimbed peak, Gangkhar Puensum, soars nearly 25,000 feet into the clouds. Without a sizeable wallet, or an outsized...
  • 42% of Americans are at risk of retiring broke

    03/06/2018 8:30:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 129 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 6, 2018 | Jessica Dicker
    At this rate, retirement is more of a fantasy than a reality for many people in this country. About 42 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for when they retire, according to a study by GoBankingRates released Tuesday.
  • Guv Disputes "Worst Quality of Life" Finding [semi-satire]

    03/02/2018 10:51:33 PM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 March 2018 | John Semmens
    This week, a report published by U.S. News on the quality of life in the United States ranked the State of California dead last—behind even the renowned "arm pit" State of New Jersey. "High rents, high taxes, and insufferable inhabitants" were cited as key low points contributing to California's last place finish. "In many of the cities even cramped and dumpy apartments can cost thousands per month in rent," the report commented. "It should be no surprise that homelessness in Los Angeles County has increased by 75% over the last six years. What is surprising is that public defecation has...
  • Liberals outraged: Trump wants to replace food stamps — with food!

    02/15/2018 11:15:25 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 181 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-13-18 | Joseph Curl
    In his big budget proposal Monday, President Trump offered a novel idea: Instead of giving needy people stamps they can redeem for food, why not just give them actual food? As you might guess, liberals were enraged by the notion. How dare Mr. Trump try to take food stamps away from hungry people and give them — of all things — food? Here’s how the liberal HuffPost saw it: “Facing a trillion-dollar deficit because of his just-passed tax cuts, President Donald Trump has an idea for how to get some of that money back: making poor people eat beans and...
  • California Dreaming [semi-satire]

    02/12/2018 1:00:54 PM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Feb 2018 | John Semmens
    The formerly bankrupt City of Stockton, California is planning to implement a basic universal income scheme that would pay out $6,000 per year to select low-income households. The scheme is the brainchild of Mayor Michael Tubbs who hopes “to demonstrate that providing people with money they may spend in anyway they choose will inspire imitation across the land. The first phase of the plan is to choose 100 families that will receive $500 per month for 18 months and see what happens.” Renowned economist Thomas Sowell criticized Tubbs’ idea contending that “if you give people something for nothing it will...
  • Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    02/01/2018 9:40:07 AM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | September 5, 2012 | Robert Rector
    Abstract: Child poverty is an ongoing national concern, but few are aware that its principal cause is the absence of married fathers in the home. Marriage remains America’s strongest anti-poverty weapon, yet it continues to decline. As husbands disappear from the home, poverty and welfare dependence will increase, and children and parents will suffer as a result. Since marital decline drives up child poverty and welfare dependence, and since the poor aspire to healthy marriage but lack the norms, understanding, and skills to achieve it, it is reasonable for government to take active steps to strengthen marriage. Just as government...