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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:20 PM
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Californians in Crisis: Nothing Left to Sacrifice
from HuffPost:


Irasema Garza
President of Legal Momentum

Posted: March 24, 2010 05:23 PM

Californians in Crisis: Nothing Left to Sacrifice


The downturn in the economy has affected every American, but people responded in different ways depending on their individual financial situation. For some it meant clipping coupons instead of paying full price at the store, for others it meant moving in with family members when they lose their home, and yet for others it meant deciding not to buy that vacation house they were planning on, or perhaps downgrading from a Mercedes to a Volvo.

But what happens to people who do not have the ability to 'downgrade'? People who before the recession began were already barely keeping their heads above water, who already had to rely on both food stamps and coupons to afford two meals a day, who already lived with relatives or in tiny apartments or in shelters, and who never dreamed of being able to afford any type of car. What sacrifices can these mothers, fathers, and children afford to make when the economy takes a turn for the worse? The answer is clear: none.

For years the poorest people in California, generally women and children, turned to the state's CalWORKs program to make ends meet. Commonly known as welfare, CalWORKs is the state's version of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), designed to provide low or no income parents with limited financial support -- up to $694 per month for a family of three, an amount that is less than half the official poverty level. Unfortunately, like the families CalWORKs supports the state currently finds itself in serious financial jeopardy. In order to reduce the $26.2 billion deficit, Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed a range of cuts to publicly funded programs. Should the decrease in funding be enacted, Californian residents can not depend on the next governor to reinstate funding for programs like TANF, as Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts to the safety net have been enthusiastically endorsed by Republican gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner.

For CalWORKs, these cuts mean gutting a program that has served as a safety net to mothers and their children during very tough times. Previously, needy parents could receive benefits for 60 consecutive months. However, if the proposed changes are enacted parents will only be able to collect aid for 48 months and then will have to 'sit out' for the next year. Taking a year of benefits away from parents at a time when unemployment in California is at 12.4% and poor parents have no other options cannot possibly be the answer to California's budget woes. ..........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/irasema-garza/californian...



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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:23 PM
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1. This country needs a second stimulus. One that puts people to work. Now.
Not tax cuts. Jobs.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:24 PM
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2. They coulda shoulda got Gary Coleman for GOV...but no...they had to get the GROPEANATOR
Who, just like wBush, fucked up the job with rookie ineptness and ignorance...

POOR VOTING RESULTS IN FUCKED UP LEADERS WHO THEN FUCKS UP OUR LIVES


we need to get that
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DarthDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:24 PM
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3. Ah, All Because Property Taxes Can't Be Raised

Ruined the state. Unreal.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:00 PM
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5. Not all. The state was deliberately sacked, prop 13 started it (corporate property, not residential
property made up the bulk of that "relief", btw) but the theft of billions from energy companies and practically every act Schwarzenegger has made since his installation has contributed to the state of CA. The Bush recession had a huge effect as well.

Learn from CA's mistakes if you can: beware who owns your media, who/what you vote for and who/what counts your vote.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:57 PM
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4. Californians Are going to have to sacrifice their billionaires
and their denials and delusions. Or one big earthquake will do it for them.
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