There is no word more evocative in the urban vernacular than “suburb.” For most of us, those two syllables conjure a very specific type of place, with a specific kind of people comfortably living there.
“We think about suburbs in one way,” says Elizabeth Kneebone, a fellow at the Brookings Institution‘s Metropolitan Policy Program. “We have a very stereotypical view of suburbs as middle-class, affluent, Leave-It-To-Beaver type places.”
And yet, over the last decade, [...]
February 12, 2013
If you have a wireless or landline phone, you’re paying for millions of people to get a free phone. The cost is deducted from your monthly bill. The average deduction is around $2.50 per month.
Transnational telecom corporations are so enamored with the government mandated transfer of wealth to their swollen coffers they don’t bother to check and see if subscribers are eligible for the program supposedly designed [...]
Super PACs have some terrifying plans for the United States. Bill Moyers explains.
For a quick refresher on what super PACs are and how much money they throw around, check out the excellent work of the Center for Responsive Politics here.
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas chapter of the NAACP wants to stop seeing low income Texans pumping money into the state lottery by putting it out of business.
In poorer communities, though, the lottery seems to offer the chance at a life otherwise out of reach.
A study paid for by the Texas Lottery Commission says the people most likely to play Pick 3 are those making $20,000 a year or less –– below [...]
The bank of America DNC convention…“We find it troubling that the party so closely associated with basic human rights would choose a state with the lowest unionization rate in the country due to regressive policies aimed at diluting the power of workers,”
News Flash: Most Americans find it troubling to be cheering on a campaign, candidate or president standing in front of, behind or alongside of a B of A logo knowing what [...]
Friday night’s record jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery brought the U.S. together as the nation chipped in to buy around 1.5billion tickets.
But this is a change from how the lottery usually works, with a hard core of habitual players joined by a few more impulsive buyers.
These frequent lottery ticket buyers are disproportionately likely to be poor – precisely the people who can least afford to spend money on the [...]
From the Borowitz Report
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney today released the following letter to the American people:
Dear American People:
Yesterday, comments I made about poor people made me look terrible. This always seems to happen when I say what I really believe.
The fact is, I do care about poor people. That’s because I’m poor myself, when you compare me to Mark Zuckerberg.
According to most projections, Facebook’s IPO should net Mr. Zuckerberg a [...]
Filed under Off the Grid
Apparently living off the grid, off the land and without government assistance is now a crime that can land you in jail and cause you to lose your home.
Government officials across the country are forming so called “nuisance abatement teams” to intimidate people into giving up their land or conforming to the governments demands and hooking back into the grid. Counties across the country are actually jailing [...]
by Business Insider
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An unspoiled wilderness with no poor people. Paradise!
As everyone in this country keeps blaming everyone else for our high unemployment rate, one assertion gets repeated so often that it is now regarded as fact:
Rich people create jobs.
Specifically, the argument goes, entrepreneurs and investors create jobs.
So if we want to create more jobs, the argument continues, we need to cut taxes on entrepreneurs and investors–to increase their incentive to create [...]
For many in the West, poverty is almost synonymous with hunger. Indeed, the announcement by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 2009 that more than 1 billion people are suffering from hunger grabbed headlines in a way that any number of World Bank estimates of how many poor people live on less than a dollar a day never did. – Read the full article
Battered by the downturn, America’s suburbs are bearing the brunt of poverty among those of working age that has climbed to its highest level in almost a half century, creating strains on dwindling safety-net programs focusing mostly on the inner-city poor.
The analyses of census data show that since 2000, the number of poor people in the suburbs jumped by 37.4 percent to 13.7 million. That’s [...]