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  • 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 · 62 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-à-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, its 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...
  • Global Poverty's Defeat Is Capitalism's Triumph

    10/12/2015 7:13:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    IBD ^ | 10/12/2015 | MARIAN L. TUPY
    Despite the recent recession in the West, absolute poverty is continuing to retreat in fast-growing developing countries. The escape from poverty that was once limited to the industrialized countries of the West is also happening in "the rest." Unfortunately, many people remain unaware of the dramatic decline in global poverty, let alone the reasons for it. According to an announcement released this week by World Bank, "less than 10% of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015." The bank has "used a new income figure of $1.90 per day to define extreme poverty,...
  • The Dramatic Decline in World Poverty

    10/12/2015 4:27:48 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 31 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 10/09/2015 | MARIAN L. TUPY
    Despite the recent recession in the West, absolute poverty is continuing to retreat in fast-growing developing countries. The escape from poverty that was once limited to the industrialized countries of the West is also happening in "the rest." Unfortunately, many people remain unaware of the dramatic decline in global poverty, let alone the reasons for it. According to an announcement released this week by the World Bank, "less than 10% of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015." The bank has "used a new income figure of $1.90 per day to define extreme...
  • Sturm: The Pope and Sanders: Misguided economic missionaries

    10/08/2015 8:47:05 AM PDT · by LibertysWordsmith · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | October 8, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    If only Pope Francis were in my Buenos Aires taxi last Christmas. I could have used his moral authority (and Argentine-accented Spanish) in negotiating with a driver whod forgotten the Golden Rule. And in witnessing my struggle, the self-described very allergic to economics pontiff might have gleaned a moral lesson, helping him Think Again about the free-enterprise system hes criticized.
  • If Your Town Is Failing, Just Go: A prescription for impoverished communities

    10/06/2015 7:23:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/06/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The town where my parents grew up and where my grandparents lived no longer exists. Phillips, Texas, is a ghost town. Before that it was a company town, a more or less wholly owned subsidiary of the Phillips Petroleum Company. Phillips had already lost a great deal of its population as highway improvements sent residents off to the relative urban sophistication of Borger, and there were fewer than 2,000 people living there in 1980 when an explosion at the refinery destroyed practically all of the towns economic infrastructure, along with a fair number of houses. Phillips, Inc., in the end...
  • I get food stamps, and Im not ashamed Im angry

    10/05/2015 10:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    Vox ^ | September 16, 2015 | Christine Gilbert
    My name is Christine, and I get food stamps. I've had to apply off and on over the past 16 years in order to make sure my family was fed. I don't feel the least bit ashamed of myself for this, but apparently some people think I should. Some people think I, and people like me, am lazy. Or that we're taking advantage of other (smarter, harder-working) people. Those people seem to have an image in their heads of how someone who "deserves" assistance behaves, and a very narrow idea of how we should feel about it. Those people are...
  • World's 'extremely poor' to fall below 10 percent of global population: World Bank

    10/04/2015 6:57:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/04/2015 | BY SEBASTIEN MALO
    NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall for the first time below 10 percent of the world's population in 2015, the World Bank said on Sunday as it revised its benchmark for measuring the problem. Extreme poverty has long been defined as living on or below $1.25 a day, but the World Bank's adjustment now sets the poverty line at $1.90 a day. The Bank said the change reflects new data on differences in the cost of living across countries, while preserving the real purchasing power of the previous...
  • Pope Francis's Crusade Against Fossil Fuels Hurts The Poor Most Of All

    09/24/2015 10:00:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/24/2015 | Alex Epstein
    The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. This was Pope Franciss summary of his Encyclical earlier this year on the alleged destruction of our planet. The leading culprit, in his view, is humanitys use of fossil FOSL -1.57% fuels, which he believes are immoral and should largely be illegal. This week, the Pope will be meeting with the President, addressing a joint session of Congress, and speaking to a crowd of over a million in Philadelphia, sharing his views in the name of concern for humanity, particularly the poor. Like...
  • Pope Francis, in Washington, Addresses Poverty and Climate

    09/23/2015 12:51:50 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 23, 2015 | Peter Baker,Michael D. Shear
    WASHINGTON Pope Francis quietly but forcefully made his priorities clear during his first full day in the United States on Wednesday, urging in a pair of speeches a renewed emphasis on tackling global poverty, confronting climate change, caring for migrants and providing a welcoming church that is pastoral rather than doctrinaire.
  • No poverty, hunger in 15 years? UN sets sweeping new goals

    09/20/2015 11:16:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 21 at 12:22 AM | Steven R. Hurst | AP
    <p>The Sustainable Development Goals are set for adoption by the 193 U.N. member states shortly after Pope Francis brings his activist message to the world body on Friday a message sure to include calls to pull back from the abyss of a heating world and to spread global wealth among the neediest.</p>
  • Pope Francis Doesnt Understand How to Alleviate Poverty

    09/20/2015 1:35:55 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | September 20, 2015 | George F. Will
    Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a converts indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false, and deeply reactionary. They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak if his policy prescriptions were not as implausible as his social diagnoses are shrill.
  • Fear of debt drove Clinton's dash for cash - They went from dead broke to millionaires in months

    09/19/2015 2:18:18 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | September 18, 2015 | Annie Karni and Isabelle Taft
    What Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, pay in local property taxes on two luxury homes ($104,303) is twice the income of an average family. She earns more for a 20-minute speech to an industry trade group than a dozen fast-food workers make in a year. Her book royalties last year brought in $5 million, part of the couple's $30.5 million in income. The Clintons are far from the "dead broke" couple, as she has described, who left the White House saddled with debt after Bill Clinton's presidency. In fact, they now rank comfortably among the top one-tenth of the...
  • Poverty in the U.S. We Spend Much More Per Person on Social Welfare than Europe Does

    09/15/2015 7:55:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/15/2015 | Robert Rector
    Tomorrow, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual poverty report. Conventional wisdom holds that the U.S. has a small social-welfare system and far more poverty, compared with other affluent nations. But noted liberal scholars Irwin Garfinkel, Lee Rainwater, and Timothy Smeeding challenge such simplistic ideas in their book Wealth and Welfare States: Is America a Laggard or Leader? Garfinkel and his colleagues examine social-welfare spending and poverty in rich nations. They define social welfare as having five components: health-care spending; education spending; cash retirement benefits; other government cash transfers such as unemployment insurance and the earned-income tax credit...
  • The racial meltdown (Saturbray)

    09/12/2015 1:02:04 PM PDT · by bray · 14 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 9/12/15 | bray
    Exodus 1:11 NIV 11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. What happened to the great American melting pot? It has been drained and divided for a political agenda. The Dems have divided America into different groups and factions to fight against the unifying of America to advance their Marxist agenda. They have preached a steady diet of hatred and envy for fifty years and now the violent groups have begun a vicious open season on the fabric of society. The only way...
  • Heartbreaking pictures should not change policy

    09/06/2015 4:52:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 28 replies
    WA Today (Australia) ^ | September 6, 2015 | Fraser Nelson
    The photographs of the body of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy, vividly convey the human tragedy on Europe's borders - but not the complexity. Many are fleeing war, but many are fleeing poverty. This Great Migration was not expected because, for years, politicians believed that there would be less of it as poor countries became richer. Give aid, not shelter, ran the argument. "As the benefits of economic growth are spread in Mexico," Bill Clinton once assured Americans, "there will be less illegal immigration because more Mexicans will be able to support their children by staying home." When Jose...
  • ObamaCare Enrollees Got $235 Million In Excess Subsidies

    09/04/2015 5:13:36 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/4/2015 | John Merline
    An IRS audit released this week shows that nearly half a million ObamaCare enrollees were able to claim more than $235 million in excess subsidies that they will never have to pay back, thanks to a quirk in the law that leaves the program vulnerable to potentially billions in excess subsidy payments.
  • Number Of Americans Living On $2-A-Day Doubles

    09/01/2015 6:37:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 35 replies
    cbs news 6 ok ^ | 9-1-2015
    By one dismal measure, America is joining the likes of Third World countries. The number of U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million households and 3 million children in this desperate economic situation. That's according to "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America," a book from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that will be released on Sept. 1. The measure of poverty isn't arbitrary -- it's the threshold the World Bank uses to measure global poverty in the developed world. While it may be the...
  • Reparations? How about ~7 trillion?

    08/25/2015 5:23:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    American Thinker The Blog ^ | August 3, 2015 | Richard Butrick
    Housing, education and job training, and other anti-poverty programs have cost some $22 trillion since Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the War on Poverty (WoP) some 50 years ago. Blacks made up some 40% of those living in poverty at the start of the program and now make up some 30% though that figure may be misleading due to the increasing number of Hispanics living in poverty. In public housing alone, blacks constitute nearly 50% of the occupants. Forty-eight percent of public housing households are black compared to only 19 percent of all renter households.6 Taking income into account does not...
  • Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All

    08/17/2015 7:43:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All Msgr. Charles Pope • August 16, 2015 • There are three evangelical counsels in Christianity: poverty, chastity, and obedience. Each, of course, presents challenges, but all are rooted in a similar goal: detachment. In obedience, God gives us the grace to free ourselves from pride and willfulness. In chastity, God gives us the grace to order and moderate our sexual passions according to our state in life, thereby reducing our obsession with their energy. And in poverty, God gives us the grace to suppress our greed and...
  • 46 million Americans go to food banks, and long lines for dwindling food supplies begin at 6:30 AM

    08/16/2015 5:07:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | By Michael Snyder, on August 13th, 2015 | By Michael Snyder, on August 13th, 2015
    Those that run food banks all over America say that demand for their services just continues to explode. It always amazes me that there are still people out there that insist that an “economic collapse” is not happening. From their air-conditioned homes in their cushy suburban neighborhoods they mock the idea that the U.S. economy is crumbling. But if they would just go down and visit the local food banks in their areas, they would see how much people are hurting. According to Feeding America spokesman Ross Fraser, 46 million Americans got food from a food bank at least one...
  • Black poverty differs from white poverty

    08/14/2015 9:44:47 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 136 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12 August 2015 | Emily Badger
    The poverty that poor African Americans experience is often different from the poverty of poor whites. It's more isolating and concentrated. It extends out the door of a family's home and occupies the entire neighborhood around it, touching the streets, the schools, the grocery stores. A poor black family, in short, is much more likely than a poor white one to live in a neighborhood where many other families are poor, too, creating what sociologists call the "double burden" of poverty. The difference is stark in most major metropolitan areas, according to recent data analyzed by Rutgers University's Paul Jargowsky...
  • FOOD BANKS STRUGGLE TO MEET SURPRISING DEMAND

    08/13/2015 12:07:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    AP ^ | August 13, 2015 | Scott McFetridge
    Food banks across the country are seeing a rising demand for free groceries despite the growing economy, leading some charities to reduce the amount of food they offer each family. U.S. food banks are expected to give away about 4 billion pounds of food this year, more than double the amount provided a decade ago, according to Feeding America, the nation's primary food bank network. The group gave away 3.8 billion in 2013.
  • How California's Green Policies Create Energy Poverty

    08/11/2015 6:56:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/11/2015 | Terry Jones
    When it comes to alternative energy, no state has done more than California to discourage its citizens from using conventional energy and switching to "renewables." But the cost of these policies has been brutal for some. That's especially true for electricity, which accounts for about a quarter of all global-greenhouse emissions in the state. A new study by economist Jonathan A. Lesser, for the Center for Energy Policy and the Environment at the Manhattan Institute, finds that higher prices are having a big impact. "As a result of the state's green-energy policies, Californians' electricity bills have risen and appear likely...
  • Crushing the Poor & Middle Class with the EPA

    08/05/2015 2:51:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/5/15 | Matthew Vadum
    President Obama is surreptitiously colluding with radical anti-growth environmentalists to force ideologically driven carbon-emission controls on the energy industry that will devastate the U.S. economy, congressional investigators have discovered. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drew up rules aimed at limiting carbon emissions from power-generation plants, "key stakeholders including the American public had little to no influence over the debate while powerful environmental activist groups were given unprecedented access to and influence over administration officials," the Washington Times reported yesterday. Collusion between the EPA and the green's isn't exactly breaking news. They've been doing it for years, but...