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  • Poverty

    10/11/2014 8:18:14 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 9 replies ^ | 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...

    09/22/2014 11:21:46 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 22, 2014 | By Robert Wilde
    Financial expert and author, Joe Hoft, told Breitbart News Executive Chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, that America’s exorbitant spending on social programs is a disaster waiting to happen, on par with or greater than the bank meltdown in 2008. Appearing on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot to discuss his book , Falling Eagle Rising Tiger, Hoft explained that when the Great Depression paralyzed America in the 1930’s, President Franklin Roosevelt did not let the crisis go to waste and pushed for social change with his New Deal. Joe, the identical twin brother of the controversial purveyor of Gateway Pundit,...
  • Top Arizona Republican Official Resigns After Forced Sterilization Remarks [War On Women!]

    09/16/2014 8:11:36 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 33 replies ^ | 16 September 2014 | David Schwartz
    A top Arizona Republican Party official and former lawmaker who championed a strict immigration law that sparked a national debate in 2010 has resigned after saying women on Medicaid should be required to use birth control or be sterilized.
  • 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...
  • The Real Villain of Ferguson

    08/19/2014 11:35:36 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/19/14 | Roger L. Simon
    It’s hard to have sympathy for anyone in the Ferguson affair — the cops, the demonstrators, the pontificating politicians, the exploitative media or we its pathetically loyal audience that keeps tuning in. The whole event plays out like the umpteenth rerun of the famous quote from Marx about history repeating itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. By that accounting we should all be at Aristophanes, Moliere or Groucho (pick your favorite farceur) times ten by now. Unfortunately, however, it’s farce with virtually no comedy, no humor. The Ferguson affair is a grim business indeed, particularly...
  • Former NFL Pro Explains Why He’s a Republican: Democrats Are Destroying Black Communities

    08/08/2014 5:10:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 8-8-14 | Michael Hausam
    Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling. Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact: This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country. I didn’t realize it but as I started...
  • The Vindication of Barry Goldwater

    07/24/2014 11:05:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies ^ | 7/24/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    July, 1964. Fifty years ago this month. The Republican Party nominates Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president. The resulting uproar was somewhere north of hysteria. And that was just from the GOP establishment of the day. Followed famously by a November landslide Goldwater “defeat” in which the Arizonan carried a mere five states in his race against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. Goldwater was the first conservative Republican to win nomination since the 1924 selection of Calvin Coolidge (the vice president who had succeeded Warren Harding after his death). From 1928 all the way through 1960, every GOP nominee from Hoover...
  • The War on Poverty—$21 Trillion Later

    04/02/2014 8:42:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    canada free press ^ | 4/2/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Fifty years and trillions of dollars after the “War on Poverty” was launched, poor Americans aren’t much better off, according to a study published by Republican reformers in Congress. The War on Poverty has barely made a dent in actual poverty, states the 205-page report unveiled last month by the House Budget Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).
  • Why We Lost The War On Poverty

    02/08/2014 7:36:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Take a look at the graph below. From the end of World War II until 1964 the poverty rate in this country was cut in half. Further, 94% of the change in the poverty rate over this period can be explained by changes in per capita income alone. Economic growth is clearly the most effective antipoverty weapon ever devised by man. The dotted line shows what would have happened had this trend continued. Economic growth would have reduced the number in poverty to a mere 1.4% of the population today ? a number so low that private charity could probably...
  • Sowell: Fact-Free Liberals: Part III

    01/21/2014 9:51:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 21, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the "war on poverty," we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state. The actual signing of the "war on poverty" legislation took place in August 1964, so the 50th anniversary is some months away. But there have already been statements in the media and in politics proclaiming that this vast and costly array of anti-poverty programs "worked." Of course everything "works" by sufficiently low standards, and everything "fails" by sufficiently high standards. The real question is: What did the "war...
  • Cruz: All of America Needs to be a Real "Promise Zone"

    01/09/2014 1:02:34 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies ^ | January 9, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the follow statement regarding President Obama's "Promise Zones" announcement: "It's altogether fitting that President Obama is today talking about income inequality because income inequality has increased dramatically as a direct result of his economic policies. Out-of-control government spending, debt, taxes, and regulations have killed millions of jobs. Unfortunately, rather than stop Washington's job-killing policies, President Obama proposes yet more government spending and debt. People need jobs. All of America needs to be a real 'Promise Zone'--with reduced barriers to small businesses creating private-sector jobs--and we should start by repealing every word...
  • President's Concerns Over Income Inequality Should Start

    01/09/2014 12:32:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | January 9, 2014 | Matt Towery
    Within a matter of days, it has become cliche to make note of President Obama's new commitment to ending "income inequality" in America after returning from a vacation in Hawaii that costs taxpayers millions of dollars. And as my longtime friend Newt Gingrich has most articulately argued this week, the "war on poverty" has been an abject failure from the day Lyndon Johnson first uttered the declaration. I recommend reading Gingrich's comments to receive an education on its long and costly failed effort. In an effort to propose constructive policy, may I suggest that, rather than play at the margins...
  • Obama targets poverty in San Antonio, Philadelphia and other U.S. 'zones'

    01/09/2014 8:49:47 AM PST · by Excellence · 19 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | January 9, 2014 | Roberta Rampton
    President Barack Obama is set to speak on Thursday about how he will target job creation, housing, law enforcement and education in the poorest U.S. communities, part of his pledge to narrow the gap between rich and poor in America. Obama signaled last month that he plans a new focus this year on income inequality, which he called "the defining challenge of our time", pushing to raise the minimum wage and find new ways to help poor children break out of the cycle of poverty. As part of this effort, Obama will create "promise zones" in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los...
  • 50 Years Hence: Reviewing LBJ’s "War on Poverty"

    01/09/2014 6:25:26 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-9-2014 | MOTUS
    When Lyndon Baines Johnson announced his War on Poverty in 1964, I wonder if he expected we’d still be waging it 50 years later? We’ve now spent over $20 trillion on the War on Poverty, and what have we got to show for it? A welfare system that has been institutionalized into one of the country’s main industries, the creation of a new, permanent, underclass of non-contributing members of society, and the destruction of the black family: in short, a system that does more to perpetuate the existence of poverty than eliminate it. You could call it collateral damage. By...
  • Progress in the War on Poverty

    01/08/2014 10:31:35 PM PST · by Innovative · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 8, 2014 | Nicholas Kristof
    In contrast, children are voiceless, so they are the age group most likely to be poor today. That’s a practical and moral failure. I don’t want anybody to be poor, but, if I have to choose, I’d say it’s more of a priority to help kids than seniors.
  • Democrats Celebrate 50 Years of Defeat in the War on Poverty

    01/08/2014 1:42:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush ^ | January 8, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Today it's the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. Did you know that? So today we're celebrating 50 years of defeat in the War on Poverty. But it's a valiant effort that we continue to make, 50 years of defeat in the War on Poverty. Robert Rector has rerun the numbers. The amount of money that we have spent in income redistribution is stunning. I have that number. I have to make my own number here. Take a break. We'll be back and continue in mere moments. Don't go away. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Robert Rector, Heritage...

    01/07/2014 3:02:50 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 7, 2014 | JOSHUA MERCER
    As a child of the 80s, I remember We Are the World. Yeah, the song is terrible, but it was nice to see rock stars care about charity. Back then poverty in Africa was in the news all the time. But things have been changing in Africa and in other “third-world” countries. More countries are opening up their markets. China, Russia, India, and Botswana are all much freer economies than they were in 1970. But even I was shocked when I saw this graph: Mark Perry, an economics professor at UM-Flint said it best: Well, the chart above could perhaps qualify...
  • We need a war on poverty, not teachers

    11/08/2013 2:36:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | November 7, 2013 | David Sirota
    The right loves to demonize unions, but economic factors are much more important to success in the classroom Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency. Much of this agitprop additionally asserts that teachers unions are the primary cause of the alleged problem. Not surprisingly, the fabulists pushing these narratives are often backed by anti-public school conservatives and anti-union plutocrats. But a little-noticed study released last week provides yet more confirmation that neither the “education crisis” meme nor...
  • Chris Hayes' 'Easy' Solution To Poverty: Give People Money!

    05/12/2013 11:13:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Chris Hayes is a leading light in MSNBC's brain trust. The network casts him as a serious intellectual bringing serious solutions to America's problems. Which makes his simplistic and manifestly mistaken proposal that much more maddening. Making a peek-a-boo video-clip appearance on today's Melissa Harris-Perry's show, which focused on finding solutions to poverty in America, Hayes was seen holding up a hand-written sign with his solution, reading "Giving people money: It's actually that easy." View the video here.
  • A lesson in economics. Learning from Obituaries....

    03/10/2013 4:45:44 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 33 replies ^ | November 4, 2012 | unknown and via email
    A lesson in economics. Learning from Obituaries.... It seems that every couple of days New Orleans loses one of its treasured ENTREPRENEURS . Lets get the players straight before we go on with this. interpretation of data not verified but... LARMONDO "FLAIR" ALLEN His Companion (NOT married with children: Kawanner Armstrong His Sons : Christian Allen Kwan Allen Larmondo Allen, Jr. His Daughters: Deidra Allen Larmenshell Allen Lamonshea Allen Larmomdriel Allen Larmerja Allen Korevell Allen AT AGE 25 - He had 9 Children. (Could Kawanner Armstrong Possibly Be The Mother Of All Of His Kids?) His Father: Burnell Thompson His...
  • Mayor Booker: 'Legal Gun Buyers Aren't Causing Murders in Newark and Chicago and Other Places'

    02/03/2013 2:35:27 PM PST · by opentalk · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 2, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker made a statement on HBO's Real Time Friday that should please gun rights advocates across the fruited plain. Despite being for stronger gun laws, Booker said, "Legal gun buyers are not causing murders in Newark and Chicago and other places" … CORY BOOKER, NEWARK MAYOR (D-N.J.): To me, the data should drive our decision making. So I know, I’m not afraid of people having guns who are law abiding citizens. In the analysis of gun murders and shootings in my city, I could only find one in the entire time I’ve been mayor...The guns that are...
  • Why Did AP Do a 1,500-Word Expected Poverty Rate Writeup Months Before Census Bureau's Report?

    07/22/2012 12:50:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | July 22, 2012 | Tom Blumer
    In September 2010, the Associated Press prepared an advance report on the expected surge in the Census Bureau's official poverty rate, which rose from 13.2% to a 15-year high of 14.3%. Their stated preoccupation was not with the associated pain, but with "the unfortunate timing for Obama and his party just seven weeks before important elections when Congress is at stake." Well, this year's official poverty rate will very likely be the highest seen since the mid-1960s, and there's a presidential election coming up. What's the AP, aka the Administration's Press, to do? It looks like the strategy is to get...
  • Study: More Than Half a Trillion Dollars Spent on Welfare But Poverty Levels Unaffected

    06/25/2012 12:01:45 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | June 25, 2012 | Matt Cover
    “The vast majority of current programs are focused on making poverty more comfortable … rather than giving people the tools that will help them escape poverty.” ( – The federal government is not making much headway reducing poverty despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a study by the libertarian Cato Institute. Despite an unprecedented increase in federal anti-poverty spending, the national poverty rate has not declined, the study finds. “[S]ince President Obama took office [in January 2009], federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year,” the study says. Federal welfare spending...
  • 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...
  • Public School's Version of a "Call To Freedom"

    10/29/2009 6:27:56 AM PDT · by albie · 10 replies · 363+ views
    I was just reading one of my daughters "history" books called, "Call to Freedom". (credit is given to "" so I knew this was going to spell trouble.) In a chapter called "The Great Society", the book brags about LBJ's accomplishments in poverty. Here's a quote..."Partly because of Johnson's Great Society, poverty in the US decreased. Overall unemployment levels stayed low and the percentage of Americans living below the poverty level dropped to about 12% by 1969. Americans' income levels rose more during the 1960's than they had during the prosperous years of the 1950's". There are chapters devoted to...
  • Understanding the Alinsky Method of “Community Organizing”

    11/13/2008 3:25:59 AM PST · by antonia · 18 replies · 6,669+ views ^ | Sep 24, 2008 | Bob Dill
    Poe: "They are leftists, dedicated to overthrowing our Constitutional system," and "they will go to any length to conceal their radicalism from the public." Understanding the Alinsky Method of "Community Organizing" Written by Bob Dill Sep 24, 2008 at 12:00 AM Meet the Real Obama and Cult of Alinsky " The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV) It is becoming readily apparent that the "change" being proposed vaguely by Sen. Barack Obama is...
  • We Don’t Need Another War on Poverty

    10/27/2008 1:26:52 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 365+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2008 | Steven Malanga
    As the urbanism of the nineties showed, cities can forge their own futures. Do our cities need another War on Poverty? Barack Obama thinks so. Speaking before the U.S. Conference of Mayors this June, the Democratic standard-bearer promised to boost spending on public schools, urban infrastructure, affordable housing, crime prevention, job training, and community organizing. The mayors, joined by many newspaper editorial pages, have echoed Obama in calling for vast new federal spending on cities. All of this has helped rejuvenate the old argument that America’s urban areas are victims of Washington’s neglect and that it’s up to the rest...
  • Will McCain Oppose $845 Billion Earmark? (cloakroom deal alert)

    02/22/2008 1:51:56 PM PST · by Delacon · 14 replies · 192+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | February 21, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    Some of the politicians on Capitol Hill regularly and sometimes secretly attach costly "earmarks" to bills to benefit special interests. Since Senator John McCain says he wants to eliminate those earmarks, he should start with the Barack Obama bill, the Global Poverty Act (S. 2344), which itself is a vastly expanded form of earmark. It commits the U.S. to spending $845 billion to eradicate poverty in the rest of the world. McCain could vote on the bill fairly soon because it could come up for a full Senate vote at any time. Where does he stand on it? Like earmarks,...
  • Feds Raid CAA (New Haven Community Action)

    12/13/2007 2:28:33 PM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 8 replies · 272+ views
    The New Haven Independent ^ | 12-13-2007 | Paul Bass
    Community Action Agency closed its doors at 2:45 p.m. Thursday as federal agents executed a search warrant. As he taped an “agency closed” sign written on yellow legal paper to the front door on Whalley Avenue, the embattled antipoverty agency’s finance director, Bob Podeswa, said the agents had been going through “records.” Asked which records, Podeswa responded, “You can come back tomorrow. We’ll answer all your questions.” “They’re just checking some records,” he said. The agency has seen a series of scandals and upheavals the past few years as directors and officials have left amid charges of theft or general...
  • Edwards to announce poverty tour

    07/08/2007 4:01:22 PM PDT · by Roberts · 92 replies · 1,772+ views
    The Politico ^ | 7/8/07 | Ben Smith
    Can JRE pull off a JFK, or an RFK? John Edwards plans to announce Monday that he’ll take a break from fund-raising and campaigning in early-voting states next week for a three-day, eight-state, 12-city “Road to One America” tour aimed at calling attention to poverty in the deep South, the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia and the Rust Belt. The campaign points out that none of the states he’ll visit has an early 2008 primary, and says Edwards won’t be doing rallies. Instead, TV viewers will see Edwards in coal country, Edwards in a factory, Edwards on a farm, Edwards in a...
  • Disabled man is beaten, robbed

    03/21/2007 11:17:16 AM PDT · by Magic Sam · 3 replies · 413+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 21, 2007 | David Abel
    A disabled New Bedford man was beaten on the head with a metal pipe and was robbed of hundreds of dollars by attackers who pulled off his prosthetic leg so he couldn't flee, police said. Article Tools Printer friendly E-mail to a friend Local RSS feed Available RSS feeds Most e-mailed Reprints & Licensing Share on Digg Share on Facebook Save this article powered by More: Globe City/Region stories | Latest local news | Globe front page | Sign up for: Globe Headlines e-mail | Breaking News Alerts Authorities found the 40-year-old man, whom Fox25 and CW56 news...
  • U.S. Poverty Rate Unchanged; More People Lack Health Insurance

    08/30/2006 10:10:23 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 43 replies · 855+ views
    AP Via Journal Sentinel ^ | August 30, 2006 | Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four years into an economic recovery, the number of people living in poverty has finally stopped climbing. Household incomes edged up slightly in 2005, but 37 million people were still living below the poverty line, about the same as the year before, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. It was the first year without an increase in poverty since 2000, just before President Bush took office. The numbers immediately became political fodder, with a little more than two months to go before midterm congressional elections that will determine whether Republicans continue to control the House and the Senate....
  • The Shadow Party: FrontPage Interviews Co-Author Richard Poe

    08/29/2006 3:12:51 PM PDT · by Richard Poe · 189 replies · 4,379+ views ^ | August 29, 2006 | Jamie Glazov
    A new book by David Horowitz and Richard Poe has enraged the Left and alarmed many conservatives. It exposes the machinations of a radical clique working at the highest levels of government and finance to undermine American power. That book is The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party. It hit the New York Times bestseller list in its first week in print. Here to tell us about The Shadow Partyis co-author Richard Poe, our esteemed colleague at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, where he serves as director of research. Mr....
  • Hey Johnny... Been There, Done That

    07/07/2006 9:07:52 AM PDT · by libertarianPA · 10 replies · 772+ views
    Amarxica ^ | 7/7/06 | John Reit
    A recent article about John Edwards made me think of that movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's about a man who goes through a painful break-up with his girlfriend. Rather than deal with the pain of losing the love of his life, he has a doctor erase all memories of her. I suspect the last 40 years have been so traumatic for John Edwards that he has decided to go to the same doctor.
  • Report: Texas ranks in bottom 10 states for percentage of children in poverty (Barf Alert)

    06/27/2006 7:25:28 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 27 replies · 450+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 6/27/2006 | Corrie MacLaggan
    Report: Texas ranks in bottom 10 states for percentage of children in poverty State dropped to 39th in overall child well-being. By Corrie MacLaggan AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, June 27, 2006 Texas has a higher percentage of children living in poverty than 41 other states, according to a new study on the well-being of the nation's children. Twenty-three percent of the state's children live in poverty, compared with the national average of 18 percent, says this year's edition of the annual Kids Count study, expected to be released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private funding and research organization...
  • Ministry Leader: Church Must Reclaim Mandate to Provide for the Needy

    09/27/2005 4:54:27 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 123+ views
    Agape Press ^ | September 27, 2005 | Allie Martin
    (AgapePress) - Dave Daubenmire, founder and president of Ohio-based Minutemen United, is encouraging Christians to realize that it is up to the Church in America, not the government, to take care of people in need, including victims of disasters like Hurricane Katrina. Shortly after the August 29 hurricane hit several Gulf Coast states, members of Minutemen United set out to deliver food and supplies in south Mississippi. The group's volunteers also made their way to Kenner, Louisiana, where Daubenmire says government help was nowhere to be found. The ministry founder says many of the people the volunteers encountered were individuals,...
  • War has gone on long enough, end it

    09/20/2005 9:07:44 AM PDT · by ancientart · 136 replies · 2,747+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | September 20, 2005 | Art Marmorstein
    There's no doubt about it. The president misled us about the war. He misled us about how long it would take. He misled us about how much it would cost. The president's unfairly maligned critics have been completely vindicated as the war has degenerated into a complete disaster, a chaotic mess that destroys lives, threatens to empty the treasury and - as an added bonus - makes the problem it was originally intended to fix far worse than it was before. It's time for the president's supporters to drop their partisan defense of the indefensible, admit they've made a mess...
  • Can we win the war on poverty?

    09/15/2005 7:53:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 103 replies · 1,308+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/15/5 | Joan Ryan
    Say what you will about the president's legacy as a leader, but give him credit for acknowledging the shameful conditions he saw in the Deep South among the most impoverished of his fellow citizens. The people were, he said, "that other nation within a nation -- the poor -- whose distress has not captured the conscience of America." He pledged help to those who "live on the outskirts of hope -- some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both." He made this vow: "This administration today, here and now, declares...
  • NYP: A FLOOD OF POSTURING - Obama overlooks the $6.6 trillion spent on the War on Poverty

    09/13/2005 5:55:25 AM PDT · by OESY · 12 replies · 1,021+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 13, 2005 | George F. Will
    It took exactly one month — until the president's prime-time news conference of Oct. 11, 2001 — to refute the notion that 9/11 "changed everything." When a reporter said "you haven't called for any sacrifices from the American people," he replied, "Well, you know, I think the American people are sacrificing now. I think they're waiting in airport lines longer than they've ever had before." And that was before the sacrificing became really hellacious with the requirement that passengers remove their shoes at security checkpoints. The idea that Katrina would change the only thing that matters — thinking — perished...
  • What If They Were White (SeeBS Racist Barf Alert)

    09/04/2005 6:25:47 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 104 replies · 2,277+ views
    CBS News - Sunday Morning ^ | September 4, 2005 | Nancy Giles
    What If They Were White? NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2005 (CBS) The fact that many of those suffering most in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are poor, and black, has outraged a lot of people. Justifiably so, in the opinion of CBS News Sunday Morning Contributor Nancy Giles. Here is her commentary from Sept. 4, 2005: After meeting with Louisiana officials last week, Rev. Jesse Jackson said: "Many black people feel that their race, their property conditions and their voting patterns have been a factor in the response." He continued: "I'm not saying that myself." Then I'll say it. If...
  • "I support the poor but not the war on poverty."

    08/25/2005 6:00:24 AM PDT · by Mia T · 22 replies · 904+ views
    8.25.05 | JohnLongIsland, Mia T
    "I support the poor but not the war on poverty." by JohnLongIsland + Mia T, 8.25.05 If you want to attend ex-President Clinton's upcoming conference on solving global poverty, you better not be poor yourself. The web site for the so-called "Clinton Global Initiative" - set for Sept. 15-17 in Manhattan - is hawking tickets for $15,000 a-piece. For that princely sum, "participants will play a role in deciding on the programs that the Initiative will fund throughout the year." "This nonpartisan conference will bring together a diverse and select group of current and former heads of state, business leaders,...
  • July 30, 1965: LBJ signs Medicare and Medicaid programs into law

    07/30/2005 5:09:31 AM PDT · by lunarbicep · 19 replies · 837+ views
    President Lyndon B. Johnson's Remarks With President Truman at the Signing in Independence of the Medicare Bill July 30, 1965 PRESIDENT TRUMAN. Thank you very much. I am glad you like the President. I like him too. He is one of the finest men I ever ran across. Mr. President, Mrs. Johnson, distinguished guests: You have done me a great honor in coming here today, and you have made me a very, very happy man. This is an important hour for the Nation, for those of our citizens who have completed their tour of duty and have moved to the...
  • War Profiteering and the War on (Insert Name)-(insightful; shows vested interests in "wars on")

    05/13/2005 10:08:38 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 280+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | MAY 13, 2005 | Tony Rubolotta
    There has been no hesitation in the historical record to refer to industries producing armaments as "war profiteers". Generally, that label had been reserved for industries or individuals that benefit from the inevitable shortages of necessities consequential to a protracted and destructive conflict. The implication is that branded industries and individuals have an interest in promoting war for gain and opposing efforts for peaceful resolution. Liberals have given us a new breed of war profiteers as well as retaining some of the old. In the best tradition of the New York World and the New York Morning Journal, it was...
  • A painful anniversary

    08/17/2004 6:10:53 AM PDT · by CSM · 2 replies · 501+ views ^ | August 17, 2004 | Thomas Sowell
    August 20th marks the 40th anniversary of one of the major turning points in American social history. That was the date on which President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating his "War on Poverty" program in 1964. Never had there been such a comprehensive program to tackle poverty at its roots, to offer more opportunities to those starting out in life, to rehabilitate those who had fallen by the wayside, and to make dependent people self-supporting. Its intentions were the best. But we know what road is paved with good intentions. The War on Poverty represented the crowning triumph of the...
  • Senate Standoff in the War on Poverty

    06/14/2004 7:17:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 144+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/14/04 | Senator Rick Santorum
    Senate Democrats who pride themselves on being advocates for the poor are blocking our best weapon in the war on poverty—welfare reform. In April, Democrats used a parliamentary procedure to prevent a Senate vote on the welfare reauthorization bill that would build on the tremendous success of the 1996 welfare reforms in getting people off welfare and out of poverty. Today there is no disputing the success of the 1996 law, despite initial opposition from a range of groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA. Thanks to the landmark 1996 reforms, millions of families that...
  • A new push to meet UN's antipoverty goals

    01/03/2004 4:26:32 AM PST · by johnny7 · 11 replies · 306+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 1/3/2004 | Gunnar Stalsett
    <p>WITH THE HUGE amounts of money appropriated by Congress and additional billions pledged by international donors to address the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is now evident that if an issue has priority, money can be located. Without question, Iraq and Afghanistan must be rebuilt, but other pressing human needs cannot be forgotten. As World Bank President James Wolfensohn recently emphasized, the world devoted about $800 billion to military expenditures in 2002, compared with $56 billion in development assistance. To put it another way, UNICEF's annual budget is being spent on military purposes every 15 hours, even as 1.3 billion people, half of them children, live on less than $1 per day, in almost unimaginable conditions of deprivation.</p>
  • Musicians join with antiwar group: "Puffy is more well-liked and well-known than George Bush"

    02/27/2003 8:48:58 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 72 replies · 335+ views
    CNN ^ | Thursday, February 27, 2003 Posted: 7:06 PM EST (0006 GMT)
    <p>Russell Simmons, left, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, discusses his opposition to war with Iraq as musician David Byrne looks on Thursday.</p> <p>NEW YORK (CNN) -- A varied group of musicians -- from Russell Simmons to Lou Reed -- have joined forces with the antiwar group Win Without War to voice their continuing disenchantment with the Bush administration's policy on Iraq.</p>
  • The Un-Slap Heard 'Round The World (More on the Cracker-Slappin' City Councilman)

    08/20/2002 7:46:20 PM PDT · by suspects · 8 replies · 199+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 8/21/02 | Kathleen Parker
    The un-slap heard 'round the world Kathleen Parker August 21, 2002 'You know, some days I get so frustrated I just want to go up to the closest black person and say, 'You can't understand this, it's a white thing,' and then slap him, just for my mental health." Outrageous, right? No one said it. But what I wrote, only with the races switched, is what a black New York City Council member, Charles Barron, did say. Lest there be any confusion, here are Barron's exact words: "I want to go up to the closest white person and say, 'You...
  • "Some days ... I just want to go up to the closest black person and say...then slap him...

    08/21/2002 5:32:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 71 replies · 829+ views
    Kathleen Parker ^ | August 21, 2002 | Jewish World Review
    "Some days I get so frustrated I just want to go up to the closest black person and say, 'You can't understand this, it's a white thing,' and then slap him, just for my mental health" | "You know, some days I get so frustrated I just want to go up to the closest black person and say, 'You can't understand this, it's a white thing,' and then slap him, just for my mental health." Outrageous, right? No one said it. But what I wrote, only with the races switched, is what a black New York City Council member,...