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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    Democrats try to lure jobs back to U.S.
    Senate bill offers payroll-tax breaks, cut in subsidies for outsourcing


    “We’re going to take away the incentives corporations have to send our jobs overseas, and give them powerful new incentives to keep American jobs in America,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in remarks on the Senate floor.

    Introduced last week by Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, the bill also would end subsidies for firms that move facilities abroad."

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    Great, but it should have been done long ago and I'll bet there are loopholes galore but I thought the left didn't like corporate tax breaks?

    Wait, never mind........this is from over a year ago. So what happened?
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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    To suggest that people would stay in poverty, voluntarily, because it's easier would be to suggest that a person would leave a spike in their foot if it were easier than pulling it out.
    Just to get it out of the way.....I'm NOT claiming this is the norm and I have no evidence that shows it anything but the fringe, but have you seen the things drug addicts are willing to live with?

    Being poor sucks. Being hungry sucks. Worrying about money all the time sucks. It's not easy at all. Living in squalor sucks. Being bored all the time because you have no reason to leave your home sucks. No one would remain in an awful position like that simply because they're lazy. Doing whatever they can and fighting until their last breath is human nature.
    Yes, *some* would.

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachean View Post
    Whenever I hear about poverty in America this video comes to mind:
    [video=youtube;OkebmhTQN-4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkebmhTQN-4&list=FLoW4fWXJeqwEpk-Qcid06-g&feature=mh_lolz[/video
    Whenever I see the Heritage Foundation referenced as some kind of authority, this comes to mind:

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Great, but it should have been done long ago and I'll bet there are loopholes galore but I thought the left didn't like corporate tax breaks?

    Wait, never mind........this is from over a year ago. So what happened?
    What do you think? The Republicans blocked it.
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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostlyJoe View Post
    I find this statement kind of galling:



    Being poor in America, you have little security. Having a car, a roof and a TV (as if they're rare or expensive) is hardly representative of your ability to afford health insurance or provide for yourself or your family in old age. We live in a consumer society filled with cheap electronics. The working poor have ample access to Wiis, as they are affordable. Health insurance, however ...
    Do you have any idea just what a significant possession a car is? I'm sorry, but just owning a car brings you up quite a bit. Add to that a house, and the fact that you clearly make enough money to buy a Wii, or a big flat screen that requires purchasing a monthly cable or satelite contract, and I'm gonna say, not poor. Maybe they don't eat well, maybe they DON'T have health insurance...maybe, they shoulda thought about THOSE things before buying goods they don't actually need.
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    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I think this is what we need to be focusing on. It really doesn't have a whole lot to do with left or right. Both sides are on the same payroll. Or at least similar ones. Both sides are bought and paid for. That is the real problem. And it will only go away once money no longer determines elections. A candidate who does not function as an employee for the ones who paid for their campaign finds himself quickly unemployed after the next election.
    One side and one side only signed a pledge to support a lobbyist, over 270 republicans and every republican presidental candidate except Jon Huntsman signed a pledge to support a lobbyist

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    To suggest that people would stay in poverty, voluntarily, because it's easier would be to suggest that a person would leave a spike in their foot if it were easier than pulling it out. Being poor sucks. Being hungry sucks. Worrying about money all the time sucks. It's not easy at all. Living in squalor sucks. Being bored all the time because you have no reason to leave your home sucks. No one would remain in an awful position like that simply because they're lazy. Doing whatever they can and fighting until their last breath is human nature.
    It's not just being lazy. The fact is, it's hard. I mean, HARD. Just to be middle class. Even HARDER, nigh on impossible, to break the million dollar bubble. When I say hard, I mean, freaking hard. Even a hard worker can remain poor. But the guy next to them might be just a bit HARDER working, and make it to middle class. Sure, some luck is involved, too. Any successful, or semi successful person says otherwise, they are LYING to you. So, saying that poor people are lazy is false...well, some of them might be, but it's not a very accurate blanket statement. But it IS accurate to say that they are, as of yet, NOT willing to do all that is required to climb out of that pit. I have worked with a lot of these people, started over in my "career" a couple of times, and ever time, managed to rise above them, through sheer determination, hard work, and desire...and sometimes, just a little luck. One solid reason why some folks don't try a little hard is, the pit isn't as bad as it COULD be. The pit is livable, made so at the expense of the folks who clawed their way out, or were BORN out. You got a roof over your head? Check. Entertainment? Likely. I would say that spending more on TV and video games is a hallmark of "poverty" stricken people.

    Just my thoughts.
    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    "According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans is living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before."

    "It is absolutely imperative that we get as many Americans back to work as possible. The more people that are doing something economically productive, the more wealth there will be for all of us.

    That is why it is so alarming that the ranks of the "very poor" are increasing so dramatically. When the number of poor people goes up, the entire society suffers.

    So just how bad are things right now?

    The following are 19 statistics about the poor that will absolutely astound you....

    #1 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of "very poor" rose in 300 out of the 360 largest metropolitan areas during 2010.

    #2 Last year, 2.6 million more Americans descended into poverty. That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

    #3 It isn't just the ranks of the "very poor" that are rising. The number of those just considered to be "poor" is rapidly increasing as well. Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty. Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.

    #4 The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010.

    #5 There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.

    #6 In Washington D.C., the "child food insecurity rate" is 32.3%.

    #7 More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

    #8 One out of every six elderly Americans now lives below the federal poverty line.

    #9 Today, there are over 45 million Americans on food stamps.

    #10 According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 15 percent of all Americans are now on food stamps.

    #11 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.

    #12 The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.

    #13 We are told that the economy is recovering, but the number of Americans on food stamps has grown by another 8 percent over the past year.

    #14 Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

    #15 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.

    #16 More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid. Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

    #17 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.

    #18 The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.

    #19 It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States."

    Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels – 19 Statistics About The Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You
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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    That would be the equivalent of running a marathon speed wise.
    Whats a average time for an amateur to run a marathon and a half marathon? - Yahoo! Answers
    Walking is closer to 3 mph. So that mean about 12-14 hours walking--6 to 7 hours each way. Add an eight hours shift with a half hour break, we're talking 20 - 23 hours a day just in work and transport back and forth from work. That's a pretty rough schedule.
    Meh, I figured if I gave him the benefit of the doubt and had him walk around a 10 minute mile - which is actually a little fast now that I do the math. I guess a better estimate would be 4 mph, which is a 15 minute mile. That would be slightly over hours each way. Either way he obviously had a long walk, regardless of the accuracy of distance. Maybe it was 18 miles, who gives a ****?
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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    "According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans is living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before."
    All the while Wall Street is clamoring for QE3.

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