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  • UC Davis Economics Professor: There Is No American Dream

    11/28/2014 9:42:32 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 22 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | 11/26/2014 | Steve Large
    DAVIS (CBS13) — A UC Davis economics professorhas determined there is no American Dream. Gregory Clark is sharing his research as a hard truth with no hope—whether or not you can get ahead in America is as predictable as any formula. In fact, he says, the formulas for social mobility in the United States show there’s nothing to dream about. “America has no higher rate of social mobility than medieval England, Or pre-industrial Sweden,” he said. “That’s the most difficult part of talking about social mobility is because it is shattering people s dreams.” Clark crunched the numbers in the...
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Households Will Celebrate Thanksgiving on Food Stamps

    11/26/2014 11:37:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Staff
    Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year. As of this August, according to the most recent data released by USDA, there were 22,729,389 households on food stamps. That equaled 19.75 percent of 115,048,000 households in the country...
  • Since Michael Brown Died, 981 Black Babies Have Died in Abortion in Missouri,... No Riots

    11/26/2014 6:37:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/26/14 | Steven Ertelt
    FULL TITLE: Since Michael Brown Died, 981 Black Babies Have Died in Abortion in Missouri, But There are No Riots Riots are taking place across the country in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri police officer for shooting a black teenager. The decision not to bring charges has renewed difficult racial tensions nationwide. Yesterday, LifeNews reported how the Planned Parenthood abortion business fanned the flames of racial divide by aggressively opposing the decision in Ferguson. Though the events in Ferguson have nothing to do with abortion, Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion CEO Cecile Richards...
  • Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH (Philippines)

    11/20/2014 7:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Rappler ^ | November 20, 2014 | Katerina Francisco
    MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis, the Argentine pope known for espousing a simpler Church, also wants the same treatment for his upcoming visit to the Philippines next year. At a press briefing on Thursday, November 20, papal visit media relations sub-committee chair Fr Anton Pascual said the Vatican would prefer a simple papal visit with minimal expenditures. The Vatican also urged for more resources to be spent on helping the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the earthquake in Bohol in 2013, according to an article on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site. The Pope will...
  • Obama Economy Leaves People Hungry: Underemployed seek meals from food banks

    11/18/2014 9:28:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 17, 2014 | Mary Lou Byrd
    Food banks across the country are reporting shortages as the holidays approach and the underemployed and the long-term unemployed are utilizing them to stave off hunger. Food bank lines continue to swell despite claims by the federal government that the economy is improving and increased spending on food stamps: Forty-six million Americans, or one in five, are now receiving food stamps. “The need continues to be strong. Even though the state level unemployment percent is low, this does not address the underemployed and long-term unemployed,” said Bruce Wilson, director of operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank. NHFB has already...
  • Abortion is Racist, For Every 1,000 Black Babies Born in New York City, 1,223 are Aborted

    11/17/2014 6:57:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/14/14 | Ryan Bomberger
    Time magazine shows that some things never change with time. The liberal publication’s relentless defense of abortion, no matter the lie, remains unchanged. Writer Katha Pollitt, author of “Reclaiming Abortion Rights”, is on a mission to destigmatize abortion. She wants to recast the act of killing human life via abortion as a “moral right” and “social good.”It apparently doesn’t matter if you have to immorally misrepresent the facts in order to promote this violent “social good.” Her article, “6 Myths About Abortion”, is laced with sloppy research and silly accusations. Others will inevitably dismantle her other five so-called mythbusters; I’ll...
  • If You’re Not Rich, Divorce Can Be Financially Devastating

    11/15/2014 10:24:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/15/2014 | TERESA TRITCH
    There is a long list of women* who have amassed personal fortunes by divorcing rich husbands — and as far as I can tell, they deserved every penny. This week Sue Ann Hamm joined it when a court ordered her ex-husband, Harold Hamm, the Oklahoma oil man, to pay her some $1 billion in cash and assets, or about $38 million per year of a 26-year marriage. Ms. Hamm plans to appeal on the grounds that the award grossly undervalues her share of the wealth accumulated during the marriage, Reuters reported on Thursday. If Ms. Hamm gets anywhere near half...
  • United Way study finds working families struggling to get by

    11/13/2014 9:51:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/11/14 | JENNY STALETOVICH
    Almost half the residents of Florida, including much of the state’s glitzy southern half, are barely getting by, living below the federal poverty level or struggling to pay for food, housing, childcare and other basic needs, according to a United Way study released Tuesday.
  • How To Stop Being Poor

    11/11/2014 5:12:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Liberalism is for poor people who are content to stay poor. Conservatism is for poor people who want to make a better life for themselves. I tell you that from experience because I have been poor. Once in college, on a trip out of town, I slept in an elevator all night because I couldn’t afford to pay to share a room with friends and I was too proud to crash without paying. On another trip, I slept in my car the whole week-end and ate bags of apples and powdered doughnuts because they were cheap. Later on, I got...
  • War on Poverty Turns 50: Are We Winning Yet?

    11/05/2014 10:49:46 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 25 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael D. Tanner and Charles Hughes
    The War on Poverty is 50 years old. Over that time, federal and state governments have spent more than $19 trillion fighting poverty. But what have we really accomplished? Although far from conclusive, the evidence suggests that we have successfully reduced many of the deprivations of material poverty, especially in the early years of the War on Poverty. However, these efforts were more successful among socioeconomically stable groups such as the elderly than low-income groups facing other social problems. Moreover, other factors like the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the expansion of economic opportunities to African Americans and women,...
  • Suit Filed to Halt Work Requirements for Food Stamp Recipients in New Mexico

    10/28/2014 7:52:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Brietbart ^ | October 28, 2014 | Awr Hawkins
    On October 27, the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty, the Southwest Organizing Project, and a number of food stamp recipients filed suit to halt work requirements for food stamp recipients which are set to go into effect in November. The Associated Press reports the changes would require "some childless adults [to] work in order to receive food stamps." Other recipients would have to "search for a job or participate in community service or job training."
  • Food Stamps, without Work Requirements: In 42 states, Able-bodied collect benefits without working.

    10/28/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/28/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The Great Recession ended more than 1,900 days ago, and the national unemployment rate is 5.9 percent — but many able-bodied adults in 42 states nevertheless continue to collect long-term food-stamp benefits without working, volunteering, or training for a job. Unless a state has extraordinarily high unemployment or a dearth of jobs, able-bodied adults who are younger than 50 and without a dependent must spend 20 hours a week productively if they wish to continue drawing food-stamp benefits longer than three months — or so says a policy enacted as part of the 1996 welfare reforms. But Congress temporarily suspended...
  • Report: Child poverty in the U.S. is at highest point in 20 years

    10/22/2014 9:15:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/22/14 | Gale Holland
    Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25% of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don’t have health insurance, the analysis says. Even worse: Five children die daily by firearms, and one dies every seven hours from abuse or neglect. “It shouldn’t be this hard for kids to grow and thrive
  • Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa

    10/21/2014 8:49:47 AM PDT · by knak · 150 replies
    washington post ^ | 10/16/14 | harlan
    CULLMAN, Ala. — The love seat and sofa that Jamie Abbott can’t quite afford ended up in her double-wide trailer because of the day earlier this year when she and her family walked into a new store called Buddy’s. Abbott had no access to credit, no bank account and little cash, but here was a place that catered to exactly those kinds of customers. Anything could be hers. The possibilities — and the prices — were dizzying. At Buddy’s, a used 32-gigabyte, early model iPad costs $1,439.28, paid over 72 weeks. An Acer laptop: $1,943.28, in 72 weekly installments. A...
  • Poverty

    10/11/2014 8:18:14 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 9 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 11, 2014 | John Stossel
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared “War on Poverty.” It sounded great to me. I was taught at Princeton, “We’re a rich country. All we have to do is tax the rich, and then use that money to create programs that will lift the poor out of poverty.” Government created job-training programs for the strong and expanded social security for the weak.... Johnson’s War brought further progress, but progress then stopped. It stopped because government is not good at making a distinction between needy and lazy. It taught moms not to marry the father of their kids because that...
  • Harry Reid’s Bodyguard Attacks Jason Mattera for Asking a Simple Question

    10/09/2014 2:07:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 10-9-14
    Crapitalism author Jason Mattera wanted to ask Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) a simple question: How did Reid, who was born in poverty, become so rich while working for the government? So he caught up with Reid recently to ask him about it. Reid refused to answer at all. Suddenly, one of Reid’s bodyguards took it upon himself to stop the questioning. He attacked Mattera while Reid just kept silently walking on. Take a look. (Video at source) By the way, Jason has accepted Bob Beckel’s challenge to fight, after Mattera targeted IRS targeting scandal honcho Lois Lerner.
  • Poverty

    10/08/2014 4:40:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | John Stossel
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared "War on Poverty." It sounded great to me. I was taught at Princeton, "We're a rich country. All we have to do is tax the rich, and then use that money to create programs that will lift the poor out of poverty." Government created job-training programs for the strong and expanded social security for the weak. It seemed to work. The poverty rate dropped from 17 percent to 12 percent in the programs' first decade. Unfortunately, few people noticed that during the half-decade before the "War," the rate dropped from 22 percent to...
  • Food Stamp Recipients Top 46 Million for 35th Straight Month

    10/07/2014 5:49:51 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 12 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 10/7/2014 | Ali Meyer
    CNSNews.com) - The number of Americans on food stamps has topped 46,000,000 for 35 straight months, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). From September 2011 through July 2014, the latest month for which data is available, the number of persons participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has exceeded 46 million. As of July 2014, there were 46,486,434 beneficiaries of the SNAP program. Excerpt - - - Graphs at the source
  • Food Stamp Enrollments Top 46 Million for 35 Months in a Row

    10/06/2014 8:49:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/5/2014 | Wynton Hall
    The government's newly released food stamp enrollment figures reveal that the number of individuals in America on food stamps has topped 46 million for 35 consecutive months. According to the Department of Agriculture, the number of individuals in July (the most recent month figures are available) who received food stamps was 46,486,434. The last time food stamp enrollments fell below 46 million was July 2011.
  • Family Of U.S. Ebola Carrier Moves Into Donated Home (Escorted by a Democratic judge)

    10/04/2014 12:22:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    KTVT-TV ^ | October 3, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins personally escorted the family of Ebola carrier Thomas Duncan to a 4 bedroom spacious home in a gated community Friday. It’s where they will live, miles away from their cramped apartment in Dallas while under quarantine. “I’m wearing the same shirt I was when I was in the car for 45 minutes today with that family,” said Jenkins about the car ride. “If there was any risk, I wouldn’t expose myself or my family,” he said during Friday’s press conference where city and county leaders called the move necessary. “Where they were living was...
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    09/30/2014 3:19:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 20, 2014 | Linda Tirado
    Linda Tirado photographed by Scott Suchman near her home in Washington DC for the Observer New Review. Why do so many poor people eat junk food, fail to budget properly, show no ambition? Linda Tirado knew exactly why… because she was one of them. Here, in an extract from her book, Hand to Mouth, she tells her story in her own words •Q&A with Linda Tirado In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls....
  • How Not to Be Poor [What the schools are NOT teaching our kids]

    09/30/2014 11:31:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/30/2014 | Helen Smith
    I read over Kathy Shaidle’s piece on the ways in which one can stay out of poverty. While a lot of the poor lifestyle decisions she points out make sense for avoiding poverty, such as finishing high school or not having numerous kids while a teenager, or even avoiding smoking, my experience as a therapist has taught me that education on how not to be poor is an important component for helping people to avoid poverty. Let me explain.Most books like Peter Thiel’s Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future tell one how to get...
  • Good News for the Poor: An Interview with Mez McConnell

    09/28/2014 1:16:28 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    ,,,,,I grew up in Ireland in the foster care system for most of my early life....In my late teens and early twenties, my drug use spiraled out of control, I was homeless on the streets, and I finally ended up in prison. It gave me a place to live. I heard the gospel for the first time and was converted through reading Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible.....The church has made mistakes in the past by farming out, almost exclusively, social justice-type ministries to parachurch organizations. The church has also been guilty of paternalism and malevolent generosity when it comes...
  • US Poverty Rate Drops for First Time in 7 Years, With Hispanic Households Seeing Gains in Income

    09/18/2014 7:44:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/18/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    The overall poverty rate in the United States dropped for the first time since 2006, with Hispanics being the only racial or ethnic group that experienced the most significant change in income. The U.S. Census Bureau's annual report released Tuesday indicated that the poverty rate among Latinos in 2013 decreased by 2.1 percentage points from the previous year. In addition, income for Hispanic households increased by 3.5 percent between 2012 and 2013 to $40,963. The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that represents millions of Hispanic Evangelicals, attributed the rise in income to more Latinos...
  • Obama's Illinois: Food Stamp Growth Exceeds New Jobs

    09/17/2014 3:41:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Economy In Crisis: A new study by the Illinois Policy Institute shows in the past four years, the number of new food-stamp recipients in the state has outpaced new jobs nearly 2-to-1. Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, locked in a tight re-election battle with self-made billionaire Republican Bruce Rauner, has been arguing that Illinois, arguably the bluest of blue states, has turned the fiscal corner and is on its way back. The recovery may be slower than Quinn wants it to be — but, he says, it is real. It is an odd recovery, though, that makes more people dependent...
  • Census: Real Household Income Peaked in 20th Century

    09/17/2014 7:48:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    So far, if measured by household income, the 21st century has not been a good one for the United States of America. In its annual report on "Income and Poverty in the United States," released on Tuesday, the Census Bureau described real median household income as stagnating for two years after declining for two. "Median household income was $51,939 in 2013, not statistically different in real terms from the 2012 median of $51,759," said the Census Bureau. "This is the second consecutive year that the annual change was not statistically significant, following two consecutive years of annual declines in median...
  • America Wastes $22 Trillion In War On Poverty. 'Poverty' in America is not your father's poverty

    09/17/2014 6:00:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/17/2014 | Robert Rector
    The Census Bureau's annual report on poverty, released Tuesday, is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the war has failed because we didn't spend enough money. Their answer is to spend more. But the facts show otherwise. Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson's War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that's three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution. The federal government currently runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs. These...
  • Welfare Sign-ups Beat Job Creation 2-to-1 in Illinois

    09/16/2014 6:21:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    For every job created in the state of Illinois, two people sign-up for food stamps—not exactly an encouraging statistic. The state ranked ‘dead last’ across America for job growth in 2014, according to the Illinois Policy.Not only is the economically-challenged state failing to create positions in the private sector, it actually lost nearly 6,000 jobs between January and July of this year. Since the financial crisis of 2008, Illinois has almost 300,000 fewer workers:  The pace at which Illinois has been creating jobs is simply not good enough for Illinois families, and policy mistakes, such as the historic 2011 tax hikes,...
  • The War on Poverty After 50 Years (has cost tax payers to date $22 Trillion)

    09/16/2014 5:25:39 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 46 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | September 15 ,2014 | Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield
    This week, the U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release its annual poverty report. The report will be notable because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. In his January 1964 State of the Union address, Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.”[1] Since that time, U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusted for inflation, this spending (which does not include Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all military wars in...
  • Poverty in US declines for first time since before recession

    09/16/2014 10:49:41 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed
    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Tuesday that he would recommend deploying United States combat forces against Islamic extremists in specific operations if the current strategy of airstrikes was not successful, raising the possibility of the kind of escalation that President Obama has flatly ruled out. General Dempsey said that the ground forces would likely be Special Operations commands who could call in airstrikes from the ground. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said that while he was confident in the ability of the coalition of American, European...
  • The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

    09/16/2014 6:46:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 09/16/14 | Robert Rector
    Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise. Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.
  • 46,496,145: Food Stamp Recipients Can Fill Yankee Stadium 925 Times

    09/15/2014 2:24:06 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12 Sep 14 | Ali Meyer
    In June 2014, there were 46,496,145 recipients of the food stamp program, which is enough to fill the Yankee Stadium 925 times, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Yankee Stadium is equipped to hold 50,291 persons, meaning that the 46,496,145 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in June 2014 could fill the stadium 925 times. The number of recipients was up 270,999 since the previous month in May 2014 when there were 46,225,146 individuals participating in the program. Similarly, the number of households participating in the SNAP program has increased as well from the 22,590,393 participating...
  • Food stamp recipients could fill Yankee Stadium 925 times

    09/15/2014 11:01:27 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 9/15/14 | Allen West
    Recently we reported there are 92 million Americans out of work who didn’t look for employment last month – while there were 9 million out of work who were still looking. And you must understand, since the 92 million aren’t looking, they’re not counted as “unemployed” therefore giving the impression that American unemployment is only 6.1 percent. Well, we haven’t looked at the growth of the welfare nanny-state for sometime. As we are winding down the baseball season — which is the last season for Yankee stalwart Derek Jeter — I figured we could pay tribute to the Yankees as...
  • Max De Pree has the answer to Ferguson

    09/15/2014 6:04:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Star Parker
    This is my third consecutive column about the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black youth, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. I have focused on this because the circumstances that led to this tragedy point to more than narrow, parochial concerns of low-income minority communities. They point to things fundamentally wrong in America that are dragging us all down. Hopefully, remedial measures will be adopted that will lower the likelihood that a police officer will reduce a black youth to a racial stereotype and kill him. But even with such measures, we cannot continue to ignore circumstances...
  • Was Ferguson the beginning of a new civil rights era?

    09/14/2014 12:54:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 14, 2014 | Patrik Jonsson
    Ferguson became a Selma-like moment for the 2010s – to the extent the stark images caused a nation to stop and reflect on the state of racial relations in America. Moreover, a new generation of activists, who were not weaned on the nonviolence of the Civil Rights Era, is coming to the fore. Ferguson, Mo. — Burly, with tattoos and a bandanna over his face, Anthony Pruit stepped up to the Missouri State Highway Patrol captain trying to cool the tensions that engulfed Ferguson, Mo., in protests and riots this summer. “We hurt, we broken, and we ain’t all criminals,”...
  • Poor Little Rich Liberals

    09/08/2014 9:01:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/08/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    They are impoverished in industry and suffer from severe poverties of honesty, decency and shame. Their fake poverty is as fake as their concern for the poor No group has been hit harder by the Obama economy than American liberals. From Marin County, where bundlers have had to struggle to scrape together a few ten grand bills to attend Obama fundraisers, to Washington D.C. whose bedroom communities now have seven of the ten highest household incomes in the country, poverty is hitting poor rich little liberals really hard. In 2006, Alaska had the highest household income. But voters chose Obama...
  • This Chart Disproves Republicans' Food-Stamp Nonsense

    09/03/2014 6:40:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    TNR ^ | 09/03/2014 | Danny Vinik
    When Republicans want to support their position that Americans have become dependent on welfare, they frequently point to the number of workers on food stamps. In 2012, Senator Rand Paul called the program “out of control.” In 2011, Senator Jeff Sessions told the Daily Caller, “There is no doubt, if this country isn’t willing to look under the hood of the food stamp program as we try to bring our surging debt under control, we are obviously not serious about what we are doing.”Paul, Sessions and their Republican colleagues are right that the number of food stamp beneficiaries grew considerably...
  • U.S. consumer spending falls for first time in six months

    08/29/2014 5:47:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Jeffry Bartash
    Consumer spending fell in July for the first time in six months, as Americans cut back on purchases of new cars and other retail goods, the government reported Friday. The drop in spending was a bit of a surprise: economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted a seasonally adjusted 0.1% increase. The growth in incomes, meanwhile, slowed to 0.2% pace in July from 0.5% in each of the prior two months. It was the smallest gain since December and also below Wall Street expectations.
  • Census figures show more than one-third of Americans receiving welfare benefits

    08/28/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Mike Emanuel
    Fifty years after the “war on poverty” was first waged, there are signs a new offensive is needed. Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind. The number counts people receiving what are known as “means-tested” federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as “welfare,” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while...
  • The Basic Income Guarantee: Simplicity, but at What Cost?

    08/27/2014 5:55:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    CATO Unbound ^ | 8-26-2014 | Michael D. Tanner
    Our current welfare system is clearly a mess. The federal government currently funds 126 separate anti-poverty programs, at least 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. For example, there are 33 housing programs, run by four different cabinet departments, including bizarrely the Department of Energy. There are currently 21 different programs providing food or food purchasing assistance. These programs are administered by three different federal departments and one independent agency.  There are eight different health care programs, administered by five separate agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. And six cabinet departments and five...
  • The Welfare State

    08/27/2014 3:07:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/27/2014 | Michael Tanner
    One hundred ten million! That’s how many Americans now live in households that receive some form of means-tested welfare benefit from the federal government. According to a report from the Census Bureau released last week, that’s the highest absolute number in American history, and it represents 35.4 percent of the American population. Think about it — more than one out of every three Americans live in households that are now on welfare. Looked at another way, America’s welfare state now has nearly three times the population of the largest actual state. Because many of these households include more than one...
  • More Than Half Of All Americans Can’t Come Up With $400 In Emergency Cash… Unless They Borrow

    08/26/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | August 11, 2014 | Ben Bullard
    Count yourself fortunate, or something, if you’re among the 48 percent of Americans who can cough up a spare $400 in emergency cash without having to beg, borrow or steal. According to a Federal Reserve report on American households’ “economic well-being” in 2013, fewer than half of all Americans said they’d be able to come up with four Benjamins on short notice to deal with an unexpected expense. The report, released last week by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, indicates a disparity between how Americans view their financial situation and the reality of where their finances actually...
  • How Dana Loesch’s Upbringing Led Her to Believe ‘Poverty Is a Choice’

    08/25/2014 6:37:12 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/25/2014 | Erica Ritz
    Dana Loesch on Monday shared the story of her upbringing, saying “poverty is a choice” and she knows “a thing or two” about it. “I spent my childhood in a house headed by a single mom, and sometimes, we would have milk, gravy and biscuits twice a day to save money,” Loesch began, filling in on The Glenn Beck Program. “I borrowed notebook paper from my cousin because we were pinching pennies. We didn’t have cable. We didn’t have cell phones. We didn’t have any of the stuff that kids today have. We rented a tiny house in a small...
  • Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi

    08/24/2014 6:30:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 08/24/2014 | Fraser Nelson
    Now and again, American inequality is on display to the world. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and we have seen it again in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A white police offer shoots dead a black man, after having stopped him for jaywalking. Britain’s police don’t have guns, so these scenes are unthinkable. But American-style inequality? We have plenty of that too, we’re just better at hiding it – as I say in my Telegraph column today. I came across a striking fact while researching this piece: if Britain were to somehow leave the EU and join the US...
  • Liberals Declare War on Working Poor

    08/23/2014 7:08:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The misguided attempt to increase the minimum wage can almost be passed off as institutionalized economic illiteracy. Many people, however, have argued that it’s more than simple ignorance that drives the Left to ignore fiscal sanity and push for a $15 per hour burger-flipping wage. Well, if the latest attempt to institute mandated-minimum-pay illustrates anything, it shows that the Left isn’t that fond of the effort/reward relationship of hard work. Labor groups are now aiming to snuff out the system of tipping servers because… well… because it’s “unfair”.There is a movement to bump the minimum wage for tipped servers (often...
  • Poverty Is Not The Cause of Criminal Behavior

    08/22/2014 5:51:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/22/2014 | By Patricia L. Dickson
    As the events in Ferguson, Missouri continue to unfold, a common excuse being offered for the riots and looting is poverty and income inequality. An article written by retired NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar outlines what he calls the reasons for a coming race war that stems from class warfare and systemic racism. The article was so full of liberal talking points and delusional distortions that I had to take a break after each paragraph. He, like others, claims that the rich are somehow holding back poor blacks in order to maintain control of their riches. He also claims the rich...
  • 5 things you should know about poverty in Southern California

    08/21/2014 7:43:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 54 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 | JENNA CHANDLER
    Economists say regional poverty trends are ‘alarming.’ Redlands-based economist John E. Husing issued a dire warning Wednesday, as elected officials from across Southern California pledged to reignite Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty: “If we do not solve this problem, we are not going to want to live in Southern California. The communities are going to become unhinged.” Husing is one of several economists who looked at findings from the 2012 American Community Survey and state Employment Development Department to find out where poverty is concentrated in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. Some of the results...
  • Are we Ferguson?

    08/21/2014 5:59:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | August 21, 2014 | Professor John Inazu
    We all know the slogans meant to express empathy and solidarity: "We are Columbine." "We are all New Yorkers." "I am Trayvon Martin." The "We are Ferguson" messages have already begun, and we will likely see more. The well-intended connections seldom work. Most of us are not Columbine because most of us did not lose children in our community in a high school mass shooting. We are not all New Yorkers because only some of us experienced the aftermath of 9/11 at Ground Zero. I am not Trayvon Martin because I am not a black male. Are we Ferguson? That's...
  • The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

    08/20/2014 7:09:30 AM PDT · by xzins · 89 replies
    CNS ^ | August 20, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014. But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time. When those receiving benefits from...
  • Study Finds 25% of Troops Use Food Banks

    08/19/2014 9:28:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Military ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Amy Bushatz
    A new study suggests that 25 percent of troops in active duty, Guard and the Reserve use food banks to provide groceries and meals for themselves or their families. The study sponsored by Feeding America, the nation's largest food bank network, is conducted once every four years and was based on data collected in 2012. It found that four percent of surveyed households who used a food bank contained a currently serving military member. Based on those results, Feeding America officials estimated that 620,000 of their 46.5 million customers, or about 25 percent of the military population in 2012, used...