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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:49 PM
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Katrina vanden Heuvel: The Human Cost of Slashonomics
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 01:50 PM by marmar
from The Nation:

An important new initiative from Half in Ten, a national campaign to reduce poverty by 50 percent over the next ten years, and the Coalition on Human Needs, is putting a face on irresponsible slash and burn deficit reduction by showing how it would damage real lives. The organizations are collecting peoples stories so that the cruel consequences of draconian cuts to key federal programs are plain to see.

Consider the story of Carolyn, who was in her 40s when her husband of 25 years left her with two daughters. She had never received any kind of assistance and describes turning to her local community action agency as the hardest thing I had ever done. Her fears were quickly allayed as she was treated with respect and was never made to feel like a drain on society. She enrolled in a workforce development program that helped her with tuition and books while she attended community college.

I went to college five days a week and spent the weekend working, so I never had a day off, writes Carolyn. When I graduated I became a Registered Nurse, able to support myself and my family. I couldnt have done it without the Federal Workforce Development Program and the supportive services the local Community Action Agency provided.

But the Boehner-led so be it Republicans would nearly eliminate funding for Community Service Block Grants (CSBG) for the remainder of 2011, and President Obama proposes cutting it in half in 2012. The cuts would disrupt the antipoverty services provided by 1,065 community action agencies nationwide to over 20 million low-income people, including 5 million children, 2.3 million seniors and 1.7 million people with disabilities. What makes the cuts even more insane is that the agencies generate $6.54 from state, local, and private sources for every federal dollar received, according to the Coalition on Human Needs. .............(more)

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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:00 PM
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1. OK, imagine what would happen if ...
... every day you turned on the tv, you were shown how government
policies affect real people and their lives.

I sometimes think that the media's willful ignoring of the poor and
dispossessed is itself a crime against humanity.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:04 PM
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2. Both unpatriotic and a crime against humanity in one fell swoop?
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:14 PM
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3. So, where are the big protests about this?
At least there is ONE "progressive" media person who has now brought this up.

Where is Rachel? Thom Hartmann? Etc?

Where are the protests?
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