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The Shocking Truth About U.S. Poverty

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: U.S., poverty, joblessness, assistance, Wall Street, bankers, bailout, recession, economic crisis, Main Street, no bailout, home foreclosures, #GOP, #Dem, two party sham, corporate agenda, record profits, #GreenNewDeal, #GreenParty )

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80% of Americans are a lot closer to poverty than we've been told. It's time for a Green New Deal

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Kerrie G. (135)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:47 am
Noted, thanks.

Nancy M. (201)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:47 pm
Wasn't sure I believed it until I saw this: " for at least parts of their lives"

Now THAT I can understand.

linda b. (31)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:09 pm
Very sad considering the U.S. is among the top richest nations of the world.

Brian M. (211)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:46 pm
The workers who still have jobs are working harder than ever for less and less even while the masters are piling up profits at a record rate.

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:53 pm

But ---- still considered "middle class". Even today with financial roller coaster we have, we call any one just above starvation, "middle class". Is that to make people feel good?

Laurie H. (788)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:43 pm
Very disheartening news Brian---where are we headed??? Thanks for the share so much~~~

Jason R. (73)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:44 am
The economic terrorists are at it again...

Republicans are gearing up to hold our economy hostage yet again. The last fight over the debt limit cost our economy $18 billion dollars, and despite that, the GOP is ready to do it all over again to try and force President Obama to accept even more extreme austerity measures. Last week, House Speaker John Boehner said, "we're not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending. It's as simple as that."

However, over the weekend, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned against another manufactured emergency, telling CNN, "We've already done a lot of deficit reduction," and, "we need to get the debt limit extended in a way that doesn't create a crisis." He explained that we must start investing in our nation to "build our way to a better future," and said, "the President has made crystal clear, he's not going to negotiate over the debt limit."

Lawmakers must reach an agreement by early November to prevent the government from defaulting on its debts, and both sides are preparing for a fight. Republicans are simply ignoring the enormous deficit reduction that has already taken place, and implying that the painful austerity measures hitting Americans weren't the "real" spending cuts that the GOP has been calling for. Americans being hit with reduced unemployment, fewer meals on wheels for seniors, and forced furlough days would certainly argue that the sequester cuts are, in fact, very real.

This is shaping up to be another GOP-manufactured crisis to force the President to give in to economic terrorists' demands. Americans are fed up with Republican economic hostage-taking. As lawmakers head home for their 5-week summer recess, it's likely that they will hear just how frustrated Americans are. It's possible Republicans in Congress will actually listen to their constituents this time around, but it's more likely that we'll be facing yet another debt limit crisis in the coming months. Stay tuned.


Brian M. (211)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:19 am
The issues of least importance generate the most heat from our two party sham of a government; what's truly frightening is when the two corporate-owned parties unite in bipartisanship to advance another element of the corporate agenda, whether it's bailouts for the wealthy, austerity cuts for the working poor, expansion of the drone war, expansion of the domestic surveillance state, or "all of the above" energy strategies that protect Big Oil and gas and do nothing to stop climate change. So long as Americans are easily distracted by the buck-passing, the finger-pointing, and the faux opposition trumpeted by the corporate owned and operated political parties i.e. the Republicans and the Democrats, then they will continue to be victimized by the two-party bait-and-switch in which soaring rhetoric lulls the masses while the people and their interests are sold down the river to advance corporate profits. We need real progressives in a real progressive party that actually stands for the people, not the corporations. We need a President that not only soars with progressive rhetoric, but actually works towards economic justice, social progress, and environmental protection. A Neville Chamberlain who is as gifted with oratory as he is with bending over backwards to appease corporate and right-wing interests is, for all practical purposes, Bush 2.0. Here we are, living the fourth term of Bush policies...isn't it time to get past waiting for change to believe and maybe instead have change we can actually see? We need the #GreenNewDeal . Support the one party that rejects corporate funding, the one party that stands for people(not big business): #GreenParty #JillStein will make a great President.

Shanti S. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:28 pm
Thank you.

Eternal Gardener (753)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:12 pm
Time for a system overhaul by the Greens!

Brian M. (211)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:51 pm
Well said, Eternal. System Change Now! We need a political party that puts people ahead of corporate profits. We need a political party that has a plan for moving this nation forward on issues ranging from economic justice, social progress, and environmental protection. But wait...we already have these things. The party is the #GreenParty . The plan is the #GreenNewDeal . Let's throw out the corporate drones in state and federal elections in 2014. Then onward to 2016: #JillStein for President.
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