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America's Greatest Shame: Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom


Society & Culture  (tags: economic inequality, society, politics, government, economy, ethics, usa )

Cal
- 263 days ago - alternet.org
Why do we put up with such injustices?



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Mary T. (280)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 9:18 am
very shameful that a lot of children and elderly will go to sleep hungry.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 11:32 am
We do not put up with it! Those with the most money and influence over the government to manipulate lawmakers because the later and greedy and power hungry.
 

Winn Adams (190)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 12:35 pm
This is the time to remember those in your community less fortunate and donate to your local food bank.
 

Alan Lambert (85)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 12:48 pm
As to why we "put up with it" it's because the billionaires like Adelson and the Kochs and the Waltons and Zuckerberg have lobbyists who own Congressmen. The poor have no advocates outside the Democratic Party And much like it was in Will Rogers' day, I don't belong to any organized party, I'm a Democrat too...
 

A F. (130)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 2:27 pm
Sick and sad. Thanks for posting, Cal
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 2:27 pm
WHY? Because we still believe in a perverted idea of ''capitalism'' which touts that anyone can succeed, given that they work hard enough.

We know that's not true....we know there are billionaires determined to keep money and opportunity for themselves...but we believe what we're being told.

 

Virgene L. (5)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 3:55 pm
Some have wanted to REDUCE the minimum wage. Can you believe it?

The "capitalists" manipulate and control
And they've lost their souls.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 4:43 pm
read & noted
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 4:55 pm
Pam W. points to perhaps THE flaw in our national consciousness: That anyone who REALLY WANTS TO MAKE IT, simply can, one way or another, however they can. This totally ignores the fact that huge sections of our culture have been systematically denied access to good education, jobs training, skills,and supportive upbringings that foster a sense of "can do," but, rather have been taught that they are useless, dumb by nature, and the like.
We, and all humans, live in a social context that helps define us, for better, or for worse. Indeed, it goes beyond helping to define us it imprints us,, and it is very hard to even realize that this has happened, no less to change it.
The so called "War on drugs," destroys families, rips them apart, does not help the kids therein get off to a positive start.
The Ayn Rand imbecility that the Teabaggers, and other conservative believe in, about THE INDIVIDUAL being "In charge" of his/her life is shallow mythology.
"A culture is judged by how it treats its weakest members," and this culture is blowing it!
With hubris blooming, we wag our fingers at "lesser" cultures for their misogyny, for the for the 3rd world image of squalor living alongside immense wealth, and more Who the hell do we think we are??
 

SJ J. (116)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 4:57 pm
I do not tolerate injustice at all. Thanks Cal.
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 5:16 pm
Maybe the GOPTP believe that if the poor have no food they'll lose weight...that would make Michelle Obama happy.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 5:17 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Cal. This absolutely goes beyond cruel, mean and inhuman. This is the type of stuff that historical revolutions are based on. Without revolution, we are simply "pitted against each" other....those of us in the 99%, which is the way the wealthiest want it. Time to rethink, recharge and demand change! Please note how your members of Congress are voting on these bills. Too many Dems are voting with the GOP, and they must be threatened with being "primary-ed."
 

Carmen S. (607)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 5:27 pm
Thanks for sharing this, Cal.
 

Jessica K. (89)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 5:47 pm
The problem is that many of these people don't care for government programs, because they say that they like control over their own money. But many of the same people aren't willing to do anything privately, either. In a real anarchist society based on nonviolence, people will have to take more responsibility for their neighbor on an individual basis. Many don't want to do that, but aren't even willing to pay someone else (the government) to do it either. So thus, more people in poverty while there are billionaires. Thanks.
 

June Bostock (46)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 5:53 pm
DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Dave C. (213)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 7:59 pm
should be embarrassing to all politicians and wealthy in this country, but the GOP knows no embarrassment.
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 8:28 pm
don't you think we all should be equal why should the middle class and lower should be able to get more help then these rich politicians and CEO's. We are shunned even for the ones that work everyday. It just makes me sick. There is no such thing as fair anymore. All we can do about is Pray about it
 

Ben B. (39)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:05 am
Good question Cal. Inequitable distribution of resources has been a feature of market economies since their inception. Basically those who derive incomes from capital investments (the stock-market or financial instruments markets), housing via rental property investment and so on can generate surplus income, income derived from activities other than their labour. Such investments seem to be considered more valuable than income derived from labour effort. Those who generate more income can consume more resources and products....the cycle is self-perpetuating. Of course investors and entrepreneurs are quick to point out that the income they derive is commensurate to the risks they take in generating that income and if they have a potential to make a profit, they also have the potential to make a loss, except for banks apparently who get bailed out of their troubles at the tax payers expense.
 

John S. (297)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:34 am
I wonder just how many democrats gladly overpay there taxes in order to help out? I guess lip service is enough.
 

Joanna W. (71)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 1:48 am
whats happening to the world!!!
 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:18 am
Shameful indeed...in "The richest country" on this Planet!
 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:21 am
You know what? -I can remember a time when the word "Solidarity" had a meaning.
(In my country anyhow...)
 

Birgitta S. (221)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 4:46 am
HIDIOUS :-(((((((((((
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 5:03 am
Noted & posted
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 6:27 am
REMEMBER REMEMBER THE 5th OF NOVEMBER.......

Join your sisters and brothers in Solidarity. I wish we had a system like Ben lives in.
Join In Solidarity on November 5

Can't find a big get together in your area? Make a sign stand outside in front of the local grocery store, the banks, your local Town or City Hall, with a sign that reads 'I DO NOT SUPPORT CUTTING BACK FOOD FROM HUNGRY CHILDREN" or "OUR VETERANS DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS" or "ELDERS DESERVE TO EAT TOO" or any number of creative words you can think of.

But whatever......don't remain doing nothing and just simply complain. Because by doing nothing you are part of allowing people to go hungry.

Call, write, and tell those who Represent you in Washington DC what you think of this. When we start allowing the very food to be denied the hungry we have sunk to the bottom of the barrel as a society.

If you can't speak up now when will you? Everyone needs to get more active in this. Signing petitions is great but more is needed. So make those signs, those phone calls and join with others who will be outside, for I will be one.

Not sure what to say, pull up the OccuCards for ideas and how to express how you feel on various topics. If you click onto the card it will enlarge for easier reading.
Pass the Message With OccuCards
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 7:33 am
Also want to say, a very well written article that explains well to those who may still be pondering why this is all taking place. Austerity measures, stagnant wages, an economy in shambles for many but doing extremely well for the wealthiest among us.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 7:43 am
Second, we are told how America is essentially a moderate country -- how there's a kind of invisible political pendulum that swings from the extremes back to the sensible center. When the left or the Tea Party gets too wild, the center supposedly pulls them back and common sense economics prevails.

But this consoling media meme obscures the fact that our politics are moving ever more rightward. Moderate Democrats and Republicans today are to the right of Eisenhower, Nixon and even Herbert Hoover. They have already agreed to cut the very entitlements that are needed to help alleviate poverty.

In fact, they have agreed it's quite OK for America to have 442 billionaires and also have 22.6% of its children living in poverty. The sensible center now sees its role as forging a "compromise" on how much to cut food stamps and other supports for the poor.

Obviously, both political parties lose little sleep worrying about economic injustices.

**The above was taken out of context of the article and this is why I voted for 3rd Party, the Justice Party, and will continue to do so or with the Green Party as I see BOTH Parties selling us down the drain. BOTH Parties have been part and parcel on getting us to where we are today and we need many more grassroots getting into the lower levels of Government from both the Justice and Green Party. Both great Parties, I want to start
selecting from the best of Both not the lessor of two evils.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 8:10 am
When it comes to child poverty, the USA is just about dead last.

Why is that?

Because in wealthy nations, children live in poverty if and only if that nation allows it.

The USA, the richest in history, has more than enough wealth to go from the bottom of the list to the top, right next to Finland, if only to act justly.

SHAME .......SHAME......SHAME.......That the USA allows it's children, disabled, and Elders to go hungry!

“Few are guilty, but all are responsible.” Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Prophets
 

Carla van der Meer (466)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 12:02 pm
Disturbing and disgusting.. How can anyone justify taking food from the mouths of hungry children to give even more money to the avaricious creeps who caused the mess in the first place? Many of these people have so much money already that they couldn't begin to spend it all, but they want more, more, MORE, regardless of who gets hurt. It makes me ill to think about this kind of behavior and these monsters manage to sleep at night? Eat the rich???
 

SuSanne P. (181)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 10:42 pm
Thank you Cal and Dandelion for the forward. I agree this is a brilliant written article about the truths of what this country has resorted to.
"American exceptionalism." AT IT'S BEST!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Sunday November 3, 2013, 11:38 pm
Important fact mentioned in the article:

"It gets even more revolting when we realize that the financial billionaires who are profiting so handsomely from the recovery are the very same who took down the economy in the first place. They were the ones who created and pedaled the toxic securities that puffed up and then burst the housing bubble. Those financial plutocrats caused 8 million workers to lose their jobs in a matter of months. Those bankers, hedge fund honchos and fund managers are directly responsible for the rise in child poverty rates. Washington bailed out those billionaires and is now asking the poor and the middle class to pay for the ensuing deficits with further cuts in social programs at every level of government."

Such an atrocity! They have more money than they know what to do with, and they would take food from the mouths of babies so they can get even more! They make me sick. Let's hope karma is more than a theory...
 

Judy C. (106)
Monday November 4, 2013, 12:16 am
This just makes me too angry. I am beyond disgusted. I am disabled, and this will hurt me. I wish I didn't need Food Stamps, and I hate to admit it, but I do. It's even more sickening that this will hurt children. Thanks, Cal. There is important information in this article.
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Monday November 4, 2013, 4:22 am
The US is getting more like Nazi Germany everyday. It's hopeless. I gave up a few years ago.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Monday November 4, 2013, 5:20 am
It truly is an American shame. We have so many with so much who don't give a crap about the many who have so little. All the wealthy have to do is pay their taxes or their share of taxes and it would help the country immensely, but that is not their goal. They want it ALL.
 

Terrie Williams (760)
Monday November 4, 2013, 6:09 am
Oh....I think we are going to do much more than just pray about this.....it is coming....sooner than most think. The fuse is lit. Now, we will see how long it takes to burn down to the powder keg.

I am ready.
 

. (0)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:16 am
I wonder how these people sleep at night knowing there are so many children ( adults too) who go to bed hungry each and every night? I guess it's easy when you have no conscience and lots of cash lining your pocket., Thanks Cal and Dandelion for the fwd.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:51 am
prayers aside, the world has never had a level playing field
and it would be nice if all people could be warm ,fed and educated
what a wonderful world it would be........they need to wake up and make it happen
I am talking to anyone that has enough to help others!!
thanks Cal,and Dandelion
 

Deb E. (63)
Monday November 4, 2013, 10:17 am
When this says that the Senate is cutting Food Stamps and the President will sign the Farm Bill that contains them ... it makes it sound as if this is what the Democratic Party wanted when, in fact, they HAD to give these concessions because if they didn't, we'd have the same freaking scenario we had with the shutdown of our government This is all orchestrated by the Teat Party to make it seem as if the Republicans and the Democrats are to blame for these cuts when, in TRUTH, it is The Tea Party with their extortion and blackmail way of doing things that is causing this to happen. Please get out and vote against them with a vote for a Democrat. It is the only way to get them out of our government. The Tea Party split the Democratic vote and they won. And that is the same tactic they are trying to pull now. The way to no just put up with this is to vote Democratic. Get the Tea Party extremists out of our government.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Monday November 4, 2013, 10:40 am
Still doesn't explain why a Democrat with Bill Clinton signed off the Glass-Steagall Act that led to the Wall Street Gambling that led to the crash with the banks. He handed the pen over to the pen at signing to Sandy Weill CEO Citigroup that led to the housing bubble and forcing many people out of their homes in foreclosure and many who to this day have underwater mortgages.

It also doesn't explain why Bill Clinton signed into law NAFTA that has gutted this Country of jobs and now has workers in stagnation wages or at best finding low wage positions if they can find a job at all or even full time. Both of these actions have led to people having to rely on Food Stamps by the millions and President Obama, a Democrat, is having Secret negotiations (remember his pledge of transparency?) with 600 Corporations for a TPP agreement that will be worse than NAFTA. I'm not sure after that what will be left for any of us, TPP hits a every angle of our lives and not in good ways.

Reagan started the slide down to this economic hole with his long-standing campaign against the role of government in American life. Getting rid of Glass-Steagall was always a Republican dream but it was the Democrats that handed it over on a platter. I'm tired of the Democrats caving in, playing so called good guy when they have been partners with Wall Street in these conditions we find ourselves in. Until both Parties realize they have had a hand in this mess and accept ownership along with the people who support these Parties, then they will not get a blanket vote from me.

I will endorse, promote, speak up for any Candidate that is working for the People.......be they in ANY PARTY.
I supported Alan Grayson here in Florida a good man and Democrat also I made sure as many people I could reach in Massachusetts where I once lived knew of Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat. But I will NOT give blanket endorsement to either Party that has BOTH moved us to where we are today.

I think after 35 years of going back and forth and back and forth and having war after war backed by BOTH Parties and Policies signed in by BOTH Parties that enough is enough. The statement of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. You want to support the Democrats then fine, but support the ones who will go in there fighting for The People for a change.

Yes, the Tea Party is doing great damage, but it took everyone in both Parties to get us to where we are today and one of the most HUMANE, INTELLIGENT, THOUGHTFUL, Voice that even began to turn this conversation to a place it needed to be was BERNIE SANDERS.......An INDEPENDENT!
 

Ben B. (39)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 12:05 am
I agree with Pam, Virgene, Mitchell, Lois, Ben O (I used to be a member of a few Solidarity groups, that acted on the meaning of the word), Dandelion (I liked the Heschel quote), Barbara & Deb.
Those who argue for a reduction in the minimum wage, argue that labour costs are too high and if workers would simply accept lower wages more would be employed. This is nonsense. If wages are reduced below the poverty line, or a subsistence level, workers are not able to sustain themselves and reproduce their labour power.
The "anyone can succeed" mentality ignores social inequality.
Revolution is only possible when class consciousness is raised. If people simply react with violence or crime against inequality, they act as individuals. If people develop class consciousness, through education and leadership, they will come together and form labour co-operatives, workers organisations/unions, collectives, organise politically etc etc. If reformist parties try to maintain the status quo or social cohesion by pandering to the rich and throwing titbits to the poor, the poor will eventually become disillusioned with those who are supposed to represent their interests....
 
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