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'Missing In Action': Congress Ignores America's Poverty Crisis


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, ethics, obama, war on poverty, usa, congress, dishonesty, u.s., news )

Cal
- 480 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
At a time when Republicans on Capitol Hill are expressing outrage over canceled White House tours, something more deserving of outrage is taking place: tens of millions of the nation's most vulnerable are taking hits on all sides. The nation's poverty rat



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Darren Woolsey (57)
Monday April 8, 2013, 4:10 am
Thanks for sharing this. . .
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:16 am
ignoring is what they do best
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:37 am
Well, what does a stinking rich bastard know about poverty...?
 

John S. (297)
Monday April 8, 2013, 6:07 am
Don't worry, these numbers will be revised, and revised, and revised....
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:59 am
Thank you! (N, P, T)
 

l L. (1)
Monday April 8, 2013, 1:02 pm
TYhx cal.. and the beat goes on..
The fools; think touring the Wh is more important than anything.

I look at Paul Ryan and I think of his devotion to Ayn Rand.. whatever her name is.. I saw a movie about ther and I wondered how this sex crased nymph.. mind--stimulating about stuff that made no sense to me.... created people with one track minds to nowhere? And the Libertarians are a mystery to me. What planet are they from?
 

Joy M. (36)
Monday April 8, 2013, 1:15 pm
I've never understood how we can spend millions on our space program, inaugural bashes ($50 million!!!), corporate buy-outs, etc. and give so much to other countries when we have so many starving people - especially children - right under our noses!!!!! Nothing makes me more sad!!!
 

Carol D. (104)
Monday April 8, 2013, 1:21 pm
Politicians are only interested in lining their own pockets as fast as they can while they are in office they dont know what poverty is its just a word
 

Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday April 8, 2013, 1:23 pm
here's the point: THEY DON'T CARE!!
 

Shirley A. (96)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:02 pm
Stephanie hit the bottom line of it all. THEY REALLY JUST DO NOT CARE!! Remove them from office, vet the hell out of the one's running to fill their corrupted, hateful shoes. Hold those people accountable with no excuses or double speak when ask questions of their intents, plans, policy or ideology when tapped to find a solution and follow the wants of the American majority. It's our country, our money and it should be our collective voice that should be making the policy and demanding help, compassion, solutions and alternatives as to how our nation treats ALL of it's people to provide for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:08 pm
THE NATION WILL FALL SOON, and China owns the US's ass.
 

Christina Carlson (16)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:10 pm
Campaign contributions just don't come from the impoverished so they are a growing class of unrepresented people. I fear that "We the People" has become something more akin to "We the Wealthy".
 

John Coleman (18)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:10 pm
The Demagogue Party started its "War on Poverty" in the mid 1960s and like most "progressive" programs the usual happened and poverty won! Not surprising when you throw money at a problem, make sure that the solutions don't inc;lude any moral direction (actually the opposite in that the messages are "do what you want" and "you are owed support"), degrade the education system with PC/"diversity"/"progressive" agenda misinformation, punish possible employers with high taxes and burdensome regulations, go out of your way to destroy families with phony"feminism"/"gay marriage"/inter-generational welfare, and a whole host of "anti poverty" measures that have not only failed but compounded the problem.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:33 pm
That's because Congress, like most of our institutions, has been corporatized.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:35 pm
But there are alternatives, please sign,
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/257/834/410/economic-security/
 

Dianna M. (13)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:37 pm
Y'know, I'd like to tour the White House too--TOO BAD I CAN'T AFFORD IT. THANKS, YOU CONGRESSIONAL [expletive deleted. Too bad, too, it was hilariously original].
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Monday April 8, 2013, 3:09 pm
The Empire's Military-Industrial-Corporate-Complex behemoth will continue to defend itself at the detriment of those who are unemployed, starving and homeless. It owns both political parties. The Pentagon pork must be cut, and new jobs created for a green environment. The monopolies of factory farms must be abolished and transformed into smaller, organic community farms. The dirty fossil energy industry subsidies must be entirely cut, and taxes raised. The payroll cap on Soc. Sec. must also be raised, so the millionaires pay their fair share.
Obama should be pushing for another stimulus, not threatening Soc. Sec. and other necessary safeguards.
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday April 8, 2013, 3:26 pm
Noted. Words don't suffice, but thank you for the article.
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Monday April 8, 2013, 7:21 pm
Thanks for keeping poverty in the forefront Cal. Goodness knows none of our Leaders are. We had a major election and no one had poverty as a priority to address. Yes, mention of the middle class but nothing on the poor except to beat them down and say how they are sucking on the tits, or I don't care about the 47%, and how else can we cut cut cut their safety nets.

Meanwhile, the rich are only getting richer. Income inequality in the United States is greater now than at any time since 1929.

It has gotten so severe that, according to a report by the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute, low-earning workers in the United States are actually worse off than low-earning workers in all but seven similarly developed countries.

Gee our statistics are just so wonderfully.......SAD AND BAD in this Country.

Falling life expectancy, #37 in health care, more women are dying in childbirth, with only 5% of the world's population, the U.S. has 25% of the world's prison population that makes us the world's largest jailer, we are 17th in Education....on and on.

 

Eternal Gardener (704)
Monday April 8, 2013, 7:39 pm
Hasn't this always been the case... ? Since settlers fled feudal Europe... they should have drowned the aristocrats, not take them with them....
 

Edith B. (142)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:32 pm
The poor and middle class does not make huge campaign contributions and that seems to be the main thing our politicians are interested in these days. We need term limits so we no longer have career politicians.
 

Susan Allen (221)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:08 pm
The article was great. I thought the statistics and information were most informative. Noted and shared.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 3:39 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:00 am
Most people are too busy being self-absorbed to take the effort to look at whats going on around them and get involved. Lack of caring leads to exploitation and evil thrives when good people fail to act
 

David King (3177)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:45 am
At 12:30PM Eastern, bold progressive activists will join Senator Bernie Sanders and others to deliver over 2 million petition signatures to the White House. We're telling President Obama: No cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits.
 

David King (3177)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:57 am
Congress has drafted a budget three of them in fact. And tomorrow President Obama will release his budget to spend more than 1 trillion of our dollars. We need to ensure he makes good on his campaign promise to cut billions in subsidies to Big Oil.

Not only are these subsidies a drain on our budget, they are helping wreck the planet by ensuring we rely on fossil fuels for our energy needs when clean, green alternatives are more than capable of powering our lives.

Please sign our petition today asking President Obama to end the Big Oil Billion Dollar Bonanza by cutting these taxpayer-funded subsidies from his budget proposal. Your signature will be delivered directly to the president.

Big Oil doesn't need the money, and we don't have the money to give. The five biggest oil companies on the planet made more than $110 billion in profits last year, while the President and Congress have been forced to make major budget cuts to important programs that protect our people and the planet.

Even worse, these subsidies make all of us investors in the biggest polluters on the planet. Each year the planet is warming faster than the year before, causing more extreme weather events, record heat waves, wildfires, droughts and floods across the planet. Burning more oil will only make the planet get warmer faster, and lead to even worse disasters than Superstorm Sandy.

President Obama said during his re-election campaign that he would cut over $4 billion of the subsidies going to Big Oil. On Wednesday, he releases the first budget of his new term, so let's work together to remind the president to follow through on his promise.

Sign our petition today to tell President Obama to end the Big Oil Billion Dollar Bonanza.
(please cut and paste the link to sign the petition)

http://www.webaction.org/site/R?i=1gg7MPci4cBqMGTzosFSLA
 

Shirley A. (96)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:52 am
If we don't have money to help our poor and create programs to help folks out of poverty when the damn government has caused that poverty then we certainly DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY FOR CORPORATE SUBSIDES and BS LOOPHOLES that allow them to use and abuse our country and skate off free and easy.
 
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