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Newt’s War on Poor Children

Newt’s War on Poor Children | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
Gingrich says poor children do not have working parents as role models. He couldn’t be more wrong.
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Children in Poverty: Newt Gingrich Needs to Get a Clue

Children in Poverty: Newt Gingrich Needs to Get a Clue | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
Kids in poverty don’t understand work? The GOP primary front-runner needs to get a clue.
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Gingrich Steps Way Over The Line In Attacking America’s Poor

I’ve been closely following politics for much of my life -and, in my case, that’s a pretty long time - and I am comfortable in saying that Newt’s speech may well be the most offensive political speech I have ever heard spoken by an American politician.

 

Poor children don’t understand the concept of providing services in exchange for cash unless that service or sale is illegal? Nobody in our poorest communities works leaving the kids without sufficient role models capable of teaching the value of a good day’s work?

These are the utterings one might expect from an imbecile who grew up in a community so shielded from the poor that such a person simply could not know any better.

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Child poverty target changes signalled by coalition

Child poverty target changes signalled by coalition | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it

The move was signalled by the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, and David Cameron in the week that the government was forced to admit that its autumn statement will mean another 100,000 children brought into child poverty under the measure enshrined in law by the Labour government. Labour set the target of eliminating child poverty, so no household has an income of 60% or below the national median, by 2020.

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Rising child poverty rates could be a 'taste' of what's ahead

Rising child poverty rates could be a 'taste' of what's ahead | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
A new Census report shows child poverty up since 2007. With many benefits for the poor – such as the Earned Income Tax Credit – expiring at the end of the year, things could get worse.
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Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars - 60 Minutes - CBS News

Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars - 60 Minutes - CBS News | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
60 Minutes on CBS News: Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars - Scott Pelley brings "60 Minutes" cameras back to central Florida to document another form of family homelessness: kids and their parents forced to live in cars.
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Homeless Youth Prepares for College - The Neediest Cases

Homeless Youth Prepares for College - The Neediest Cases | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
Hermon Joseph has learned to improvise since leaving his family, and now he is in CUNY Start, a program for G.E.D. recipients.
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Daily Kos: Child poverty increased in 2010; more than 1 in 5 children are poor

Daily Kos: Child poverty increased in 2010; more than 1 in 5 children are poor | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it

The poverty rate for children under 18 increased from 20 percent in 2009 to 21.6 percent in 2010. That translates to 1.1 million more children living in poverty.

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Forget “child poverty”; just fight for a decent childhood for all | Left ...

Forget “child poverty”; just fight for a decent childhood for all | Left ... | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
Kate Bell and Jason Strelitz write about how best the government can achieve its aim of ending child poverty in Britain.
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Child poverty charts of the day | Felix Salmon

Child poverty charts of the day | Felix Salmon | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
Does anybody, this election season, have a plan for reducing the rate of child poverty, especially in the south? In ten different states, including Texas, one child in every four is born into poverty. This is obviously unacceptable — but it’s equally obviously being swept beneath the political carpet. Not only don’t poor kids vote, their parents don’t tend to vote much either.
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Hard times generation: homeless kids - 60 Minutes - CBS News

Hard times generation: homeless kids - 60 Minutes - CBS News | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
60 Minutes on CBS News: Hard times generation: homeless kids - For some children, socializing and learning are being cruelly complicated by homelessness, as Scott Pelley reports from Florida, where school buses now stop at motels for children...

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Incoming legislature must fight childhood poverty

Incoming legislature must fight childhood poverty | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
Today, the numbers of poor children in our country are growing so quickly that even our self-induced myopia can’t keep us from seeing them. We know how to help these kids. Now we just have to do it.
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Growing Child Poverty in America: There is Simply No Excuse | First Focus

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UK poverty: the facts considered

UK poverty: the facts considered | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
The latest Rowntree report shows half of children in poverty live with at least one working parent.
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Why is child poverty in America rising?

One state with a significant number of poor children is Florida, which ranks fourth in terms of school-age children in poverty.
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Mike Thompson: Child poverty soars in Detroit and across America

Mike Thompson: Child poverty soars in Detroit and across America | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
How we're failing our kids: Exhibit number 97,557...
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The forgotten American homeless | MuniLand

By global standards, America is very rich, but we need to ask if our priorities are in the right place.
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Gingrich's stance on child labor shameful | NYU's Daily Student Newspaper

Gingrich's stance on child labor shameful | NYU's Daily Student Newspaper | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
To break the cycle of poverty and guarantee social mobility, the government must concentrate on high school graduation rates and the quality of public school curriculums. Instead, it seems that Newt Gingrich wants to merely throw small work-study stipends at the children of the underemployed and unemployed.

 

Punishing children for the poverty they have inherited — through no fault of their own — is reprehensible. Instead, we should seek to elevate these childrens' economic status by making them read in class — not take out the trash.

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More homeless kids now living in cars - CBS News

CBS Evening News: More homeless kids now living in cars - In a "60 Minutes" preview, Scott Pelley talks with two teenagers who live with their dad in his truck...
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Child poverty: Unjust and unsustainable

Child poverty: Unjust and unsustainable | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
British Columbia has had the dubious distinction of having the worst child poverty rate in the country for eight years in a row and has exceeded the national average for 11 years — through boom-and-bust economic cycles.
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Reading Between the Poverty Lines

Reading Between the Poverty Lines | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
The Census Bureau’s new formulas offer a broader picture of poverty, and evidence that programs to aid the poor work.
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‘Near Poor’: Not Quite in Poverty, but Still Struggling

‘Near Poor’: Not Quite in Poverty, but Still Struggling | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
A new Census Bureau measure denotes households pulled out of poverty by benefits or closer to it by certain expenses, and a count suggests they are far more numerous than previously understood.
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More than 1 in 5 U.S. children poor, Census says

More than 1 in 5 U.S. children poor, Census says | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of children in the United States considered poor rose by 1 million in 2010, the U.S.
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A Homeless Student, Transferred Far From Her School

A Homeless Student, Transferred Far From Her School | Child Poverty in America | Scoop.it
Families who are placed in temporary housing in New York City are not always placed in the school district where the children are enrolled.
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Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Child Well-Being: Lessons from Britain | First Focus

This report, authored by Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University and the London School of Economics, describes the recent efforts of the United Kingdom (UK) to end child poverty by 2020. Over the last decade, the UK government carried out an ambitious and multifaceted anti-poverty campaign – with significant results as they reduced child poverty by more than half. Remarkably, their success in reducing child poverty continued even during the recession, as child poverty fell again in the last year – in sharp contrast to the pattern for the US, where child poverty has now reached its highest level in 20 years.

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