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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
    WTOP.com ^ | 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,...
  • Southern Poverty Law Centers Despicable Lies

    10/27/2011 3:53:16 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 6 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 10/27/2011 | Gina Miller
    You may recall on this broadcast a little over a week ago, I reported on a homofascist vandalism crime accompanied by terroristic threats against the Christian Liberty Academy which was hosting a banquet by Americans for Truth about Homosexuality given in honor of Scott Lively, who is a pro-family champion and defender of the biblical truth about the sin of homosexuality. Back on October 15th, in the early morning hours on the day of the banquet, unknown perpetrators threw chunks of concrete bricks through the glass in the entryway of Christian Liberty Academy. The demand Shut down Lively was written...
  • Diaper Act Pushed

    10/24/2011 11:06:17 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) is championing a bill she calls the Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery Act (DIAPER Act). The bill would provide free diapers to the poor. DeLauro says the proposed law is necessary to ensure that the poor have access to diapers. Though there are government programs that provide monetary stipends to qualifying poor persons, DeLauro insists that this is insufficient to achieve the desired hygiene goals. The money were giving the poor now doesnt guarantee that their babies will be properly diapered, she pointed out. That money could easily be spent on liquor or...
  • Santorums good point: The family-poverty connection

    10/13/2011 5:07:15 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | October 13, 2011 | Staff
    When he was finally able to get in a few words during Tuesday nights so-called presidential candidate debate up in Hanover, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum made a profound, and undeniably correct, point about poverty and personal behavior. ...the biggest problem with poverty in America, and we dont talk about here, because its an economic discussion and that is the break down of the American family, he said. You want to look at the poverty rate among families that have two that have a husband and wife working in them? Its 5 percent today. A family thats headed...
  • Glittering Vancouver is now the poverty capital of Canada [income inequality is bad - BARF]

    10/08/2011 9:51:44 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 17 replies
    crosscut.com ^ | October 03, 2011 | Peter Ladner
    This dubious distinction points up how severe income inequality has become in Canada and the U.S. New evidence shows the terrible toll on people and economies such widening gaps can have. Tangled up in its green lifestyle, towering beauty, and mining-headquarters millions, Vancouver has a new and dubious honor: it's the poverty capital of Canada. We have the highest share of our population in the lowest income bracket compared to any other city in Canada. Its a reflection of the gap between rich and poor that has been growing faster in Canada than in the U.S. since the mid-1990s ...
  • Thomas Sowell: The Hunger Hoax -- Its part of the larger poverty hoax

    10/05/2011 6:45:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/05/2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Dan Rather opened a CBS Evening News broadcast in 1991 by declaring, One in eight American children is going hungry tonight. Newsweek, the Associated Press, and the Boston Globe repeated this statistic, and many others joined the media chorus, with or without that unsubstantiated statistic. When the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Agriculture examined people from a variety of income levels, however, they found no evidence of malnutrition among those in the lowest income brackets. Nor was there any significant difference in the intake of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from one income level to another. That...
  • The lost generation: Recession leaves young adults still living with mom and dad

    09/23/2011 1:42:10 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11:21 PM on 22nd September 2011 | By Associated Press
    In record numbers, they're struggling to find work, shunning long-distance moves to live with mom and dad, delaying marriage and raising kids out of wedlock - if they're becoming parents at all. Young adults are the recession's lost generation in the U.S. The unemployment rate for them is the highest since World War Two, and they risk living in poverty more than others - nearly one in five. There are missed opportunities and dim prospects for a generation of mostly 20-somethings and 30-somethings coming of age in a prolonged period of joblessness.
  • This Is NOT Sparta As Greece Threatens To Partially Withdraw From NATO Citing Poverty

    09/23/2011 12:41:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 09/23/2011 | Tyler Durden
    In what is a pathetic attempt at Mutual Assured Destruction only in this case is Virtual Assured Suicide, Athens News reports that Greece, in order to demonstrate just how "serious" its fiscal condition is, will slash its defense spending in the form of support for NATO, thereby destabilizing the region even as Turkey and Syria are already on the verge of way: a development which NATO will surely be delighted by. "Greece will significantly reduce its participation in Nato and EU military missions due to the economic crisis in the country, National Defesce Minister Panos Beglitis announced on the...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Poverty Is Not a Death Sentence

    09/21/2011 10:12:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2011 | Sen. Rand Paul
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist and chairman of a subcommittee on which I am the ranking minority member, called a hearing this week titled, Is Poverty a Death Sentence. My answer was a resounding No. Anyone who wishes to equate poverty with death must go to the Third World or seek out socialism and tyranny. Where you find command economies, you will find death and starvation. In contrast, those who wish to see death from poverty in our country are blind to the truth. While we all hope to lessen the sting of poverty, we need to put poverty...
  • The Democrat Plan To End Poverty

    09/20/2011 5:18:32 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-20-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Behind the poverty numbers: real lives, real pain

    09/19/2011 12:45:08 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 23 replies
    Charter News ^ | 9/19/2011 | DAVID CRARY
    At a food pantry in a Chicago suburb, a 38-year-old mother of two breaks into tears. She and her husband have been out of work for nearly two years. Their house and car are gone. So is their foothold in the middle class and, at times, their self-esteem. "It's like there is no way out," says Kris Fallon. She is trapped like so many others, destitute in the midst of America's abundance. Last week, the Census Bureau released new figures showing that nearly one in six Americans lives in poverty a record 46.2 million people. The poverty rate, pegged...
  • Poverty In America: A Special Report

    09/18/2011 6:50:21 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 18 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 09/18/2011 | ilene
    Solutions Anyone? America is getting poorer. The U.S. government has just released a bunch of new statistics about poverty in America, and once again this year the news is not good. According to a special report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty. The number of those living in poverty in America has grown by 2.6 million in just the last 12 months, and that is the largest increase that we have ever seen since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959. Not only that, median household income has also...
  • We can't blame the poor for America's poverty problem: Can't work when there aren't jobs

    09/17/2011 8:03:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Week ^ | September 14, 2011 | David Frum
    When the U.S. adopted welfare reform in the 1990s, it did so on the following assumption: Some kind of work is available to virtually everybody who wants it.Maybe the work is poorly paid. Fine. Take the job anyway, and the government will top up your wages with an Earned Income Tax Credit.By the late 1990s, we were discovering the limits of welfare reform. Because of substance abuse, mental health issues, disability, and cognitive impairments, some people were not going to participate in even the tightest labor market since the mid-1960s. What to do about this hard core of unemployables? Should...
  • Are You Poor?

    09/17/2011 4:14:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2011 | Bill O'Reilly
    The folks are getting hosed. According to the American Debt Advisor outfit, 80 percent of us now owe money to creditors. If you exclude mortgages and car payments, about 50 percent of us are in debt. And that's why the economy is having so much trouble. Consumers have to be very careful about what they buy, or risk sinking into insolvency. Some pundits place the blame on unemployment, which is currently just over 9 percent. But that's not what is driving debt. Taxation is. The mean salary in America is just about $50,000. But if you live in Los Angeles,...
  • Growth and Inequality: 2010 (The Failure of Obama Redistrubtion Policies on Stark Display)

    09/14/2011 8:57:38 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 1 replies
    An abidingmake that the primarygoal of the Obama Administration has been to reduce income inequality. When the Affordable Care Act finally passed, White House economists and liberal pundits did a victory dance in their favorite publications boasting about how the bill would spread the wealth. So how's that inequality project working out? One answer came yesterday with the Census Bureau's annual snapshot on living standards. The official poverty ratedefined as a family of four earning less than $22,314rose to 15.1%. That's up from 14.3% in 2009 and 12.5% in 2007. The official rate significantly overstates poverty by missing government income...
  • Can America Afford to Allow ANY Labor Unions to Legally Exist?

    09/14/2011 7:40:29 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 64 replies
    Vanity/Commonsense | September 14, 2011 | Graewoulf
    With the very successful bankrupting of America by Dictator Obama, Dodd-Frank bill/law/bill, un-Constitutional Entitlement taxation laws such as Social Security System, MediCare, MediAid, and obabmatrauma"care", does America really need to continue to allow our Labor Unions to exist? Is this not overkill? Look at the record of the Teacher's Union in 2008: they supported a candidate that was totally incompetent, and totally without experience to take over running the world's largest business, which is the US Federal Government. One would think that teachers would be educated enough to distinguish between competent and incompetent, qualified and unqualified. It gives one pause,...
  • Cenus Bureau Report: U.S. Poverty Rises to 1 in 6 People

    09/13/2011 2:35:15 PM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 19 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 9/13/11 | Brian Koenig
    The Census Bureau's annual report offered a dismal outlook for U.S. poverty, as the ranks of America's poor rose to nearly 1 in 6 people last year and the number of uninsured spiked to 49.9 million. (Associated Press) -The overall poverty rate climbed to 15.1 percent, or 46.2 million, up from 14.3 percent in 2009. The official poverty level is an annual income of $22,314 for a family of four. Reflecting the lingering impact of the recession, the U.S. poverty rate from 2007-2010 has now risen faster than any three-year period since the early 1980s, when a crippling energy crisis...
  • Just a reminder of what poverty looks like in America

    09/13/2011 1:19:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/13/2011 | Tina Korbe
    As Ed Morrissey reported earlier, the Census Bureau today released its annual poverty report, which showed the number of poor Americans is up from 43.6 million last year to 46.2 million this year — roughly one in seven Americans and the highest poverty rate in 15 years. No matter which way you slice it, that’s not good news. When coupled with declining business and consumer confidence, it’s still worse news — a true sign of these troubled economic times. What policies we adopt to address our economic problems are of the utmost importance — and, unless we want to be...
  • Household Income Falls, Poverty Rate Rises (So what does Obama wish to do?Increase taxes, of course

    09/13/2011 10:38:16 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    wsj ^ | 9/13/11 | By CONOR DOUGHERTY
    The typical American household saw its income fall for the third straight year in 2010 and the poverty rate clicked up to its highest level since 1993 as the aftermath of the latest recession continued to take a toll. The median household incomewhat the statistical middle earns in a yearfell 2.3% to $49,445 in 2010, adjusted for inflation, according to the Census Bureau's annual snapshot on living standards released Tuesday. This comes on the heels of a so-called lost decade for earnings: Inflation-adjusted household income is down 7.1% from its 1999 peak, and 2010 was the first time since 1997...
  • Poverty rate hits 18-year high as median income falls

    09/13/2011 9:11:35 AM PDT · by John W · 23 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | September 13, 2011 | MSNBC
    The number of Americans who have fallen into poverty rose to 15.1 percent in 2010, the highest level in nearly two decades, the Census Bureau said Tuesday in a report. The report, which showed the poverty rate rose for a third straight year as the economy struggles with a stumbling recovery and persistent high joblessness, said the number of poor Americans in 2010 was the largest in the 52 years that it has been publishing poverty estimates, according to Reuters. There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009 ─ the fourth consecutive annual...
  • Poverty continues to rise in U.S., now 15.1% (Obama's policies have FAILED!)

    09/13/2011 8:50:18 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/13/2011 | David Morgan
    The number of people in the U.S. living in poverty in 2010 rose for the fourth year in a row, representing the largest number of Americans in poverty in the 52 years since such estimates have been published by the U.S. Census Bureau. Median household income in the U.S. also declined. According to a report issued Tuesday, 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009. Data in the Census Bureau covers the first full calendar year following the December 2007-June 2009 recession. The nation's official poverty rate increased for the third year in...
  • Census: US poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6 (More Proof That Massive Stimulii Work?)

    09/13/2011 8:01:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/13/11 | Hope Yen - ap
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Census Bureau reports the number of Americans in poverty jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010, a 27-year high.</p> <p>About 46.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 6, were in poverty. That is up from 43.6 million, or 14.3 percent, in 2009. It was the highest level since 1983.</p>
  • More Americans live in poverty [Poverty Soars, Highest Since 1993]

    09/13/2011 8:13:42 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 15 replies
    CNN Money ^ | SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 | Annalyn Censky
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Amid a still struggling economy, more Americans fell below the poverty line last year, according to new census data released Tuesday. The nation's poverty rate rose to 15.1% in 2010, its highest level since 1993. About 46.2 million people are considered in need.
  • Being Poor?

    09/10/2011 1:00:36 PM PDT · by Pangloss84 · 51 replies
    Whatever ^ | September 3, 2007 | John Scalzi
    This sniveling and silly study in resentment and ingratitude have been widely praised in the Lib blogosphere. It does show just how the US victim's mentality has now passed into absurdity. John Scalzi is a minor science fiction writer in the current Pewter Age of SF. I have added in parenthesis what being really poor is after each of John's whines
  • Photo essay: Where children sleep

    09/03/2011 10:26:19 AM PDT · by bgill · 7 replies
    The Lookout ^ | Sept. 1, 2011 | Liz Goodwin
    Recently, the charitable organization Save the Children asked documentary photographer James Mollison to come up with an idea to get people thinking about the rights of children around the world. What he came up with was an unusual, but powerful project: a photo essay of more than 200 children and their bedrooms, called "Where Children Sleep."
  • Food Stamp Record Hailed as Triumph

    08/21/2011 1:17:44 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 26 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 20 August 2011 | John Semmens
    While most economists would see the record number of Americans currently receiving food stamps as a bad sign, the Obama Administrations Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, is touting it as a triumph for the presidents policies. The idea that people depending on the government to get fed is a bad thing reflects archaic thinking, Vilsack maintained. Our analysis shows that for every dollar we pay out in food stamp benefits, an additional $1.84 in economic activity is generated. From this it should be clear that the problem isnt that too many are on food stamps. The problem is that there...
  • Air Conditioning, Cable TV And An Xbox: What Is Poverty In The US Today? Analysis

    08/13/2011 5:03:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Eurasia Review ^ | August 13, 2011 | Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, the Heritage Foundation
    Each year for the past two decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has reported that over 30 million Americans were living in poverty. In recent years, the Census has reported that one in seven Americans are poor. But what does it mean to be poor in America? How poor are Americas poor? For most Americans, the word poverty suggests destitution: an inability to provide a family with nutritious food, clothing, and reasonable shelter. For example, the Poverty Pulse poll taken by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development asked the general public: How would you describe being poor in the U.S.? The...
  • PBS Hosts Blast Obama on Poverty Tour (Smiley & West hit the road)

    08/13/2011 12:56:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8/12/11 | Stephanie Samuel
    PBS Hosts Blast Obama on Poverty TourBy Stephanie Samuel | Christian Post Reporter Fri, Aug. 12 2011 10:23 AM EDT PBS hosts Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, once strong supporters of Barack Obama, are traveling the country criticizing the president for failing to protect the poor during the debt talks. Noted African-American evangelical Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. agrees that the president has done little to help the poor, but says systemic changes, not more wasteful spending, are necessary to lift Americans out of poverty. Radio and television hosts Smiley and his PBS Princeton University co-host West, have taken to the...
  • Why Illinois Can't Afford its Poor Dead

    08/11/2011 11:49:18 PM PDT · by sinanju · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Chicago (hat tip: Drudge) ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | Pat Quinn, Michael Madigan
    In the past, the state has reserved about $13 million to help pay for an estimated 12,000 funerals for individuals who relied on public aid. Participating funeral homes were alloted $1,100 for funerals and $552 for the burial. (snip) "Now the only viable option --- I don't mean to make light of it -- is to leave the body at the medical examiner office," Szykowny said. "After 60 to 90 days they'll take the body to what's called a potter's field and bury it in a numbered grave."
  • Political Poverty : Advocates of bigger government use the poor & elderly as human shields.

    08/03/2011 7:10:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/03/2011 | Thomas Sowell
    If there were a contest for the most misleading words used in politics, poverty should be one of the leading contenders for that title. Each of us may have his own idea of what poverty means especially those of us who grew up in poverty. But what poverty means politically and in the media is whatever the people who collect statistics choose to define as poverty. This is not just a question of semantics. The whole future of the welfare state depends on how poverty is defined. The poor are the human shields behind whom advocates of ever bigger...
  • Were you ever poor?

    07/28/2011 8:14:47 AM PDT · by MNDude · 147 replies
    I recently posted a sob story about the starving children out in Boston. I commented about how my family was quite poor during some years, and had a lot of Cream of Wheat with vitamins for breakfast and peanut sandwiches with an apple for lunch. Nonetheless, I never really considered myself poor or of different class than those eating hot lunches though. It was more of a feeling like "Dang! No money for that at this time I guess". I was wondering how many of you growing up experienced "poverty" and how you and your family dealt with it.