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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The War On Poverty Then And Now

The War On Poverty Then And Now

It’s been 50 years since the late Michael Harrington published the Other America, about poverty in the wealthiest country in the world (that’s us folks). In many ways, according to Sasha Abramsky of the Nation Institute, we still have the same problems and worse. The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives “shines a light on this travesty. Sasha Abramsky brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a fairer and more equitable social contract. Exploring everything from housing policy to wage protections and affordable higher education, Abramsky lays out a panoramic blueprint for a reinvigorated political process that, in turn, will pave the way for a renewed War on Poverty.”

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  • Independent1

    If it appears that America is losing the war on poverty, like many other problems in our country, no one has to look far for the reason – just dial up a red state. And even in the red states, poverty has gone down under Obama.

    Statistics from 2010 showed that there were 23 states in America which had more than 15% of their residents living in poverty and of those 23 states, 20 of them were GOP governed states with Mississippi leading having 23.7% of it’s residents living at or below the poverty level.

    For 2013, there are 24 states that have more than 12% of their residents living in poverty and it’s still 20 red states that are in the list, but note that in all 20 of those states the percentage of those living in poverty have dropped – Mississippi still has the most but that is now down to 20.2%. And as you might expect, it’s the states with the most people living in poverty that suck the most welfare, including food stamps.

    So when right wing trolls on the NM start spewing their lies about Obama being the president who has driven up food stamps, and it’s his fault that so many Americans are living in poverty, it’s just one more of these trolls BIG LIES!! Poverty overall has gone down in America, and so has the usage of food stamps in states other than red states; as with virtually every socio-economic measure that can be used to compare the performance of American states- red states compare very poorly except for the measures related to keeping big bucks in the pockets of the wealthy – reduced taxes and balancing budgets – unfortunately, red states rank well in those categories AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYTHING ELSE!!