Have you ever had someone ask you why you just don't just leave the country whenever you express even the slightest frustration with the status quo? It's a common refrain from those who believe in American exceptionalism and is something I've heard so often that I've begun to push back more forcefully against those who suggest I leave my homeland because I have the gall to question
One of the most misunderstood and falsely maligned Federal programs in the United States is Section 8 of the United States Housing Act.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the national poverty rate for the continental US (for 2014) is $11,670/year. That's for one person, living by themselves. For every extra person in the household, you add $4,060.
Don't ever think of telling President Obama he is a lame duck. He has too many things he still wants to accomplish before he leaves and beginning the process of lifting up the middle class is at the top of his list.
The term "inequality" has been in the front of the news lately, not only because President Obama has made it a central part of his second term agenda, but also because many economists and political scientists recognize that for our democracy to survive, the current trends of increasing inequality must be abated.
Poor News & Opinion Articles
|Mon Nov 23, 2015 | talkingpointsmemo.com|
In a speech at the Center for American Progress last December, President Barack Obama declared that economic inequality was “the defining challenge of our time.”...
|Sun Nov 15, 2015 | theatlantic.com|
This past may, Bill de Blasio, the first-term mayor of New York City, traveled south from his home turf to Washington, D.C. He had come to solve America’s problems. “What...
|Mon Sep 21, 2015 | politico.com|
Pope Francis has been brushing up on his English ahead of his arrival in Washington in September, and tickets to his U.S. events are already a hot commodity. But anyone...
|Wed Aug 19, 2015 | theatlantic.com|
After 10 years as a McDonald’s cashier in Los Angeles, Albina Ardon earns just $9.05 an hour. For most of her time there, Ardon, 28, has been deeply frustrated because her...
|Mon Jul 20, 2015 | motherjones.com|
A new study suggests that growing up poor affects brain development at an early age, and those brain changes can have huge effects on academic achievement.
Democratic Legislation that Benefits Poor
|12/17/10||$40 billion in tax credits for college students and lower income families with children||2010 Tax & Jobs Compromise|
|05/20/09||$2.2 billion appropriated to help communities address the homeless crisis.||Helping Families Save Their Homes|
|02/17/09||$100 billion in education aid to prevent lay-offs, modernize schools, award Pell grants and help low income children & special education programs||2009 Stimulus Bill|
|02/17/09||$155 billion in health care assistance for the poor & unemployed primarily for Medicaid, health information technology and insurance premium subsidies ||2009 Stimulus Bill|
|02/17/09||$82.2 billion in aid for low income workers, unemployed and retirees (including job training)||2009 Stimulus Bill|
Videos on Poor
"We shouldn't remind people on welfare when the election is."
Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote? Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery. Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country -- which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.
"A few well-placed rifle rounds, and the rioting would end in an instant. A more sustained attack on the rampaging mob might save England from itself, finally removing shaved-head, drunken parasites from the benefits rolls that Britain can't find the will to abolish on moral or utilitarian grounds. We can be sure there's no danger of killing off the next Winston Churchill or Edmund Burke in these crowds."
"The raccoons figured out the beetles are in the bucket. And its like grapes in a jar. The raccoons - they're not stupid, they're gonna do the easy way if we make it easy for them. Just like welfare recipients all across America. If we don't incent them to work, they're gonna take the easy route."
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”