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  • Advice to a Young Liberal Journalist (vanity)

    07/22/2014 10:45:38 AM PDT · by A_perfect_lady · 6 replies
    My seething mind | 22Jul14 | Moi
    So you want to write about poverty, joblessness, homelessness, and general misery in America. Let me give you some advice, and I'll cut right to the chase and be as blunt as possible. First, consider your audience. It’s white people. If you are trying to tell a sob story that ends in “we need more social services” most minorities are already on your side and the ones that aren’t have their own sources of information. You’re talking to mainstream white America, so you need to tailor your story to them. Start with a young white couple who has fallen on...
  • Author, broadcaster calls for 2016 presidential debate on poverty: Smiley spoke at KS Conference...

    07/18/2014 10:01:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | July 18, 2014 | Ann Marie Bush
    Author and broadcaster Tavis Smiley during the Kansas Conference on Poverty on Friday spoke out about Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget and called for a 2016 presidential debate that would focus solely on poverty and income equality. “Budgets are moral documents,” Smiley told a crowd gathered in the Sunflower Ballroom of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. He said Brownback gave tax breaks to the “rich and lucky” and “cut K-12 education.” “The tax cuts are a good sound-bite politics but unsound policy,” Smiley said. He also said what Brownback has done to the state is “shameful.” Education is...
  • Hillary Clinton reveals what it's like to be poor in America

    07/16/2014 7:57:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    thepeoplescube.com ^ | 6/9/2014 | Opiate of the People
    Hillary Clinton has served America for decades; in January 1993, she made history as she became the country's first co-president along with her husband, Bill. After her tour in the White House ended, she answered the call from her adopted state of New York and voluntarily gave up a lucrative career trading cattle futures to act as one of only two US senators from that state. In 2008, after tirelessly devoting herself to helping Barack Obama become America's best president, she looked forward to retiring to a quiet life in a small cottage somewhere. Once again her country called, pleading...
  • On Every Big Issue, Obama's Presidency is Found Wanting

    07/04/2014 9:39:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Republicans have a wealth of political issues that will dominate the 2014 midterm election races and determine their outcome. The national news media has done its best to try to bury these issues, play them down or sugar coat them, but the American people know better. They have persistently put these issues at or near the top of every voter poll in the last six years of Barack Obama's scandal-ridden, trouble-plagued administration. It's hard to break through and overcome the power of the Washington news media that has worked hard to cover up the Obama White House's blunders....
  • The Looting of Italy

    06/30/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 23 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is an article that was written and sent to me by Alessandra Nucci, an Italian journalist and friend. It describes what the European Union has done to Italy. Since it's a very long article, I've broken it down in 4 parts. Here is the first part. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How would you feel if for years you had been picking up shipwrecked penniless migrants from Africa, dumped by criminal agents all over the Mediterranean, ferrying them to your shores and taking them in by the thousands, only to see yourself made the butt of sarcasm, reproaches and even pecuniary fines...
  • Clinton Defends $225,000 Speaking Fee

    06/29/2014 12:16:12 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 June 2014 | John Semmens
    Elias Benjelloun’s, the UNLV student body president, and Daniel Waqar’s, the student government’s public relations director, protest that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s $225,000 fee for a single speech is excessive was slapped down by the lady herself. “Students angry that their tuition fees are being increased shouldn’t try to take it out on me,” Clinton angrily exclaimed. “I have unique credentials. I’ve been a First Lady and co-president, a United States Senator, and Secretary of State. Audiences should expect to pay more to hear me.” Clinton compared her fee with the $230,000 per game salary paid to the...
  • The Worldview [Collectivism] that Makes the Underclass [A Case Study of England]

    06/28/2014 10:13:45 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 13 replies
    By a mixture of ideology and fiscal and social policies, the family has been systematically fractured and destroyed in England, at least in the lowest part of the society that, unfortunately, needs family solidarity the most. Certainly the notions of dependence and independence have changed. I remember a population that was terrified of falling into dependence on the state, because such dependence, apart from being unpleasant in itself, signified personal failure and humiliation. But there has been an astonishing gestalt switch in my lifetime. Independence has now come to mean independence of the people to whom one is related and...
  • How to decry poverty and get rich on the public payroll

    06/28/2014 7:29:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/28/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    div class="article_body top">Isn’t it amazing how people can make a career decrying poverty and end up collecting big bucks from taxpayers for not much work? Consider the case of University of North Carolina Law School Professor Gene Nichol, who teaches one course per semester, and pulls down almost $213,000 per year in that state-funded school, as professor and head of the school’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.Add in his wife, also on the UC payroll ay the medical school and Health Care System, and this fun couple pulls down over 600k per year. The College Fix has the goods...
  • Why Keira Knightley Lives On $50K a Year

    06/26/2014 2:47:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    ABC News ^ | Lucina Fisher
    She may be an A-list movie star, but Keira Knightley gives herself an annual allowance of only $50,000 to live on. “It’s something around that,” the 29-year-old British actress told Glamour’s July issue. “I mean, if I want or need something that goes over that, I get it, but, yes, around that.” But why so little to begin with? Keira Knightley Reveals Why She Was Bullied for Wearing “I think living an [expensive] lifestyle means you can’t hang out with people who don’t live that lifestyle,” Knightley told the magazine. “It alienates you. Some of my best, most hilarious times...
  • Hillary Clinton reveals what it's like to be poor in America

    06/26/2014 8:41:24 AM PDT · by laotzu · 28 replies
    The Peoples Cube ^ | 6/9/14 | Opiate of the People
    Hillary Clinton has served America for decades; in January 1993, she made history as she became the country's first co-president along with her husband, Bill. After her tour in the White House ended, she answered the call from her adopted state of New York and voluntarily gave up a lucrative career trading cattle futures to act as one of only two US senators from that state. In 2008, after tirelessly devoting herself to helping Barack Obama become America's best president, she looked forward to retiring to a quiet life in a small cottage somewhere. Once again her country called, pleading...
  • Joe Biden: Guys, I assure you I, too, am super-poor

    06/24/2014 6:15:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/24/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Noah mentioned this in his piece about the ridiculous Democratic race to the bottom income bracket, but it deserves its own space. This kind of mess will continue to happen until reporters stop asking the question because there’s really no good answer. “Income inequality” is an evil of American society, according to the Democratic Party. In running against Republicans, especially Mitt Romney, every high-profile Democrat has made it his business to equate rich with evil. And, not just evil, but congenitally unable to understand or adjust policy to reflect the problems of real people. If that’s true for Romney,...
  • Nearly Half Of Detroit Water Customers Can’t Pay Their Bill

    06/23/2014 12:17:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 06/23/2014
    It’s a basic human right: water. But could the United Nations soon help the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department provide the service to struggling customers? Water department spokeswoman Curtrise Garner says it’s a possibility — but for now, the water bills must be paid. “We do have programs that do help those that are just totally in need; can’t afford it — but we also know that there are also people who can’t afford it would can not pay and we know this because, once we shut water off, the next day they are in paying the bill in full....
  • Billionaire Chen Guangbiao invites 1,000 poor Americans to dinner in Central Park

    06/18/2014 9:11:36 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 20 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 18 June, 2014 | Mimi Lau
    Controversial billionaire Chen Guangbiao placed a full-page advertisement in Monday’s New York Times and a half-page advertisement in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, inviting 1,000 underprivileged Americans to dine with him. “I want to spread the message in the US that there are good philanthropists in China and not all are crazy spenders on luxury goods”. Chen said he was “teaming up with a famous American charity to host a charity luncheon for 1,000 poor and destitute Americans, who each will receive 300 dollars”. The underprivileged will be invited to the Boat House restaurant in New York’s Central Park, where Chen...
  • Aide: Clintons 'Have a Life and a Set of Expectations that Are Different' from Middle Class

    06/10/2014 8:02:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 10, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Former Clinton aide Kiki McLean defended Hillary Clinton's claim that she was "dead broke" and "struggled" after leaving the White House by saying that the Clintons "have a life and a set of expectations that are different" from middle class Americans. McLean made the comments on CNN:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)"I suppose when you heard that comment you knew full well that that was going to be fodder for the Republicans," the CNN host said today referring to the comments Clinton made in an interview that aired last night. "Mrs. Clinton used the word 'houses' -- the plural version, which many Americans would hear...
  • Great Society's decline: The high cost of Lyndon Johnson's grand project

    tanding on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.” This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier. Fifty years ago this Thursday, at the University of Michigan, Johnson had proposed legislating into existence a Great Society. It would end poverty and racial injustice, “but that is just the beginning.” It would “rebuild the entire urban United States” while fending off “boredom and restlessness,” slaking “the hunger for community” and enhancing “the meaning of our...
  • Poverty Shoots Up in Venezuela

    06/05/2014 11:37:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 4, 2014 | Juan Nagel
    When the Venezuelan government defends itself from its critics, it usually points to declining poverty rates as proof of its success. For a while, this worked; poverty figures indeed improved during a portion of the chavista years. But the days when poverty was a winning issue for chavismo are over. Official statistics now show that poverty is rising rapidly. Venezuela's official statistics office (INE) mostly spends its time producing reports charged with political language -- but it still manages to report actual data once in a while. A few weeks ago, the statisticians published proof that one in three Venezuelans...
  • What White Privilege Looks Like When You’re Poor

    05/26/2014 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 58 replies
    The Nation ^ | 5/22/2014
    Inevitably, when you talk about white privilege someone will ask the question, “What about poor white people? What privilege do they have?” In January 1961, John F. Kennedy was inagurated as the nation’s thirty-fifth president. In February 1961, he signed an executive order for a pilot food stamp program, one based on the model previously used during the Great Depression. During his campaign, Kennedy had spent much time in West Virginia, and according to his speechwriter Ted Sorensen, “was appalled by the pitiful conditions he saw, by the children of poverty, by the families living on surplus lard and corn...
  • Why many retired women live in poverty

    05/20/2014 9:34:42 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 113 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 13MAY2014 | Melanie Hicken
    Gender inequality doesn't end at the workplace. For many women, the gender gap haunts them well into their retirement years, when far more women find themselves living in poverty. In fact, women are almost twice as likely as men to live below the poverty line during retirement, with single and minority women struggling the most (see chart). On average, women 65 years and older rely on a median income of around $16,000 a year -- roughly $11,000 less than men of the same age, according to a Congressional analysis of Census data. And many elderly women rely exclusively on Social...
  • Even Jesus Sometimes said “No.”

    05/20/2014 2:07:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the struggles that many Christians experience is that the needs around us are so great, and yet we are limited, both in personal strength, and in resources. And, lurking in the back of our mind, is a notion that whatever the problem, Jesus would always help and so should we. But, then, is it always wrong to say no when there is need?It is a true fact, Jesus was quite generous with his time, attention, and resources. We too are counseled to be rich in mercy and kindness, expansive in our charity and to be willing to forsake...
  • Sowell: Poverty and Snow Storms

    05/19/2014 11:42:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Many years ago, in upstate New York, there was a lady who was caught in a fierce snow storm that produced conditions called a "whiteout." That's when the snow is falling so thick and fast that all you can see in any direction is just sheer white. This lady wandered around in the storm, struggling to try to get home, but there was no way for her to know where home was. Eventually she collapsed in the snow and died — something like 50 feet from her home that she could not see. All too often that image comes back...
  • What LBJ Wrought: 50 Years after the war on poverty, the results are in.

    05/19/2014 8:26:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 05/19/2014 | George Will
    If our government has any obligation to fulfill its many promises on health care, it should be first and foremost to the men and women who served in our armed forces. But the scandal over hidden waiting lists at a growing number of veterans’ hospitals (seven so far) — wherein dozens of veterans died while waiting months for vital treatment, and the VA covered up the lengthy wait times — should make everyone wonder whether we can place our trust in a government-managed health-care system. The Dayton Daily News reported on Sunday that its investigation of a database of...
  • Is There A Biblical Answer To Poverty?

    05/13/2014 10:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/13/2014 | Gracy Olmstead
    I’ve often heard conservatives called “anti-poor” (take this Atlantic article). While the term “compassionate conservative” was highly prevalent during and after George W. Bush’s presidency, conservatives’ adherence to free market principles sometimes gives them a perception of apathy and even ruthlessness toward the less fortunate. But these perceptions are sadly faulty—and thankfully, The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics has just released a book that may help change such perceptions: titled For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer To Poverty, it’s a series of essays from Christian conservative thinkers, explaining the ties between free-market economic principles with biblical...
  • Inequality isn't a problem: it's a driver of progress

    05/04/2014 10:12:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2014 | Andrew Lilico
    Is there a genuine "issue of inequality"? I say no. There are (or at least may be) genuine issues of poverty, market and regulatory failure in the financial sector, or how best to raise taxes to fund public services. Very often discussions of "inequality" are either disguised discussions of one of these things or else inequality is seen a symptom of problems elsewhere (e.g. bonuses in the banking sector seen as a symptom of poor regulatory risk management oversight). But once we strip out these other potential issues all that is left of the "inequality" discussion is this: is it...
  • Getting Past Name-Calling to Talk About Poverty

    04/30/2014 9:18:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-30-14 | Juan Williams
    Rep. Paul Ryan is meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. Let's hope they give his ideas a fair hearing. Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday to discuss his plans to address poverty and his March 12 comments in a radio interview about a "tailspin of culture" in our inner cities where "generations of men [are] not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." Mr. Ryan's statement sparked liberal accusations of racism. Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) called it "a thinly veiled racial attack" that...
  • Panhandlers in Winston-Salem could be required to wear ID badges

    04/29/2014 2:55:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WGHP-TV ^ | April 17, 2014 | Michael Spears
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Panhandlers in Winston-Salem could soon be required to wear a photo identification badge at all times under a proposal by the City Attorney’s Office. All panhandlers are required by current city ordinance to apply and obtain a free panhandling license. The City Attorney’s Office now recommends adding a photo ID provision into the licensing process and requiring the tag to be worn at all times while panhandling. The ID tag would also include the license’s expiration date. Having ready identification would help the city enforce current panhandling laws according to The City Attorney’s Office, which also cites...
  • Special Rules for Democrats

    04/29/2014 5:01:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Remember poverty? It was once a chief preoccupation of the Democratic Party. Lyndon Johnson made war on it. An entire ecosystem of federal, state and local programs has been created over the course of the past half-century to combat it, costing taxpayers more than $1 trillion annually. Yet the Democratic Party seems to have forgotten the poor. The proposal to increase the minimum wage by a few dollars is trifling compared with the vaunting ambitions of the War on Poverty. Sargent Shriver, Johnson's poverty czar, predicted that welfare state programs would eliminate poverty by 1976. Throughout the post-Great Society era,...
  • Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves... [Bundy Echoes Black Writer]

    04/24/2014 12:00:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Amazon ^ | Star Parker
    Uncle Sam’s Plantation is an incisive look at how government manipulates, controls, and ultimately devastates the lives of the poor—and what Americans must do to stop it. Once a hustler and welfare addict who was chewed up and spit out by the ruthless welfare system, Star Parker sheds much needed light on the bungled bureaucratic attempts to end poverty and reveals the insidious deceptions perpetrated by self-serving politicians. “Star Parker rocks the world. She is an iconoclast that must be listened to and reckoned with.” ―Sean Hannity “Star Parker’s important new book helps advance the understanding—critical for all Americans—that prosperity...
  • 50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back (Massive Democrat Failure)

    04/23/2014 3:09:32 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 20, 2014 | TRIP GABRIEL
    McDowell County, the poorest in West Virginia, has been emblematic of entrenched American poverty for more than a half-century. John F. Kennedy campaigned here in 1960 and was so appalled that he promised to send help if elected president. His first executive order created the modern food stamp program, whose first recipients were McDowell County residents. When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964, it was the squalor of Appalachia he had in mind. The federal programs that followed — Medicare, Medicaid, free school lunches and others — lifted tens of thousands above a subsistence standard...
  • Haven't We Struggled and Suffered Enough?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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