Your Government is Not Working

  • Your government is not working.
  • Your government does not care about you.
  • Your government does not care if you lose your unemployment insurance.
  • Your government does not care if you and your children are thrown out of your home during the Winter time.
  • Your government does not care if you or your children go hungry.
  • Your government does not care about your basic rights as a human being.
  • Your government is not working.
  • Your government does not care about you.
  • Your government is only interested in protecting the rich.
  • Your government is not a real democracy.
  • Your government’s Constitution was written to benefit only rich, white males.
  • Your government says money is power, not votes.
  • Your government is not working.
  • Your government does not care about you.
  • We need a government that insures us good jobs and good money.
  • We need a government with leaders that act in the interest of the people.
  • We need a government that guarantees food, shelter, and equality.
  • We need a government that is truly for the people.
  • Your government is not working.
  • Your government does not care about you.

The Working Poor and Raising Minimum Wage

Blow_New-thumbLarge-v2A powerful argument by Charles M. Blow in the NYT on why the minimum wage should be increased with the rising numbers of the working poor in the “Land of Opportunity.”

He argues that it is about dignity and not being in a state of constant worry over paying one’s bills. He also makes the good argument that the working poor cannot afford to donate to political campaigns and can only reach the voting boot on election day with great effort.

Read Here.

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Food Stamp Cut Will Be “Catastrophic”

Carmen Centeno NYCPA MUST-READ article in The Guardian on how the expiration of a 2009 stimulus package, which increased SNAP payments (Food Stamps) for millions of disadvantaged Americans, is about to have a “close to catastrophic” affect on the Nation’s poor.

Now the Right-wing population of this country believe that a bunch of “Welfare Queens” (a mythical creature no one can find in their indigenous ghettos) and slackers, who sit at home all day doing drugs, get a free ride with SNAP. They think that recipients should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and get a job.

But the fact is that the vast majority of SNAP benefits go two three classes of people: the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. And those who will be most affected will be the children of said peoples.

What is at hand here is the conservatives want to use hungry children as “poking sticks” to get people to find some illusory good jobs. This sounds just like 19th century liberalism, which could not be more cruel. Ask a socially democratic Europe!

But in an effort to provide full disclosure, I have friends, coworkers, and family who receive SNAP benefits. So the effects of these cuts may be written on the face of the children that populate my social world.

I just can’t have this and remain quiet.

Thank You and Read Here.

 

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