Tag Archives: Poverty

Leonard Pitts on Poverty

Paul Ryan has an anti-poverty proposal Leonard Pitts writes that Paul Ryan has made a proposal for addressing poverty in the USA. Pitts says that Ryan would give the States grants to spend as they like. The grants would come … Continue reading

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Reed and Robertson on Poverty

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”  ― Franklin D. Roosevelt Counties in District 23 have … Continue reading

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What in the World is Cloward-Piven?

When references are made to Cloward-Piven, the impression frequently is that these two academic Sociologists are today’s equivalent of Marx and Engels. The controversy comes from an article published in The Nation in 1966, The Weight of the Poor: A … Continue reading

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Why Red and Blue?

Why are some States red and some States blue? Is there a feedback mechanism in politics that promotes and maintains polarization? One candidate is fear. Why is NY-23 predominately Republican when NYS is predominately Democratic? The answer is fear–Western NY … Continue reading

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The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act

Some never relent in efforts to blame and punish the poor for their difficulties. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) writes: The Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act addresses deep problems in the federal government’s welfare programs that make it more difficult … Continue reading

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Reducing Poverty, Part 3

In a column in today’s Elmira Star-Gazette, Kathleen Parker adds her voice to those advocating marriage as a cure for poverty. Or perhaps she doesn’t. She writes — Every single parent could marry tomorrow and still she (or he) wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Reducing Poverty, Part 2

Many Americans (Tom Reed is one) believe that poverty is an individual problem, that the poor are responsible for their poverty.  This idea may stem from personal experience, our colonial heritage, or the myth of the wild-west, but it is constantly … Continue reading

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How Poverty Burdens the Brain, Part 2

January is Poverty Awareness Month Part 2 (Link to Part One) The poor often behave in less capable ways, which can further perpetuate poverty. THEORY: Poverty reduces cognitive capacity because poverty-related concerns consume mental resources, leaving less for other tasks. … Continue reading

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Rep. Reed Ignores Family Needs

The following is a copy of a letter to our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed from John Hunter of Yates County. Shorter versions of this letter have been sent to various district newspapers. The (Dundee) Observer published the shorter letter on … Continue reading

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The Proposed SNAP Program that Rep. Reed Voted For

We may have heard summaries of what the Farm Bill would do to the SNAP funding. Here is the  official list from House Republican Conference website. Watch out for key words, like “Reforms, “Saving”, “Income Tests”, “Increases Oversight”, “Reduces goverment … Continue reading

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