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A Program for Combating Poverty -- Stop the Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Expand Medicare to All


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Cal
- 591 days ago - alternet.org
A comprehensive program to combat poverty in America is long overdue.



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Jason S. (57)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 6:57 pm
Good Posting, thanks
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday January 18, 2013, 3:45 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

John S. (301)
Friday January 18, 2013, 4:38 am
For some reason the link didn't work for me, but I found it at:
http://www.alternet.org/economy/program-combating-poverty-stop-cuts-social-security-medicare-expand-medicare-all
 

lee e. (114)
Friday January 18, 2013, 7:34 am
I live on a fixed income - without these "entitlements" I would be dead by now!! Thanks for the post!
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday January 18, 2013, 11:35 am
It seems so logical, doesn't it? Productive, happy people are people who do not have to worry about simple survival. On the other hand, the man with nothing left to lose is a dangerous man. Apparently, Congress gets to decide which way it will go.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 18, 2013, 11:55 am
I was watching...
http://www.c-span.org/Events/Tavis-Smiley-Hosts-Symposium-Vision-for-a-New-America/10737437312-2/

Some one stated something that really stuck me in the heart. "We have elected congressmen that don't know what their job is. It IS to help the people".

Poverty is so destructive to so many and it doesn't have to be. We used to have a congress that knew their job. That was before the elitist, Ron Reagan. Since then there has been a culture of free capitalists that stupidly, blindly destroyed america. gw busH being the worse. If we can't teach those that voted for the Paul Ryan/Erick Cantor, Rove college republicans, we can never break this insane assault on ourselves.

Turn off fox. Take back america and the constitution. Of, by, and for the people.
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday January 18, 2013, 1:10 pm
thanks.....
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Friday January 18, 2013, 3:45 pm
"Page not found."
 

. (0)
Friday January 18, 2013, 4:53 pm
The link wouldn't work for me either but I am not too sure that I should be commenting directly as I don't live in the US and wouldn't be paying for any changes that are made. The one thing that I will say is that where I live, in the UK, we are seeing radical changes to our social aid programmes, which so far have been pretty radical. The changes, which are being brought about very quickly, are having dramatic changes but not welcome ones. I, for one, do not want to live in a society where some people starve while others have far more that even a greedy mind can imagine but having said that I equally don't wnat to live in a society where those who choose not to work (but could do so) can still live a good life. Like everything else it is all about balance.
 

Trish K. (93)
Friday January 18, 2013, 5:01 pm
As the rich get richer and the jobs get fewer we will become a nation of welfare on the backs of those who can afford to share. After all we built this country with our ancestors and I worked as hard as anyone because I was promised golden years after my labors were done. I am only 64 and I would love to work but I could only do that for two or three hours a day on light duty. Maybe I will run for Congress and you are all invited to eat and sleep at the big White House. Vote for Trish
 

Winn Adams (191)
Friday January 18, 2013, 6:54 pm
Thanks
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Friday January 18, 2013, 7:54 pm
Page not found, but, YES, I'm going to vote for Trish.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Friday January 18, 2013, 10:28 pm
I too had problems reaching the page. Thanks to John S. I used the link that he mentioned and was able to read the article. Good article. I hope that it will become a reality for our world. Thanks Cal
 

ellen m. (233)
Friday January 18, 2013, 11:13 pm
"Page not found"
But I do agree with the headline..and I want to add that the insurance companies that have taken over Medicaid need to get their act together, and fast.

And i might add from personal experience these last 3 months I find waiting 2-3 weeks for authorization for much needed tests and procedures totaly unacceptable when time is of the essence in the diagnosis of a disease or illness..

I pray that no one goes beyond the time where timely treatment could have given them a better outcome..though I know it is happening to many every day. :-( thanks Cal
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:00 am
Those in poverty need jobs. Where ARE all of those jobs Obama has been talking about for more than four years? What happened to the many green companies Obama erected to bring more jobs? Did someone say they all went bankrupt.

Americans want jobs to be able to take care of their families. Ever heard of "Teach A Man To Fish?" As long as the government is throwing buckets of fish at those in poverty they stay in poverty.

Our country cannot afford to become a nanny state to provide shelter and food. The largest check the taxpayers send out every month is for our social programs and still there is no change. Could it be that Obama has turned away from the job engines in our country? Has he delivered so much uncertainty to small businesses and large corporations that they have stopped hiring until he is out of office?

One has to research on their own to find out why more Americans are on food stamps. Start there.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:24 am
We earned these things called "entitlements". A simple solution to some problems cited would be to trade assistance for work whenever possible and penealize those that misuse emergency rooms.
 

paul m. (93)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:38 am

This is only the begining ,,, things will get worse,,Governments won't,, ( sorry ) don't care.
 

Ro H. (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:50 am
TY
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:51 am
Hotlink to the article below:
The article

Obama has tried to get in a jobs program.....but when you have a Congress that keeps stalling or voting against it we end up with nothing. We've had too many in Congress that have gone way out of their way to just make Obama fail without giving one bit of consideration that their tactics have hurt the many people depending on Congress to do it's job.

I'm however very angry that Obama would even consider putting programs that the people paid into all their lives on the chopping block, like Medicare and Social Security. The very well to do don't worry about Social Security, they have a lot of other resources to draw from. Those programs should be off the table and the bloated Defense budget should be gone after except for the help to the returning Veterans. The cost of one missile is staggaring we need to clean up our acts and stay out of other people's backyards.

Why haven't the Wall Street people been held accountable, they are still doing their dirty deeds, the average person is still being taken to the cleaners. Employers refuse to hire full time, pay as low as one can for the labor, people can't live on these incomes. An article I read said to live at living wage one would need to make $22.00 an hour and servers in many States are paid below minimum wage and depend on tips, that are hard pressed to get from people who might of treated themselves to an out of the house meal but slight the server on the tip. The tax codes need to be fixed, all the benefits have gone to the most well to do.

The conversation wasn't even on the Middle Class until the Occupy Movement started but lost this whole time is the poor, those who have lost hope of ever being able to move out of poverty to the Middle Class, those who cling to life barely. That has been lost in the conversation. We have more living in poverty in the United States than there are the number of citizens living in Countires.
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 8:57 am
I reported a bad link. I really want to read it!
 

Jaime A. (32)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 9:11 am
Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 10:10 am
@Diane
"Where ARE all of those jobs Obama has been talking about for more than four years? What happened to the many green companies Obama erected to bring more jobs?"

Can you say right wing obstruction/budget? We/you elected congressmen that don't know what their job IS!

America's Big Political Fight: Will We Grapple with Reality or Fully Detach and Live in Fantasyland?

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

Key elements of the American Right have set up permanent residence in the world of make-believe, making the real-world challenges we face almost impossible to solve. READ MORE»
 

Gloria H. (88)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 11:51 am
Diane O: - your comment to "teach a man to fish"...good joke! When you look what is happening to the education system! YOU try teaching 40 kids in a classroom. Not easy. Maybe if teachers had guns...
Isn't hard to figure out why Americans are out of work...go to Walmart (double dog dare you to mingle with the 99% shopping there), pick up any item...you will find "made in China"...that's where the jobs are. Have trouble with your phone? Tech support is a just an instant (and many thousands of miles away) that's where the jobs went. There are only a few jobs left as Martha Stewart's staff. Ready to relocate to the Hampshires?
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:51 pm
Oh, my, the liberals LOVE Soros and Obama creates millions of jobs in BRAZIL!

Obama to invest in offshore oil drilling – in Brazil! Soros stands to reap dividends!
August 18, 2009
By

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration will invest $2 billion (or more) in drilling off the shores of Brazil, of all places. The left does all they can to keep us from exploring off our own shores. Yet we’re suddenly investing $2 billion – that we don’t have – in a Brazilian oil company?

The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.

The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a “preliminary commitment” letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and has discussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount. Ex-Im Bank says it has not decided whether the money will come in the form of a direct loan or loan guarantees. Either way, this corporate foreign aid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seems desperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations in the Americas.

Odd, isn’t it? The one who campaigned against oil companies and the use of fossil fuels is now suddenly investing our children’s money in a foreign oil company? This is the same man who said he wanted higher gas prices to break our addiction to foreign oil. Why the sudden change of heart?

Could it be pay back to a big supporter? Could the fact that George Soros just traded millions of shares of Petrobas be just a coincidence? Via Hot Air.

His New York-based hedge-fund firm, Soros Fund Management LLC, sold 22 million U.S.-listed common shares of Petrobras, as the Brazilian oil company is known, according to a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Soros bought 5.8 million of the company’s U.S.-traded preferred shares.

Soros is taking advantage of the spread between the two types of U.S.-listed Petrobras shares, said Luis Maizel, president of LM Capital Group LLC, which manages about $4 billion. The common shares were 21 percent more expensive than preferred today, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. …

Petrobras preferred shares have also a 10 percent additional dividend, said William Landers, a senior portfolio manager for Latin America at Blackrock Inc.

“Given that there will most likely never be a change in control in the company, I see no reason to pay a higher price for the common shares.” Brazil’s government controls Petrobras and has a majority stake of voting shares.

Unfortunately, it’s doubtful anyone in the media will pursue this story. The media is oddly incurious about George Soros, his hedge fund and his political connections. A quick search of “George Soros Petrobas” came up with nothing but stories of Soros the investor. Not Soros the puppet master. No questions of Soros and insider trading. Nope. Just Soros, the brilliant investor.

Had this occurred under a republican administration there’s no doubt in my mind it would be the lead story on every network news broadcast. Not to mention the 24 hour cable news loop.

Even without the Soros connection this should cause outrage on both sides of the aisle. Obama’s letting down his green supporters on the left by investing in off-shore oil drilling, no matter where that drilling takes place . And the right should be outraged because he refuses to invest in drilling here at home – or allow private companies to do so.

With only a few exceptions, the silence on this story is deafening.
GOOGLE: OBAMA TO INVEST IN OFFSHORE DRILLING and select your own link there are many.
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:53 pm
Obama hasn't created any significant jobs in over four years. He has, in fact, spent $860 billion of the taxpayer's money on crap every bit of it wasted....every green company and the $350,000 per employee have gone up in smoke. Want to talk about wasteful spending? Give Obama a call....ask him the hard questions.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 12:14 pm
Diane, According to the Congressional Research Service, it has been 14 years since the House, the Senate and the president have all agreed on a bill to fund the government for an entire fiscal year.

During the past 35 years, the president and congress have only agreed to a "Full Budget" three times, in 1989, 1995 and 1997.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/continuing-resolutions-the-new-norm/

On the other hand, the Congressional Research Service says that continuing resolutions were used for a full year in:

1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996, 2007, 2011

In other words, during the past 35 years, a full budget was only passed by the congress during the GHW Bush and Bill Clinton's term in office. None were passed during Carter's, Reagan's, and GW Bush's term.
 

Alan G. (16)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 11:36 pm
The USA could take $100 billion off their military budget and still be spending more than every country combined. That $100 billion might make a dent in health care in the USA.
 
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