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undergroundpanther Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 06:36 PM
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Why no politicians dare talk about the poor?
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 06:50 PM by undergroundpanther
Amid all of the talk about bailouts, stimulus packages and mortgage relief plans, nobody is talking about the folks in need of an economic lifeline more than any of us. During the four presidential and vice-presidential debates this year--where, in all, more than 60,000 words were spoken--the word "poverty" was never mentioned. The words "low income" and "the poor" were each mentioned just once--but not in a direct question or response about poor people.

However, the "middle class"--the darling segment of America in this year's campaign--was mentioned 28 times during the debates. "Main Street"--a veiled reference to the middle class--was mentioned an additional nine times.Apparently, talking about helping the poor has become some kind of political kiss of death evidenced by the monumental policy shifts in social programs the past dozen years or so, counting everything from the reform of welfare to the demolition of public housing.

It seems that our "War on Poverty" has become a war on the poor.
It should be noted that this year's presidential campaign has focused on providing health care, tax relief and more jobs--things that would certainly help the poor. But no one dared to utter a direct call to aid America's poorest citizens the way we've heard that call for the middle class.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alden-loury/why-do-we-hat...


So why is the media ignoring these calls?
Its simple - corporate owned media outlets wont call for tax hikes on corporations, and rich TV personalities wont call for tax hikes on the rich. The topic of tax hikes just doesnt exist in our now-consolidated media. Which is really a shame because the Republicans who seem to have already won the debate have a bad idea - a really, really bad idea.

Lets take their road - lets cut all the programs for poor people in America - lets throw every middle-class family under the bus - lets tell poor and sick Americans who rely on the government for health care assistance to, walk it off. Lets do ALL these things that Republicans want to do - and you know what - wed still have a massive budget deficit. Why? Because our government really doesnt spend all that much money helping poor people - but we do hand off trillions to corporations and their millionaire and billionaire CEOs for buying everything from bombs to fighter jets to Chertof Porno Scanners for our airports.
http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2011/04/make-wealthy-...


How much does your elected officials like to make the poor suffer more? Find out here
http://www.povertyscorecard.org /


Being poor means that dumbasses who have never themselves been poor will tell you that if only youd brushed your teeth harder, if youd bought shitty store-brand Raisin Brand one time less, if youd gone shopping at IKEA instead of renting furniture, then by jingo, youd be comfortably middle-class too!
http://whatever.scalzi.com/2005/09/03/being-poor /

The poor believes greed is the root of much evil,in this country that the greedy create the needy,and them blame them for being poor when it is often the hand of the callous rich to blame.

The rich believe lazy,scheming poor people are the cause of national debt. The rich want to steal aid for the poor for themselves because they think they are entitled to rob ,cheat,financially abuse and exploit the 'little people'..

While the $3 trillion plus bailout of the financial industry can most certainly be termed as corporate welfare, it is not there I want to focus my focus is on the hundreds of billions of dollars given away each year to these corporations with no end in sight. Ironically, it is that industry (along with many of the others) and their political party of choice who are always pointing to welfare programs for the poor and less fortunate - the people who really need help as the problem with the debt and deficit.

Lets get this out of the way first. No doubt the defenders of corporate welfare will point to the only defense they have trickle-down-economics. Or, if you so desire, supply-side-economics. The reason they always point to that is because there is no other defense!

Time tells us the Federal Government alone (not including state governments) shelled out $125 billion a year in corporate welfare. Thats $1.25 trillion every ten years. Now whats our debt today? It would be nearly $3 trillion less if corporate welfare had been eliminated over just the past 20 years.

http://www.cps-news.com/2010/01/27/corporate-welfare-vs... /


n the mid-1990s Congress and the states--at the urging of the American voters--enacted major reforms in social welfare programs. There are now time limits on welfare benefits. Work, training, or education is now typically required in exchange for benefits. The result: welfare rolls are down by 40 percent over the past five years and record levels of former recipients now working and paying taxes, not collecting them.

None of this reform ethic has taken root in the realm of corporate welfare. There is no plan in Congress or the White House to attack business subsidies. In fact, the business community has come to regard subsidy payments as de facto entitlements. There is no "two years and off" time limit when it comes to corporate handouts.

http://www.hoover.org/publications/monographs/27208

Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 06:42 PM
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1. There aren't any poor people in America..
But we do have an awful lot of temporarily embarrassed millionaires.

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XanaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 06:47 PM
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2. The poor don't matter
Sad, but they don't. If the American Poor rose up and marched on DC, they might, *might* get some pull.
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tama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 06:55 PM
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4. It's the other way around
It's the DC that don't matter, poor allready know. What really matters is having friends you can trust - and who can you trust in DC? :D
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tama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 06:50 PM
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3. As Dostoyevsky said,
"we hate the people we have wronged".
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 07:54 PM
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5. Give it a few more years, maybe less, there will be no financial distinction
between the poor and the middle class. There will be the Corporate Welfare class, and then all the others. And then the couple of percent pulling all of the strings and controlling all of the wealth and power.

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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:38 PM
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6. It's pretty simple, IMO. The poor don't donate enough money to political campaigns
to buy any representation. I expect things to get worse now that corporations can make political donations.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:45 PM
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7. poor people do not vote.
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Jkid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:56 PM
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10. poor people don't have a dedicated lobby group for them
Even public transit has a lobbyist group for them.
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TeamsterDem Donating Member (819 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:48 PM
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8. That would be class warfare - the war the Republicans fight constantly but accuse us of. nt
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:53 PM
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9. When RFK and MLK talked about it...
we all know the result...

Corporations do not want the conversation to occur....
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:08 PM
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11. The poor have little or no money. n/t
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:12 PM
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12. The poor may as well be invisible - and the number of people
that fit in that category are growing exponentially. Such a large gap between the few wealthy billionaires and the rest of us. You'd think we'd realize that and fight back.
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cutlassmama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:57 PM
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13. KandR
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