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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:49 PM
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Soaking the Poor, Orphans too
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 10:27 PM by Bozita
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Soaking the Poor
By Jack Lessenberry


President Obama came under fire yesterday for proposing that the richest Americans pay a higher proportion of the tax burden, especially with deficits soaring out of control.

Republicans, some of whom are running for president, said this would hurt the economys ability to create jobs.

They said this was just one more wrong-headed left-wing proposal to solve economic problems by soaking the rich.

Well, thats a battle that will be fought out on the national stage, likely throughout next years presidential campaign and beyond.

But here in Michigan, it cant be denied that the legislature is taking a different approach. To a large extent, the Republican majorities seem inclined to balance the books by soaking the poor.

Yesterday, for example, a subcommittee in the House took this action on the state Department of Human Services budget. They slashed almost ten million dollars from the clothing allowance for children on welfare whose family groups do not include an adult. In other words, kids who in a simpler time were referred to as orphans.

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http://news.michiganradio.org/post/soaking-poor

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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:53 PM
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1. What a bunch of sickos
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Mojeoux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:56 PM
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2. Oh poor Michigan!!
:kick: kick them OUT!!!
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:58 PM
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3. This is a joke,right? Right?
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:59 PM
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4. What a bunch of sickos
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 01:08 AM
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5. some details ... gift cards for thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army
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A small part of the DHS savings, about $200,000, would come from adjustments to the clothing allowance for foster children, or children of the working poor, of $79 for school clothes. Caswell said children will still get close to that $79, but would be issued gift cards that can only be used at the Salvation Army, Goodwill or other thrift stores.


"The reason is you can get a whole lot more in a resale store," Caswell said.

"Give me a break," said Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Human Services.

"Government should not be big brother in telling somebody how to send their (79) dollars," she said.

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From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110415/POLITICS02/10415036...
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 01:15 PM
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6. kicking for exposure
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