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  • How socialist governments deal with unemployment: GENOCIDE

    07/12/2016 6:59:51 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball and Reuban Ben Abraham
    One of the biggest arguments made by liberals in favor of socialist government is the lack of unemployment. Unemployment levels according to liberals was zero in the USSR under Stalin and in Germany under Hitler. You would think, "Gosh! All I have to do is give up my constitutional liberties and let the state take care of me and my problems are over!" But not so fast! It never occurred to supporters of socialism just how they were able to do it! They didn't do it by giving everyone a job that paid. They did it through the enslavement and/or...
  • Democrats Run Every Major City Which Is a Poverty Center, Here’s The Problem

    07/09/2016 8:06:47 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 29 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 07-09-2016 | Pete DiDonato
    Every major city in America which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats and has been under Democratic party control for a very long time. If those communities want to reverse their fortunes it’s time to stop voting for Democrats.
  • A staggering percentage of Americans are too poor to shop

    07/08/2016 8:29:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 207 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-6-16 | Lisa Fickenscher
    Retailers have blamed the weather, slow job growth and millennials for their poor results this past year, but a new study claims that more than 20 percent of Americans are simply too poor to shop. These 26 million Americans are juggling two to three jobs, earning just around $27,000 a year and supporting two to four children — and exist largely under the radar, according to America’s Research Group, which has been tracking consumer shopping trends since 1979.
  • IMF warns the US over high poverty

    06/24/2016 7:12:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22 June 2016
    The US has been warned about its high poverty rate in the International Monetary Fund's annual assessment of the economy. The fund said about one in seven people were living in poverty and that it needed to be tackled urgently. It recommended raising the minimum wage and offering paid maternity leave to women to encourage them to work. The report also cut the country's growth forecast for 2016 to 2.2% from a previous prediction of 2.4%. Slower global growth and weaker consumer spending were blamed.
  • IMF warns the US over high poverty

    06/22/2016 3:48:05 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 47 replies
    BBC news ^ | June 22th 2016 | BBC news
    The US has been warned about its high poverty rate in the International Monetary Fund's annual assessment of the economy. The fund said about one in seven people were living in poverty and that it needed to be tackled urgently. It recommended raising the minimum wage and offering paid maternity leave to women to encourage them to work.
  • Trump Challenges Hillary: Stop Your Support for Refugee Program, Give the Money to Inner City Kids

    06/11/2016 4:55:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 10, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Donald Trump is calling on Hillary Clinton “to replace her support for increased refugee admissions… with a new job program for our inner cities.” Clinton “wants a 500% increase in Syrian refugees to come into our country,” Trump said at Friday’s Faith and Freedom Summit. Clinton’s plan to resettle 65,000 Syrian migrants would cost U.S. taxpayers over $42 billion over the course of the migrants’ lifetimes, based on projections from Heritage Foundation scholar Robert Rector. Trump said that rather than using taxpayer funds to import foreign migrants from terror-prone regions, Clinton should instead use the funds to help struggling Americans...
  • Average Family Today Has Less Income Than When Obama Took Office(?)

    06/11/2016 9:42:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 6/10/2016 | Daniel Mitchell
    What’s the most important economic statistic to gauge a society’s prosperity? I often use per-capita economic output when comparing nations. But for ordinary people, what probably matters most is household income. And if you look at the median household income numbers for the United States, Obamanomics is a failure. According to the Census Bureau’s latest numbers, the average family today has less income (after adjusting for inflation) than when Obama took office. In an amazing feat of chutzpah, however, the President is actually arguing that he’s done a good job with the economy. His main talking point is that the...
  • 'The Great White Hope'

    05/27/2016 5:33:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    "Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group have been rising, not falling." The big new killers of middle-aged white folks? Alcoholic liver disease, overdoses of heroin and opioids, and suicides. So wrote Gina Kolata in The New York Times of a stunning study by the husband-wife team of Nobel laureate Angus Deaton and Anne Case. Deaton could cite but one parallel to this social disaster: "Only H.I.V./AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this." Middle-aged whites are four times as...
  • Pope Francis Betrays Christianity By Romanticizing Poverty

    05/16/2016 7:25:41 AM PDT · by detective · 141 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 16, 2016 | Maureen Mullarkey
    Writing in Forbes last year, Steve Moore, a Catholic, asked: “What is the theological case for telling those in the poorest villages of the planet where people still live at subsistence levels, that they have a moral obligation to save the planet by staying poor and using less fossil fuels, less energy and electricity?” Three months later, Vatican Radio ran the telltale headline: “Pope: Christians Should Kneel Before the Poor.” The article cited Pope Francis’ assertion that “poverty is the great teaching” Jesus gave us, and that “the poor are not a burden but a resource.” He capped his homily...
  • How socialism turned oil-rich Venezuela into a basket case

    05/08/2016 7:52:01 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 28 replies
    National Post ^ | 6 May, 2016 | Kelly McParland
    Life isn’t much fun these days in the world’s socialist paradise. If you had to choose a country you didn’t want to live in, Venezuela would be near the top of the list. Corrupt, dysfunctional, bankrupt, crime-ridden, drug-infested, short of practically every basic commodity, it can’t keep the lights on, keep the government running or brew its own beer. Last weekend six army officers were arrested for stealing goats from a farm because they were hungry. Venezuela has become the basket case of the western hemisphere, a case study on how not to run a country and a living example...
  • How The Liberal Welfare State Destroyed Black America

    05/05/2016 3:35:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 58 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 5, 2016 | John Perazzo
    How The Liberal Welfare State Destroyed Black America What Democrat voters and political leaders refuse to believe. May 5, 2016 John Perazzo    When President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 launched the so-called War on Poverty, which enacted an unprecedented amount of antipoverty legislation and added many new layers to the American welfare state, he explained that his objective was to reduce dependency, “break the cycle of poverty,” and make “taxpayers out of tax eaters.” Johnson further claimed that his programs would bring to an end the “conditions that breed despair and violence,” those being “ignorance, discrimination, slums, poverty, disease, not enough...
  • Les Miserables Redux: Italian court rules that stealing food if you're poor and hungry not a crime

    05/04/2016 8:27:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2016 | Rick Moran
    This is an interesting ruling, especially the justification used by the Italian high court to throw out the conviction of a homeless man who stole about $7 worth of food from a grocery store. BBC: Judges overturned a theft conviction against Roman Ostriakov after he stole cheese and sausages worth €4.07 (£3; $4.50) from a supermarket. Mr Ostriakov, a homeless man of Ukrainian background, had taken the food "in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment", the court of cassation decided. Therefore it was not a crime, it said. A fellow customer informed the store's security...
  • ‘Poverty is a death sentence,’ Sanders declares during Baltimore stop

    05/02/2016 6:31:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 23, 2016 | John Wagner
    BALTIMORE — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders used a campaign stop Saturday in this economically challenged city to decry the difference between the life expectancies of the nation’s rich and poor, declaring that “poverty is a death sentence.” “If you are born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood, your life expectancy is almost 20 years shorter than if you’re born in its wealthiest neighborhood,” the senator from Vermont said, adding that “15 neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them have a higher infant mortality rate than Palestine's West Bank.” Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, promised an...
  • Former Islamist: Ideology and Theology, Not Grievances or Poverty, Produce Radicalization

    04/27/2016 5:19:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 27, 2016 | 4:10 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Religion does not necessarily play a role in radicalization of Muslims, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday night, citing political repression and denial of rights as relevant factors, along with the lure of “regular meals [and] companionship.” In a speech at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Kerry acknowledged that “you don’t have to be poor or repressed or receive special training” to become a recruit of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL/DAESH). “You don’t even have to be religious,” he added, citing as an example a reported case of two young...
  • Pat Caddell: When Trump Finds Out Kasich Voted for NAFTA, Kasich Will Lose Ohio

    03/11/2016 9:34:16 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 69 replies
    Teaparty.org ^ | 3/11/16
    Breitbart) – Veteran pollster Pat Caddell warns that Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s vote for the North American Free Trade Agreement during his tenure in Congress could cost him both his approval rating as governor and the critical state primary. “I believe — I haven’t gone back and looked — but I think he was in Congress in ’93 and if so, I’d bet you he voted for NAFTA. How much do you want to bet? Somebody ought to look that one up. That’s the real point this morning that could change the election in Ohio,” he told Breitbart News executive...
  • Inequality in Michigan: Not As Bad As You Think

    03/08/2016 12:54:11 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/4/2016 | John O'Trakoun
    Economic inequality continues to be a persistent theme in both national and state politics and is a hot topic of academic studies. As the 2016 presidential campaign moves into the primary season, crusaders against economic inequality will likely grow even more vocal, with presidential candidates making it a key part of their platforms. While a lot of this discussion will happen at the national level, Michigan policymakers will undoubtedly use this popular issue to push their preferred policy recommendations, such as boosting the minimum wage, hiking income taxes, increasing aid to public universities and many others. When economic inequality is...
  • Bernie Sanders: Whites don't know what it's like to be poor

    03/07/2016 7:13:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/07/2016 | Rick Moran
    Bernie Sanders, the Senator representing the socialist paradise of Vermont, has apparently never seen a poor white person. This is understandable since about 1% of the state's population is black. But Sanders considers himself an expert on the racial divide in poverty. And at last night's debate with Hillary Clinton, the Senator expounded on his theories of race and poverty. Daily Caller: During the CNN Democratic debate Thursday night Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed that if someone was white they don’t know what it’s like to be poor or live in a ghetto. “When you’re white you don’t know what...
  • Bernie Sanders believes white people don't understand what it's like to be poor

    03/07/2016 4:07:56 AM PST · by Marcus · 69 replies
    Blasting News ^ | March 7, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    The best that can be said about Sunday night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is that it was more decorous than the Republican one the previous Thursday. Nothing about anatomy came up. However, things said during the debate were actually more frightening. An example occurred when Bernie Sanders, the venerable socialist from Vermont, said, "When you are white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor.”
  • Sanders' Remark on 'Ghetto' Causes a Stir

    03/06/2016 10:17:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Newser ^ | March 6, 2016 | The Editors
    It seems the line from Sunday night's debate causing the biggest amount of buzz on social media came from Bernie Sanders when talking about race in America. After Hillary Clinton said that she, as a white person, has "never had the experience" of so many African-Americans in regard to discrimination, Sanders tried to amplify the point: • "When you are white, you don't know what it's like to be living in a ghetto, you don't know what it's like to be poor, you don't know what it's like to be hassled when you are walking down a street or dragged...
  • Poverty Induced by Socialism Is Hard to Shake

    03/01/2016 10:31:05 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/01/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    ROMANIA: Overturning the disaster of socialism is a daily battle. Socialism will eventually die with the older people who grew up under the mentality of socialist dependency To say that poverty induced by socialist dictatorships is hard to shake would be an understatement. Ask Cubans and now Venezuelans what is like to live in workers’ paradise that Fidel forced upon his people while he stashed away billions he has stolen with his cronies. The socialist dictator Hugo Chavez left behind billions in personal bank accounts while Venezuelans struggle to survive under his socialist successor Maduro, who mismanaged the economy just...
  • Climate Alarmists Unnecessarily Condemn Poor to Continuing Energy Poverty

    02/20/2016 6:37:45 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 2/19/2016 | David Kreutzer
    Poverty and energy poverty go hand in hand. It is estimated that three billion people [1] still rely on solid fuel (firewood, cornstalks, etc.) for cooking, which, according to the World Health Organization, causes four million deaths per year from the indoor air pollution. But instead of promoting electricity generation that would take the pollution out of the house altogether, there is a push by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves [2] to merely reduce the amount of solid fuel burned inside theses poor houses. Their goal is to replace 100 million stoves that burn "firewood; agricultural waste, including corn...
  • Poverty Pimps and White Guilt: Dividing "American" and "Black" History

    02/16/2016 6:27:01 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 3 replies
    Right Side News ^ | February 16, 2016 | Craig Johnnson
    Craig Johnson | Virginia Free CitizenLast Monday, my good friend, Don Blake, asked me to participate in a local television interview with him about a racial video, entitled “Structural Discrimination,” which upset his granddaughter and other students at Glen Allen High School. Having handled hot topics in talk radio for years, I was happy to oblige, and you can view it here: NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side After providing additional commentary on Fox News, (see clip http://video.foxnews.com/v/4752034287001), the story gained national attention, and the video is now a worldwide viral sensation, which has been discussed...
  • Sad & Maddening Results of African American Child Abuse & Neglect!!!

    02/11/2016 9:09:37 PM PST · by AveryJarhman · 21 replies
    KAKE News ^ | Aug 14, 2015 | KAKE News
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8dzkygDKDU http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article45444474.html http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Derby-store-shooting-321395561.html Julie Dombo - James Michael Phillips http://i.imgur.com/5vCo32L.png Sadly, I believe a seriously emotionally damaged James Michael Phillips is a victim of America's expanding and shameful *National Epidemic of Child Abuse and Neglect,* aka *Poverty*, that for decades has deprived untold numbers of emotionally abused and neglected young developing children from experiencing and enjoying a safe, fairly happy American kid childhood. Depraved acts of violence as well as other 'people and community' harming anti-social behaviors often occur when emotionally or physically abused and neglected developing young children mature into depressed, frustrated, sometimes suicidal *(NY Times May 18, 2015...
  • Famed Voting Rights/Anti-Poverty Activist Fannie Lou Hamer Called Abortion "Genocide"

    02/09/2016 7:33:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2017 | Ryan Bomberger
    Black History Month should be a time of celebration of achievements and honest reflection on the impediments to freedom for all. Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer is one of many who broke through the generational shackles of poverty to live a life devoted to helping free others from the same bondage. Hamer was born into poverty in 1917 (the youngest of 20 children), which according to Planned Parenthood's philosophy, was a circumstance worthy of eliminating her. Since the age of 6, she worked in the cotton fields with her sharecropping family and was forced to leave school at the...
  • The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness

    02/08/2016 4:08:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 8, 2016 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Black poverty is fundamentally distinct from white poverty--and so cannot be addressed without grappling with racism. There have been a number of useful entries in the weeks since Senator Bernie Sanders declared himself against reparations. Perhaps the most clarifying comes from Cedric Johnson in a piece entitled, "An Open Letter To Ta-Nehisi Coates And The Liberals Who Love Him." Johnson's essay offers those of us interested in the problem of white supremacy and the question of economic class the chance to tease out how, and where, these two problems intersect. In Johnson's rendition, racism, in and of itself, holds limited...
  • How Trump is forcing Republicans to rethink poverty

    01/25/2016 8:33:48 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 46 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1/24/2016 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    The Trump phenomenon is driven in large part by working-class voters under economic strain. Republicans are increasingly talking about antipoverty programs as a way to help lift some up. Well before Donald Trump ever became a political phenomenon, Rep. Paul Ryan told his fellow Republicans that poverty should be a Republican issue. Now, the Trump rebellion is beginning to make his case for him. The overarching message of the Trump campaign isn't directed at the usual targets of federal poverty programs, such as isolated pockets of extreme poverty in Appalachia or the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. It targets people...
  • Black Pastor: Though African-Americans are 12.6% of the Population, 30% of Aborted Babies are Black

    01/19/2016 3:00:57 PM PST · by kathsua · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | Jan 18, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A prominent African American pastor in Chicago issued a strong cry against abortion in the bitter cold on Sunday during the March for Life Chicago. As the temperature neared zero degrees, the Rev. Corey Brooks, pastor of the New Beginnings Church of Chicago on the South Side, urged more than 5,000 pro-lifers in attendance to take a stand against abortion, especially in the black community. He pointed out that abortion kills more black Americans than any other cause. The Chicago Sun-Times reports more about Brooks’ remarks: “No longer will we stand on the sideline and let these abortions happen in...
  • Economic Decline 'Fiction'? Tell That To The Urban Poor

    01/15/2016 7:09:57 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/15/2016 | John Merline
    President Obama's upbeat assessment of the economy is not likely to sit well with low-income families living in major urban or metro areas. For them, economic decline is a harsh reality, not "fiction."
  • Political Poison - How many Flints until we learn our lesson?

    01/15/2016 2:48:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 15, 2016 | Kevin D. WIlliamson
    The city, in an attempt to save money, planned to stop buying water from Detroit and sign up with a regional water system; in the interim, it was getting its municipal water from the Flint River, which is as much a garbage dump as it is a body of water. Residents complained that the water smells of chemicals, that it isn't the right color, etc. Children's lead levels are dangerously high, and an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease may also be linked to city water. The city knew about this, and did approximately nothing in response until the problem was well...
  • Fractured Families & Academia

    01/11/2016 8:19:23 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 8, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    That intact families are more economically solvent than fractured ones has long been observed outside of academe. Arguably, as with many other policy questions, on this one as well, academics tend to be the last to notice. The Fall 2015 issue of The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy features an article by Glenn T. Stanton on "Family Formation and Poverty: A History of Academic Inquiry and Its Major Findings." Stanton is the director of Global Family Formation at Focus on the Family. His 20-page treatise takes us through half a century of seminal research on families and...
  • GOP Presidential Candidates can Start a Second War on Poverty

    01/05/2016 11:47:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2016 | Vann Ellison
    Republican Presidential candidates will have an opportunity to show voters an alternative to the half-century War on Poverty at a policy forum January 9 that recalls a legendary public servant who empowered individuals over the welfare state. Jack Kemp, former Cabinet Secretary, Congressman and Buffalo Bills quarterback, left a void in conservatives' ability to connect with people on both an emotional and practical level about the plight of the homeless, the addicted and the unemployed. Fortunately, the Jack Kemp Foundation, which is hosting the "expanding opportunity" forum in the key primary state of South Carolina, has preserved official correspondence and...
  • A higher minimum wage doesn't reduce poverty, says ... the federal government

    01/01/2016 7:00:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/31/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We reach the end of the year with yet another tale of crazy, one percenter wingnuts trying to claim that jacking up the minimum wage won’t do much to alleviate the issues facing the poorest Americans who the Democrats are seeking to help. This time the hateful claims are coming from… a study published by the federal government. Increasing the minimum wage is an inefficient way to reduce poverty, according to a Fed research paper that comes amid a national clamor to hike pay for workers at the low end of the salary scale.David Neumark, visiting scholar at the...
  • Obamacare Is Sucking Up To 10% Of Americans' Incomes

    12/28/2015 8:12:15 AM PST · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 28 December 2015 | Tyler Durden
    The latest dilemma facing economists is why "unequivocally good" low oil prices haven't sparked excuberant consumer spending across America. We have discussed the simple (though awkward for the establishment) answer many times - soaring costs for 'shelter' and healthcare have hoovered up every penny saved (and more); and now, a new study proves it- exposing the reality that many Obamacare customers pay more than 10 percent of their incomes toward coverage (and some paying considerably more). The shocking findings show that, as CNBC summarizes, One in 10 Obamacare customers who earn between just two and five times the federal poverty...
  • Scholars Shine New Light on Old Truths for Fighting Poverty

    12/09/2015 11:39:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2015 | Star Parker
    Two of the oldest and most venerated public policy institutes in Washington, D.C., the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution, have produced a new joint report dealing with the issue of fighting poverty in America. The report, "Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream," is noteworthy for a number of reasons. One is that it reflects a consensus view between long established Washington institutions representing opposite sides of the political spectrum, with AEI being right of center and the Brooking Institution left of center. But also noteworthy is the nature of...
  • Wife in California massacre visited terrorist haven in Pakistan [Layyah area]

    12/05/2015 7:03:33 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune Review ^ | December 5, 2015 | Ishtiaq Ahmed
    ISLAMABAD - Tashfeen Malik - who the FBI says pledged allegiance on Facebook to the Islamic State before helping her husband kill 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. - was born in Saudi Arabia to a middle-class Pakistani family mainly associated with agriculture or private businesses. Her father, Gulzak Malik, previously lived in the Karor Lal Esan locality of District Layyah in Pakistan's tumultuous Southern Punjab province. Tashfeen Malik, 27 years old when she was killed Wednesday in a rented SUV in a shootout with law enforcement, went to that province several years ago to study pharmacy in Multan city...
  • Is Liberalism Good for Poor People?

    12/05/2015 5:24:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    When is the last time you heard Hillary Clinton talk about poverty? How about Barack Obama? Or Bernie Sanders? Granted, they use the word "middle class" a lot. But when is the last time you heard them talk about what they want to do for the "poor"? I can't remember. Take housing. On any given day about 565,000 people in the United States are homeless. That problem isn't going away any time soon. In fact, at the current rate of progress it will take 40 years before the homeless disappear from our shelters and streets. I don't recall any Democratic...
  • Red Francis: World Is “Near Suicide” on Climate Change – West Is to Blame for African Poverty

    12/01/2015 10:06:55 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 78 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 30, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Socialist Pope Francis announced today that the world is “near suicide” if no climate change deal is reached this week in Paris. The freewheeling Argentinian also blamed the West for African poverty. 75 million Africans were paid bribes in the last year. – which had nothing to do with the West.
  • A shocking number of Americans don't have a toilet

    11/24/2015 2:37:43 PM PST · by Angels27 · 90 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/24/15 | Brian Patrick Byrne
    Did you celebrate World Toilet Day? The recent holiday is a good reminder to rejoice as you read this article on your phone, maybe even while sitting comfortably on a modern, porcelain toilet, which flushes with water so crystalline clean you could, in hard times, drink it without too much fear of dying. (We do not recommend doing that, by the way.) Going to the toilet wasn't always such a pleasant, risk-free experience for everyone, and even today, many people in America still go without proper sanitation. As recently as 1990, the rural stereotype of dropping trou in a shack...
  • Why immigration isn't the answer -- World Poverty, immigration, and gumboils. (Video)

    11/22/2015 5:55:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    FaceBook ^ | by Roy Beck
    This is by far the best thing I have ever seen on the issue of immigration. Numbers and immigration.
  • Liberals Push U.S. Bishops to Change Focus in Voting Guidelines [USCCB resists... for now]

    11/18/2015 7:10:07 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov. 17, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    In a full-court press, liberal Catholic media are trying to push the U.S. bishops to amend their election guidelines to focus more on care for the poor and immigration than issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and religious liberty. The U.S. Bishops are meeting now in Baltimore, and for the moment seem determined to stay the course, insisting especially on issues such as religious liberty and man-woman marriage. The Bishops' election guide , called "Faithful Citizenship, " ... suggests the relative importance of certain issues vis-Ă -vis others. The first two "serious moral questions" in the Bishops' guide are abortion and...
  • Carbon Doesn't Kill — Poverty Does

    11/17/2015 6:51:53 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    investors.com ^ | 11/16/2015 | DR. JANE ORIENT
    'First, do no harm" is a guiding principle for physicians, warning against interventions that would make a patient's life worse. Regulatory agencies should follow it too, as they can harm millions of patients. The Obama administration's final "Clean Power Plan" is a prime example. Finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in August, the regulation requires states to sharply reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, closing low-cost power plants and replacing them with more expensive sources. While President Obama touts the supposed health benefits, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently admitted that "low-income minority communities would be hardest hit" by the regulation.
  • The Left Cherry-Picks Poverty Data to Make America Look as Dickensian as Possible

    11/16/2015 6:44:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/16/2015 | By Michael J. Petrilli & Brandon L. Wright
    As a general rule, when scholars call your work "garbage" and "nonsensical," either you've struck a nerve or made a horrible blunder. When it comes to a Vox attack on our recent National Review Online article, "America's Unexceptional Poverty Rate," we think it's more the former than the latter. Nonetheless, we appreciate the critique from Vox's Dylan Matthews, as it raises important and reasonable questions, both about our methodology and about the larger social policies issues at stake. Let's tackle the methods first. What we attempted to do in our Education Next article, "America's Mediocre Test Scores," and in...
  • The Bible Speaks On Welfare

    11/15/2015 7:17:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Since 1964 the United States Governments (Federal and State) have transferred over five trillion dollars from the middle class and the rich to the poor. Are the poor better off today or have they become more enslaved and dependent on government? How much is five trillion dollars? A billion dollars is one thousand million dollars. A trillion dollars is one thousand billion dollars, thus five trillion dollars is five thousand billion dollars. That amount is inconceivable to the human mind. That is how much government has taken from the middle and rich class and transferred it to the poor. This...
  • The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/08/2015 6:49:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The Paradox of Poverty -- A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 7, 2015 • The first reading in today's Mass, from 1st Kings, speaks to us of the paradox of poverty. And the paradox is this: it is often our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. It is our emptiness that provides room for God to go to work.Yes, in our riches we have "too much to lose." To the rich and worldly minded, the Gospel seems too demanding. But...
  • Billionaire Says Socialism Needed to Stem Climate Disaster [semi-satire]

    11/07/2015 4:13:36 PM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    Microsoft multi-billionaire Bill Gates averred that freedom and democracy will need to be sacrificed if we are to avert climate disaster. "Left to their own devices, common people don’t see the need for action to prevent global warming," Gates lamented. "They are too prone to place having a job, food on the table, and a comfortable home ahead of working against global warming." Gates advised "a top down imposition of socialism to overcome individual resistance to the measures deemed essential for taming runaway climate change. Only socialism can stifle prosperity sufficiently to achieve the reductions in human activities that contribute...
  • 21 Shocking Facts About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America

    11/03/2015 10:29:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 56 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 11/3/15 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,What you are about to see is more evidence that the growth of poverty in the United States is wildly out of control.  It turns out that there is a tremendous amount of suffering in “the wealthiest nation on the planet”, and it is getting worse with each passing year.  During this election season, politicians of all stripes are running around telling all of us how great we are, but is that really true? As you will see below, poverty is reaching unprecedented levels in this country, and the middle class is...
  • America’s Unexceptional Poverty Rate

    11/03/2015 3:49:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/03/2015 | by MICHAEL J. PETRILLI & BRANDON L. WRIGHT
    Bernie Sanders often claims that America has the highest child-poverty rate of any advanced democracy in the world. He uses this fact to justify his call for a European-style social-welfare state. But what if it’s simply not true? In a new article for the journal Education Next, we demonstrate that when cross-national poverty rates are calculated appropriately, it becomes clear that America is rather unexceptional, at least on this score. We have a significantly lower proportion of children living in poverty than Ireland and the United Kingdom, and about the same as Germany and even Finland. How can that...
  • America's longest and most expensive war: A New War on Poverty [Jeremiah 17]

    10/26/2015 7:08:34 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 01/08/2014 | Michael D. Tanner
    Examples of the failures of government, large and small, are pretty easy to come by. Solyndra, the Iraq War, the response to Hurricane Katrina, Obamcare: Take your pick. But in terms of both wasted money and human suffering, it’s hard to find a more egregious government failure than the War on Poverty. It was 50 years ago today that Lyndon Johnson announced, as the centerpiece of his first State of the Union address, an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” No one could deny that poverty was a serious problem at the time. Roughly 19 percent of Americans were poor,...
  • The Poor in the US Are Richer than the Middle Class in Much of Europe

    10/18/2015 2:44:21 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 35 replies
    Mises Wire ^ | October 16, 2015 | Ryan McMaken
    In this week's debate, Bernie Sanders claimed that the United States has the highest rate of childhood poverty. CBS reports that Sanders said: "We should not be the country that has the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country and more wealth and income inequality than any other country," As even CBS notes, according to UNICEF, which is probably the source of Sanders's factoid, the US has lower childhood poverty rates than Greece, Spain, Mexico, Latvia, and Israel, all of which are OECD countries or regarded as peer countries. The US rate (32.2 percent) is also more or...
  • Wealth, Poverty and Politics

    10/14/2015 8:03:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Dr. Thomas Sowell, my colleague and friend, told me several years ago that he wasn't going to write any more books, but that was two books ago, and now he has just published his 45th. The man writes with both hands, as can be seen from his website (http://tsowell.com), which lists his 45 books, 19 journal articles, 71 essays in periodicals and books, 34 book reviews, and occasional columns written in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Star, Newsweek, The Times (Britain) et al. Plus, he writes a semiweekly...