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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...