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  • United Nations leaders want a world tax to help the poor?

    02/03/2012 3:48:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2012 | Tina Korbe
    At least United Nations officials are transparent about their goals to redistribute wealth on a global scale. According to several U.N. leaders, health care, education, housing, water and sanitation, among other services, are basic human rights, equivalent to the rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” To ensure these rights, these U.N. higher-ups want to institute a global tax. The Deseret News reports: Inside the U.N., another group of civil society leaders demanded a basic level of social security as they promoted a “social protection floor” at a preparatory forum for the Commission on Social Development, which began...
  • The National Reviews Candidate Wont Stop Digging (Rebuked by DeMint!)

    02/01/2012 6:47:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    RedState ^ | February 1, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    Standing Athwart History Yelling "Thank You Sir, May I Have Another." It is days like today that make me thankful I think they all suck. At least Im thankful Im in the firmly not Romney camp. Having told us only Romney was viable (with half-nods to Huntsman and Santorum) and having trotted out Elliot Abrams to smear Newt Gingrich with out of context quotes, even National Review is having trouble defending their candidate today. This morning Mitt Romney said he wasnt concerned about the poor. The poor, after all, have food stamps and Medicaid. But dont worry. If the safety...
  • Romney: 'I'm not concerned about the very poor'

    02/01/2012 11:50:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he's "not concerned about the very poor" because they have an "ample safety net" and he's focused instead on relieving the suffering of middle-class people hit hard by the bad economy. In comments likely to become fodder for his critics, Romney emphasized, "You can focus on the very poor, that's not my focus." He brought up the subject of the poor in a CNN interview marking his big win in Florida's GOP primary Tuesday night, a major step toward becoming the party's challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall....
  • Conflict between rich, poor strongest in 24 years

    01/11/2012 3:48:06 PM PST · by americanophile · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jan. 11, 2012 | HOPE YEN
    WASHINGTON -- Tensions between the rich and poor are increasing and at their most intense level in nearly a quarter-century, a new survey shows. Americans now see more social conflict over wealth inequality than over the hot-button topics of immigration, race relations and age. The survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center highlights U.S. perceptions of the economic divide, an issue that has moved to the forefront in the 2012 presidential campaign amid stubbornly high unemployment, increasing poverty and protests by the Occupy movement.
  • Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering Sores

    01/01/2012 9:45:00 PM PST · by blam · 177 replies
    Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering SoresJanuary 1, 2012 Once upon a time, the people of the United States constructed beautiful, shiny cities from coast to coast that were the envy of the entire globe. We had the largest and most vibrant middle class that the world has ever seen and life was quite good in America. But now all of our prosperity is coming crashing down and many of our formerly great cities are turning into open, festering sores. Unfortunately, we are drowning in so much debt that we can barely even slow down...
  • Americas Best Kept Secret: Rising Suburban Poverty

    12/27/2011 2:12:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Fiscal Times ^ | 12/27/2011 | Michelle Hirsch
    For years, the food pantry in Crystal Lake, Ill., a bedroom community 50 miles west of Chicago, has catered to the suburban areas poor, homeless and unemployed. But Cate Williams, the head of the pantry, has noticed a striking change in the makeup of the needy in the past year or two. Some families that once pulled down six-figure incomes and drove flashy cars are now turning to the pantry for help. A few of them donated food and money to the pantry before their luck soured, according to Williams. People will shyly say to me, You know, I used...
  • Obama's Poverty Politics

    12/27/2011 5:24:29 AM PST · by radioone · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 27, 2011 | Ed Lasky
    Barack Obama's manifold failures over the last three years have left him in a political tough spot as we enter 2012. He will have a challenging time running on a record that has resulted in massive unemployment, stagnant income growth, a record number of people on food stamps, and a gargantuan level of debt that Americans will be paying off for decades after Obama has retired to the golf courses of Hawaii. As was clear from his recent speech calling forth the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt, he will campaign on the idea that he will bring "fairness" to struggling Americans....
  • Team Os poor trick (Obama now considers those making above $75,000 'poor')

    12/23/2011 10:47:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/23/2011 | Robert Rector
    New Yorkers can be forgiven for shock at the newspaper headlines last week informing them that millions more of them were near poor or low income. They might relax a bit on learning that the root cause is simply new definition of poverty from the Census Bureau. Indeed, under the Census definition, a family in New York City is near poor if it has full medical insurance and an annual income below $77,000. (In Oakland, Calif., the figure is $88,000!) The Census report actually put nearly half the US population as low income and news stories typically implied the...
  • Feds Report that Half the Countrys Families Fall in the Bottom 50% of Income

    12/17/2011 9:32:33 AM PST · by John Semmens · 63 replies · 1+ views
    In a press release issued by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), federal data indicates that fully half of the population falls into the bottom 50% of the income distribution. It is heartrending that anyone should have to try to get by on less than an average income, but to have to put up with half the countrymany of them children and minoritiessuffering in this way is intolerable, Pelosi said. As a step toward eradicating this travesty, the former Speaker demanded that Congress extend unemployment benefits yet again. In an ideal world, no one would have to subsist on a...
  • Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    12/15/2011 5:33:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 71 replies
    See BS ^ | 12/15/11
    Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans nearly 1 in 2 have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families. "Safety net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses,...
  • What Is "Rich" and "Poor" In America?

    12/13/2011 7:13:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 12/13/2011 | Dean Kalahar
    Class warfare and income redistribution rhetoric has always been fashionable among self anointed protestors and politicians who play the old game of divide and conquer, telling us the greedy "rich" need to "pay their fair share." This would be tedious if it did not have serious implications for tearing communities apart. Let's take a look. According to IRS data, there are 1.38 million Americans in the top 1% earning at least $343,927 a year. This is a generous living but hardly the cash flow to purchase a corporate jet and luxury yacht. There are 138,000 Americans in the top .1%...
  • Long Lines For Free Holiday Food Vouchers (Little Havana, Miami, FL)

    11/30/2011 10:33:16 AM PST · by wac3rd · 4 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 11-30-11 | CBS 4 - Miami
    Hundreds of South Floridians lined up in Little Havana overnight for a chance to feed their families this holiday. As part of the Latin Chamber of Commerces annual holiday basket giveaway, representatives from the organization handed out food vouchers on Flagler Street between 14th and 15th Avenues in Little Havana. Some people began to line up last Friday. Many of those who waited in line for hours were either unemployed or they live on a fixed income and cant afford any extras. Its very, very hard, said Mosas Hernandez. We need something free because right now, I lost my job,...
  • Making Homes Affordable Makes Others Poor

    11/26/2011 5:48:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/23/2011 | John Sohne
    Imagine that you are in the business of lending money. At one time, the business model was simple; money was lent to people who had a high probability of repaying it. The rules were then changed by federal government in the interest of "fairness," with laws passed such as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and federal agencies like Housing & Urban Development (HUD) activated. To stay in business, you must follow the government's dictates. Then the government changes the rules again by changing the percentage of loans that go to certain types of borrowers in the interest of "fairness." Just...
  • Protect the Poor from the Religious Left and Government Programs

    11/23/2011 8:27:30 AM PST · by billflax · 1+ views
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 11/23/2011 | Bill Flax
    In the run-up to the recent budget compromise, an assemblage of liberal Christians calling themselves the Circle of Protection huddled with President Obama to express concern for the poor. The group implored Congress to resist cutting social spending lest struggling Americans be burned by the fiery budget debates. That particular round has ended, but the debate over biblical injunctions for the size and scope of government persists. Receive news alerts Sign Up William Flax RealClearReligion Religious Left economy [+] More These modern manifestations of the social gospel incorporate elements of socialism and an unwarranted adoration of government programs. The Religious...
  • Older, Suburban and Struggling, Near Poor Startle the Census

    11/19/2011 10:55:44 AM PST · by radioone · 66 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11-1-11 | Staff
    They drive cars, but seldom new ones. They earn paychecks, but not big ones. Many own homes. Most pay taxes. Half are married, and nearly half live in the suburbs. None are poor, but many describe themselves as barely scraping by. snipShe has one BlackBerry and two cars (both Buicks from the 1990s), and a $230,000 house that she, her husband and two daughters will move into next week.Combined, she and her husband, a janitor, make about $51,000 a year, more than 200 percent of the official poverty line. But they lose about a fifth to taxes, medical care and...
  • Jimmy Carter: Few houses built for poor Haitians (How about some capitalism there, JC)

    11/15/2011 5:50:44 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 25 replies ^ | 11.08.11 | TRENTON DANIEL
    LEOGANE, Haiti (AP) - Haiti hasn't seen many homes built for the poor following a devastating earthquake almost two years ago, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Monday. In a 10-minute interview with The Associated Press, Carter said he noticed little housing reconstruction for struggling Haitians as he drove from the international airport to the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Port-au-Prince to Leogane, a coastal city 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of the capital that was largely flattened in the earthquake because of its proximity to the epicenter. He added that there may be construction in other parts of...
  • New poverty numbers measure income inequality, not purchasing power

    11/08/2011 5:22:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 11/07/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Economists on both the left and the right have long had concerns and criticisms about the accuracy of the poverty rate — so, at the instruction of the federal government, the Census Bureau developed a new measure to determine the number of poor in America. The Bureau today released the nation’s poverty numbers under the new gauge.Called “The Supplemental Poverty Measure,” the new indicator suggests 49.1 million Americans face poor economic conditions, compared with just 46.6 million under the standard measure. That sounds “grim,” as an MSNBC headline put it — but, just as the standard measure is misleading in...
  • Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels (HOPEY-CHANGEY!)

    11/06/2011 6:49:33 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge- ^ | 11-05-11 | Ilene
    The extreme the wealth disparity in the U.S. keeps on widening. We already know that people at the higher percentage levels are doing well, particularly at the highest, while the middle class is shrinking rapidly. Here, Michael Snyder presents some handy statistics on the growth at the lowest levels of poverty. Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels 19 Statistics About The Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You Courtesy of Michael Snyder of Economic Collapse [Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels - 20 Statistics About The Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You] According to the U.S. Census Bureau,...
  • Is The Poverty Rate Even Higher Than Thought?

    11/04/2011 3:09:46 PM PDT · by edpc · 21 replies
    The Lookout - Yahoo ^ | 4 Nov 2011 | Zachary Roth
    In September, Americans accustomed to dismal economic news absorbed another rude blow, with reports that a record 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty, and that the poverty rate had jumped in recent years. But the actual rate may in fact be even higher than that--while the recent spike may be less severe than thought, a new study is expected to show. On Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau will release a report that uses an alternative--and many say a more accurate--method of measuring poverty. Unlike the conventional method, which is largely unchanged since it was created in 1963, the new...
  • Equally Poorer : Obama does not understand economic inequality.

    10/27/2011 8:39:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/27/2011 | Michael Tanner
    As President Obama continues to base his reelection hopes on resentment toward the 1 percent who are supposedly not paying their fair share, the latest evidence suggests that his attacks are still off-target. According to data just released by the Tax Foundation, the top 1 percent of the wealthiest Americans earned 16.9 percent of all adjusted gross income in the United States. While no doubt thats a lot of money, it actually represents a decline from 2008, when the rich earned 20 percent of all income. Thats right; the rich are earning a smaller proportion of U.S. income. In fact,...