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Remember The Poor


{Politics.143.869}: Glen Marks {wotan} Sun, 18 May 2014 11:25:04 EDT (6 lines)

- I was just very interested in the American frontier and the growth of
capitalism - those enormous fortunes that were being made, more often
than not, on the blood of poor people, black people, Indian people.
They were the ones who paid very dearly for those great fortunes.

Peter Matthiessen: 1927-2014


{Politics.143.870}: Jay Hoffman {resist} Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:42:04 EDT (28 lines)

Seattle Is Right
By Robert Reich

By raising its minimum wage to $15, Seattle is leading a long-overdue
movement toward a living wage. Most minimum wage workers aren’t
teenagers these days. They’re major breadwinners who need a higher
minimum wage in order to keep their families out of poverty.

Across America, the ranks of the working poor are growing. While low-
paying industries such as retail and food preparation accounted for 22
percent of the jobs lost in the Great Recession, they’ve generated 44
percent of the jobs added since then, according to a recent report
from the National Employment Law Project. Last February, the
Congressional Budget Office estimated that raising the national
minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would lift 900,000 people out of

The gains from a higher minimum wage extend beyond those who receive
it. More money in the pockets of low-wage workers means more sales,
especially in the locales they live in – which in turn creates faster
growth and more jobs. A major reason the current economic recovery is
anemic is that so many Americans lack the purchasing power to get the
economy moving again.

With a higher minimum wage, moreover, we’d all end up paying less for
Medicaid, food stamps and other assistance the working poor now need
in order to have a minimally decent standard of living.


{Politics.143.871}: Senator Lampoon {yesdeer} Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:56:56 EDT (HTML)

I think paying less for food stamps is a fair trade for pay $3 more for a Big Mac.


{Politics.143.872}: Jay Hoffman {resist} Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:10:04 EDT (1 line)

you think - not likely


{Politics.143.873}: Keith Rice {justinthyme} Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:48:15 EDT (HTML)

{869} Glen, yet all these "vicitms" have also, somehow, managed to improve their lives under capitalism.


{Politics.143.874}: Jay Hoffman {resist} Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:00:44 EDT (1 line)

how long have you been a moron … keith?


{Politics.143.875}: Glen Marks {wotan} Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:19:01 EDT (6 lines)

Does this apply to the homeless?:

- A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and
pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come.

Eric Hoffer


{Politics.143.876}: Glen Marks {wotan} Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:36:57 EDT (6 lines)

- We shall suffer no attachment to literature, no taste for abstract
discussion, no love of purely intellectual theories, to seduce us from
our devotion to the cause of the oppressed, the down trodden, the
insulted and injured masses of our fellow men.

George Ripley


{Politics.143.877}: Rightwingnutjobs can KMA {resist} Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:32:31 EDT (30 lines)

America's Inequality Nightmare
The problem just appears to keep getting worse.

In the U.S., a child born in the top 20 percent economically has a 2-
in-3 chance of staying at or near the top, whereas a child born in the
bottom 20 percent has a less than 1-in-20 shot at making it to the
top, making the U.S. one of the least upwardly mobile nations in the
developed world. Our levels of income inequality rank near countries
like Jamaica and Argentina, rather than like countries like Canada and
Germany, but American voters, in large, believe America is just doing

The perception-reality gap is so vast that Americans believe those in
the middle of the income distribution earn only 4 percent less than
the national average. In reality, Americans in the middle earn 16
percent less.

The research demonstrates that in those countries where people believe
inequality is worse, governments tend to redistribute more. In other
words, American voters are their own worst enemies.

Not only is the U.S. one of the most income-unequal countries in the
world, its government ranks among the least willing to redress the
imbalance. This collective unwillingness is borne by the almost
mystical reverence right-wing Americans afford unbridled and
unfettered capitalism, and the manner in which they deem government as
the agent of Satan, as opposed to the only tool they might have to
restore economic balance in the society. 


{Politics.143.878}: Glen Marks {wotan} Sat, 09 Aug 2014 04:26:54 EDT (6 lines)

According to this recent article:

- ...More Americans are dependent on government than ever before.



{Politics.143.879}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Sat, 09 Aug 2014 07:20:34 EDT (1 line)

Well Duh!  Where ya been Glen?  That was the plan.


{Politics.143.880}: Jay Hoffman {resist} Sat, 09 Aug 2014 13:41:56 EDT (1 line)

and liz's plan is always to act like an asshole and an idiot


{Politics.143.881}: Tonu Aun {tonu} Sat, 09 Aug 2014 13:47:01 EDT (1 line)

'Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.'


{Politics.143.882}: Glen Marks {wotan} Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:38:09 EDT (6 lines)

According to this recent article:

- We need child care that doesn’t cost more than a poor parent earns.



{Politics.143.883}: Glen Marks {wotan} Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:43:13 EDT (5 lines)

- Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world,
have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men,
poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius.

Albert Pike


{Politics.143.884}: Keith Rice {justinthyme} Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:40:19 EDT (HTML)



{Politics.143.885}: Senator Lampoon {yesdeer} Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:58:22 EDT (HTML)

{882} We need more poor people to accept the notion that they should be able to afford kids before they have them.


{Politics.143.886}: Keith Rice {justinthyme} Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:43:10 EDT (HTML)

Not as long as the government pays the poor to breed.


{Politics.143.887}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:22:18 EDT (3 lines)

Here is my plan:  You have one kid out of wedlock you can apply for
government benefits.  You have 2 kids out of wedlock you lose ALL
government benefits.


{Politics.143.888}: Senator Lampoon {yesdeer} Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:27:42 EDT (HTML)

One should earn a minimum income to have kids.


{Politics.143.889}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:49:16 EDT (3 lines)

Yeah but how can you stop that?  The problem is no one gets married
because they get more money if they just have more kids and are
single.  It's like estate planning for the poor.


{Politics.143.890}: Keith Rice {justinthyme} Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:58:55 EDT (HTML)

Another liberal solution whose outcome makes it look like it was designed by our enemies.


{Politics.143.891}: keith is a jack ass {resist} Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:30:36 EDT (2 lines)

keith's solution is the solution of a pansy-ass junkie psychopath


{Politics.143.892}: {wotan} Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:13:42 EDT (0 lines)
{erased by wotan Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:13:53 EDT}


{Politics.143.893}: Glen Marks {wotan} Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:14:11 EDT (4 lines)

Recent WAR ON POVERTY debate:



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