Skip to comments.(Vanity) Cloward-Piven and the Markets, or "He Played on Our Fears! He BETRAYED This Country!"
Posted on 01/15/2009 4:23:03 AM PST by grey_whiskers
Wall Street, it is said, is driven by the swing of the pendulum between two extremes -- excessive greed and excessive fear. And we have had plenty of greed, with the Dot-Com boom, followed by the mortgage boom.
Each of these has been followed by a bust. The Dot-Com bust, together with 9-11, led the powers-that-be to try to re-stimulate the economy by artificially lowering interest rates, to the lowest level in a generation. This was combined with strong pressure on the lenders to make housing affordable for *all* Americans -- including, apparently, those who had no business borrowing in the first place. And now, to borrow a phrase from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, "America's Chickens...are coming home...to ROOST!"
The question is, who is responsible for this? Some shadowy cabal of bankers? The Bush Administration, pandering to the foreseen (and encouraged) wave of illegal immigrants, whose future votes were being counted? Congress, fattened on campaign contributions and sweetheart deals?
The answer, I believe, is "All and None." Let us take a step back and look at a few seemingly unrelated topics, which may help us to get a handle on this. First, instead of Wall Street, which is driven by greed and fear, let's go over to Madison Avenue, which promotes greed and fear (and the other seven deadly sins) in order to move products. Everything from sexual insecurity (the now-defunct Smilin' Bob and Enzyte, K-Y Jelly, Cialis, and finally Valtrex for the resultant herpes), to food (Fast Food, Potato Chips, Beer, Soft Drinks, then NutriSystem and Bowflex to eliminate all the extra fat), to buying what we can't afford (Hummer, Lexus, MasterCard, American Express, and then credit counseling or Pawnshops to try to recover); all is paraded before us. With an array of badgering and bullying, seeking our emotional weak points, with the promise that if we only purchase *this* product, forsaking all others, we will be happy.
And how do we pay for all of these items? Or at least, how *should* we pay, since conservatives don't approve of bailouts? Out of our wages. We perform a function or service, we sell, we earn a payment in token of our labors. And we exchange this payment for goods and services which we choose. And the point here is, except for recessions and layoffs, our money, and our labour, is freely given, and renewable. "Another day, another dollar."
Now let us consider yesterday's man of the hour, onetime Vice President, Nobel Prize winner, and self-proclaimed prophet of doom, Al Gore. He is primarily famous for two things: unsuccessfully trying to sue his way into the White House, and of course, Global Warming. (Many parts of the US and of Europe are experiencing their coldest weather in over a decade as we speak; and Arctic Sea Ice has recovered to 1979 levels.)
The interesting thing with Al Gore (as with many liberals) is his incurable habit of projection. When he was ranting and raving about the unfairness of the election results ("He Played on Our Fears! He BETRAYED this country!") he was quite literally explaining his plan for eliminating global warming. The United States, as the world's foremost polluterTM, must give up its dependence on fossil fuels, large cars, and a comfortable lifestyle. You peons should be more like the Europeons -- drive small cars for short distances, and learn to enjoy walking, bicycling, and living in small, cramped, uncomfortable, and ancient hovels. We, your beneficient overlords, are naturally exempt, because we *deserve* the finer things in life as a reward for being so selfless as to take care of you.
The same appeal as with Madison Avenue, alternately cajoling, mocking, and bullying. And all to separate us from something we have, and the speaker wants.
Only this time, it's not just our money, which is renewable. It is our way of life, our FREEDOM.
And this brings us back to the economic mess, the bailout, and the election of Barack Obama.
As it turns out, there are a couple of Columbia University professors, named Cloward and Piven, who, back in the 60's, came up with a methodology to encouragea socialist takeover of the United States. Not just by hippie peace marches, nor by Soviet bombing, but by a gradual encroachment. Their methodology has come to be known as the "Cloward-Piven" strategy, and it explains why life in the US has (in many ways) continued to get steadily worse over the past 40 years or so. The idea is that people do not give up their power or their freedom willingly, except in one case. And that is when there is a crisis or an emergency. So, to an enterprising socialist, what is the best way to gain power? Why, *create* a crisis, of course. Then, when the mass of people are frightened enough, they will cede power and freedoms to the government. And then, you see, under the guise of bureaucracy, ineptitude, or accident, one can use the new powers to...create *another* crisis. Which will lead to the usurpation of more power.
Apply, lather, rinse, repeat.
There is one other step in this process. Remember the famous quote "the capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them with"? All you have to do is wave -- not even dollars, just the promise of dollars -- in front of capitalists, and they stop thinking with their heads, but start thinking out of greed. The Wall Street crowd, the investment bankers, soon, most of the financial industry, all found ways to get rich off of the selling of mortgages to those who could never pay back. Simply come up with a clever way of selling the mortgages to someone else, and then you never have to worry if the mortgages default. Right? And just in case, the bankers bought *insurance* against the possibility of default.
There was one little hole in the plan, though.
They got carried away by their own greed -- when everyone started selling the bad mortgages, soon there was nobody left to buy them.
With no buyers, the artificially-inflated prices for housing stopped climbing.
When that happened, the people buying the mortgages couldn't refinance their way out of debt.
And they had to start actually paying real money on their loans.
Which they didn't have.
And the insurance companies -- who actually convinced themselves that prices would go up forever -- suddenly had to pay off on a gigantic number of claims at the same time.
And *they* didn't have the money.
And this threatened financial ruin.
Enter the bailout -- at taxpayer expense (meaning, at the point of a gun).
And just in time for Obama to enter the White House.
Or, as Rahm Emmanuel said, "Never let a genuine crisis go to waste."
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Cloward-Piven is just one tactic for one type of battle.
Gramsci (Italian communist imprisoned by Mussolini), saw that the Bolsheviks would not hold their power long. While in prison, he devised what we now refer to as the cultural revolution. His strategy was the playbook of what the Fabians had designed for decades (brainwashing and indoctrinating the people until they voted for and chose communism, which they called democratic socialism).
Academics in Germany (known as the Frankfurt school) picked up on Gramsci’s playbook and further detailed how it would work through academe. When Hitler came to power, they fled (many of the being Jews) to New York and established “The New School for Social Research” (no more than a communist re-education camp and think-tank).
Cloward-Piven became students, graduates, and then re-educators from that school.
For what it's worth, and I have only just begun to research the issue, “Report from Iron Mountain” was a study that toyed with the idea of how to keep people enslaved and obedient to the government through crisis. The two crises that they came up with (supposedly, I haven't read it) were war and environmental disaster brought about through man's activity.
If the findings of Iron Mountain were true (and it is not a hoax, as some claim) then the latter crisis was especially prescient and a supreme way of reducing the industrialized nations (and those who enjoy the fruits of those nations, such as leftists) to willingly shackle themselves to the Algores of the world in order to alleviate their guilt.
I'll just say again (as I have in other threads), while there was definite economic downturn fro 07-08, I don't believe it warranted or resulted in an ‘economic crisis.’ I think what we saw was the mother of all October surprises by some very rich and powerful political brokers (Soros is one of their puppets) to get Obammie the Commie in the WH. I have no hard evidence of this, just the replay of history.
A people unwilling to use violent force to maintain their liberty deserves the despot that will rule them.
We have been betrayed by our leaders from both parties. And now the party is over. In four short years we will be nothing more that an empty shell of what we once were.
Our taxes will only pay the interest on the debt. Inflation will be double digets as will unemployment.
SEVEN DEADLY SINS-—listen for 20 minutes at least. Audio is good enough
Great minds think alike!
Not only are we NOT stupid, we know history, the REAL one, not the one they teach in public schools!
(Vanity) Cloward-Piven and the Markets, or "He Played on Our Fears! He BETRAYED This Country!"
Pinging because it is relevant to the markets, and to our economy.
Richard Andrew Cloward
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Contributor to New Republic, Nation, Saturday Review, Transaction, and other journals in his field.
--Born December 25, 1926, in Rochester, NY; died of lung cancer August 20 (some sources cite August 19), 2001, in New York, NY. Sociologist, educator, and author. Cloward is remembered as an advocate for the poor and the disenfranchised. He taught social work at Columbia University from 1954 until his death; he also wrote books that explained his outspoken views and he worked actively as a proponent for welfare reform. Early in his career he wrote Delinquency and Opportunity, in which he claimed that inner-city juvenile delinquency was a rational response to the lack of economic potential available to poor urban youth. He then created the Mobilization for Youth to work with urban gang members. His best-known volume may be Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare, in which he and his wife, Frances Fox Piven, claimed that the welfare state as it existed in 1971 provided the government with a powerful tool whereby it increased welfare funding in hard economic times to control social unrest among the poor and decreased funding in more prosperous times to maintain a pool of low-paid laborers. The work earned its authors a C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, but it also sparked controversy at several levels. Cloward remained active in grassroots efforts to aid the poor, creating the National Welfare Rights Organization in 1966 and the national voter registration reform group Human SERVE in 1982; he was a strong advocate for the so-called "Motor Voter Act" of 1993 which encouraged mass voter registration, especially among the poor. For his efforts he received lifetime achievement awards from both the National Association of Social Workers and the American Sociological Association. Among Cloward's other books are The Politics of Turmoil, Poor People's Movements, and Why People Don't Vote: And Why Politicians Want It That Way.
Obituary and Other Sources:
Frances Fox Piven
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This is likely the REAL reason Obama doesn't want us to see his Columbia school records. I'm sure his classes dealt directly with Socialist and Marxist studies.
Thanks BP2, what a terrific post.
Ping to # 7.
"The Obama campaign has refused to release his college transcript, despite an academic career that led him to Harvard Law School and, later, to a lecturing position at the University of Chicago."Who else was at Columbia -- no other that Ayers the bomber. For insight into the Obama-Ayers relationship, one has to understand the goal of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
"The Obama campaign declined to comment for this article and did not offer an explanation for why his transcript has not been released."
Additionally, be on the lookout for the Alinsky/Gramsci strategy. I believe one or both taught classes in Hawaii and would have influence ma and pa Obama. The Alinsky/Gramsci has been unfolding for years, quite honestly, but Mr. Obama is at full throttle with it.
In the 1930s, Alinsky organized the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago (made famous by Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle on the horrific working conditions in the Union Stock Yards). He went on to found the Industrial Areas Foundation while organizing the Woodlawn neighborhood, which trained leftist organizers and assisted in the founding of community organizations around the country. In Rules for Radicals (his final work, published one year before his death), he addressed the 1960s generation of leftist radicals, outlining his views on organizing for mass power. The documentary, "The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy," claims that "Alinsky championed new ways to organize the poor and powerless that created a backyard revolution in cities across America."
In his Rules for Radicals, Alinsky outlines his strategy in organizing, writing,
"There's another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevsky said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families - more than seventy million people - whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don't encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let's not let it happen by default.."
Alinsky is often credited with laying the foundation for the grassroots political organizing that dominated the 1960s. Later in his life he encouraged stockholders in public corporations to lend their votes to "proxies", who would vote at annual stockholders meetings in favor of social justice. While his grassroots style took hold in American activism, his call to stock holders to share their power with disenfranchised working poor only began to take hold in U.S. progressive circles in the 1990s, when shareholder actions were organized against American corporations.
Alinsky was a critic of a passive and ineffective mainstream liberalism. In Rules for Radicals, he argued that the most effective means are whatever will achieve the desired ends, and that an intermediate end for radicals should be democracy because of its relative ease to work within to achieve other ends of social justice. He was awarded the Pacem in Terris Award. It was named after a 1963 encyclical letter by Pope John XXIII that calls upon all people of good will to secure peace among all nations. Pacem in Terris is Latin for "Peace on Earth."
 Students of Alinsky
Many important community and labor organizers came from the "Alinsky School." Some of the below studied at the Industrial Areas Foundation Training Institute.
* Ed Chambers * Cesar Chavez * Tom Gaudette * Michael Gecan * Andrew Vachss * Patrick Crowley * Fred Ross
Alinsky was the subject of Hillary Rodham's senior honors thesis at Wellesley College, "There Is Only The Fight...": An Analysis of the Alinsky Model. Rodham commented on Alinsky's "charm," but rejected grassroots community organizing as outdated. Once Hillary Rodham Clinton became First Lady of the United States, the thesis was suppressed by the White House for fear of being associated too closely with Alinsky's ideas.
Alinsky also had a significant influence on Barack Obama, who is a United States Senator and candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Obama particularly used Alinsky's techniques while participating in Chicago community organizations in the 1980s.
The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
"Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules," Alinsky wrote in his 1989 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system's failure to "live up" to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist "rule book" with a socialist one. (Courtesy Discover the Networks.org)
Their strategy to create political, financial, and social chaos that would result in revolution blended Alinsky concepts with their more aggressive efforts at bringing about a change in U.S. government. To achieve their revolutionary change, Cloward and Piven sought to use a cadre of aggressive organizers assisted by friendly news media to force a re-distribution of the nation's wealth.
By crisis, we mean a publicly visible disruption in some institutional sphere. Crisis can occur spontaneously (e.g., riots) or as the intended result of tactics of demonstration and protest which either generate institutional disruption or bring unrecognized disruption to public attention.
The movement's impact on New York City was jolting: welfare caseloads, already climbing 12 percent a year in the early sixties, rose by 50 percent during Lindsay's first two years; spending doubled... The city had 150,000 welfare cases in 1960; a decade later it had 1.5 million.
Moreover, this kind of mass influence is cumulative because benefits are continuous. Once eligibility for basic food and rent grants is established, the drain on local resources persists indefinitely.
By advocating massive, no-holds-barred voter registration campaigns, they [Cloward & Piven] sought a Democratic administration in Washington, D.C. that would re-distribute the nation's wealth and lead to a totalitarian socialist state.
In the 1980s, groups such as the activists at ACORN began pushing charges of "redlining"-claims that banks discriminated against minorities in mortgage lending. In 1989, sympathetic members of Congress got the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act amended to force banks to collect racial data on mortgage applicants; this allowed various studies to be ginned up that seemed to validate the original accusation.
A 1995 strengthening of the Community Reinvestment Act required banks to find ways to provide mortgages to their poorer communities. It also let community activists intervene at yearly bank reviews, shaking the banks down for large pots of money.
Banks that got poor reviews were punished; some saw their merger plans frustrated; others faced direct legal challenges by the Justice Department.
The revisions also allowed for the first time the securitization of CRA-regulated loans containing subprime mortgages. The changes came as radical "housing rights" groups led by ACORN lobbied for such loans. ACORN at the time was represented by a young public-interest lawyer in Chicago by the name of Barack Obama. (Emphasis, mine.)
"...the issue here isn't guilt by association; it's guilt by participation. As CAC chairman, Mr. Obama was lending moral and financial support to Mr. Ayers and his radical circle. That is a story even if Mr. Ayers had never planted a single bomb 40 years ago."
I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career (emphasis added). Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work. - Barack Obama, Speech to ACORN, November 2007 (Courtesy Newsmax.)
It would be telling to know if Obama, during his years at Columbia, had occasion to meet Cloward and study the Cloward-Piven Strategy.
Democrats Initiate Economic Studies
Washington Post, The (DC) - Saturday, February 13, 1982
Author: Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post Staff Writer
In the continuing struggle of the Democratic Party to come up with alternative economic strategies, 52 members of Congress have asked the Institute for Policy Studies to produce a wide-ranging series of studies ranging from defense to housing.
"There is a public policy at this point of bribing the rich," Marcus Raskin, a founder of the IPS, the Left's think tank, said at a press conference. "In order to have a decent society, you have to be sure that the rich and the poor are citizens of the same country," he said, arguing that Reagan administration policies are resulting in "second-class citizenship for one-half of society."
Twenty-one separate studies will be put together under the project. Since the major conservative victory in the 1980 presidential and senatorial elections, there has been a growing effort by a number of liberal and Democratic groups to attempt to regain intellectual vigor.
The IPS will finance the studies, which were initiated at the request of Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) along with such other members of the House as Peter Rodino (D-N.J.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee; Morris K. Udall (D-Ariz.), chairman of the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee; and Henry S. Reuss (D-Wis.), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.
The 52 members included one Republican, Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr. (N.Y.). Among the studies and the prospective authors are:
* Frances Fox Piven of Boston University and Richard Cloward of Columbia University, both of whom have written extensively on welfare programs, will produce a paper on entitlement programs.
* Bertram Gross, who wrote major elements of the original Humphrey-Hawkins full employment bill and the book "Friendly Fascism," will write a paper to be called "How to Get Full Employment."
* Martin Carnoy of Stanford University is to write a paper on inflation, capital development and allocation.
Raskin said the papers should be completed by the end of April. He said members of Congress supporting the studies said the papers would be used as the basis of hearings to be held later this year.
SEEDS OF SCHOLARSHIP
Miami Herald, The (FL) - Thursday, May 5, 1988
Author: CARLOS VERDECIA Herald Editorial Board
SOVIET imperialism has more than one way to invade a country. The first option where applicable
is to send its own troops and tanks. The second is secretly to send heavy military aid to support either a Marxist government or a Marxist insurgency, whichever may be the case. A third option and probably the most-effective in the long run is to form future leaders of that country in the Marxist ideology and the Leninist concept of Communist Party politics.
To achieve this long-term objective, Soviet-bloc countries including Cuba offer full scholarships to Third World students to study at different levels of education, culminating in institutions such as Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, the University of Havana in Cuba, or Eastern European universities.
A Troubled Ford Foundation
Washington Post, The (DC) - Saturday, July 4, 1981
Author: Walter Shapiro, Washington Post Staff Writer
The thicket of trees still blooms in the 11-story atrium lobby, the parquet floors are still waxed to a high gloss, and the grant checks still go out on schedule. Nevertheless, these are sad days at the $2.8 billion Ford Foundation .
Robert Schrank, who is retiring voluntarily after 10 years as a program officer at the foundation , described the current level of activity as resembling Sleepy Hollow, and the mood equivalent to that of an undertaking parlor.
At a time when the Reagan administration is cutting funds for domestic social programs and many look to private giving to take up the slack, the nation's largest foundation is in disarray.
Two years after becoming the first black to head a major foundation , Ford Foundation President Franklin A. Thomas is facing a degree of criticism and invective almost unprecedented in the genteel world of major philanthropy.
Ford Foundation to Increase Grant Funding
Washington Post, The (DC) - Monday, April 6, 1981
Author: Joyce Wadler, Washington Post Staff Writer
The Ford Foundation will increase its grant funding by at least 15 percent next year. The current $102 million budget of the organization the wealthiest foundation in the country will be increased for the first time in eight years with the major portion of the money being earmarked for urban poverty, according to president Franklin Thomas (Columbia alum).
Ford trustees, however, including Harriet Raab, an assistant dean at Columbia , insisted that Thomas was "right on schedule."
United Nations Advisory Board
Mr. Franklin A. Thomas, Head of the Ford Foundation Study Group (TFF Study Group - a nonprofit institution assisting development in South Africa, since 1996)
Study Commission on United States Policy Toward Southern Africa, chairman; Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on South Africa, member, 1985-87; September 11th Fund, chairman.
FORD FOUNDATION GIVES KENNEDY SCHOOL $50M
Boston Globe, The (MA) - April 5, 2001
WASHINGTON - Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government will announce today that it has received its largest single donation, a $50 million grant from the nonprofit Ford Foundation.
Organization Name: Africa Research and Resource Forum
Organization website: www.arrfoum.org
Affiliation / Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors
Profile Status: INSouth Workshop Participants
Region(s) Interest: Africa
Research Interest(s): Population, Migration, Employment, Gender; Health
Michael Chege is currently an Advisor to the Government of Kenya on International Development Partnerships. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF), an independent, non-profit, research, resource, reflection and discourse organization devoted to enhancing thinking on African development.
In the years 1994 to 1996, Professor Chege was visiting scholar at Harvard University. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Geneva in 1982/83. Earlier, Professor Chege had served as Program Officer with the Ford Foundation based in Harare, Zimbabwe for six (6) years from 1988 to 1994. Before the assignment with the Ford Foundation, he was Senior Lecturer and Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of Nairobi where he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1980 1983. Professor Chege has received several academic awards including awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation and Harvard University.
Prof. Chege's publications include 'Democratic Theory and Practice in Africa' (Edited with Afrifa Gitonga and Walter Oyugi in 1988) and several chapters in peer reviewed books as well as articles in international refereed journals.
Panel includes: Vernon E. Jordan Jr. (Valerie Jarrett's great uncle) and Hanna H. Gray, president of the University of Chicago
FORD FOUNDATION CALLS FOR TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY TO REFORM WELFARE - SYSTEM
Richmond Times-Dispatch - Friday, May 12, 1989
Author: Marsha Mercer ; Media General News Service
Are the nation's elderly ready to foot the bill for a sweeping overhaul of the welfare system?
The Ford Foundation thinks so. It proposes taxing Social Security benefits to pay the $29 billion tab to expand and modernize womb-to-tomb services.
"America has no choice but to try" to revamp welfare, said Franklin A. Thomas , president of the Ford Foundation , firing the opening volley in what he hopes will become a national debate over welfare reform.
"Current social deficits threaten our quality of life, our economic future and our peace of mind," he said.
The Ford Foundation 's report, titled "The Common Good," issued yesterday, declares that the current system, created during the Depression, is unable to cope with today's problems.
"The system leaves too many people dependent, vulnerable and without security at critical points in their lives," the report says.
It recommends a sweeping new approach to welfare based on "the recognition that all Americans at one time or another have to rely upon our system of social welfare protections, beginning before birth with prenatal care and extending through the retirement years."
The $29 billion solution is a new "life-cycle" approach targeting aid to life's stages infancy and childhood, young adulthood, the working years and old age.
"We believe that by providing adequate protections and opportunities early in life, there will be less of a need for programs later in life," said panel chairman Irving S. Shapiro, a lawyer who retired as chairman and chief operating officer of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.
The report is the product of a three-year, $3 million study by a panel of business, civic and labor leaders and educators who worked with 28 research projects nationwide. One of the biggest changes would make drug and alcohol treatment available "on demand" at a cost of a billion dollars a year.
To improve life for the youngest of America's poor, the study recommends: * Assuring all pregnant women prenatal care and all infants well-baby care.
* Expanding the Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, program as an entitlement program, which would double the number participating.
* Expanding Head Start to enable 3- and 4-year-olds to participate, tripling the number served.
For disadvantaged youth, the study recommends community-based programs to reduce the school drop-out problem, prevent adolescent pregnancy and prepare students for working.
Life during the working years could be improved by raising the minimum wage, expanding the earned income tax credit available to low-income families and expanding employer health insurance and Medicaid.
Unemployment insurance and Aid to Families with Dependent Children also need to be reformed, the study said. It suggests:
* Allowing the jobless to take their unemployment benefits in a lump sum so they can relocate where jobs are.
* Reducing unemployment benefits gradually to provide greater incentive to return to work.
* Limiting the length of time those capable of working can receive welfare benefits.
To help the elderly poor cope, the study recommends increasing federal Supplemental Security Income benefits and subsidizing private insurance for long-term care.
Shapiro said that while the estimated $29 billion it would cost to reform and expand welfare is substantial, it is only a fraction of the $157 billion the government expects to spend to bail out the savings and loan industry.
Taxing Social Security like private pensions could raise $100 billion in five years, he said. The idea would be to tax Social Security benefits that exceed a worker's lifetime contributions.
"We're gambling that many of the people in my generation will feel different about taxing Social Security" if they know the money will be used to help others, Shapiro said.
"The one new idea is to recommend that the tax revenues collected be placed in a trust fund" with the sole purpose of funding welfare programs.
Members of the panel were: Sol Chaikin, president emeritus of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union; James R. Ellis, a lawyer in Seattle; Robert F. Erburu, chairman and chief operating officer of Times Mirror Co.; John H. Filer, former chairman of Aetna Life and Casualty Co.; Hanna H. Gray, president of the University of Chicago; Albert O. Hirschman, professor at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study.
Also, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., former president of the National Urban League; Eleanor Holmes Norton, professor at Georgetown Law Center; Henry B. Schact, chairman and chief operating officer of Cummins Engine Co. in Columbus, Ind.; and Mitchell Sviridoff, director of the Community Development Research Center.
Hanna Holborn Gray, a former president of the University of Chicago, took up the point, saying "there is a
lot of confusion about what is academic freedom." The concept is often misused, she said, warning of a risk
of "crying wolf" in claiming violations of academic freedom. "There tends nowadays to be a pattern in
which people cry foul when they're being criticized, rather than responding, which after all is the whole
purpose and point of our academic communities, with vigorous speech in return."
She used the example of political attacks that focus on Barack Obama's past connections with William
Ayers, a co-founder of the radical 1970s-era group the Weather Underground and now a professor at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. "Those who say today that Bill Ayers' academic freedom is being violated
because he is being attacked by the opponents of Barack Obama are speaking nonsense in my view," Ms.
Gray said. "He may not deserve the attacks that he is receiving, but because he is an academic does not
mean that his academic freedom is being violated, or that he is not perfectly free to speak back if he wishes
to do so or to maintain silence, as he has in a very dignified way chosen to do."
Hedge funds shorts with naked shorting, credit default swaps and offshore money. The public had their retirement money stolen and were robbed again by the stimulus.
The only way to counter is to neutralize the power of CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS. Either by cancelling cable and sat TV sibs enmasse and switch to Internet TV or skipping TV entirely. It may be too late because too much of the populace is illiterate or illegals and recent immigrants who want govt handouts. Americans get taxed to death to pay for the country’s destruction.
Excellent. One reason I cancelled my subscription to Forbes is John Rogers writes for Forbes and has for years. His mutual funds lost about 50% last year.
Francis Fox Piven Award(s):
Ford Foundation study grant, 1968-69;
And, is this the same time someone’s mother became supported by the Ford Foundation in Indonesia?
Very informative! Needs it own post so that more peope can read it.
Of all the ideas presented, taxing Social Security benefits is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard. But, the honor of THE worst thing is “Reducing unemployment benefits gradually to provide greater incentive to return to work.”
Unemployment benefits are already getting reduced by being TAXED.
People are being let go left and right and unemployment benefits is all they have when you have got hundereds of people clamoring for one job. Eliminate welfare to all but those who cannot find work or are incapable of working.
For the sponges who are here illegally or who are just, too darn lazy to go out and get a job, they are the ones who don’t deserve all of these government entitlements.
Bump and Bookmark!! Excellent Thread!!!!!
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Discover the Networks: Linking the Cloward-Piven strategy to every group and individual involved
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