And you call yourselves poor?
And you call yourselves poor?
Literally favourite meme ever.
This is fucking adorable
Excellent (and depressing) piece by Barbara Ehrenreich. I’ve seen a lot of what she mentions in action.
(By the way, if you haven’t read her book Nickel and Dimed, I recommend it.)
Yes, yes. Nickel and Dimed is a classic.
The House budget for fiscal year 2013 tasks congressional committees to “reduce lower-priority spending” to avert military cuts.
When they say “lower-priority spending”, they mean spending on programs that nourish children and provide safety nets, like foster care or child abuse prevention.
The “PRO-LIFE” Ryan-Republican-Romney budget.
FROM ROMNEY’S BOOK: “Welfare without work erodes the spirit and the sense of self-worth of the recipient. And it conditions the children of nonworking parents to an indolent and unproductive life. Hardworking parents raise hardworking kids; we should recognize that the opposite is also true. The influence of the work habits of our parents and other adults around us as we grow up has lasting impact.”
Does this mean Romney’s children became indolent and unproductive because their mother stayed at home and their father sat in a conference room and fired people for a living? I don’t know, but they do fit the equation Mitt Romney has laid out. Given what we now know of the Romneys, I believe a better title for Romney’s book would be — No Apology, The Case for Being a Privileged White Man. [Indolent and Unproductive | Bob Cesca]
Can Newt and Santorum just get their facts straight and quit dog-whistling to the most racist, disgusting segments of their unsavory voting base?
[According to a tweet from Slate writer Dave Weigel, Newt Gingrich said at a Plymouth, NH town hall] that he plans to “go to the NAACP convention and tell the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.”
Yeah, okay. Go for it, tough guy.
The old ‘black people are takin’ all the hard werkin’ peeples monies!’ argument. Except that if you’re going to go by facts, such as those provided by the socialist US Census Bureau, over 15% of the U.S. population is currently living in poverty — AND HALF OF THOSE IN POVERTY ARE WHITE. From Wikipedia:
- 9.9% of all non-Hispanic white persons
- 12.1% of all Asian persons
- 26.6% of all Hispanic persons (of any nationality)
- 27.4% of all black persons.
About half of those living in poverty are non-Hispanic white (19.6 million in 2010), but poverty rates are much higher for blacks and Hispanics. Non-Hispanic white children comprised 57% of all poor rural children.
-  “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010“. U.S. Census Bureau
-  “Poverty Is a Persistent Reality for Many Rural Children in U.S.“, William O’Hare (September 2009), Population Reference Bureau.
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Here’s something else completely weird that happened today: Santorum says that on Monday, when he said this:
“I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.”
…he claims he didn’t say “black people.” He said “BLAH people.” Blah people. He doesn’t want to give blah people other people’s money.
I’m sure Santorum doesn’t include the wealthy and corporations in those blah people taking other people’s money though — more tax cuts for them.
President Obama has a jobs plan which he wants to fund with very targeted, specific tax cuts, such as taxing the income of investment fund managers and eliminating tax breaks for the (very profitable) oil and gas sector.
Mitch McConnell (Douche-KY) says that the President is “playing politics” with his jobs plan.
And here are the facts of where America is today — poverty on the rise:
More Americans lived in poverty in 2010 than in any other time that records have been collected, according to US Census data released yesterday. Median household income fell, too, and a growing number of people are without health insurance.
An additional 2.6 million people became officially poor last year, raising the poverty rate from 14.3 percent in 2009 to 15.1 percent. It was the fourth year in a row that the ranks of the poor grew, and Sawhill predicts poverty rates will rise to 16 percent by 2014.
PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME how it’s patriotic to continue to subsidize the oil and gas sector with our nation’s treasury — while they rake in higher profits than ever before – while it’s ‘socialism’ or something to attempt to get millions of our citizens working again? At this point, could a jobs plan really be seen as a political game by anyone other than the political game players of the GOP Teaparty?
And guess what helped keep another 8 million people OUT of poverty? Government benefits and programs. Via Think Progress:
The earned income tax credit and unemployment insurance kept 8.6 million people out of poverty – showing the ongoing need for these critical safety net programs. The EITC kept 3 million children alone out of poverty:
Only the Republican party could label potential solutions to the real problems millions of Americans are facing as playing politics. Especially when their own “game-plan” is to do nothing for the country until after an election that’s 14 months away.
The wealthy have found a goldmine with Reagan and Bush’s ‘trickle up’ economics (and anti-union attitudes). And in the last decade, when they’ve paid the lowest tax rate EVER, they’ve created so many jobs here in the U.S. So. Many. Jobs.
It only makes sense to redistribute more of our tax revenue into more tax cuts for the wealthy. They deserve to keep getting more. After all they’re smarter and work harder than the rest of us, according to Bill O’Reilly:
“…you gotta look people in the eye and tell ‘em they’re irresponsible and lazy… Because that’s what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen. In this country, you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period. Period.”
The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.
Dell Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.
Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November. Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.
In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.
According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.
As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.
The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.
According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.
In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.
Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford’s new “global” manufacturing strategy.
As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing. The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.
In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.
The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.
Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.
Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products. Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.
The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.
One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.
The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.