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  • Why Are People Poor?

    12/05/2018 9:05:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/04/2018 | Michael Tanner
    Why are people poor? Conservatives and liberals offer very different explanations.Conservatives point to a “culture of poverty” and suggest that much deprivation is the result of flawed choices and behavior by the poor themselves. They point to a strong correlation between poverty and a failure to follow the so-called “success sequence”: finish school, get a job, get married, and only then have children. Relatively few people who do those things end up in poverty. Liberals, on the other hand, say that that is all very well, but choices are always constrained by the circumstances in which people live. Therefore, conservatives...
  • Democratic Socialism Makes Europeans Poorer [semi-satire]

    11/30/2018 9:36:04 PM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Dec 2018 | John Semmens
    A study by Mark Perry, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan, should give pause to advocates of democratic socialism in the United States. According to the study, the more socialistic economic policies of western European countries has both retarded output and boosted the cost of living. The index of average individual consumption for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is set at 100. Inhabitants in nations falling below this mark can afford less than the average European. Inhabitants in nations exceeding this mark can afford more. The...
  • Harry Leslie Smith: War veteran has died

    11/28/2018 8:02:26 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | November 28, 2018 | BBC News
    A World War Two veteran who grew up in poverty and described himself as the "world's oldest rebel" has died. The son of RAF veteran and author Harry Leslie Smith tweeted to say his father had died while visiting him in Canada. The son of a miner, Mr Smith lived through the Great Depression and joined the RAF in 1941, serving in World War Two.
  • Report: 80 Percent Of Venezuelans Short Of Food

    11/21/2018 10:24:16 AM PST · by blam · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-21-2018 | Ben Kwe
    Around 80 percent of Venezuelans are now short of food, according to the new data compiled by NGO Human Rights Watch on Tuesday. Following a trip to the Venezuelan border with Brazil by a team of health experts from John Hopkins University, researchers found that malnutrition continues to rise aggressively, with 80 percent of households unable to access enough food and rates of malnutrition among five years now over the World Health Organizations crisis limit. In 2017, the average person lost around 11 kilos (24 pounds). In 2016, that number was 19 pounds; it is expected to have risen in...
  • Yemen Slides into the Horrors of Famine

    11/09/2018 3:25:57 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | Nov 2018 | Christoph Reuter
    We know the war in Yemen from the images of bomb craters, injured babies in crumbling hospitals, dead bodies and rubble. But behind the horrors of battle lies a frequently overlooked danger that is just as deadly. War-torn Yemen is experiencing the disastrous collapse of its currency. Food, fuel, medication and clean water is becoming astronomically expensive. The result is a looming famine that could become one of the biggest ever. "There is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen: much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during...
  • Poverty in California - Why one of Americas richest states is also its poorest

    11/04/2018 5:15:25 AM PST · by Galatians328 · 26 replies
    Economist ^ | 11/2/2018
    The state with the largest share of people in poverty is California. As the most populous state, it also has by far the largest number of poor people, 7.4m.
  • Poverty

    10/27/2018 5:57:54 PM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    The Anti-Gnostic ^ | 10-27-2018 | Anti-Gnostic
    H/T Ad Orientem. This is poverty.From Shorpys,http://www.shorpy.com/node/23987 And this.This might be poverty, but its probably more bad choices and bad habits. Los Angeles is an expensive town. Move.This really isnt poverty.Nor is this. Its not refugee or asylum either.I couldnt find a photograph of a fast food worker with a neck tattoo and cell phone, but that too is not poverty.Mankind has accomplished an amazing thing in my lifetime, and that is the practical abolition of scarcity. We can grow all the crops the world needs in that greenbelt in the middle of the U.S., and float it down via...
  • Poverty rate in Florida dips to lowest level since Great Recession, census says

    09/19/2018 5:41:37 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 4 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Sept 17, 2018 | Aric Chokey
    Nearly a decade after the Great Recession, the percentage of Floridians who were living in poverty in 2017 was at its lowest level since 2008, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. About 14 percent of the Sunshine States population had incomes below the poverty line last year compared with 13.2 percent in 2008. That means between 2.8 million and 2.9 million people were living in poverty in Florida in 2017. The Census Bureau measures poverty annually and sets the threshold based on factors such as household income and family size, including the number of children. A family...
  • California's poverty rate highest in the nation

    09/13/2018 2:36:06 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/13/18 | Megan Keller
    Federal data released Wednesday show that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. The Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) for 2017 estimates that California's poverty rate is at 19 percent. That figure is a slight 1.4 percent drop from last year, but still the highest of any state. The bureau's methodology takes into account the cost of living in a given area. Caroline Danielson, the policy director at the Public Policy Institute of California, said a high cost of living, in particular for housing, had weighed the state down. "The state's high housing costs have weighed heavily...
  • Trump effect: Food stamp usage down for EIGHT straight months

    09/13/2018 10:53:22 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 11 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 9/13/18 | USA Features
    Winning: Americans use of food stamp assistance has now fallen for the eighth straight month as the POTUS Trump economy continues to expand, raising all boats and not just those of the rich.
  • Incomes Rose and Poverty Rate Fell for Third Straight Year, Census Data Show

    09/13/2018 6:57:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 13, 2018 | Janet Adamy and Paul Overberg
    American incomes rose and poverty declined for the third consecutive year in 2017, according to census figures released Wednesday that suggest more Americans are benefiting from the robust economy. The new data, which provide a broad look at U.S. economic well-being, show that median household income increased to $61,372 last year, up 1.8% when adjusted for inflation. There were 39.7 million people in poverty last year, and that rate dropped 0.4 percentage point to its lowest level since 2006. The number of people working full time year round increased by 2.4 million in 2017. Incomes have grown 10.4% in the...
  • 7 Things I'd Do if I Wanted to Keep Poor People Poor

    08/28/2018 5:51:12 AM PDT · by vannrox · 30 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Sunday, August 26, 2018 | Brian Balfour
    If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. Let's count them down.1: An Expanding Welfare State For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare stateprograms like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.I would recognize that an effective recipe for keeping poor people poor is to create incentives that push them into decisions that prevent them from climbing out of poverty.Rather than help individuals, the perverse economic incentives created by the social safety net trap aid recipients on welfare. Case in point: A 2012 study by Pennsylvanias Secretary of Public...
  • Almost half of Americans can't pay for their basic needs

    08/28/2018 6:39:27 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 137 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | August 28, 2018 | Aimee Picchi
    Four in 10 Americans are struggling to pay for their basic needs such as groceries or housing, a problem even middle-class households confront, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. Despite the U.S. economy being near full employment, 39.4 percent of adults between 18 and 64 years old said they experienced at least one type of material hardship in 2017, according to the study, which surveyed more than 7,500 adults about whether they had trouble paying for housing, utilities, food or health care. The findings surprised researchers at the Urban Institute, who had expected to find high levels...
  • Newark School Installs Laundromat In Attempt To Wash Away The Vicious Cycle Of Bullying

    08/16/2018 1:27:56 PM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    CBS NYC ^ | August 15, 2018 | Staff
    A high school in New Jersey is getting off to a clean start this year. The principal discovered students were being bullied for coming to class with dirty clothes, so hes giving them a chance to go from the classroom into the laundry room, all under the same roof, CBS2s Lisa Rozner reported Wednesday.
  • 'Medicare for all' could save businesses trillions of dollars [Fake News Goes Full Retard]

    08/06/2018 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    finance yahoo ^ | 8/6/18 | Rick "John McCain wrote the foreward for my first book" Newman
    Sen. Bernie Sanders Medicare for all plan has gained traction among some mainstream Democrats, including possible presidential contenders... New analysis...found that single-payer health care for all Americans would cost at least $32.6 trillion during the first decade...but its worth keeping in mind that a Sanders-style single-payer system would transfer all health care spending to the federal government. Im scoring the federal cost here, and its enormous, Blahous told Yahoo Finance. The other side of the coin is businesses, individuals, states and others are not going to be paying these costs. Theyre going to be given to the federal government. ...total...
  • Maduro Admits Economy Has Failed [semi-satire]

    08/03/2018 7:37:56 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 August 2018 | John Semmens
    As food and medicine shortages and public service paralysis have wracked Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro admitted his economic model has failed. The "model" has entailed nationalization of major industrial sectors, the expropriation of hundreds of businesses, and widespread price controls. The President called upon "my socialist comrades to join with me in devising more effective directives to get the economy moving again. Our country is not the first to face these kinds of problems. When the Soviet Union was trying to build socialism wreckers and saboteurs undermined the plans laid out by the Politburo. It took the strength of Stalin...
  • Some Ideas To Think About

    08/01/2018 2:36:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    Poverty is no mystery, and it's easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an income of $12,486 that year. For a two-person household, it was $16,072, and for a four-person household, it was $24,755. To beat those poverty thresholds is fairly simple. Here's the road map: Complete high school; get a job, any kind of a job; get married before having children; and be a law-abiding citizen. How about some numbers? A single person taking a minimum wage job would earn an annual income of $15,080. A married couple would...
  • An insulting question: 'Could you survive poverty?'

    07/30/2018 8:04:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 124 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/30/2018 | Barbara Simpson
    One of them caught my attention and I could hardly believe my eyes. I had to read it a couple of time before the reality sank in. Here it is, verbatim, with their underlining emphasis, not mine: Could you survive poverty? The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will host a Community Poverty Simulation. (It went on to note the date and location of this event and a contact number for those wishing to register to participate.) This poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants understand what it might be like to be a part of a typical low-income...
  • Does Poverty Lead to Abortion, or Does Abortion Lead to Poverty?

    07/11/2018 6:06:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Abort73.com ^ | Dec. 28, 2017 | Michael Spielman
    Among its apologists, abortion has long been heralded for its purported social benefitsjust as birth control was before it. By preventing "unwanted" children from being birthed, abortion is supposed to reduce strain on the system and create better outcomes for those already born. To that end, California taxpayers foot the bill for more than half the states abortions. In 2014, that amounted to almost 90,000 abortionsall in the name of fiscal responsibility. If this rather macabre investment strategy really does produce better outcomes for the state, you wouldnt know it. On the fiscal scale, California ranks 8th from the bottom,...
  • Extreme Poverty Is Extremely Rare in the U.S.A, Says New Research

    07/11/2018 8:03:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/11/2018 | By ROBERT VERBRUGGEN
    A recent dust-up between the U.N. and the Trump administration reinvigorated the debate over extreme poverty in the U.S. The U.N. claimed an astounding 18.5 million Americans were mired in this condition; the latter said the true number was a mere 250,000 fewer than one in 1,000 Americans.As Ive noted previously, the U.N.s number was absurd, relying on a definition of extreme poverty that no one else uses. But there is a legitimate debate over the true extent of extreme poverty typically defined as a household income under $2 per person per day, which is something like one-tenth...