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  • 1 In 5 American Kids Rely On Food Stamps

    01/28/2015 8:03:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    CBSNews ^ | January 28, 2015 | AIMEE PICCHI
    AIMEE PICCHI January 28, 2015 1 In 5 American Kids Rely On Food Stamps America is a global leader on a number of fronts, including having the largest economy in the world. But here is one area where the U.S., given its general affluence, would rather not distinguish itself: It has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the industrialized world. Even as the economy continues to recover from the Great Recession, 1 in 5 children are on food stamps, the U.S. Census said on Wednesday. Before the housing crash, 1 in 8 received federal food assistance. This...
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    01/26/2015 12:46:36 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 21 September 2014 | Linda Tirado
    In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while. After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? I thought I could at least explain what I’d seen and how...
  • More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.´s skid row

    01/25/2015 4:26:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | 1/25/15 | Gale Holland
    Evicted four months ago from their Highland Park apartment, Louis Morales and his 18-year-old stepson, Arthur Valenzuela, live half-hidden by brush along the nearby Arroyo Seco riverbed. Morales, 49, keeps a framed bible verse and a stuffed monkey in his tent. Water hauled by bike from a park heats up on the camp stove. Next door, their friend Johnny Salazar fixes bikes and shattered computer screens on the cheap for people who live in the neighborhood. A brother and sister Morales has known for years live up the river, and three couples stay down by the bridge. "Everybody here is...
  • If you don’t understand how people fall into poverty, you’re probably a sociopath

    01/25/2015 6:20:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | January 24, 2015 | Lucy Mangan
    Why don’t abused women just leave their partners? Why don’t poor people just spend less? Why do people in positions of power ask so many stupid questions? ‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’Last week, I took part in a comedy night to raise money for the charity Refuge, which supports women and children who have experienced domestic violence. It was a great night: partly because it raised several thousands of pounds for the cause; partly because it was sponsored by Benefit cosmetics, and the idea of a benefit being sponsored by Benefit pleased me greatly; and...
  • Millions of German workers in poverty

    01/24/2015 4:59:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.01.2015 | [se/sb (AFP, epd)]
    About 3.1 million wage and salary earners in Germany had an income below the poverty threshold, according to Saturday’s edition of the Saarbrücker Zeitung newspaper. The paper cited an overview from Germany’s Federal Statistical Office showing the most recent available data, which covered the year 2013. It also showed the numbers of workers struggling to make ends meet jumped from about 2.5 million in 2008—an increase of 25 percent in five years. Data based on household surveys showed that those living on low wages were cutting back on food and heating, among other things, to save money. According to a...
  • George Will: The harm incurred by a mushrooming welfare state

    01/22/2015 1:22:47 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 21, 2015 | By George Will
    America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider the data Nicholas Eberstadt deploys in National Affairs quarterly: America’s welfare state transfers more than 14 percent of gross domestic product to recipients, with more than a third of Americans taking “need-based” payments. In our wealthy society, the government officially treats an unprecedented portion of the population as “needy.” Transfers of benefits to individuals through social...
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • Media Misrepresents Poverty Rate of US Children by More Than Double

    01/20/2015 10:14:52 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 01/20/2015 | Chuck Devore
    In a breathless, Drudge Report-linked headline, the Washington Post reported last week that the “Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty.” A Huffington Post piece by Rebecca Klein, published 12 minutes earlier, sported a similar headline, “More Than Half Of American Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty.” The only problem with these headlines, and the stories beneath them, is that they aren’t true—not even close. Both pieces were triggered by a report from the Southern Education Foundation. In 2013, some 19.9 percent of children in America were in families with income at the poverty line or below—in 2014, the...
  • FIGHT POVERTY BY CHANGING BEHAVIOR

    01/20/2015 5:34:51 AM PST · by shortstop · 14 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/20/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    To fight poverty, you’ve got to attack the behaviors that cause it. The governor (Cuomo) should remember that. If all of a sudden he’s decided to be concerned about poverty, and is riding to the rescue, his only chance of success is to be honest about both poverty’s causes and cures. Thus far, it doesn’t look like he’s going to be. To progressives, poverty is a condition imposed upon victims by oppressors. One party is disadvantaged by the evil of another. There is a fixed amount of wealth and the fact someone else has it and you don’t is because...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Break Down the Wall That Separates Us From the ‘Other America’

    01/19/2015 7:49:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 19, 2015 | Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
    We need to notice and be aware of the injustices embedded in our criminal justice system.In his 1967 address to Stanford University, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of two Americas. He described them as, “two starkly different American experiences that exist side by side.” In one America, people experienced “the opportunity of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all its dimensions.” In the other America, people experienced a “daily ugliness” that dashes hope and leaves only “the fatigue of despair.”(continued)
  • Uh-oh. Secularists Sad to Discover Pope Francis is Catholic

    01/19/2015 2:06:43 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    CreAtive Minority Reporta ^ | January 19, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    This is a breakup letter. But it's worse than that. This is a breakup letter by a junior high schooler who is trying to tell everyone in the hallway outside homeroom that the person they had liked a few days ago is just like kinda' totally awful or something. Some lib in The Inquisitr wrote:Elected in 2013, Pope Francis has since shown us a very convincing image of a bold, refreshing deviant who has adamantly defied the church’s typically iron-fisted conservatism. His stance on LGBT, women’s rights, atheism, and evolution were so mind-blowingly revolutionary that many people saw him as...
  • Oxfam says the Richest 1% Control More Than Half The World's Wealth

    01/19/2015 6:27:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/19/2015 | Pedro Gonzales
    The NYT published a press release from Oxfam claiming that the richest 1% control more than half the world's wealth. I don't know if that's true, but if it is... who cares? Even if it is true, where exactly is this money being held? Investors with interests in finance, insurance and health saw the biggest windfalls, Oxfam said. Using data from Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires, it said those listed as having interests in the pharmaceutical and health care industries saw their net worth jump by 47 percent. Oh, they're being held in businesses. Businesses, that, you know, employ...
  • Majority of U.S. Public school students are in poverty

    01/18/2015 9:40:01 AM PST · by wtd · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/18/2015 | Lindsay Layton
    For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches. The lunch program is a rough proxy for poverty, but the explosion in the number of needy children in the nation’s public classrooms is a recent phenomenon that has been...
  • Of The 22 World Conflicts Around The World, 21 are Muslim

    01/14/2015 8:37:16 PM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    above top secret ^ | 1-2015 orig July 2011
    We cant argue with the facts. I think its time the moderate muslim voices if there are any, start acting before its too late. Here is the list: 1. Afghanistan Extreme radical Fundamentalist Muslim terrorist groups & Osama bin Laden headed a terrorist group called Al Quada (The Source) whose headquarters were in Afghanistan. 2. Bosnia Serbian Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholic, Muslims 3. Cote d'Ivoire Muslims, Indigenous, Christians 4. Cyprus Christians & Muslims 5. East Timor Christians & Muslims 6. Indonesia, province of Ambon Christians & Muslims 7. Kashmir Hindus and Muslims 8. Kosovo Serbian Orthodox Christians, Muslims 9. Kurdistan...
  • DoJ silences Obama associate Daniel S. Mahru with his freedom

    09/20/2012 4:20:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Illinois PayToPlay ^ | 9/20/12 | Ernie Souchak, Editor-in-Chief
    Illinoispaytoplay.com (IP2P) has learned that Daniel S. Mahru, former business partner of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, made a deal with the Department of Justice (DoJ) for his silence. IP2P is the first to report that on, October 4 2012, Daniel S. Mahru will receive probation at his sentencing hearing. IP2P has also learned that this is being done to insure Mahru will not speak of crimes, of which he has knowledge, that implicate Barack Obama, Valarie Jarrett, Allison Davis, Tony Rezko and others. (Remember Tony recently saying he committed crimes for which Fitzgerald did not charge him.) IP2P is also investigating...
  • Suburbs and the New American Poverty

    01/08/2015 12:12:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 7, 2015 | Alana Semuels
    More people with low incomes now live outside of cities, and some areas are ill-equipped to deal with the influx of the poor. NORCROSS, Ga.—Every weekday around 3:15 p.m., a big, yellow school bus stops on Pelican Drive outside Norcross Extended Stay, near the intersection with Best Friend Drive. Dozens of children file out, carrying their heavy backpacks away from the Wendy’s and the AutoZone, towards the cluster of aging three-story yellow buildings where they live. Some are met by waiting parents, others trek by themselves to the shabby motel rooms, marching past broken-down cars, their tires flat, scattered around...
  • Family Fragmentation: Can Anything Be Done?

    01/06/2015 4:24:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Michael Barone
    How big a problem is family fragmentation? "Immense," says Mitch Pearlstein, head of the Minnesota think tank Center of the American Experiment. "The biggest domestic problem facing this country." So big he went out and interviewed 40 experts of varying ideology across the nation and relayed their answers in his book "Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America's Future." That's the good news. The bad news is that none of the experts is confident he has an answer, and neither is Pearlstein. What is family fragmentation? The facts are easy to state. About 40 percent of babies born in...
  • A National Conversation about the American Ghetto

    12/31/2014 12:36:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 31, 2014 | Michael L. Grable
    "....Media sensationalism this year about two black deaths at the hands of white policemen inflamed the argument,.........Here, however, is one standup law-enforcement professional, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., who begs to disagree.Sheriff Clarke publicly condemns anti-police populism as the Left's deflection of an urban reality with which he's professionally all too familiar and for which the Left's all too politically responsible. "This deflects," says Sheriff Clarke:against the real thing that we need to have a conversation about in this country and it's the American ghetto. And that's where most of the policing unfortunately has to be applied. The...
  • Milton Friedman: Government's Responsibility to the Poor

    12/30/2014 10:11:53 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 22 replies
    Free to Choose Network ^ | 1978 | Milton Friedman
    Milton Friedman 1978. From a lecture given at Stanford University, he instructs students and faculty on how free markets are the number one tool in the universe to reduce poverty. In the video he disparages government programs that discourage productivity, undermine minority advancement, and actually create poverty...
  • Less than half of U.S. kids today live in a ‘traditional’ family

    12/26/2014 5:32:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Pew Research Fact Tank ^ | December 22, 2014 | Gretchen Livingston
    Less than half (46%) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage. This is a marked change from 1960, when 73% of children fit this description, and 1980, when 61% did, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of recently-released American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census data. Rapid changes in American family structure have altered the image of who’s gathering for the holidays. While the old “ideal” involved couples marrying young, then starting a family, and staying married till “death do they part”, the...
  • ‘Poverty chic FTW': Lefty journo worried that US tourists will destroy Cuban paradise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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