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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-19-10 11:27 AM
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Tax Cut Debate Out of Touch With the Poor
"Right now, it's hard finding permanent housing ... on just the income that we make," Mathis said of her Social Security checks.

Powell told me emotionally that he has relatives in the Washington area, but he's a proud man and does not want to ask them for help. He paints a harrowing picture of what it's like to be poor in America right now.

"Well, first off, it's very demoralizing; it's a perfect lesson in humility," said Powell. "And the biggest adjustment that I had a problem with in the beginning is being able to separate your wants from your needs."

I was standing there listening to these two people and wondering when are leaders in either party going to get as excited about the problems of the poor as they are about the political battle over tax cuts for the middle class and rich?


http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/09/17/ed.henry.tax.deb...

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The comments below the article are just nauseating. If you ever wanted proof that the "bootstrappers" are a bunch of sociopathic jerks, you'll find plenty of it there. Ugh.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-19-10 11:31 AM
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1. Under a certain income the tax changes don't make a difference as there are no taxes
Edited on Sun Sep-19-10 11:32 AM by stray cat
and if the economy continues tanking there are even fewer jobs and less revenue for lower incomes
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-19-10 11:34 AM
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2. The poor are poor because the government never cared about them
Edited on Sun Sep-19-10 11:36 AM by lunatica
If you look at welfare rules, they're designed to keep the poor dependent and poor. Couples can't get welfare and stay together. Years ago my 17 year old nephew got his 15 year old girlfriend pregnant and he married her and had every intention of keeping his new family. After a while they were forced to apply for welfare and were told that if he was out of the household they could give his wife welfare. The States deliberately makes it harder for the poor. I remember he was crying in frustration when he told me this.
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