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  • 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 State’s 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 state—programs 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 Pennsylvania’s 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 he’s giving them a chance to go from the classroom into the laundry room, all under the same roof, CBS2’s 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 it’s worth keeping in mind that a Sanders-style single-payer system would transfer all health care spending to the federal government. “I’m scoring the federal cost here, and it’s 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. They’re going to be given to the federal government.”
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | Dec. 28, 2017 | Michael Spielman
    Among its apologists, abortion has long been heralded for its purported social benefits—just 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 state’s abortions. In 2014, that amounted to almost 90,000 abortions—all in the name of fiscal responsibility. If this rather macabre investment strategy really does produce better outcomes for the state, you wouldn’t 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 I’ve 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...
  • Black Lives Matter Remembers The Fallen [Connecticut]

    07/01/2018 9:45:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Haven Independent ^ | June 28, 2018 | Carly Wanna
    Ala Ochumare stood at the center of a candle-lit circle and read a two-page list of New Haveners who have been killed in the city since 2010. That was part of the opening of a Wednesday evening vigil near the corner of Henry Street and Dixwell Avenue, close to where Trayvon Foster was murdered last Saturday. Ochumare organized the event through Black Lives Matter New Haven to mourn and provide a “healing space” for those who have been affected by the loss of New Haven’s own. “Black and brown lives matter. It’s unfortunate we have to say that,” Ochumare noted....
  • Fake News Meets Fake Poverty

    06/21/2018 3:16:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | June 21, 2018 | Phelim McAleer
    Journalists really like the poor. I don't mean they like living with them or even near them. They just love knowing they are there - even when they don’t really exist. It seems "Poverty Porn" has never been more popular even as Americans and the world gets richer and richer, and of course for these journalists America and the American system is to blame. A recent shining example of poverty porn was by The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington who produced what he called “A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America,” in which he uncritically followed Philip...
  • UN poverty report blasting Trump uses data from last year of Obama’s presidency (TR)

    06/21/2018 6:52:06 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/20/2018 | Chuck Devore
    A recent United Nations report blasting President Trump and America in general for harboring “contempt” and “hatred for the poor” is based on highly inaccurate data that can’t easily be used to compare the U.S. to other nations. The U.N. report’s main contentions read like an attack on the Trump administration by the Democratic Party: America has 40 million poor people, including 18.5 million who live in extreme poverty; U.S. policies regarding the poor are “cruel and inhuman;” the Trump tax cuts aren’t working and will worsen inequality; and the U.S. needs to spend less on defense of our nation...
  • Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’

    06/07/2018 2:45:47 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 14, 2012 | JASON DePARLE
    Faulkner is married and living on two paychecks, while Ms. Schairer is raising her children by herself. That gives the Faulkner family a profound advantage in income and nurturing time, and makes their children statistically more likely to finish college, find good jobs and form stable marriages. Ms. Faulkner goes home to a trim subdivision and weekends crowded with children’s events. Ms. Schairer’s rent consumes more than half her income, and she scrapes by on food stamps.
  • Social Security now running a deficit; insolvency set at 2034; Medicare Even Worse

    06/06/2018 6:29:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 117 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/06/2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Social Security will spend more than it collects this year, the program’s trustees said Tuesday, marking the first time in more than 35 years that it will run an annual deficit as it slides toward insolvency by 2034. Medicare’s main trust fund is in even worse shape, scheduled to hit insolvency in 2026 — three years earlier than last year’s estimate, the trustees said. The twin warnings add even more pressure to a budget already strained by last year’s tax cuts and this year’s deal to boost spending on defense and basic domestic needs, leaving few bright spots in the...
  • South Korea offers $1bn aid for infrastructure boost

    06/05/2018 4:30:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Gulf Times ^ | June 6, 2018 | Catherine S Valente, Manila Times
    South Korea has offered $1bn in official development assistance (ODA) to the Philippines to help boost the Duterte administration’s infrastructure programme, Malacanang said yesterday. In a news conference in South Korea, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the commitment was made during a bilateral meeting on Monday between President Rodrigo Duterte and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, at the Blue House in Seoul. “On the economic co-operation aspect, South Korea has doubled its overseas development assistance for our infrastructure projects, to support our Build, Build Build programme,” Roque told reporters. “In previous years, they provide us $500mn in ODA. And...
  • America's poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. exper

    06/02/2018 10:28:54 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 89 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-2-2018 | Stephanie Nebahy
    he American economy roared into overdrive last month, the Labor Department reported Friday, extending the longest streak of job growth on record and echoing other recent signs of strength. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, its lowest level since the heady days of the dot-com boom in early 2000. The net increase of 223,000 jobs reflected healthy gains in a broad range of industries, from manufacturing and transportation to health care and retailing.