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  • A Tragic Irony: Tax The Rich, Hurt The Poor

    05/16/2011 3:48:59 PM PDT · by library user · 21 replies
    IBD ^ | May 16, 2011 | by Thomas Sowell
    ~ EXCERPT ~ We could definitely use another Abraham Lincoln to emancipate us all from being slaves to words. In the midst of a historic financial crisis of unprecedented government spending, and a national debt that outstrips even the debt accumulated by the reckless government spending of the previous administration, we are still enthralled by words and ignoring realities. President Barack Obama's constant talk about "millionaires and billionaires" needing to pay higher taxes would be a bad joke if the consequences were not so serious. Even if the income tax rate were raised to 100% on millionaires and billionaires, it...
  • The States With The Worst Income Inequality

    04/23/2011 4:07:45 PM PDT · by arderkrag · 45 replies
    24/7 Wall Street ^ | 04/21/2011 | Douglas A. McIntyre & Charles B. Stockdale
    There was never any chance that in America income would be distributed like it was supposedly done in the Soviet Union – to each according to his ability and his needs. If capitalism is the key to the rise of the US economy, then the concept that some people can be richer than others is near the heart of the system. Americans worship self-made billionaires such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett because they believe that it’s possible for them to be that wealthy too. Unfortunately, there are far more poor people than wealthy ones. America is the world’s most...
  • Travis Smiley to Obama: Which side of your mouth are you speaking from?

    04/21/2011 6:51:53 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 9 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 4/21/11 | Alaphiah
    It is interesting that the left is just as confused by the recent budget deal struck by the president and House Republicans as everyone else is. Some report that both sides won and some are reporting that both sides lost Travis Smiley of the far left is not happy with the deal cut by the president and House Republicans. Smiley on Meet the Press with David Gregory and guest former Democrat Gov. Jennifer Granholm attempted to explain to their partisans why the deal was good for Democrats. Smiley though is confused by what president Barry Hussein Soetoro has said about...
  • In southwest Va., as more need help, aid organization has less to give ("I need a cigarette")

    04/17/2011 1:43:04 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2011 | Eli Saslow
    …..[Denise] Hancock is supposed to spend about five minutes with each client. Her job, officially, is to distribute vouchers and ask a few basic questions for record-keeping — income amount, food stamp status and number of residents in the house. But she also believes it is her job to listen….“People who are suffering need to be heard,” she says, and that much she knows. Five years ago, her only son, Buck, committed suicide at 15. Hancock found him hanging from a tree in the backyard early the next morning. She wanted to sell the house or at least cut down...
  • Tell everyone -- this government has made transportation for the poor nearly impossible

    04/16/2011 9:37:32 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 30 replies
    Common Sense Journal | 16 April 2011 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Tell everyone you know! This government with its "Cash-For-Clunkers" program has deliberately ruined automobile transportation for the poor. Lower middle class and poor individuals nationwide simply can not find reasonably-priced cars to buy in which to transport themselves to perform necessary functions of life, ie: work, school, groceries, healthcare visits, etc. because the cars they can afford are gone. The price of gasoline has skyrocketed and all smaller cars with reasonable gasoline mileage have gone up so high in price the poor can NOT afford to buy them. Some folks are already beginning to ride bicycles to work (really). What...
  • The Middle Class – Part I

    04/11/2011 12:37:18 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 1 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-11-11 | Pino
    For a long time now I’ve been interested in “The Middle Class”, or as I call it, The Big MC™ What it is, what it means and how it’s been used over the years. My fascination comes from two sources; my own personal experience and then the use of The Big MC in today’s Liberal shaping of the term. America’s greatest allure is that through the promise of Liberty any individual is able to achieve that goal of leaving the days of back breaking labor to the days of our fathers and giving a better life to our children. It...
  • Poor morale and job cuts threaten NHS reform, says RCN

    04/10/2011 12:25:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | 4/10/11 | Nick Triggle
    Nurse leaders will warn this week that poor morale and job cuts threaten to derail the government's reform programme of the NHS in England. The issues, along with wider concerns about the overhaul, will be key themes of the Royal College of Nursing's annual conference in Liverpool. RCN leader Peter Carter has said nurses were being pushed to the limit, working extra hard to keep services going. The health secretary is not expected to give a speech but will meet delegates. It is understood Andrew Lansley is attending the conference as part of the government's "listening exercise" over its shake-up...
  • Public Housing Likely for Suburbs of Green Township Ohio

    04/02/2011 9:49:18 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 10 replies
    Cincinnati News | April 1, 2011 | Howard
    Green Township is being singled out because federal investigators believe the housing authority blocked new public housing there for at least the past two years. More public housing for the poor is likely headed to Green Township and some other communities as part of a deal to resolve a discrimination complaint against Cincinnati's housing authority.
  • The scum of the earth need money

    04/02/2011 8:13:01 AM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 1 replies ^ | April 2, 2011 | Ellen Makkai
    The scum of the earth need money, big money! Not the loose change or occasional dollar thrust into dirty hands at city stoplights. So you say, “What’s new? Down-and-outers always have their hands out.” But this scum of the earth isn’t your garden-variety derelict, hustler, druggie and brown-toothed beggar…though some are. This Scum of the Earth is an urban church/hang-out located deep in a city’s arts district off Santa Fe Drive in Denver, Colorado. And due to fire safety infractions in this old church edifice, the congregation was abruptly evicted from its hard earned and miraculously acquired home. Well over...
  • Retirement Planning Advice for My 20-Something Son

    02/24/2011 9:55:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    cbs ^ | Friday, February 25, 2011 | Steve Vernon
    Establish smart spending habits. Live like you're poor. How do you do that? Drive your cars into the ground, don't eat out very much, avoid expensive and potentially unhealthy processed foods, buy food in bulk, buy just enough clothes to fit your needs, and use public transportation. ... Use credit cards only as a convenience to avoid carrying cash; limit your credit card spending so that you can easily pay off the balance each month. Make every dollar count with your spending, so you can free up money to invest in the future. Get healthy. One of the best things...
  • Separate but unequal: Charts show growing rich-poor gap

    The Great Recession and the slump that followed have triggered a jobs crisis that's been making headlines since before President Obama was in office, and that will likely be with us for years. But the American economy is also plagued by a less-noted, but just as serious, problem: Simply put, over the last 30 years, the gap between rich and poor has widened into a chasm.
  • The Ten Poorest US Cities... and Why

    02/14/2011 10:29:39 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 14, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
             % living below the poverty level: 1.  Detroit ,  MI              32.5% 2.  Buffalo , NY             29.9% 3. Cincinnati , OH        27.8% 4  Cleveland , OH        27.0% 5. Miami , FL                 26.9% 6. St. Louis , MI            26.8% 7. El Paso , TX             26.4% 8. Milwaukee , WI        26.2% 9. Philadelphia , PA    25.1% 10. Newark...
  • Nick Clegg orders universities to lower entrance requirements - but only for poorer students

    02/08/2011 10:13:07 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:17 PM on 8th February 2011 | James Chapman
    Nick Clegg is to make an explosive attack on British universities as ‘instruments of social segregation’ as he orders them to stop taking so many middle-class students. The Deputy Prime Minister will this week insist that top institutions must ‘throw open their doors’ and lower their entrance requirements for the less well-off.
  • Animal Food Pantries - Pet food pantry fills a growing demand

    02/03/2011 6:47:42 AM PST · by PGR88 · 12 replies
    The Buffalo News ^ | February 3, 2011 | Anne Neville
    Kathleen Hogan has been an animal lover all her life, but what makes her special is the helping hand she gives to thousands of other animals -- dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, hamsters, fish and others she will never even meet. Hogan founded the Buffalo Companion Animal Network six years ago with her friend Rosanne Higgins to help find homes for pets. Two years after that, BuffaloCAN started AniMeals, which Higgins coordinates, a program that supplies free food to the pets of people who receive Meals on Wheels. BuffaloCAN's work expanded a few years later when Hogan saw some disturbing sights...
  • Climate change effects vary widely between rich and poor countries

    12/27/2010 3:18:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/27/10 | Suzanne Bohan
    Climate change effects vary widely between rich and poor countriesBy Suzanne Bohan Contra Costa Times Updated: 12/27/2010 08:25:18 AM PST CANCUN, Mexico -- When Ulamila Kurai Wragg visited New York in 2009 to speak about the frightening climatic changes taking place in the Cook Islands, some audience members stunned her. "I was hearing, 'There's no such thing as climate change. What proof have you got?' " Wragg recalled. **SNIP** The report, online at, builds its findings on United Nations and World Health Organization reports, research by government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and peer-reviewed studies. Changing...
  • A Grim Record: One In Seven Americans Is On Food Stamps

    12/10/2010 12:59:19 PM PST · by Gabrial · 75 replies · 4+ views
    NPR ^ | 12/8/10 | Jacob Goldstein
    The number of people on food stamps keeps hitting new all-time highs; as of September, nearly 43 million people were using the program, according to figures out this week. Of course, because of population growth, absolute numbers only tell part of the story. The best way to look at the numbers over a long period of time is as a percentage of the population. And when you do that, you see that we're also hitting new highs.
  • Obama Tax Cut Plan would Increase Taxes for the Poor

    12/08/2010 5:31:01 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 17 replies ^ | 12/8/2010 | Stephanie Condon
    Most Americans would benefit from President Obama's tentative deal with Republicans for extending the Bush tax cuts, and economists largely agree it would help stimulate the economy. Yet the plan would actually slightly increase taxes for the poorest Americans, economists say -- at a time when some leaders in Washington are trying to bring attention to the nation's widening income disparity. The level of income disparity in the U.S. "is really an unacknowledged crisis in our country," Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) told Hotsheet.
  • The Symbolic Universe of Latter-day Saints: Do We Believe The Wealthy Are More Righteous?

    12/06/2010 8:21:59 PM PST · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    AMCAP ^ | 2004 | John M. Rector
    The sample was drawn from residences included in the 1997 phone book for Utah County, Utah (Utah County has the highest percentage of Mormons per capita of any comparable county in the United States). Only those who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and were adults in the household, were asked to complete and return the experimental measures. SNIP ...according to the LDS symbolic universe, God and human beings are involved in a relationship of reciprocity - quid pro quo - where all blessings are dependent upon human behavior being in compliance with divine will....
  • The Mormon Wealth Attribution

    12/06/2010 8:12:02 PM PST · by Colofornian · 91 replies
    Wheat and ^ | Oct. 27, 2010 | Troth Everyman
    Do we really believe that just because one is rich one is blessed by God? According to a study published in 2004 which researched the Mormon Wealth Attribution (MWA), we do. The MWA can be defined as the tendency of LDS individuals to perceive those who are wealthy as more righteous or pious than their less wealthy neighbors. The randomized empirical study reported that “Church members are more likely to attribute righteousness to a wealthy church member than to a poor one” and that (in general) wealthy members of the church are seen as being better people, both secularly and...
  • Melinda Gates pledges $500 mn more for world's poor( To Help The World's Poor Save More Money)

    11/18/2010 2:49:48 PM PST · by Captain Peter Blood · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/18/2010 | Yahoo News
    Thu, Nov 18 08:43 PM Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Thursday pledged another $500 million for the world's poor as she hailed a historic moment that will help bring financial services, particularly savings accounts, to hundreds of millions of people living on less than $2 a day. Speaking at the foundation-hosted Global Savings Forum in Seattle, the first global gathering focused on the role of savings in the developing world, Gates urged leaders in government, banking, mobile communications, and international development to work together to build a new kind of financial...
  • Irwindale officials spent lavishly during business trips to discuss housing for the poor

    10/28/2010 4:25:54 AM PDT · by BRK · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 27, 2010 | Jessica Garrison
    The Irwindale officials charged Wednesday with misappropriating public funds took lavish business trips to New York City, including meals at five-star restaurants, evenings at Broadway shows, chauffeured rides and nights at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, according to records obtained by The Times. The spending came as leaders in Irwindale spent $87 million in affordable housing funds over eight years, but only built 42 homes. Two trips to New York were for the purpose of discussing bonds for housing for the poor in the San Gabriel Valley city of about 1,500 people.
  • No U-turn over housing benefit: Cameron refuses to back down over cap amid 'social cleansing claims'

    10/27/2010 3:21:47 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 4:21 PM on 27th October 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    David Cameron today defended the Government's plans to limit housing benefit, saying it was not fair for working people to see their taxes used to fund homes 'they couldn't even dream of'. The Prime Minister dismissed reports there could be a climbdown over the proposals, telling Labour leader Ed Miliband: 'We are going forward with all the proposals we put in the spending review and in the Budget'.
  • Democratic Ad: Catholic Church More Concerned About Abortion Than Poor

    10/26/2010 10:20:21 AM PDT · by julieee · 37 replies ^ | October 26, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Democratic Ad: Catholic Church More Concerned About Abortion Than Poor St. Paul, MN -- A campaign postcard the Minnesota Democratic Party sent to voters in the Midwestern state is causing a strong reaction from pro-life advocates. It claims the Catholic Church is more concerned with abortion than helping the poor.
  • UN Says Flush Toilets a “Human Right”

    10/18/2010 10:10:59 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 24 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 16 October 2010 | John Semmens
    Noting that over three billion people lack access to running water and flush toilets, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council declared that “it is the obligation of those with means to rectify this injustice.” Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN’s “Independent Expert” on human rights said that the UN’s declaration means that “the right to water and sanitation is now legally binding for all member nations. Pleading fiscal difficulties does not relieve a government of the obligation to provide this necessity.” Ms. de Albuquerque cited the imbalance between nations as “especially egregious when it comes to sanitation. America, for example has...
  • Keeping the Poor in Poverty

    10/16/2010 3:03:09 PM PDT · by upchuck · 12 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | October 13, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    School choice, lower taxes, job creation: These, and not welfare payments, are what would really help the poor. In his autobiography, former British prime minister Tony Blair recounts the political epiphany that caused him to break with the old-style class-warfare–based Labour Party that he had grown up with. “In a sense they wanted to celebrate the working class,” he writes, “not make them middle class.” In many ways, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats appear to have the same attitude about the American poor. They talk frequently about the poor. They lavish programs upon them. (Last year the Obama administration...
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul

    09/27/2010 3:22:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | 2009 |
    In 2009, 146,365 members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul served 14,582,339 people. They gave 7,659,373 hours of service to their friends, the Poor.Members made 644,000 home visits, plus more than 910,000 visits to prisons, hospitals, elderly, and to others in need.The Society obtained jobs for more than 8,000 people, gave travelers aid to 83,000, and provided referrals for 382,000 people.Expenditures in service to the Poor totaled $329,447,590. In kind value of food, clothing and furniture totaled an estimated $80 million. The total value of Vincentian services across the USA is more than half a billion dollars....
  • UN: Rich must not cut aid to poor to balance budget (France, Spain demand Global Poverty Tax)

    09/21/2010 3:50:30 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters and ^ | 21 Sep 10 | Lesley Wroughton and Helen Popper
    Progress on meeting U.N. poverty goals by 2015 uneven * France, Spain, Greece urge tax to raise poverty funding * Bhutan proposes making happiness a development goal (Adds details from speeches, quotes, background) By Lesley Wroughton and Helen Popper UNITED NATIONS, Sept 20 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed debt-ridden donor countries on Monday not to cut aid to the poor despite their budgetary woes. "We should not balance budgets on the backs of the poor," Ban told 140 leaders at the start of a three-day summit to review progress in meeting U.N. poverty goals by 2015. During their...
  • US adds 4.8 million more to ranks of the poor as poverty rate jumps

    09/16/2010 3:05:10 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 13 replies ^ | Sept 16 2010 | Ron Scherer,
    US poverty rate hit 14.3 percent last year, up from 13.2 percent in 2008. The jump bring the number of the poor to its highest level since 1959, five years before the Johnson-era War on Poverty. The news from a US Census Bureau report released Thursday underscores how deeply the Great Recession has affected the nation's standard of living. The key findings of report, which compared income, poverty rate, and health-care insurance coverage in 2009 with 2008 numbers, include the following. 1) Some 43.6 million people were living in poverty last year – the highest number since 1959, five years...
  • Poor Jobs Report in August; Obama Blames Republicans

    09/05/2010 3:53:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/5/10 | abc
    The Obama Administration will be proposing a "Mini Stimulus" plan next week as left-wing economists like Paul Krugman charge that last year's $864 brillion stimulus spending bill was too small.
  • Economics 101: The False Fears of Income Disparity

    08/31/2010 1:03:49 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 4 replies
    Rancor News ^ | August 31st, 2010 | Tyson Bam
    The media is ripe with hyperbolic aggrandizement of the growing gap between the rich and the poor. The left has made it a false flag to rally troops for class warfare which is neither healthy, productive, or beneficial for anyone involved. If this offends you or sounds counter-intuitive then I encourage you to read on and find a fault on merit rather than tired of mantras like, “the wealthy don't work for their money” or “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” These are examples of bumper sticker economics that aren't substantiated by fact or reason. Consider first...
  • Are the Poor Subsidizing the Rich via Credit Card Rewards? Don't Be So Sure

    08/27/2010 7:39:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2010 | Tim Chen
    Do credit card reward systems subsidize the rich at the expense of the poor? There has been a lot of press over the last week about a new research report out of the Boston Federal Reserve that claims that credit card payments are a form of regressive wealth transfer, taking money from the poor in the form of higher prices and giving to the rich in the form of credit card rewards. But before we all start crying foul and cutting up our credit cards, let's put down our pitchforks, take a deep breath, and think about this. It's...
  • Domino's Pizza Forced to Axe Halal Menu After Poor Sales

    08/17/2010 6:25:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Metro ^ | 8/18/2010
    Domino's Pizza pioneered a halal-only menu but has had to ditch the idea because of poor sales.Three of the pizza chain's branches banned pork and brought in meats satisfying Islamic laws 18 months ago but have reverted to their usual menu, including the meateor, pepperoni and Hawaiian. The pilot ‘hasn’t had the impact expected and the company has reluctantly decided to return to a conventional Domino’s menu’, it said in a letter to customers. ‘It did seem pretty unfair on non-Muslim pizza lovers,’ said pizza fan Chris Yates, 31. ‘It was as if I wasn’t allowed ham or pork on...
  • *(Vanity) WooooHooo! Obama & the DemoTheives have lost the "Poor" vote!

    08/13/2010 12:55:07 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 25 replies
    Varied | Friday, August 13th, 2010 | DGHoodini
    Hearing reports that Obama & the Dems have lost the confidence and the votes of the majority of the "poor". If true, they're burnt rats. >Bo)
  • Credit Cards Take From Poor, Give to the Rich

    07/28/2010 7:10:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/27/2010 | Michael S. Derby
    Credit cards appear to be the reverse Robin Hoods of the financial world. A new paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston says merchant fees and reward programs offered by many credit-card issuers essentially take money from those who have the least and give it to those who have the most. The imbalance may have to be remedied via government intervention, the authors, Scott Schuh, Oz Shy and Joana Stavins, argued. The paper was published as part of the bank’s Public Policy Discussion Papers on Monday. It comes amid big changes for the financial industry, as the nation’s bank...
  • Victicrat America - The New American "Poor" Class

    07/26/2010 6:27:45 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 1+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 7/25/10 | DJP I.F.
    There is much talk and discussion today about helping the poor and downtrodden here in the USA. The only true way to help individuals break free from the tyrannical cycle of poverty, however, is a Conservatism that is rooted in Biblical, Judean/ Christian truths and absolutes. Such values bestow upon these individuals a sense of reality and purpose in what otherwise would be a meaningless, “burned out” existence. Historically, Judean/ Christian values have been the only true advocate and hope for the poor since the fall of man (see Genesis 3:17-19). The word charity - as taught in the Bible...
  • Cell phones: Theft dressed up as charity

    07/16/2010 11:23:34 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 24 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Sometimes, government programs, subsidies and entitlements need no embellishment. In 2008, TracFone Wireless of Miami began distributing free cell phones to people who get food stamps, welfare or other government assistance. Recipients of the free cell phones are allowed to earn up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or no more than $33,075 a year for a family of four. The phones provide 68 free minutes a month and, in the words of The Philadelphia Inquirer, "they're paid for, in part, by charges on phone bills that the federal government allows carriers to levy." The free cells are...
  • Indisputable Proof The Poor Has Gotten Richer, While The Rich Has Gotten Poorer

    07/16/2010 10:31:22 AM PDT · by OneVike · 24 replies · 1+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 7/16/10 | Chuck Wolk
    The Likes of Obama and his Fascists friends have been attacking capitalism for many years, by turning one class of citizens against another.  This relentless class warfare attack has enabled them to finally gain control of every aspect of the government but the Supreme Court.  Thanks to their allies in the public school system, they have been able to convince the majority of Americans to now look down upon those who have prospered due to hard work and perseverance. Sometimes I think I must be living in an alternative universe where evil is good and good is evil.      ...
  • In Council celebrating the 4th of July comes with a parade, fireworks and porcupine races

    07/02/2010 6:19:37 AM PDT · by kbennkc · 2 replies
    Idaho ^ | 2 JUL 10 | KATY MOELLER
    After all, nothing says "so long, suckers" like a race for glory in which drowsy rodents are steered with brooms and plastic garbage cans across a high school football field. No animals are injured in the annual running of the porcupines, say locals in western Idaho's Adams County. And neither are the humans, though some have been barbed by quills. Read more:
  • Where Best To Be Poor

    06/30/2010 4:23:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | June 30, 2010 | Walther Williams
    Imagine you are an unborn spirit whom God has condemned to a life of poverty but has permitted to choose the nation in which to live. I'm betting that most any such condemned unborn spirit would choose the United States. Why? What has historically been defined as poverty, nationally or internationally, no longer exists in the U.S. Let's look at it. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the 2009 poverty guideline was $22,000 for an urban four-person family. In 2009, having income less than that, 15 percent or 40 million Americans were classified as poor, but...
  • Poor in Cape Town are being relocated (like Dems relocated Poor in Denver '08)

    06/11/2010 7:35:14 AM PDT · by libh8er · 5 replies · 272+ views
    Wa Po ^ | 6.11.08 | Sudarshan Raghavan
    Shirley Fisher says she was evicted from a hostel near a stadium where soccer's biggest stars train. Natasha Flores says she was driven out of squatters' quarters near a new $450 million stadium in one of Cape Town's busiest tourist areas. Both ended up in Blikkiesdorp, a settlement of corrugated-iron shacks ringed by a concrete fence, home to hundreds of evicted families. Many residents say there is only one reason they wound up in this bleak place, which in Afrikaans means "tin-can town." "The World Cup," said Fisher, 41, without hesitation. Human rights campaigners say South African authorities have forcibly...
  • Schwarzenegger's budget deals blows to the poor

    05/15/2010 3:04:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 72 replies · 1,348+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/15/10 | Shane Goldmacher
    Proposing a budget that would eliminate the state's welfare-to-work program and most child care for the poor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday outlined a stark vision of a California that would sharply limit aid to some of its poorest and neediest citizens. His $83.4-billion plan would also freeze funding for local schools, further cut state workers' pay and take away 60% of state money for local mental health programs. State parks and higher education are among the few areas the governor's proposal would spare. The proposal, which would not raise taxes, also relies on $3.4 billion in help from Washington...
  • Elena Kagan and the 'Hollow Charade'

    05/11/2010 11:02:56 AM PDT · by yoe · 1 replies · 377+ views
    WSJ ^ | May 11, 2010 | Neomi Rao
    Yesterday President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to fill the fourth Supreme Court vacancy in less than six years. This nomination presents an opportunity for a teaching moment about what the court does, how it affects the lives of ordinary citizens, and how individual justices make a difference in this enterprise. [snip] One can only hope that Ms. Kagan will go off-script. In a 1995 book review published in the University of Chicago Law Review, she lamented that recent confirmation hearings were nothing but "a vapid and hollow charade." She explained that the Senate should view confirmation hearings "as an opportunity...
  • American's Two Poor Classes - The Lazy Victicrat and the Needy Indigent

    05/09/2010 12:26:32 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 21 replies · 502+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 5/9/10 | DJP I.F.
    In light of 40 million Americans on food stamps. Today in America we have two different classes of poor: 1) the American Indigent Poor; and 2) the Capable Poor or the “New American Poor” (i.e., “The Subjective Socially Dependent”). The American Indigent Poor are those individuals who are truly helpless and indigent. These were born with physical infirmities and birth defects who suffer physical traumas or mental issues and are unable to survive through this life without help from society. Some are our valiant veterans of foreign wars and others are rejected outcasts of society. These individuals need and deserve...
  • American's Two Poor Classes - Victicrats and Indigent

    04/07/2010 2:12:26 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies · 247+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 4/6/10 | DJP I.F.
    Today in America we have two different classes of poor: 1) the American Indigent Poor; and 2) the Capable Poor or the “New American Poor” (i.e., “The Subjective Socially Dependent”). The American Indigent Poor are those individuals who are truly helpless and indigent. These were born with physical infirmities and birth defects who suffer physical traumas or mental issues and are unable to survive through this life without help from society. Some are our valiant veterans of foreign wars and others are rejected outcasts of society. These individuals need and deserve our charity and help, and most of all we...
  • How is Fedzilla going to force others like our daughter to pay for Obamacare?

    03/24/2010 11:28:41 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 58 replies · 1,260+ views
    Stayfree | March 24, 2010 | Stayfree
    One of our daughters has no job, no health insurance, no money, no assets and no ability to get a job, but she does have huge medical problems and bills (which we have been paying for over 20 years). I just wonder how Fedzilla is going to force her to obtain and pay for Obamacare...will the IRS fine her and attach her nonexistant bank account and then throw her in jail? I am sure there are millions just like her who will bankrupt Obamacare before it even gets started....
  • President Obama Makes Poverty Permanent

    03/12/2010 7:05:37 AM PST · by mattstat · 3 replies · 291+ views
    There’s an old story — not apocryphal, unfortunately — in which a politician is heard to moan: 50% earn less than the median income. Something needs to be done! Oh, how I weep for those unfortunate people! No, not those with less money, but those who find such cris du coeur convincing. I maintain a small collection of these appeals, because I find them useful in showing how often our progressive pals — who remind us constantly of their intelligence and caring — are apt to say something stupid. The median income is the point at which 50% of people...
  • Health Overhaul To Expand Medicaid To All Poor Adults ($500 BILLION in cuts not mentioned)

    03/09/2010 5:57:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 512+ views
    NPR ^ | 3/08/10 | Rick Schmitt
    Health Overhaul To Expand Medicaid To All Poor Adultsby Rick Schmitt March 8, 2010 Marilyn Matthews has no job, no health insurance, and until now, no chance of qualifying for Medicaid. She's unquestionably poor — her last regular paycheck was more than three years ago — and would meet the income criteria for Medicaid. The rub is that Matthews, 51, is a healthy adult with no children. While Medicaid is the main government health insurance plan for the poor, the joint state-federal program has excluded Matthews and millions of other adults with no dependent children since the 1960s. Medicaid has...
  • Food-stamp fraud: Detroit-area stores swipe millions from aid program

    03/01/2010 11:19:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 139 replies · 2,850+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 1, 2010
    Two undercover informants entered Jefferson's Liquor Palace and spotted the owner at the register. "Big baby," said one, "we gon' do this?" The man behind the counter provided $50 in cash, two bottles of liquor, two porn DVDs and two Viagra pills — all in exchange for taking $280.85 off a food-stamp card, say federal investigators who recorded the deal. Fraud in the government program that helps the poor has added up to nearly $100 million since 2007, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. It's a fraction of the more than $40 billion spent to feed people each year,...
  • The New Poor (Welcome to obamas America)

    02/23/2010 10:06:57 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 30 replies · 1,114+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/23/2010 | Staff
    Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount, with millions of Americans remaining out of work, out of savings and nearing the end of their unemployment benefits. Economists fear that the nascent recovery will leave more people behind than in past recessions, failing to create jobs in sufficient numbers to absorb the record-setting ranks of the long-term unemployed. Call them the new poor: people long accustomed to the comforts of middle-class life who are now relying on public assistance for the first time in their lives -- potentially...
  • Who helped corporate rich get richer? You did

    02/01/2010 8:10:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 527+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/01/2010 | Tom Petruno
    In the banking industry in 2009, the rich got richer -- which has, of course, infuriated much of the nation. But that same basic idea, mostly minus the public infuriation factor, is playing out across the business world. The Great Recession has killed untold numbers of small firms, many of which were unable to line up financing to keep their operations afloat. But money is no problem at all for corporate America. And the biggest businesses don't need banks, at least not for loans. As the credit crisis has eased, they've been able to turn to the welcoming arms of...