Poverty Rises As Wall Street Billionaires Whine (9/17/2010)
Poverty Rises in the World's Biggest Economy (9/17/2010)
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” - FDR
"Finland’s child poverty rate at less than 5 percent, the lowest of all rich countries. By contrast the child poverty rate in the United States comes close to a shocking 25 percent ... nearly a quarter of the entire population of children. Out of all the countries that UNICEF surveyed, the United States was actually next to last. Only Romania fared worse." the Nordic Theory of Everything, In Search of a Better Life: Anu Partanen
"Government assistance is said to undermine the American dream ... Wait. Undermine whose American dream?” Nancy Isenberg
The organized right justifies its draconian policies toward the poor with moral arguments. Right-wing think tanks and blogs, for instance, ponder the damaging effect on disabled poor children of becoming “dependent” on government assistance, or they scrutinize government nutritional assistance for poor pregnant women and children in an effort to explain away positive outcomes for infants. Francis Fox Piven
"The consequences of high neighborhood joblessness are more devastating than those of high neighborhood poverty. A neighborhood in which people are poor but employed is different from a neighborhood in which many people are poor and jobless. Many of today's problems in the inner city ghetto neighborhoods - crime, family dissolution, welfare, low levels of social organization, and so on - are fundamentally a consequence of the disappearance of work" William Julius Wilson: When Work Disappears.
Here is a map, by county, of poverty in the U.S. See if you can guess
which States are Republican.
Click here to see the map.
Just as money confers freedom of various kinds, poverty
Poverty is a method of social control. Typically, it is racist, it leaves people unhealthy, uneducated, and dependent on the more wealthy. It is rose in Republican States associated with the Confederacy and with the inner cities.
It is a consequence of income
Recently the poor have been confined in rotting inner cities,
kept in place by militarized police, and well out of reach (by
public transit) of suburbia. They tend to be people of color and
they are arrested and sent to prison more
Privatized prisons prosper from their mass incarceration. After prison, they lose the right to vote.
Repression of labor unions and declining
wages tend to keep them in poverty permanently. Since jobs
are scarce in the cities, some are, for all practical purposes,
Lax gun laws and the 'war on drugs' play a role in making poor communities more violent.
As Hannah Arendt pointed out, people without opportunity, isolation,
and lack of social relationship, are most vulnerable to demagogic mass
movements, such as Nazism, Fascism,
Stalinism, or even McCarthyism.
Republicans, continuing their
wilding of America, favor cutting all social
programs whether Food Stamps, Social Security,
Medicare, Obamacare, or any assistance
for the poor. No religion should be ok with that.