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In order to get out of poverty, you have to basically be extremely lucky for almost 20 years, according to a new bookThe Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, by economist Peter Temin.

So many deep-seeded factors have lead to the economic and wealth inequality in the U.S. today (from slavery through to the new Jim Crow prisons crisis of today, to technological shifts, to globalization, corporatization and so much else) that few Americans stand a realistic chance of ever changing their economic status. Writer Gillian B. White explains this in a detail in an April 27 piece in the Atlantic, which sums up Temin’s new book.

In the book, Temin explains the problem via a concept he calls the “dual economy.” He divides the American economic system between an “FTE sector” of college educated, computer literate, high-salaried people (he estimates these make up about 20 percent of the roughly 320 million Americans); and the “low-wage sector,” (which represents the majoirty of the nation).

Temin’s estimates trace workers’ families back to before 1970, and he does the math to determines that America’s economy runs on a two-class system, in which race plays a significant role. He establishes that it would take almost 20 years of “nothing going wrong,” as White’s piece puts it, for an average person in poverty to dig their way out.

As White summarizes in the Atlantic:

“Education is key, Temin writes, but notes that this means plotting, starting in early childhood, a successful path to, and through, college. That’s a 16-year (or longer) plan that, as Temin compellingly observes, can be easily upended. For minorities especially, this means contending with the racially fraught trends Temin identifies earlier in his book, such as mass incarceration and institutional disinvestment in students, for example. Many cities, which house a disproportionate portion of the black (and increasingly, Latino) population, lack adequate funding for schools. And decrepit infrastructure and lackluster public transit can make it difficult for residents to get out of their communities to places with better educational or work opportunities. Temin argues that these impediments exist by design.”

Read the detailed Atlantic  piece here.

April M. Short is a yoga teacher and writer who previously worked as AlterNet’s drugs and health editor. She currently works part-time for AlterNet, and freelances for a number of publications nationwide. 

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117 responses to “Economist Shows Why Escaping Poverty Is So Difficult In America”

  1. 1standlastword says:

    “Education is key, Temin writes, but notes that this means plotting, starting in early childhood, a successful path to, and through, college. ”
    Isn’t this the same of tired message that got us to where we are now!!

    With over one-trillion in education debt plaguing millions of Americans of ages across the lifespan, how can we still have faith in the old shibboleths “go to college”. College is now a path of mediocre success but as is all paths it has been made into a debt TRAP by the same people who claim its merits.

    The main problem for which there is no solution is we have become a “financial economy” wherein frequent recessions, expansions and contractions lead to deeper economic despair for main street

    Money is the product as well process! The only way to modify this recent “financial economy” is to regulate it and we 99% don’t have a horse in that race.

    I think work-a-day Americans have turned a corner headed to the worse case scenario and it’s pretty hopeless since we see the GOP still believes in a policy to comfort the comfortable.

    I wonder where a “duel economy” that I want to call a “financial economy” will land us? What will the effect be on our first world status??

    • kep says:

      Remove liberals from all power, and remove all liberal policies that have made low income housing into new slave plantations. Welfare was supposed to be a safety net, but it has become a generational way of life. People should have to work to receive welfare. Liberal policies have perpetuated this culture to the point we now have a generation that EXPECTS everything to be given to them.

      • 1standlastword says:

        Liberal policies are not the causes Kep! The author states the causes:

        “So many deep-seeded factors have lead to the economic and wealth inequality in the U.S. today (from slavery through to the new Jim Crow prisons crisis of today, to technological shifts, to globalization, corporatization and so much else) that few Americans stand a realistic chance of ever changing their economic status.”

        Liberal policies haven’t work…I agree but it’s not my position to apply more liberal policies. The solution is policy that restrains our “financial economy” which is an investment in the betterment of citizens by teaching them to fish in the modern world verses handing them fish.

        You clearly don’t understand the problem nor do you comprehend a viable solution.

        I have nothing left to add Kep….

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          Kep only wants the last word. All mentally ill men like him always do. His mommy got so sick of his mouth that she couldn’t wait to dump his ass out onto the curb.

          • kep says:

            Unlike Elie who was found in the bowels of Hell with the rest of the liberal commies.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Awww….Kepovich is losing his spotlight with Putin, the ASSassin? What happened Kepovich? Did Mrs. Putin rat you out and now not even hell wants a POS like you?

            Figures. When you can’t even find your place in hell, you know you haven’t got long to live do you?

          • kep says:

            GET HELP

          • The lucky one says:

            Grow a brain.

          • dpaano says:

            I think Kep has a brain, he just doesn’t have the bag to put it in!

          • kep says:

            A hell of a lot more intelligent than you pseudo intellectuals that want to impress everyone with your parroting of the daily propaganda.

          • The lucky one says:

            A ziplock baggie should be sufficient for kep.

          • Speaking of hell, what makes you so smug in thinking that you weren’t snatched from the bowels of such a metaphorical existence?

            “Hell” is remoteness from God, whereas “Heaven” is a the condition of nearness to God. I’ve yet to see any indication of “nearness” on your part, nor has any Christian sentiment and wisdom issued from the keystrokes of your keyboard. Just purely demonic impressions is what we’ve been getting from you thus far.

            The devilish spirit of a Joe McCarthyism, which has enveloped you, that obsession with communism as practiced by Trump’s buddy, Putin, has you surrounded.

          • kep says:

            It is so disgusting and offensive to have a liberal commie talk about religion. You EMBRACE communist doctrine. I have never seen a group of nutcases that is so offensive as liberals. All you do is lie, and project. When you call someone Godless, what you are saying is that YOU are the Godless one. When you say fascist, you are saying that YOU are the fascist. When you preach peace and tolerance, YOU actually mean that you are willing to create violence to further YOUR liberal agenda.
            What this is , is LIBERALS freaking out over their loss of power. Career politicians are worrying that things will change, and they will not be the ruling elite, with all the power and graft that comes with it. You people are sick, and really should either seek help, or be removed from our society.

          • Kep, the FOX effect has damaged your brain more than I previously thought. Your long-winded tiresome diatribe is remarkable only insofar as it allows for the rest of us, and the world, to see for ourselves the damage which has been inflicted by conservative messages, for decades now. And unfortunately, you’ve received the brunt of the debilitating and godless messages of Conservatism.

            Now, on to your lamentably defective argument, and lack of perception and insight.

            1) You have the temerity to talk about “commie embrace of Religion”, when you yourself have not uttered one single phrase that show you have any connection with religion. I doubt if you even know what Religion means anymore—you certainly don’t have the ability to link anything in the Bible with the bile you’ve been spewing.
            2) If you mean to say that you embrace Religion, then it is the false religion of Conservatism. That is not a Religion–it is mammon, and has been made your “Golden Calf”.
            3) You rant about removing people from this country—another satanic impulse which has NOTHING to do with the Message of Jesus. Any heathen would have known that.
            4) Your obsession with what Baha’u’llah refers to in His preamble to the Tablet “Firdawsiyyih”, which He calls “The Kingdom of Names”, is evident in your constant reference to “commies”, “Liberals”, “fascist”, and other names—terms which you don’t even understand the meanings of, nor when to use them properly.

            By “Kingdom of Names”, the implication is multifaceted—On the one hand, it refers to a tenacious clinging onto titles in which to enhance one’s pride in his or her station in society; and another aspect is the obsession with using descriptions to the extent of widening divisions between members of human society.

            All that I’ve posted here, and in the past, won’t make a dent in the Trump Wall constructed around your mind and heart, so immersed in the sea of deception behind the walls of conservatism do we find you.

            In the meantime, you persist in the futile quest to convince us to destroy our minds the same as you’ve done to yours. Sorry mate, but we’ll leave you to carry on your task of destroying your mind, while the rest of us advance towards the goal of “The Oneness of Humankind”.

            Don’t forget to write from your fortress of isolation, and keep flailing and failing. See ya later, pal.

          • kep says:

            You really are an idiot. I’m NOT Christian. I’m NOT Republican. I’m NOT a Conservative. I AM a registered Democrat, but will never support another after they became the New Amerikan Communist Party. I AM opposed to a corrupt, too powerful government. Career politicians have no place in America. It is “WE THE PEOPLE” that are supposed to be in power. I WANT to see MY country begin to follow the Constitution. I don’t know what country you are in, but liberal doctrine has no place in America. Take a close look at Venezuela, where their liberal/socialist/communist policies have sparked a civil war. And seeing the government there, as liberals salivate wishing they could do it here, outlawed all personal ownership of firearms. Then they ARMED 400,000 loyalists. I feel a civil war is close to happening in MY country, only because we have stupid brainwashed LIBERALS that are no longer in power, and CAN’T stand it, so they would rather see people hurt, as LIBERAL thugs protest and riot. yeah, real Christians.

          • You’re a “Registered Democrat”—Is that a Religion? Because you assert that you’re NOT a Christian, so you’re either an atheist with no manners nor sense of morality, and was raised by aliens who had no sense of decency, or you’re some creature who was deprived of human contact.

            So, who or what are you besides a “Registered Democrat”, kep? One thing for certain is that you’re an angry little man who is so confused that you have no connection with your Creator—totally devoid of a sense of propriety and courtesy. Just a tiny man consumed with anger, created in someone’s laboratory. No mother or father to speak of to be able to instruct you in proper behavior.

            And no—you are NOT an idiot, kep. But you’re highly confused and distraught.

          • kep says:

            Talk about vile, nasty comments. Just what I would expect from a low intel liberal. My relationship with whatever God I chose is jus fine, and absolutely none of your business. And as far as nasty little man, you have no idea of anything. Just more projection from a liberal liar.

          • A relationship with God? On what basis can you say you have a relationship with God? Surely you will find NOTHING in the Bible to justify the vitriolic responses you’ve posted. Anger and hateful rhetoric you’ve posted is NOT of God, kep. Perhaps your “god” is some idol, such a Baal.
            Or maybe “God” in your book is Partisan Politics. Well, I’m happy to inform you that your “god” isn’t at all the same God who sent all the Messengers that we know of. Otherwise, your “god” would have submitted itself to what the true God would have informed you of. And today, God is calling on you to reaffirm your sense of nobility and to break away from such “fetters” as rancor, anger, an immature attitude, and the like.
            An example of this, as expressed by Baha’u’llah and speaking today with the voice of God, as Jesus, Muhammad, Abraham, and others before Him did, is the following:

            “O Son of Being! Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.”

            Now, kep, if you can understand this utterance by God, through Baha’u’llah, you will see the total absence of God in your posts. And therefore, we can only conclude, using logic, that you’ve severed your connection(relationship) with God.

            The fact that you’ve called me a “liberal liar”, and your angry rants and demonic outbursts too numerous to mention, you who professed to be a “Registered Democrat”, are ample proof of your severed relationship with God.

          • kep says:

            LOL.. You are a vile, sick, liberal commie.
            You are as much of a waste of space as Elie.

          • And you are a confused little fellow trying to be relevant. By the way, repeating the same old tiresome trope is a sign of dementia.

            You’ve got a problem for sure, because you have a fixation on communism. And there’s no sign of improvement.

            Or maybe you’re just a troll programmed by Putin to reiterate the same crap ad infinitum until your battery expires.

          • kep says:

            LOL. Again, you have no idea of anything. I heard you get $4.95 per post. I would keep them shorter, comrade.

          • Furthermore, to post as much anti-Christian sentiments as you have has no relationship with Christianity, so don’t even have the gall to talk about the bowels of anything, except your own bowels.

      • Independent1 says:

        If it’s liberals that are the problem, why is it that it’s Republican-run states that lead the nation in poverty, in people who are broke, in people who are poorly educated, in people who die younger than people in Democrat run states?

        Why has Gallup-Healthways designated 10 Republican run states as the most miserable states to live in with the worst quality of life?

        Why has WalletHub’s research found that it’s 25 Republican-run states where the most people are living on the verge of bankruptcy?

        Why is it that it’s 14 Democrat-run states which are essentially providing all the tax dollars needed to keep the country running including virtually every Republican-run state in the nation?

        • kep says:

          Liberals are “but a walking shadow, a poor player,
          That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
          And then is heard no more. It is a tale
          Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
          Signifying nothing.

          • Independent1 says:

            That’s better than conservatives who are nothing but worthless godless scum who belong at the bottom of the sea and not spewing their evil bile all over the planet.

          • kep says:

            Again that would be liberals, the party of tolerance, and communists.

          • Independent1 says:

            You probably think your a Christian but that couldn’t be further from the truth. And that shows by your ignorant use of the word ‘communist’.

            Here’s how the Holy Spirit moved the 1st Christians to live in what can only be described as True Communism:

            From Acts IV:

            31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

            32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

            33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

            34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

            35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

            36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,

            37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

          • Please educate yourself and wean yourself from the teats of FOX and Trump. Haven’t you gotten enough sustenance from suckling at their breasts?

          • idamag says:

            Most greedy – Republicans as shown by their tax structure and their willingness to start wars so companies, like Halliburton, can get richer.
            Most dishonest – Republicans as shown by their refusals to consider a supreme court nominee as dictated by the Constitution of the United States of America.
            Most dangerous to democracy – Republicans as shown by their gerrymandering and voter suppression and their willingness to drop bombs. Once we drop a nuclear weapon on a country, our allies will leave us and might even side with the victim.
            Most scorned – Republican administration of today by other countries.
            Most vulgar – Republicans who now accept crotch grabbing as normal.

          • kep says:

            It’s you liberal commies that are Godless.

          • Independent1 says:

            Sorry you’re so ignorant but the term conservative Christian is an oxymoron. It simply can’t happen. Nothing you and the GOP stand for are remotely Christian.

          • BrownDog says:

            Conservative Christians are alive and thriving in rural America. They started a real change in government by throwing the Demonuts out on their ear, everywhere.

          • Independent1 says:

            Sorry, the term Conservative Christian is a misnomer for ‘Devil Worshiper’. Nothing conservatives believe in today is remotely related to anything Christian.

            As Jesus said, Aside from Loving God above all, the remaining commandments are summarized by ‘Love they neighbor as thyself’; ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’; ‘Think more of others than you think of yourself’.

            Clearly all objectives that are totally counter to what a conservative is all about – which is “It’s all about ME.”

            And that couldn’t have been anymore clearer than yesterday when 217 worthless conservatives chose to vote to sentence thousands of Americans to a premature death by deliberately voting to throw at least 24 million Americans off of Obamacare. 217 worthless consevatives who are willing to essentially commit premeditated murder simply to feed more money into their pockets and the pockets of their already wealthy donors.

            No humans could be anymore worthless pieces of subhuman trash than today’s conservatives who worship the GOP; people like you. Totally worthless trash and suggesting that you are a Christian is an abomination in and of itself.

          • Independent1 says:

            Here’s just the latest anti-Christian action to punish the poor and needy that your worthless Fuhrer has done since taking over the Oval Office:

            A CNN News Alert:

            The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.

            The “Let Girls Learn” program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN.

            And you have the gall to consider conservatives Christians!!! You are nothing but a piece of trash ready for the fire.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            YOu aren’t a conservative. You are a sand flea unable to use what little brain you have. You sit around all day while others work to earn your healthcare and welfare FOR YOU.

        • BrownDog says:

          A bunch of these Republican-run states were trashed by the Democrats who were previously in charge. Whether or not the Demonut Damage can be undone any time soon is a big question.

          • Independent1 says:

            Pure Hogwash!! Virtually every GOP-run state that’s really a drag on America has been run by the GOP for at least 6-8 years.

            And of the states now considered the most miserable to live in, the two that haven’t, Indiana and Ohio have only been put on the most miserable list since the GOP took them over.

        • BrownDog says:

          Those 14 states probably have the majority of tax payers. Hence those states pay more taxes than a gaggle of less populated states combined. Citing stats on a state basis is meaningless. Work on a per capita approach. For example: The top 14 states that have the highest per capita federal tax dollars collected. That list is evenly split 7/7 between the 2 parties. Another overlooked fact: 5 states contain 37% of the U.S. population. Of these, the 3 Democrat states account for 22% of the U.S. population. In other words 6% of the U.S. states have 22% of the population. So of course those states do pay more taxes–they have more people.

          • Independent1 says:

            Sorry lowlife, but what we’re talking about are states who contribute more in tax dollars to Washington than the states need to suck back in federal aid in order to keep their heads above water.

            The corrupt red state of Texas has the 2nd largest population (taxpayers) in the nation and 2nd largest GDP in the nation also behind California; and yet Texas contributes virtually nothing to the running of America because it gets back 98 cents in federal aid for every dollar of income tax it sends to Washington. And what makes that even worse, is that the reason that happens, is because the corrupt, evil Republicans that have been running Texas for more than 20 years have set things up that way. They’ve deliberately set up the state’s tax structure and budgets in a way that makes the state of Texas nothing more than just one more bloodsucking (federal aid) red state in the nation.

            So get off your worthless high horse and start realizing that the reason red states are always the most miserable places to live with the most violence and highest murder rates and even auto accident rates IS BECAUSE REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS HAVE DESIGNED IT THAT WAY!!!!!!!!!

          • BrownDog says:

            1. The federal government spends some $367.8 billion a year on California. That’s about $9,500/person in the
            state. A 2015 state-by-state review compiled by New
            York officials, puts California much closer to breaking even —
            about 99 cents in federal services for every real dollar in taxes.(from the LA Times)
            2. We had a socialist President for the last 8 years. Why did he not manage to re-allocate distribution of federal tax dollars in a more equitable manner?
            3. We have 50 states, all of whom are entitled to fair and equal treatment by the government. Are you as riled about tax-dollar redistribution in say, Nebraska or New Hampshire?
            4. The Democratic party strength as been decreasing since 2008. What ever the Democrats were doing, it hasn’t sat well with the voters. They’re continued disapproval of the Democrat party is vividly reflected by Trump’s election to the Presidency.

          • Independent1 says:

            More total idiotic BS!! Not one point you make is either valid or a responsibility of the federal government or our president.

            Your item #2 so so telling of your ignorance that responding to you is like responding to a 2 year old. The president has nothing to do with reallocating federal spending dollars – spending is controlled by Congress, and the GOP has essentially controlled government spending for the last 20 years straight. The Dems have only had sufficient control of the Senate, where they could actually control spending and legislation passed for 3-5 months of the past 22 years!!!!!

            Your idiocy knows no bounds!!

            And the Democrat party strength HAS NOT decreased since 2008. What’s happened is the GOP has put stealing elections into high gear since Obama was elected. The fact is LOWLIFE that the 48 Democrats in the Senate were elected by 22 million more votes from Americans than the 52 Republicans 22 MILLION MORE VOTES!!

            And in the years since 2010, Democrat candidates for the House have received more than 10 million more votes than the GOP has gotten in every election, BUT YET LOST SEATS BECAUSE OF GOP VOTER SUPPRESSION, GERRYMANDERING AND JUST PLAIN CHEATING/STEALING ELECTIONS!!!

            And your comment number one is the height of stupidity. Jerry Brown took over California from just one more worthless Republican who had driven Californias debts to over 25 billion and in the past 6 years has paid off those debts and California is now running surplus budgets..


          • Independent1 says:

            And just for your mentally retarded mind – making a point out of someone being a ‘Socialist’ is about as stupid as it gets.

            The American society RUNS ON SOCIALISTIC FUNCTIONS!!

            The largest socialistic function in the world is the American military – it’s paid for by everyone’s tax dollars.

            So is the post office; the police, the fire departments, the roads you drive on, the bridges, and so are the libraries across the country, and so are about 70 other things that affect your life in any given day. There are few if functions/activities/needs that you actually take part of in any given day that are not supported by tax dollars or in some way or another SOCIALISTIC function!! So why are you singling out something like Obamacare??

            You mental moron Conservatives have your heads so far up your butts you can’t see the light of day beyond your failed ideology and hatred for anything that doesn’t fit your mind bogglingly stupid ideas!!!!

            75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America

            12. Farm Subsidies – Our government uses taxpayer funds to pay farmers and businesses to provide their income and keep them growing food for the public.

            13. CIA – The Central Intelligence Agency is vital to America’s security. The CIA is completely taxpayer funded to protect the public from enemies.

            14. FBI – The Federal bureau of investigations is a taxpayer funded government agency.


            And the DailyKos article makes a mistake in using the word Socialism- there is no ‘Socialism’ in America. The definition of Socialism is based on the fact that the government actually runs virtually every businesses in the nation. While in America, all businesses are privately owned in one way or another; either by individuals, stockholders or holding companies.

          • BrownDog says:

            Provide YOUR definition of socialism. At your convenience, of course. Let’s look at #12. Farm Subsidies. a) Do you actually know any farmers? Why don’t you ask a local farmer how well he is doing? We have subsidies for farmers of tobacco and sugar–why? American rice and bean farmers can’t compete with foreign growers who use cheap chemicals not allowed in the US, have price support from their govt.,and have their inferior crops given preferential treatment in the international market courtesy of various trade agreements. b). Family farms are continually destroyed because of onerous inheritance tax laws. Why? Look around at the world. The poorest countries all cannot produce enough food to feed the population. Why, then, are American farmers struggling? By the way, many, many of your farmers today are college grads, who use computers, drones, and all kinds of modern marvels to try to stay afloat. And still it is a struggle.

          • Independent1 says:

            Here’s the definition of Socialism from Merriam-Webster:

            1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

            2a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private propertyb : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state

            3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

            None of the above is taking place in America – there is no socialism in America.

            And the main reason American farmers are struggling is because the GOP insists on continuing to provide billions of dollars in all forms of subsidies to Big AgriBusiness which like with Walmart, allows huge companies in the agribusiness to drive America’s small farmers out of farming.

          • BrownDog says:

            Actually, you ar a bit off on the farming. World wide trade agreements that give preferential treatment to non-US farmers are a big part of the picture. Foreign governments that charge tariffs on American goods is another. Numerous federal regulations that prevent the independent farmer from selling his produce is another. You do know that the state and federal health dept. do not allow a health food store, for example, to sell locally produced items including canned/baked goods without their stamp of approval. Yet virtually all the breakouts of food poisoning are from the mega-farmers, not mom and pop operations. I go out of my way to buy produce, meat, eggs, jellies, baked good from my neighbors. This supports the local economy, my neighbors, and fosters a work ethic for families-(the kids have to work too). It keeps alive a mentality fading from America that we can do things and do them well without Uncle Sam monitoring every step.

            As for socialism: Your main points are government control over production and no private property. As the government pushes for more and more control over the private sector, whether it be by regulation, rules, departmental policies, executive mandate, taxation, etc. it moves more and more toward socialism. For the 8 years Obama was President he practiced this theme. In fact, prior Presidents of both parties have done the same, although Big O really picked up the pace.

            You have forgotten your history: The Democratic party has been in control of Congress-that’s the party that controls the allocation of revenue and passes laws–for most of the 20th and 21st century. If you have a gripe about abusive government policies and favoritism , put the blame where it belongs: On the Democratically controlled Congress we had for so long.

          • Independent1 says:

            Your whole post is total nonsense. Especially your last paragraph. The GOP has essentially had total control of congress since gangster Newt Gingrich took over as Speaker of the House in 1995 or so and decided that it was Congress who should run the country and not the president.

            Since Gingrich took over and started the use of the fake filibuster, the Dems have only had sufficient control of the Senate to override GOP fake filibusters (450 plus from Emperor Mitch himself) for less than 5 months in 2009.

            The Dems had a 60 vote majority starting in early July of 2009 when Al Franken’s Senate win in Minnesota gave them that majority, but they lost the 60-vote majority just about one month later on 8/15/2009 when Ted Kennedy died. And then they only had it for another couple months after Deval Patrick appointed someone to replace Ted. And they lost the 60 vote majority on 1/1/2010 when Mass voted in Scott Brown a Republican to replace Ted.

            Your comment about the Dems have had control of Congress tor the vast majority of the past 117 years is stupidity at it’s worst IT IS A BLATANT LIE!!!!!

            You’re exactly like every other right-wing pathological liar – you need to stick your head in a toilet to catch all the cow manure that comes off your fingertips/mouth!!!!!

          • Independent1 says:

            And here are some statistics for you to show you just how pathetic GOP governance really is:

            Tax and Federal Aid Related statistics 13 of the 15 states most dependent on Food Stamps are GOP-run states
            (States with $20+/Capita Cost of Snap)

            State-Percentof Pop. on Snap-Cost of Snap/Capita


            19 of the 22 States most dependent on Federal aid are GOP-run states
            State – Percent of state revenues provided by federal aid


            14 of the 17 States generating less than $8,000
            in tax revenues/capita are GOP-run states.

            (Those with less than $8,000 in tax revenues)


            8 of 10 High tax generating states
            $12 or more/capita are Dem-run states


          • BrownDog says:

            What’s your point boring bloggers with a long list of numbers? Anyone that has read just one of your posts knows that you are a rabid liberal and virulent hater of Republicans, regardless of the truth. Move on to something constructive. Suggestions: How about posting your efforts to get Congress to do its job including reining in the Executive Branch. Like it or not Mr. T is the President. You seem to overlook the well known fact which even the Democrat party acknowledges that many voters voted against Clinton, rather than for Trump. What are you doing so we survive the next 4 years with a loose canon it the White House? What are you doing to make America a cohesive society, where we consider ourselves American citizens first, not Afro-, Latino-, Muslim-, Christian- or LGBT-, XYZ-, etc. flavors? Action speaks louder than words.

          • Independent1 says:

            Hey! Ignore all the statistics that prove the GOP is the party of disaster, miserable living and premature death!! It’s your early funeral too lowlife!!

          • BrownDog says:

            So , all you do is talk. I thought so. The world may come crashing down with the evil non-Demonuts in charge. The difference is I will survive you won’t.

          • Independent1 says:

            Keep living in your fantasy land!! You’re no safer from the danger that Trump and his hordes are inflicting on America and our planet than anyone else dummkopf!!!!

          • BrownDog says:

            As usual, you missed the point. Regardless of one’s political leaning bad times will fall us all. You will pray to the socialist system to bail you out of trouble as you slowly sink into the mire. I and my fellow non-demonuts will take care of ourselves. One of our objectives is to corner the market on shovels so you won’t be able to dig out.

          • ColorPurple says:

            Indy will be lost forever in Metaphor Swamp.

          • Independent1 says:

            Is that why during the Great Depression and many recessions since it’s conservatives such as yourself who were notorious for jumping off buildings and bridges because they saw the fantasy worlds they had built up for themselves crumbling around them??

            You are such a loser you don’t even realize that it’s those who are less fortunate that can handle adversity far better than you babied all your lives conservatives who don’t have a clue about how to live when you don’t have all those luxuries surrounding you all the time!!

            Keep living in denial loser!! Because your fantasy land is going to start crumbling!!!!!

          • BrownDog says:

            The poverty level has bobbled between 11% and 15% since the mid 1960’s. Those in deep depression are about 5% of the population, although that started climbing during Obama’s regime. Facts are that the bottom echelons of the prosperity still worship your socialism. Yet, for all those easy votes, you have failed them. Johnson, Clinton, Obama never raised the standard of living for your loyal followers in spite of their grandiose programs. Unfortunately for you , there are no tall buildings where I live. Instead I employ your neglected downtrodden, pay my taxes and live a modest life style. I choose to live by example, not by flamboyant blogging.

            My idea of a luxury is home grown tomatoes or someone else cutting my grass.

          • Buzzi Butt says:

            I’m disappointed in you Indy. Your blog crew has always been excessively liberal-biased. But you degenerated into just another boring name-calling trash mouth lacking even less substance than ever.

          • Independent1 says:

            And here’ an article you need to read dirtbag:

            History Will Remember These 217 House Republicans for Their Inhumanity


      • Independent1 says:

        And why is it that the enormous income inequality that we see in America today started during the presidency of Ronald Reagan?

        A practice that Republicans have perpetuated ever since?? Refusing to
        rework America’s income tax structure which is shoveling 90% of our
        country’s incomes into the pockets of the upper 10%!!

        • idamag says:

          Ronald Reagan started the “trickle down” theory. Well, you know what runs down hill. Your chart shows the fallacy of trickle down.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            If trickle down worked so well, why did the biggest US corporations bail out and run to cheap labor offshore? How was anything going to trickle down when they stuffed their profits into the Caymen Island, Cyprus Bank and the Russian banks offshore to the tune of over $67 trillion untaxed dollars?

            I don’t EVER want to hear a right wing jerk say that we have a deficit. That $67 trillion would pay off all US debts 3 times over.

      • Independent1 says:

        And by the way lowlife, it’s not liberals who have made low income housing into the new slave plantations, it’s conservatives that have been working tirelessly to turn as much of America as they can into the dregs of the planet by their failed governance: by trying to run governments on the cheap that has thrown millions of Americans out of work and onto welfare and by passing laws like right-to-pay-you-less so even what should be good jobs pay so little that people are forced to require more welfare; and by even when people are struggling to get by on unemployment, refusing to extend even those benefits to our wounded veterans so the GOP has driven thousands of America’s veterans into homelessness.

        You and your ilk are such vile lowlifes you don’t even deserve to be breathing today; you and your worthless ideology are causing hundreds of Americans to die prematurely every day.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        The only power we Americans plan toi remove is your Russian boy. You only prove at total stupid ignorant moron you are. A liberal president, Thomas Jefferson Clinton, was THE president who created “Workfare.”

        Workfare is still in place in MY state of NJ. Why isn’t it in GA? AL? TN? KY? SC? NC? MS? MO?

        I’ll tell you why not. Because we have lazy bums like you and your hicks who want to lay in bed until noon every day while the liberals and others up north are out of bed at 5 AM and at work by 7.

        So you lazy bums don’t want to pay for your healthcare, your constant floods, tornadoes and disasters YOU create with your refusal to clean up your pollution.

        Bums like you are ALL Mouth and NO action. Get off that lazy ass and get off welfare. You live in NJ? You only get welfare for 18 months. And according to Workfare, during that 18 months, if you have no training, you have lots of opportunities to get off your lazy bum ass and get the training you need.

        MS is No. 1 in Welfare recipients. The top 10 welfare states ARE ALL Conservative Republican states. And they no longer have Workfare in effect. Oh right…a liberal created it and so that gives you a lame ass excuse to get rid of it.

        • kep says:

          Sound and fury, signifying NOTHING, as usual.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Sound and fury, kicking your ass and taking your name? Hate it don’t you? Your Republican states would be as broke today as they were after the Civil War and the Great Depression were it not for the Dem states keeping them in tax revenues.

          • kep says:

            Those broke states after the civil war were DEMOCATIC states. Yes Elie, the rebels that fought for slavery were DEMOCRATS.. The KKK….DEMOCRATS.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Lincoln was the Republican who was assassinated by bigots from these hick states. The party persuasion back then depended entirely on which side the money blew in their faces fastest.

            The KKK were not Democrats. They were Pro Slavery. But nice try reinventing the history of your hick state. It wasn’t the states up north that lynched, bombed black churches or burned crosses …it was YOUR states. Your HICK states.

            Hicks always hide behind a party so they never have to take blame for what they do. Doesn’t work anymore.

            Those same hypocrites in the south and midwest who claimed to be Democrats sure did a fast turaround to the GOP didn’t they?

          • kep says:

            You may want to read history. Not the rewritten liberal history. You should have plenty of time to learn the truth while you are GETTING HELP.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            And you may want to stop “revising” history. The south lost the Civil War. LOST….Got that? LOST to us Yankees who had the best military strategists of their time AND more money to fund that war.

            You don’t get to keep slavery so you can sit around on your dumb ass all day posting BS. You don’t have your FREE slave labor do you?

            As for the lynching, bombings and cross murders, not to mention the most disgusting rapes of black women by white males with dick itch, that is YOUR territory.

            Lincoln was the Stars and Bars Confederacy most hated man. He was a Republican born in Kentucky. So, you make a total ass of yourself trying to dump on Dems when YOUR KIND hated a Republican president. Get bent moron.

          • kep says:

            I see your dementia is starting up. If you were in a nice mental facility, where you belong, you would be getting the help you so desperately need. I live in NY. And, as usual, you are wrong about almost everything. I know, in your demented mind, all the things you post are true, but you are not able to realize that without first getting the help you need.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            What next mental midget? You lease a penthouse in Trump Tower? Why in the hell should we believe a nutbagger like you? Not even the squirrels give you credibility.

            You are the one who gets the most rancor and responses that clear up your lies.

            The only Nooo Yawkahs who voted for Tump were the frigbait trough feeders upstate in Fat Ass Peter King’s territory.

            Now, can you stop posting drivel and start posting what can be proven in a court of law.

            Tell us…Which upstate mental hospital did they lock you in?

          • kep says:

            LOL. Court of law? What would you know about law? You are so derainged that you can barely remember who you are. GET HELP.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Well, see…unlike you I attended a Catholic grade school where sixth, seventh and eighth grade curriculum included introduction to Constitutional laws. This was followed by a 4 year high school course in “Business Law” as part of my business courses.

            A good thing too. By the time I was 21, I owned my first of two businesses and needed to know business law. You were still shitting in your Pampers.

            When I retired from my business in 1978, that Business Law course came in handy working for a tech recruiter and management consultant that year where knowledge of current labor and EEO/AAF laws was a must.

            By the time I worked for ADP, Akzo Chemical, CPS Chemical and Ambient Engineering, corporate, state and federal laws were in my face constantly as they would be as a tech writer and engineering accounting manager.

            The problem for dipshits like you is that you have monolithic brains that do not accept any changes and that includes changes in business and environmental laws.

            Got it yet stupid?

          • kep says:

            Was that before or after you were a teacher? Or astronaut? Or CEO? Having that dementia problem still? GET HELP.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            As I posted numerous times that I was a professional dancer from age 15 to age 21 when I opened my first dance studio. I was a member of Dance Masters and Dance Educators of America as well as NJ Dance Teachers Association. I closed my 2 schools in 1980 because my ex half owned them even though he didn’t dance a step in his life. I didn’t plan on splitting my earnings with him so I closed the school. I then went to work for Elizabeth T. Lyons, a technical recruiter, management consultant, SBA umbudswoman, President of NJAWBO, first president of the NJ March of Dimes, President of NJ Bus. & Indus. When she given a job by Governor Thomas Kean in 1982, she closed her business and found me a job at ADP where I worked as a reports administrator to the VP of Operations. In 1983, I was moved to the Sales & Marketing dept. because the the GM, Pete McMenamy, realized I was doing better work for Sales & Marketing than Operations where most of my tech reports were limited to budgets and departmental statistics.

            After I left ADP in 1985, I worked at Akzo Chemie for the General Manager of the Thermoplastics Division, Don Hampson. Since my two children were then teenagers, I decided to work closer to home in case of any emergencies so I took a job as the Asst. VP to the VP of International Marketing and Sales, Joseph Phelan. Getting any of this assface? I worked with him for two years before being moved to the Marketing Research department.

            I left the company when the job at Ambient Engineering opened up which was only 10 minutes from home. I worked for this company from March 13, 1989 until it closed in 2013 when it was consolidated into the parent company which now has only a part time accounting manager, the PhD from MIT who has a PE’s license and the MSME who is the only one who did all the mechanical drawing. Got this yet prickhead?

            After I retired, I decided to parlay my writing skills into SEO copywriting. I write online blogs, business web content and technical white papers from my small home office. That’s why I am online from 7 AM until around 4 PM so I can stay in touch with my clients. You can’t stay in touch with your own dick.

            I also am a published author of 2 suspense novels as I’ve stated numerous times, “Barrow House” in 2010 and “The House at the End of Langdon Road” in 2011.

            I have a short story blog with more than 2,000 readers on You must be eating your heart out that a woman can beat your ass in accomplishments right prickboy?

            So assface? I can prove who and what I am. You can prove you have balls.

          • kep says:

            You seem to have a need to be validated. I do not. While you have trouble remembering what lies you have told, I never do, because my life is real. I have no desire nor need to impress anyone, but you are and have been outclassed from the very start.

            Again, you should seek the help you so desperately needs.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Awwww….what’s the mass assface? I can PROVE who I am and you have to hide behind Putin? What I posted isn’t validation asslicker. It is PROOF you can validate to shut your lying Trump asslicking mouth.

            I don’t have to defend myself. You are the one who comes back time after time to try and take down truth. Mentally ill people always do that.

            Maybe you need to stop trying so hard to be a valid human and start getting professional pyschiatric help for your obsession with distortions of reality your posts so obviously indicate you create.

            Again..the only moron here who needs help is you. You only post to disagree with anything and everything. You have not in all the time you’ve been posting EVER agreed with anyone or anything. Mental hospitals are full of men like you.

            Mommy spoiled your ass like Trump’s mommy did to him and now she and YOUR MOMMY unleash you mentally deranged nuts on the world.

            When you have something to agree with, post. When you have proof, post. Till then you are boring the hell out of everyone including yourself.

          • kep says:

            You’re right. You don’t have to defend yourself, just as I don’t have to. But, you do need to find HELP for your mental illness and dementia.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Wrong again moron. Here is my view of you as a mentally deranged man. You grew up in a dysfunctional family where Daddy was a bully and either battered your Mommy physically or emotionally to the point where you became an angry teen who knew NEVER to dare to stand up to Daddy’s bullying. Men like you always have Daddy problems. I could write a book on that subject alone.

            As a young adult, you entered a world that felt as out of control as your Daddy made YOU feel as a child. So, you inwardly seethe with rage at anyone you perceive is smarter or more experienced because that to you is like Daddy’s bullying.

            When it comes to women, you are a failure at that too. Why? Because although you refused to stand up to your old man, you hated that your mother didn’t stand up to him either or just walk out and leave him with ALL the responsibilities.

            As an adult, you loathe anyone who dares to disagree with you because if you have a choice between a bully old man and a simpering, cowardly mommy, you choose bullying.

            The problems come when you meet women you know won’t tolerate your bullying and mow you down with their intelligence. That’s why you hate Hillary, me and anyone else you know is more intelligent and beats you at your childish bully games. Adults, you see, do not need to bully anyone. They make it on their own…women AND men.

            And, the real reason men like you hate HIllary is because you are scared silly that her inspiration to other women is such an influencing factor that gives them the courage to mash men like you to a pulp by simply using their more intelligent brains. Admit it Bully Boy, men like you are emasculated by intelligent, inspirational, innovative, influencing women. Your worst nightmare that causes you premature erections of the brain that go no where.

          • Do you recommend the rewritten “conservative history” instead?

          • Independent1 says:

            Right, you’re so mentally retard that any valid information has no place to go in that total empty space between your ears!!

          • A ditto head such as yourself has always been just a whimper with NO substance, and certainly no sound and fury. Just hot air issuing from the terminus of your digestive tract.

          • Kep, are you OK? You never are able to articulate a cogent intelligent response—just a repetition of the same garbage, regurgitated from one day to the next.
            You must be one lonely pathetic person, no sense of what is expected of you as a human being, unable to act as a normal human, intent only on blowing noisome hot air.
            You should consider getting out, and meet some new people for a change, take a trip abroad, assuming you have a job to do so. Take a trip to Mexico, or go up to Canada and chill out. That may be the thing you need to clear out all that obsession you have with partisan politics.
            As I’ve indicated numerous times, an inordinate fascination with politics, as you’ve demonstrated, is a bane and hazardous to one’s health. I’m telling you this because you’re too close to the problem.
            You can’t see the forest because your face is pinned against a tree.

        • idamag says:

          Mississippi has always held the bottom slot for quality of education.

      • The lucky one says:

        In 2007 the top 20% of Americans owned 85% of the country’s wealth and the bottom 80% of the population owned 15%. It has gotten worse since then and that trend will no doubt continue under the 1%’s president. The welfare system may not be the best way of addressing this disparity but unless and until the disparity is addressed it’s the only way to mitigate some of the suffering.

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    • idamag says:

      If every person, in the United States, had an MBA, who would haul our trash? We need the builders, the street workers, Those people who sanitize our hospitals, and the truckers. Since our need for those people is a great need, they should be paid accordingly. It may be like any other community pattern, there are people for all the jobs. Just as the bee colony success depends on a multitude of task, our needs might be ordained.

      • dpaano says:

        That’s why I continually question why so many “vocational” studies were taken out of the high schools and community colleges. Not everyone is college material….some people prefer working with their hands and brains and NOT with books and computers. We need our blue-collar workers just as much as we need the white-collar workers! But, even going to an outside vocational school nowadays costs a fortune! It’s a never-ending battle!

  2. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    When you talk about recession, you cannot overlook that EVERY Republican president with the exception of Eisenhower had a 2nd term recession. The only other president who didn’t had only ONE term: Bush ’41.

    What does it say about the Republicans, the party of Big Business when Harding’s scandal was selling public lands to oil interests for pennies on the dollar which got his Secy. of the Interior a prison sentence for accepting a $500,000 bribe and this oil deal.

    Why was it Hoover who pandered to Wall Street speculators who ended HIS presidency with the Great Depression?

    The poverty in the US isn’t about ideology. It is about greed of the Republican Party who has tried for generations now to insist that helping big business helps the rest of us. Trickle Down doesn’t work and never will.

    Look at the ramifications of what happened when Reagon shifted most of the taxes onto the Middle Class…from that point on the Big Boys in the Ivory Tower all smelled money money money and profits profits profits. Did it tricle down? NO. It sat in offshore tax free accounts and since Reagan increased more than the U.S. National Debt.

    As Trump said in his O’Reilly interview during his campaign, “I love debt.” Most Grifters do. They amass debt, don’t pay and then someone else ponies up.

    There is no profit in hiring Americans. CEOs all knew this from the minute Bush ’43 started to pad their paychecks with our tax dollars for their cuts and subsidies. How doesn’t that create poverty?

    When one part of the country gets off without paying taxes, who pays if not the middle and the lower classes?

    Now, Trump and the GOP have an even better idea. FORCE states to pay federal taxes while they FORCE all of the things those taxes are supposed to pay for back onto the states. In other words, double taxation. Federal taxes states will pay for zip.

    • Independent1 says:

      Eleanor, I’m a little curious as to why you singled out Eisenhower when Ike leads all GOP presidents by having allowed 3 recessions in his 8 years – Ike allowed 2 recessions to start in his 2nd term.

      Ike served 1/53 to 1/61 and recessions were: 7/53-5/54; 8/57-4/58 and 4/60 to 2/61.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Independent, I stand corrected. Sorry…bad researching. Mea culpa. Your post proves that we can all learn something new every day.

        For me, Eisenhower’s term of office was when I was still in grade school. My parents, both Democrats, loved Ike and there wasn’t the scandals or contentiousness of the current administration.

        Glad you pointed out my error. Thank you.

  3. littlepigeon says:

    Grammar mistake: the phrased is “deep-seated” NOT “deep-seeded.” I am an editor and yours needs to be reprimanded.

    • dbtheonly says:

      For an editor, your sentence structure is rather fractured.

      But Aaron, above, said it better that I can.

  4. Marilyn says:

    Recently I participated in a “game,” the purpose of which was to understand what a person living in poverty experiences. We followed a real-life case of a woman with a small child living in an urban area. She had a job with low pay and sometimes unpredictable hours but not enough hours for a full 40 hour week. Consequently, her employer did not have to supply her with benefits. She had child-care expenses plus a child with special dietary needs which made her food bills more expensive. There was a charitable organization which could help her with food once a month and occasionally with her utility bills, but she had high rent to pay and transportation costs to get to and from work. We followed her through a month of trying to figure out with play money which mimicked her salary how to pay the bills that she was faced with. All who participated in this “game” realized that this person who despite working and also wanting to improve her situation by taking classes would never get out of poverty. What despair and hopelessness such a person must feel! After we finished our game, it was lunch time. We were each given $1.40, the average amount that a person on food stamps in that area would be allowed for a meal. We were instructed to go out and purchase our lunch in the discount store across the street. It was not surprising that we could not find a very well-balanced meal with this amount. It was better if we pooled our money, but not very good quality food at that. I wish all of the people who take digs at poor people as being lazy or wanting to live off welfare would take part in such an experience. Maybe they would develop some empathy for those who live that way permanently.

    • Independent1 says:

      What’s truly troubling, is that many people who have to struggle from payday to payday as you describe, do so because Republican politicians have deliberately rigged it that way. They’ve done that by passing laws which allow companies to not only pay poverty-level wages for work that should require higher pay; they’ve also set laws so employers can work people close to 30 plus hours a week but yet not have that qualify as full-time employees so the employer does not have to provide them with any benefits; even paid sick days.

      Thereby forcing large portions of the working populations in especially GOP-run states to rely on one or more forms of welfare in order to just barely survive from payday to payday. Which like Walmart, ends up with so many Walmart workers needing help from our government, that the worker staff from the average Walmart needs almost $1,000,000,000/yr of welfare benefits from us taxpayers.

      • dpaano says:

        Wouldn’t it be nice if we could bill Wal-Mart for those benefits? Do you think they’d eventually realize it’s cheaper to pay their workers a decent salary than to have to pay the government back for the welfare that their employees have to get to survive?

        • Independent1 says:

          To be honest, I’m not sure the people running Walmart are smart enough to realize reality when it stares them in the face. They just keep on doing the same old stupid things they’ve been doing.

    • dpaano says:

      I once had a friend that worked with me at a hospital….she was on welfare since her husband left her high and dry. She kept telling me that getting OFF of welfare was the hardest thing in the world. Luckily, she persevered and final was able to get out of the welfare program. It wasn’t easy for her as she had 2 kids, but she’s made something from herself and is now doing well. Again, it’s a hard struggle, but some people WILL go through it…..unfortunately, just not enough have the gumption.

    • BrownDog says:

      Cases like this are the sad ones. But many people on the dole are not in this women’s situation. I see too many EBT cards being used by a 20’s or 30’s person, loading the cart with poor quality food items, with tattoos, purple hair, obviously over weight, driving a late model vehicle. Fault your Congress for supporting poorly designed programs.

    • BrownDog says:

      I have to wonder what happened to brown bag lunches. Rice and beans aren’t expensive. Boring to eat all the time, I grant. Oatmeal makes a good meal too. What I see is the lack of group living to help keep costs down. Extended families are scattered, taking on a boarder is of a by gone era. Why are there so many single mothers? Why is our medical profession and government so against voluntary sterilization?

  5. idamag says:

    I worked for health and welfare. There were people who grew up so poor they had no books in their homes. Just as children learn from those around them and their environment, they also learn to be poor. Findings show that many of those underachievers had ADD. Just as a parent learns to parent by their parents, if the parents did not have the temperament and skills to pass down, they weren’t. good role models. Low information ideologues do not pass down the skills for critical thinking. It is possible they don’t have the I.Qs to support investigative learning. They might be poor and blame others for their predicaments. They are the ones who work two jobs and still don’t make enough to cover their expenses. There are those with high aptitudes in mechanics. Because they could not breeze through Dick and Jane, they got a low opinion of their intelligence and their worth. Thomas Edison was one of those. He was taken out of school when his parents were told he could not learn. He loved trying to find out how things worked. His dad gave him room in the garage to tinker. It would be nice if all those people had a champion like Thomas Edison’s dad. Unfortunately they do not. We lose the benefits of their mechanical genius and they lose.

    • Independent1 says:

      I think what you’re saying is that the poor usually miss out on a lot of learning because due to being poor they’re not given a lot of the opportunities to learn that those better off get. And on top of that, being in GOP-run states, it seems that Republicans really work at ensuring that those less fortunate don’t learn enough to question politicians about being deprived of better opportunities for them to become better educated.

      And as luck would have it, a CNN News Alert just came out with one more example of Republicans doing just that, working to prevent the less advantaged from being better educated by discontinuing a program that the Obama Administration had set up to improve the learning and lives of adolescent girls in foreign countries.

      See this from CNN:

      The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.

      The “Let Girls Learn” program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN.

      • BrownDog says:

        This “Let Girls Learn” is a program for foreign countries. That is why it is being cut. Spend tax dollars domestically is a better choice, We have ample under privileged children here that need facilitating educational opportunities.

        • Independent1 says:

          And your right-wing ignorance just goes on and on. Not only does foreign aid make America safer as Bill Gates points out, studies have shown America reaps $4 in economic benefit for every $1 it spends in foreign aid.

          Bill Gates: Cutting Foreign Aid Makes America Less Safe

          Foreign aid is often in the hot seat, but today the heat is cranked up especially high. The United States government, one of the world’s most influential donors, is considering dramatic cuts to health and development programs around the world. I understand why some Americans watch their tax dollars going overseas and wonder why we’re not spending
          them at home. Here’s my answer:

          These projects keep Americans safe. And by promoting health, security and economic opportunity, they stabilize vulnerable parts of the world.This is a lesson I’ve learned myself. When I first got involved in health and development more than 15 years ago, the main motivation was to save and improve people’s lives around the world. That’s still true today, but over the years I have come to see the tangible ways in which American aid benefits Americans too.

          • BrownDog says:

            Did I say to cut all foreign aid?? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, no I didn’t. I referenced one specific program. Do I care what Bill Gates or Billy Bob Ballskins or Indy Troll thinks about foreign aid? Nope.

  6. Mary DeVaughn says:

    Since “education is the key” — somebody please teach this writer/editor that the term is “deep-SEATED,” not “deep-seeded”! Yeesh.

    • A deeper thinker, one with compassion and insight, wouldn’t have been so simple-minded as to stress out over misspelling.
      If you could have troubled yourself to be more concerned with the bigger picture, and how it affects real live human beings, you would have taken the time to comment on the human element rather than waste our time on grammar.

      • Alain Vercammen-Grandjean says:

        You waste everybody’s time on everything with your total pain moralizing gibberish. Go back to your silly pseudo allah god.
        You are toxic and useless.

        • Yet, you keep coming back acting like an ass. Nothing to say, just complaints and whining. Grow up, Alain, and stop being a baby.

          • dbtheonly says:

            Very well put!

          • Alain Vercammen-Grandjean says:

            Just pernicious bane coming out of here. No content. Void. Last time around for sure!

          • Poor Alain, hopelessly infatuated with himself. Never tiring of being a juvenile.

          • “pernicious bane”—What a nonsensical phrase in the context of what I’ve posted and what the article is about. Just stringing together two words to impress us that you’ve used a dictionary is meaningless and utter nonsense if you can’t connect it to a specific point made. No content? That describes your posts. Either you’re recovering from some nervous breakdown, or you’re headed for one, Alain.
            Next time you post something, put a little effort in it by saying something relevant and meaningful. Just posting to impress yourself is an ultimate waste of your time. You’re now one day closer to the grave, yet you show no improvement in your spiritual condition. Frittering away what little time is left for you is as irresponsible as the grasshopper’s folly in that well-known allegory of “The Ant and the Grasshopper”. You should study the story and see how it speaks to your condition, which mimics that of the grasshopper.

        • kep says:

          He gets paid per post. You would think he would keep them shorter, wouldn’t you?

          • Independent1 says:

            There are no non right-wing trolls here – it is only you mentally retarded right-wingers who sell your souls to the Devil and post lies upon lies for a few bucks!!!

          • kep says:

            Ha. Known fact…LIBERALS LIE. As far as trolls go, all this is here is an echo chamber for you liberals. Each of you trying to recite the daily liberal propaganda lies, patting yourself on the back for being a good party members. Sounds and is very much like the Soviet communist party. I know of many paid liberal propaganda posters, and suspect many are here. You may not be, seeing you are a NYC urbanites. You are just too stupid to know better. Again, get out of your bubble and see more than Staten Island. There are actually states out there, not just boroughs.

          • Independent1 says:

            Keep on with your fantasy land – all you can spew are denials and deflections of guilt. The GOP is guilty of murder and you’re no better than an accomplice to murder.

            But that’s all coming to an end:

            With Mueller as the special prosecutor, the White House has every reason to panic

            Frankly, the White House has every reason to panic. No one
            will intimidate or throw Mueller off course. The seriousness of the probe could not be more clear. A pall will soon fall over the White House as every member of the staff, the vice president and the president will brace themselves for interrogation, production of potentially damaging documents and, incidentally, big legal bills.

            Coming just as the president prepares to leave on a foreign trip, appointment of a special prosecutor comes as one more huge blow to his standing and ego. He now goes overseas — something the homebody Trump reportedly dreaded — as a wounded president with an uncertain future. Nothing could be more disconcerting to allies than dealing with an impulsive, ignorant president — one whose future is far from certain. Trump can whine about the unfair press, as he did at the Coast Guard commencement Wednesday, but he has no one but himself to blame for his predicament.

            The 100-day mark was the end of the beginning of Trump’s term. The appointment of a special prosecutor just four months into his presidency might be seen as the beginning of the end.


  7. Ruby Rott says:

    The author does not have a handle on reality. Education does not just mean class room time. Many non-college workers– plumbers, electricians, construction workers, waiters, farmers, broom pushers also learned invaluable skills on the job. What is lacking among the can’t-get-ahead crowd is a strong work ethic coupled with a disciplined life style. They are further hamstrung by government regulations and tax laws that make it difficult for employers to hire marginal/ entry level workers. I pay over market wages plus bonuses, provide gas and food allowances and work tools but I still can’t get reliable help. What kind of work is it? Manual labor–so demeaning, it seems to the unskilled, under educated and lazy. It’s far easier for them to sell some illegal substance or weasel money from a government program.

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