29 Jul

Same Gang: 4 in 5 Americans live in danger of falling into poverty, joblessness

poor_whites1AP: 4 in 5 Americans live in danger of falling into poverty, joblessness
By The Associated Press

Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.

Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.

The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration’s emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to “rebuild ladders of opportunity” and reverse income inequality.

As nonwhites approach a numerical majority in the U.S., one question is how public programs to lift the disadvantaged should be best focused — on the affirmative action that historically has tried to eliminate the racial barriers seen as the major impediment to economic equality, or simply on improving socioeconomic status for all, regardless of race. (more…)

12 Oct

Meducation: When You Won’t Educate, There Are Always Drugs

Since America can’t afford all the teachers it would take to give children personal attention, doctors recommend psychostimulants to improve kids’ grades.

15 Dec

We Are the 99%: When All Things Fail to Unite the People, Conditions Will

‘Dismal’ prospects: 1 in 2 Americans are now poor or low income

WASHINGTON – 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, they are considered too ‘rich’ to qualify,” said Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan public policy professor who specializes in poverty.

“The reality is that prospects for the poor and the near poor are dismal,” he said. “If Congress and the states make further cuts, we can expect the number of poor and low-income families to rise for the next several years.” (more…)

20 Oct

Cained: Herman Cain’s Circular Logic on the Unemployed

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Indecision 2012 – Herman Cain Canes the Unemployed
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19 Aug

World of Class Warfare: Taxes vs Spending Cuts in a Nutshell

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World of Class Warfare – The Poor’s Free Ride Is Over
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And for even mentioning the obvious the wealthy have turned on Warren Buffet. Sick, sick people running this country and on top of this society.

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World of Class Warfare – Warren Buffett vs. Wealthy Conservatives
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02 Aug

Colbert ‘Nails It’: What Obama Should Have Done

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“Three Billy Goats Gruff” Budget Negotiations
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The Word – With Great Power Comes No Responsibility
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