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  • Haven't We Struggled and Suffered Enough?

    04/11/2014 11:38:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The news is filled with bleak reports that continue to cast a pall of gloom over many Americans who say life for them is a daily struggle. Two deeply troubling stories appearing in the papers this week were typical of the growing problems that afflict so many Americans in a still very weak, job-deficient, low-paying economy. A front page story in The Washington Post under the headline, "A choice between buying books and eating," reports that "more college students are going hungry." "The number of food pantries on college campuses has increased rapidly in the past six years...
  • Liberal foolishness on welfare is nothing new, even the founding fathers knew it...

    04/09/2014 11:58:13 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-9-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Liberals think their desire to have unfettered proliferation of social welfare makes them the charitable ones. Imagine my surprise to see that even the founding fathers had to combat this sort of foolishness.
  • Why Doesn't China Have Famines Anymore? Two explanations for end of 2,000 years of starvation

    04/08/2014 7:43:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Slate ^ | April 2, 2014 | Brian Palmer
    Essayist Gerald Early said that the history of the United States will one day be reduced to the Constitution, jazz, and baseball. If someone had made the same summary of Chinese history 30 years ago, the trio would likely have been the Great Wall, Maoism, and famine. Over the past 2,000 years, China has suffered almost one famine per year. Severe drought killed as many as 13 million Chinese in the two-year famine beginning in 1876. The 1927 famine killed as many as 6 million. There were significant famines in 1929, 1939, and 1942. The Great Famine, which began in...
  • The Poverty Hoax: Cases of Destitution in America are the Exception.

    04/08/2014 7:11:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/08/2014 | John Dietrich
    A major concern of progressives is their supposed interest in the fate of the poor. They purport to be the champions of the poor. But the truth is that they need the poor more than the poor need them, in a symbiotic relationship. As much as 75% of the money allocated to the poor is consumed by the vast bureaucracies that administer this aid. [SNIP] What is poverty? The late political scientist Edward Banfield provided four degrees of poverty: destitution, which is lack of income sufficient to assure physical survival and to prevent suffering from hunger, exposure, or remediable or...
  • Use of cars can help families reduce poverty, large study finds

    04/08/2014 4:41:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press/WAPO ^ | 4-4-14 | Emily Badger
    In many circles -- including advocates for cleaner air, safer streets, public transit -- it's a major policy goal to get people out of cars. Reduce car use, and you reduce pollution. Reduce car use, and we'll need fewer costly roads and parking garages. Reduce car use and shift more people onto bikes and trains, and maybe we'll all spend less of our lives idling in traffic. That line of thinking, however, seldom considers a group of people for whom more car use might actually be a good thing: the poor. A group of researchers at the Urban Institute, the...
  • Venezuela's 'skyscraper slum'

    04/03/2014 10:48:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | April 2, 2014 | Jorge Silva
    The Tower of David skyscraper boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet a 45-storey skyscraper in the center of Venezuela's capital Caracas is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block: it is a slum, probably the highest in the world. Dubbed the "Tower of David", the building was intended to be a shining new financial center but was abandoned around 1994 after the death of its developer - banker and horse-breeder David Brillembourg - and the collapse of the financial sector. Squatters invaded the huge concrete skeleton in...
  • These Are America’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities

    03/31/2014 6:27:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies
    http://www.movoto.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Randy Nelson
    If you’re hoping to escape from big city crime, look elsewhere. These places actually defy the stereotype of smaller cities being safer. When you see small towns on TV and in movies, they’re almost always idyllic places where the American dream is thriving and neighbors all know each other. That, and unless you’re watching a whodunnit, no one’s ever the victim of a crime. In reality, small cities are surprisingly similar to all the others, meaning that there are good ones and bad. While the Movoto Real Estate Blog has been writing lately about America’s safest places, we thought we’d...
  • In America, the 'wealthy poor' replace the middle class

    03/21/2014 1:21:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 03/21/2014 | Rick Newman
    One phenomenon of the modern economy is affluence that doesn’t feel like it. You work, earn and spend quite a lot, yet it seems you’re getting nowhere. Some new economic analysis helps quantify just how many people might be characterized as the “wealthy poor”— and it’s a surprisingly large chunk of the overall population. A new paper by economists Greg Kaplan and Justin Weidner of Princeton University, and Giovanni Violante of New York University, finds that about 70 million Americans may live in families they describe as “wealthy hand-to-mouth” households. These are families that own assets such as homes, cars,...
  • Barack Obama, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Poverty, and Culture (Paul Ryan & Obama)

    03/19/2014 2:34:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    President Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards in Washington, 2011. The relationship between culture and poverty starkly divides not just liberals against conservatives, but also liberals against each other. Yet liberals rarely think through their disagreements publicly, even though — or perhaps because — they pit figures like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama against their own supporters. Ta-Nehisi Coates is an exception, having written a series of well-received columns (a year ago, a couple months ago, and then yesterday) objecting to President Obama’s regular habit of urging higher levels of personal responsibility in the black community....
  • Hunger crisis: Charities are strained as nearly 1 in 5 New Yorkers depend on aid for food

    03/16/2014 11:12:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/16/14 | Barry Paddock and Ginger Adams Otis
    It´s a quiet crisis. In a city of plenty, a staggering number of people are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Nearly one in five New Yorkers, 1.4 million people, now rely on a patchwork network of 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens across the city to eat. That represents an increase of 200,000 people in five years — straining the charities that are trying to help. The two biggest, City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City, now provide nearly 110 million pounds of food to soup kitchens and food pantries a year. Yet those working
  • Stop Being Poor: It worked for America.

    03/12/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/12/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Todd Wilemon, a managing director at NYSE Euronext and a Fox Business contributor, was foolish enough to do an interview on health care with The Daily Show (a program about which I had a bit to say over the weekend), and the results are approximately what one would expect, which is to say, he came off like an inarticulate jackass. The headline quote came when Mr. Wilemon was asked about what poor people who cannot afford health insurance should do. His answer: “Stop being poor.” For that, he is being treated as the second coming of Marie Antoinette (the cartoon...
  • Pelosi: GOP friend-of-mine told me his party is “indifferent” to “really hungry children,” you know

    03/11/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    What does that even mean? That some shall-remain-unnamed Republican colleague literally told her, presumably when asked why he supported the one percent budget cut to the federal food stamp program recently passed in the farm bill or why he did not support extending unemployment benefits or something, that his entire party’s policy platform is based off of its collective and utter indifference to the plight of families in poverty? …Why do I feel skeptical? Via RCP:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "I asked a Republican friend why his party remains so opposed to extending the vital lifelines for struggling families and really hungry children. This...
  • (Obama-Nation) Economic Study Suggests We're Heading For A Blade Runner Future

    03/01/2014 10:01:37 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    io9 ^ | February 19, 2014 | Annalee Newitz
    Economic study suggests we're heading for a Blade Runner future Earlier this month, a group of economists released the results of a massive study looking at the economic prospects of people from across the United States. What they found was that the U.S. is like a patchwork quilt of different countries, where some regions offer people the economic prospects of a typical developed nation — and other regions are more like a developing country. This study debunks a few myths about the United States, including the idea that wealthy nations have wealthy citizens. It's a powerful reminder that nations are...
  • Pelosi says she's not done yet

    02/27/2014 4:53:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/14 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants everyone to know she's not done yet. After a recent wave of retiring veteran Democrats, the former House speaker assertively said Thursday that's no indication she would soon follow in their footsteps. "When it is [time], you'll know," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "They go at their pace, [and] I go at mine. We'll miss them — they're fabulous — but, again, it stirs the pot, and lots of people are very excited about the prospect of what comes next for them," said the Democratic leader. "It's a constantly reinvigorated body; that's...
  • The Left Has Been Wishing Non-Work On The Poor For 200 Years

    02/19/2014 5:31:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/19/2014 | Brian Domitrovic
    Incredible legerdemain has been coming out of the Barack Obama policy shops. Taking the cake is the administration’s response to the Congressional Budget Office report showing that Obamacare will reducejobs for lower-earners. Here’s the official spin: unfortunates (as we used to call them), bolstered by health insurance provided by the government, will now be able to enjoy some leisure instead of sticking to the drudgery of menial work. Under the umbrella of Obamacare, the poorare free to…find themselves. We might think these justifications of the health-care monstrosity peculiar, but they have a pedigree. The left has been trading on these...
  • Before We Leap

    02/18/2014 5:46:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    There seems to be a rising chorus—even among some on the right—that marriage is over and we need to give up on the civil institution of marriage. I’m reminded of the blonde starlet, Mae West. This Hollywood celebrity was asked why she didn’t marry one of the handsome young men who always followed her around. “Marriage is a great institution,” said Mae, “but I’m not ready for an institution.” Married or not, Mae West understood marriage better than some federal judges and some policy analysts. When we hear them say “let’s privatize marriage,” what they are really saying is...
  • Dependency, Not Poverty

    02/12/2014 5:07:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    There is no material poverty in the U.S. Here are a few facts about people whom the Census Bureau labels as poor. Dr. Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, in their study "Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America's Poor" (http://tinyurl.com/448flj8), report that 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning; nearly three-quarters have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more. Two-thirds have cable or satellite TV. Half have one or more computers. Forty-two percent own their homes. Poor Americans have more living space than the typical non-poor person in Sweden, France or the...
  • Obama keeps promise to young men of color

    02/11/2014 8:53:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 11, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    President Obama is expected to launch his most focused efforts to address the dire prospects of young men of color this week, a demographic far too often swept into cycles of poverty and the school-to-prison pipeline. Obama will unveil details of a new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper” on Thursday, which will draw on partnerships with foundations and businesses to target young men of color across the country with a range of opportunities and strategies to help bolster their lives. The initiative, which will offer “every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up...
  • No Material Poverty in the U.S

    02/11/2014 9:42:47 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    capitalismmagazine.com ^ | 2/11/2014 | Walter Williams
    There is no material poverty in the U.S. Here are a few facts about people whom the Census Bureau labels as poor. Dr. Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, in their study “Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America’s Poor” (http://tinyurl.com/448flj8), report that 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning; nearly three-quarters have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more. Two-thirds have cable or satellite TV. Half have one or more computers. Forty-two percent own their homes. Poor Americans have more living space than the typical non-poor person in Sweden, France or the...
  • End of the Line for the Welfare State?

    02/11/2014 9:22:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    The Congressional Budget Office did not exactly say Obamacare would cost the nation 2.5 million jobs. But what it did say is vindication of what conservatives have preached since Barry Goldwater stood in the pulpit 50 years ago: The more liberal the welfare state, the greater the disincentive to work and the more ruinous the impact upon a nation's work ethic. The CBO has just given us a statistical measure of that truth. The Obamacare subsidies, it said, will cause some to quit work, others to cut back on the hours they work, and others to hold off going...
  • 'Food desert' fallacy shocks liberals: You can't get poor people to eat healthier food

    02/11/2014 6:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/11/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    It turns out that you can bring produce sections to poor neighborhoods, but you can't get poor people to eat healthier food. This comes as a shock to liberals who believe in the comprehensive theory of victimology -- that all problems afflicting people who fall into ethnic, sexual, or other identities regarded as victims are due to external factors, not to their own choices. Patti Neighmond writes for NPR: In inner cities and poor rural areas across the country, public health advocates have been working hard to turn around food deserts - neighborhoods where fresh produce is scarce, and greasy fast...
  • Why We Lost The War On Poverty

    02/08/2014 7:36:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Take a look at the graph below. From the end of World War II until 1964 the poverty rate in this country was cut in half. Further, 94% of the change in the poverty rate over this period can be explained by changes in per capita income alone. Economic growth is clearly the most effective antipoverty weapon ever devised by man. The dotted line shows what would have happened had this trend continued. Economic growth would have reduced the number in poverty to a mere 1.4% of the population today ? a number so low that private charity could probably...
  • Catholic leaders stand with governor, mayor to call for minimum wage hike

    02/04/2014 7:26:24 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 33 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 2/3/14 | Maria Wiering
    Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore and Catholic Charities of Baltimore Executive Director William J. McCarthy joined more than 30 Maryland officials, anti-poverty advocates and religious leaders Feb. 3 to support an increase in the state’s minimum wage. “In gathering as a faith community today, we speak on behalf of all those who come to us for food, clothing and shelter,” Bishop Madden said. “Even as we embrace them in their need, we join them in their struggle to secure financial independence through an honest day’s work. These workers deserve the comfort of knowing their hard work will enable...
  • Failing Education: The True Cause Of Income Inequality

    01/28/2014 9:57:17 PM PST · by Petro · 29 replies
    Cutting Through The Fog ^ | January 27, 2014 | George B
    Failing Education: The True Cause Of Income Inequality This year -- an election year -- Obama and the Democrats think they have a winning issue in proposing spending measures and legislation that would fight income inequality. For any Democrat, the rallying cry to getting those measures passed and, subsequently, getting themselves elected (or reelected), will be that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer; and, that they are the ones watching out for the poor while the Republicans only want to protect the rich. Thus, we will be going back to the 2008 campaign when Obama...
  • 'Benefit Street' a hit reality TV show about welfare recipients slammed as 'poverty porn' by critics

    01/24/2014 4:47:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Herals Sun ^ | 1/23/14
    A shoplifter, a recovering drug addict and a young couple barely able to feed their kids are among the stars of Benefits Street - a smash hit reality show featuring welfare recipients that has stirred up a storm of controversy in Britain. The program zooms in on a rough Birmingham street where 9 out of 10 people are said to live off state payouts, chronicling over five episodes the lives of jobless neighbours as they struggle with their daily problems. The show has struck a strong chord in a nation fresh out of recession and still reeling from its most...
  • Obama to Discuss 'Income Inequality' with Pope Francis

    01/21/2014 6:13:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 21, 2014 | John Hayward
    USA Today has the announcement that President Obama will meet with Pope Francis next month, and hopes the Pontiff will prove useful to his political agenda: President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27, capping a European trip that will take him to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. "The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality," said a statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney. Sounds like a swell afternoon! Maybe President Obama can show the Pope some photos from his luxury vacations, or his wife's protracted...
  • Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

    01/19/2014 12:22:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2014 12:41 PM EST | Alan Scher Zagier
    A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.The urban decay along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in St. Louis can be found in other major American cities, from Houston and Milwaukee to the nation’s capital. “It’s a national problem,” said Melvin White, a 46-year-old postal worker in St. Louis and founder of a 3-year-old nonprofit group that is trying to restore King’s legacy...
  • What I Learned Fighting Poverty in Little Rock

    01/19/2014 10:32:10 AM PST · by Captain Peter Blood · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/18/2014 | JOSEPH EPSTEIN
    It was 1964 and I was a liberal confident that society could be greatly improved by large infusions of money. With all the talk currently being bruited about the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, I am reminded that for a year, between 1964 and 1965, I was the director of the antipoverty program of Pulaski County, Ark., which included Little Rock, the adjoining city of North Little Rock and the surrounding rural area. I was then 27 years old, appropriately left-wing, and confident that society could be greatly improved with the help of large infusions of money and...
  • Foods to Buy When You’re Broke

    01/18/2014 11:57:04 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 129 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014 | Aaron Crowe
    On a tight food budget? Here are seven inexpensive and nutritious items you should consider adding to your grocery list.Trying to live on a food budget of about $4 per day can be quite a challenge. People quickly discover this when they take the Food Stamp Challenge and try to learn what it's like to be poor for a week. The challenge mirrors what someone can get through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the federal program that helps low-income people buy groceries. One in seven Americans receive the benefits, which were significantly reduced by Congress in November. To...
  • We're Losing the War On Poverty Because Our Schools Turn Boys Into Eunuchs

    01/19/2014 8:05:37 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    As a binge-TV watcher, I’ve relished devouring serial dramas in advertising-free gulps. But “Breaking Bad” — the story about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher turned clandestine meth-cooking badass – didn’t appeal. Then Anthony Hopkins declared it an “epic work” with “the best actors I’ve ever seen.” Midway through season two, I understand why Walter White is heroic. As men increasingly check out of work, marriage, and fatherhood, it’s hard not to root for a man fiercely determined to secure his family’s future before dying – despite his morally abhorrent methods. That there are dramatically fewer men willing and able to safeguard...
  • Kerry’s ‘Poor Jihadist’ Myth

    01/17/2014 4:50:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/17/14 | Michelle Malkin
    The myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist never dies. U.S. secretary of state John Kerry is the latest Obama administration official to peddle this odious narrative. Cue John Lennon’s cloying “Imagine,” don your plaid pajamas, and curl up with a warm cup of deadly naďveté.While meeting with Catholic Church officials at the Vatican in Rome on Monday, Kerry expounded on their “huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty, which in many cases is the root cause of terrorism or even the root cause of the disenfranchisement of millions of people on this planet.” In other words:...
  • John Kerry, Jihad Coddler

    01/17/2014 5:20:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist never dies. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest Obama administration official to peddle this odious narrative. Cue John Lennon's cloying "Imagine," don your plaid pajamas, and curl up with a warm cup of deadly naivete. While meeting with Catholic Church officials at the Vatican in Rome on Monday, Kerry expounded on their "huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty, which in many cases is the root cause of terrorism or even the root cause of the disenfranchisement of millions of people on this planet." In other words:...
  • Vast Stretches Of Impoverished Appalachia Look Like They Have Been Through A War

    01/16/2014 10:49:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Economic Collapse blog ^ | January 15, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    If you want to get an idea of where the rest of America is heading, just take a trip through the western half of West Virginia and the eastern half of Kentucky some time. Once you leave the main highways, you will rapidly encounter poverty on a level that is absolutely staggering. Overall, about 15 percent of the entire nation is under the poverty line, but in some areas of eastern Kentucky, more than 40 percent of the population is living in poverty. Most of the people would work if they could. Over the past couple of decades, locals have...
  • Why Economic Growth Is Exponentially More Important Than Income Inequality

    01/15/2014 9:51:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/15/2014 | Peter Ferrara
    In 1900, we had no airplanes, no computers, no cellphones, no internet. We had only rudimentary versions of cars, trucks, telephones, even cameras.But in the last century, 1900 to 2000, as Stephen Moore and Julian L. Simon report in their underappreciated work, It’s Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years, real per capita GDP in the U.S. grew by nearly 7 times, meaning the American standard of living grew by that much as well. The authors explain,“It is hard for us to imagine, for example, that in 1900 less than one in five homes...
  • Kerry: 'Root Cause of Terrorism' Is Poverty

    01/15/2014 5:25:02 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 115 replies
    Kerry: 'Root Cause of Terrorism' Is Poverty 'In many cases...' Jeryl Bier January 15, 2014 7:12 AM Secretary of State John Kerry covered a broad range of topics with his counterpart Pietro Parolin at the Vatican in Rome on Monday. Besides Syria, the Middle East peace process, Sudan, and Cuba, the subject of poverty came up during their discussions. In remarks following the meeting, Kerry linked poverty not only to terrorism, but to the "disenfranchisement of millions" [emphasis added]: We talked about the common interest of Pope Francis and President Obama in addressing poverty and extreme poverty on a global...
  • The World Is Getting Better and Better: Poverty rate slashed 80 percent since 1970

    01/14/2014 4:49:27 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    There often is a tendency for those concerned about the size and scope of government to feel like everything is getting perpetually worse. But a full look at the evidence shows this isn't so. While critics claim that free trade and globalization are merely a "race to the bottom," the world as a whole has been quietly reducing poverty, disease, famines and war by embracing the free market. University of Michigan-Flint economist Mark Perry has a chart showing the remarkable decrease in the world poverty rate, which has fallen 80 percent, from 26.8 percent in 1970 to 5.4 percent in...
  • Obama, Maria Shriver to talk women’s poverty issues

    01/13/2014 5:41:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | January 13, 2014 | Becky Brittain, CNN White House Producer
    President Barack Obama will on Tuesday discuss a topic he is familiar with from his childhood – American women living in economic insecurity and trying to be breadwinners and caregivers at the same time. Raised by a single mother who was described as someone who struggled to pay the bills, Obama on Tuesday will meet with Maria Shriver, who is reporting on some 42 million women who she says live “one single incident – a doctor's bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-down car – away from economic ruin." Shriver's latest investigation in her series from "The Shriver Report" is...
  • The White Ghetto

    01/12/2014 9:34:36 AM PST · by Jack Black · 116 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | Jan 9, 20 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Owsley County, Ky. – There are lots of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast moribund matrix of Wonder Bread–hued Appalachian towns and villages stretching from northern Mississippi to southern New York, a slowly dissipating nebula of poverty and misery with its heart in eastern Kentucky, the last redoubt of the Scots-Irish working class that picked up where African slave labor left off, mining and cropping and sawing the raw materials for a modern American economy that would soon run out of profitable uses for the class of people who 500 years ago would have been known, without any...
  • New report says millions of women at risk of falling into poverty, economic ruin

    01/12/2014 7:22:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/12/14 | Daniel Arkin
    Although in recent decades women have made historic advances in nearly all areas of American public life, a staggering number of women across the country are still teetering on the verge of poverty and economic disaster, a new report released Sunday shows. The report, co-authored by NBC News special anchor Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress, takes a wide-angle snapshot of a national economic crisis — seen through the eyes of women. The key findings paint a portrait of an estimated 42 million women — and 28 million dependent children — saddled with financial hardship. "These are not...
  • On the Bondage of Abundance and the Freedom of Poverty and Simplicity

    11/27/2013 4:15:12 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 26, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Gospel from Monday, Jesus praises a woman who gives from her substance: He noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood. (Lk 21:2-4)Now in praising her act he also gives a teaching for us all which highlights the kind of freedom that often comes with poverty and simplicity, and also the kind of bondage that can come with wealth and...
  • On Poverty and Unemployment, It's Left Versus Right

    01/11/2014 2:13:57 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 18 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 11, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Month after month, the reports are announced: Job losses outpace job gains, every month. Hundreds of thousands leave the workforce, every month. The new jobs – what few there are – are more likely to be part-time than full-time, and to be lower-paying than the ones lost. Too often, the new jobs are the career-enders, not the career starters that new jobs need to be. The story of the cooked books of the unemployment statistics is old news. For years now, the government reports have been leaving out the “non-participation” rate, so the unemployment percentage today bears no resemblance to...
  • The War on Poverty vs. Racism

    01/10/2014 2:51:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Color Lines ^ | January 8, 2014 | Imara Jones
    Citing the need to replace “despair with opportunity” 50 years ago this week President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty. His effort to roll back severe economic distress, along with a host of other Great Society programs, was the largest push to help Americans on the economic and racial margins since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Many of Johnson’s programs were key to creating economic possibility for millions who had never known it, and a whole host of them such as HeadStart, Medicaid, food stamps, and loans for higher education continue to do that. Given the success of...
  • The Democrats' Feckless Attacks on Income Inequality

    01/10/2014 8:28:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2014 | Michael Barone
    As Barack Obama scrambles to eviscerate key sections of his own signature health care law, he and other Democrats are trying to shift voters' focus to another issue -- income inequality. Unfortunately, the solutions they advocate are pitifully inadequate or painfully perverse. Start with the minimum wage, which some Democrats see as an election-winning wedge issue in 2014. True, raising the minimum wage polls well. But does anybody really care much about it? Few minimum wage earners are heads of households; many more are teenagers earning spare cash. Most economists agree that a higher minimum wage costs some low-skilled workers...
  • Obama targets poverty in San Antonio, Philadelphia and other U.S. 'zones'

    01/09/2014 8:49:47 AM PST · by Excellence · 19 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | January 9, 2014 | Roberta Rampton
    President Barack Obama is set to speak on Thursday about how he will target job creation, housing, law enforcement and education in the poorest U.S. communities, part of his pledge to narrow the gap between rich and poor in America. Obama signaled last month that he plans a new focus this year on income inequality, which he called "the defining challenge of our time", pushing to raise the minimum wage and find new ways to help poor children break out of the cycle of poverty. As part of this effort, Obama will create "promise zones" in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los...
  • ObamaCare, Obama Support Hit Record Lows In New Poll

    01/09/2014 5:19:23 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/09/2014 | John Merline
    One in five Democrats now opposes ObamaCare, a record high, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. And more than one in six Democrats now say they want it repealed, another new high. Overall, 55% of the public oppose the law, the highest since IBD/TIPP started asking this question in 2010. Just 37% support ObamaCare, matching a record low. And while support for outright repeal of the law inched down in January, that was because it fell among Republicans and independents. Among Democrats, support for repeal jumped 4 points. ObamaCare is also clearly driving down President Obama's approval rating, which dropped...
  • Progress in the War on Poverty

    01/08/2014 10:31:35 PM PST · by Innovative · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 8, 2014 | Nicholas Kristof
    In contrast, children are voiceless, so they are the age group most likely to be poor today. That’s a practical and moral failure. I don’t want anybody to be poor, but, if I have to choose, I’d say it’s more of a priority to help kids than seniors.
  • That’s rich: Poverty level under Obama breaks 50-year record

    01/08/2014 8:53:32 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 7, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Obama doesn’t plan to commemorate the anniversary Wednesday of Johnson’s speech in 1964, which gave rise to Medicaid, Head Start and a broad range of other federal anti-poverty programs. The president’s only public event Tuesday was a plea for Congress to approve extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, another reminder of the persistent economic troubles during Mr. Obama’s five years in office. ... Although the president often rails against income inequality in America, his policies have had little impact overall on poverty. A record 47 million Americans receive food stamps, about 13 million more than when he took office. ......
  • The Fifty-Year War On Poverty

    01/08/2014 7:17:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/08/2014 | The Editors
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s proclamation of a “war on poverty,” and the progress in this theater has not been encouraging. Trillions of dollars have been spent, and the number of Americans living in poverty is higher today than it was in 1964, while the poverty rate has held steady at just under one in five. That contrasts unpleasantly with the trend before President Johnson declared his war: The poverty rate had been dropping since the end of World War II. That progress came to a halt as President Johnson’s expensive and expansive vision...
  • More questions for redistributionists

    01/08/2014 6:00:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 7, 2014 | Donald J. Boudrequx
    President Obama considers income inequality a “defining challenge of our time.” Continuing from my previous column ( “Questions for redistribution's proponents” ), I have some additional questions for Mr. Obama and others who want government to redistribute more income from “the rich” to “the poor.” • When you describe growing income inequality in the United States, you typically look only at the incomes of the rich before they pay taxes and at the incomes of the poor before they receive noncash transfers from government such as food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid. You also ignore noncash transfers that the poor receive...
  • ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN HUMAN HISTORY — AND NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT

    01/07/2014 3:02:50 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 7, 2014 | JOSHUA MERCER
    As a child of the 80s, I remember We Are the World. Yeah, the song is terrible, but it was nice to see rock stars care about charity. Back then poverty in Africa was in the news all the time. But things have been changing in Africa and in other “third-world” countries. More countries are opening up their markets. China, Russia, India, and Botswana are all much freer economies than they were in 1970. But even I was shocked when I saw this graph: Mark Perry, an economics professor at UM-Flint said it best: Well, the chart above could perhaps qualify...