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Where do America’s Most Uninsured States Stand on the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion? | BillMoyers.com

Where do America’s Most Uninsured States Stand on the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion? | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
See which governors with high numbers of uninsured constituents opted out of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, and which -- like Florida's Rick Scott -- reluctantly jumped on board.
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The comment section of this article gives voice to people around the globe to weigh in on their country's approach to health care and that is very interesting as well as the main read.

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Advertising & the End of the World

http://www.mediaed.org Advertising & the End of the World features an illustrated presentation by Sut Jhally of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the ...
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What Sut Jhally has to say takes 5:35 minutes. New research about the brain proves out his points.

 

Targeting the intuitive impulses to override the rational parts of our thinking is key to advertising success whether you sale a product, an official or a war.

 

We need to decide what we as a society want to be convinced to "BUY INTO" then regroup our media to promote those values and concerns and get our rational thought attached to your intuitive reactions to help us make the best choices for our future..

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‪'Capitalism Hits the Fan': A Lecture by Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown‬ | BillMoyers.com

‪'Capitalism Hits the Fan': A Lecture by Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown‬ | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
For a short time, watch Richard Wolf's compelling lecture on the root causes of America's recent financial crisis.
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 This is a lecture that is great for everyone to listen to whether you agree with the points or not. Prof. Wolff really gets you thinking about what has been going on over the last 30 years or so. Talks like this motivate a person to watch closer and think deeper as he provides more valid thinking points to consider in designing our future course. 

 

So grateful the Media Education Foundation allowed Bill Moyers to post this. If they are a non-profit {just seached MEF and they are}...please send a donation so they will share more videos like this.

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The men who crashed the world

The first of a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that led to financial collapse. In the first episode of Meltdown, we hear about...
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This is an interesting report on how the the economic crash happened. A topic worth understanding!

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Press "1" For Democracy w Dan Aronson 10 PM ET - Feb 26,2013

Press "1" For Democracy w Dan Aronson 10 PM ET - Feb 26,2013 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Press 1 for Democracy will center on the issues of the day most germane to the Party's core objectives.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, February 23, 2013 6:44 PM

Informative incite with a concept and hope to facilitate solutions to the problems we face in government. Tune in and be informed.

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Grayson Grills Citigroup CEO

CEOs of the biggest bailed-out banks finally appeared before Congress. Over the course of a seven-hour hearing, there were remarkably few revealing moments. ...
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Old video but I'm watching Grayson. He may be worth noticing!

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Alan Grayson on the GOP Health Care Plan: "Don't Get Sick! And if You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly!"'

This is Rep. Alan Grayson discussing the GOP plan for health care. Part one, don't get sick. Part two, if you do get sick... Part three, die quickly.
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This is Rep. Alan Grayson discussing the GOP plan for health care. Part one, don't get sick. Part two, if you do get sick... Part three, die quickly.

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Rep. Alan Grayson on FL Gov. Rick Scott: Sadistic, Disgusting and Cruel

Congressman Alan Grayson discusses Florida Governor Rick Scott's decision to refuse federal funding, which would allow disabled children to live at home with...
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Indiana Senate Passes NDAA Nullification, 31-17 – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

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The Tenther Grapevine

Posted by Mike Maharrey
The Indiana Senate passed a bill that would block any attempts to detain people on Indiana soil without due process Thursday afternoon.

The Prohibition on Aiding the Enforcement of Unconstitutional Laws Act (SB400) passed 31-17. All but one Senate Democrat reportedly voted against the bill, with six Republicans joining the dissent.

If the bill becomes law, a “state actor may not investigate, prosecute, or detain any person lawfully in Indiana under a state or federal law that the state actor knows or reasonably should know deprives a person of life, liberty, or property without a fair proceeding in violation of the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution or the Due Course of Law Clause of the Constitution of the State of Indiana.”

The legislation not only prohibits state cooperation with indefinite detention without due process under the National Defense Authorization Act, it also covers any such attempts under any other act.

 
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GOP Platform Flashback: "Government Must Have a Heart"

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We compared the parties' 1956 platforms to their current versions–and well, um, wow.
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Things change sometimes when they shouldn't!

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UPDATE 2-Schwab gets OK to ban client class-action suits

* Decision likely to be broadly applied by securitiesindustry* FINRA panel says Schwab's lawsuit ban consistent withfederal law* Decision a significant step backwards for consumers-plaintiff's lawyerBy (RT @chines_citizen: Schwab gets OK to ban...
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OK! This couldn't be good for consumers in any way at all. How could Schwab be allowed to ban accountability and retribution?

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Tea Party Values, the Civil War and Race in Raleigh, NC

by Eric Byler

 

Annabel Park recently spoke to Diane Rufino, leader of the Eastern North Carolina Tea Party, at the "Honor the Oath" rally at the State Capitol in Raleigh.
 

Diane had drawn applause during her speech when she praised North Carolina's role during the Civil War, yet, she said that Rev. Dr. William Barber is wrong to remind us of historic struggles for racial equality in order to counter the TEA Party, and address modern day injustices. "Time to move on," she said.

Diane is eager to change the perception that the TEA Party and Republican party are dominated by white men. In her interview, she explained that catch phrases like "take our country back" do not imply going back to a time before the Civil Rights movement. Instead, she argued, TEA Party members and other conservatives want to go back to a time when there were "parameters." 

"When was that?" Annabel asked. Diane's fascinating answer provides a window into the complexity and agony of TEA Party conservatives struggling to respond to demographic changes in America. [MORE]


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This is a great interview of someone with a Tea Party point of view.

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Joseph Pomponio's comment, February 24, 2013 9:26 PM
I have to admit, after viewing the video I was a bit taken. Most Tea Party members I encounter have a very different vernacular to their speech. She did bring me back to my early years, doors unlocked, everyone knew each other, they were comfortable times. I though have seen the change. From a time when we helped each other, got over our different ethnic differences ( West Side Story), and lived in a society where opportunity was the mantra of the well and very well off. We were schooled from age 12 to be understanding, empathetic, productive and self supporting. Part time jobs were always available for lower income, people like myself. My employers were always encouraging my work and provided traning from adults with experience. We understood and respected law even when we didn't agree. As the years pasted I severed in the military, got married, and had 2 Kids. Then things changed, around 1973. An oil shortage caused be Opec, stagnation and encomium problems. But work was good, not much in raises but you made out. In the 1980"s laws changed, tax structure was set at fixed amount with deductions only for home owners. Jobs were still available but a little harder to get. Government work seemed the safest bet so I got one. Things got better, regular raises, health coverage, pension and representation. Like the kind we as citizens have. Never thought much of unions, until then. The 1990's proved the best until 1999. I remeber hearing that congressional reps were screaming that eliminating Glass Segal would destroy the country. I figured if Clinton signed it, banking and investors could be trusted. A very big mistake. Along the way I started looking back, when I grew up homeowners lived in homes 20 to 30 tears and that developed communities. From the 1990's on people bought homes and moved to better ones every 3-5 years. By the millennium Salaries were stagnant and hong people didn't want to have kids. I could go on but I'll sum up briefly. We did this to our selves, Diane probably lived in a different part of the country but like the rest of us a system stopped working. Today, there is to mush of every man for himself, with outside interests playing it for profit. Maybe I can't stop it but like Diane I can try. The Coffee party was my breath of fresh air: so here we go.
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July 2011 PowerPoint Reveals Sequester Grew Out of GOP-manufatured "Debt Ceiling Hostage Crisis"

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Republicans have taken to calling the deep cuts that could reverse our hard-won economic recovery ‘Obama’s Sequester.’ But a July 2011 PowerPoint obtained by John Avlon shows the opposite may be true.

Excerpt from article by John Avlon, The Daily Beast

 

There are a couple problems with this tactic, as my colleague Michael Tomasky pointed out Tuesday. Congress passed sequestration before the president signed it, and the whole self-defeating exercise was carried out in response to Tea Party Republicans’ insistence that we play chicken with the debt ceiling, which ultimately cost America its AAA credit rating.

But here’s the thing. I happened to come across an old email that throws cold water on House Republicans’ attempts to call this “Obama’s Sequester.”

It’s a PowerPoint presentation that Boehner’s office developed with the Republican Policy Committee and sent out to the Capitol Hill GOP on July 31, 2011. Intended to explain the outline of the proposed debt deal, the presentation is titled: “Two Step Approach to Hold President Obama Accountable.”

It’s essentially an internal sales document from the old dealmaker Boehner to his unruly and often unreasonable Tea Party cohort. But it’s clear as day in the presentation that “sequestration” was considered a cudgel to guarantee a reduction in federal spending—the conservatives’ necessary condition for not having America default on its obligations.

The presentation lays out the deal in clear terms, describing the spending backstop as “automatic across-the-board cuts (‘sequestration’). Same mechanism used in 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement.” [MORE]

 


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Chris Hayes Responds, Politely with a Maybe, to C-PAC (Conservative Political Action Conference)

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Excerpts from article by Chris Hayes, MSNBC [see video]

 

Yes, the legendary Conservative Political Action Conference had invited yours truly to participate at its 40th annual conference this March. I was specifically invited to be part of a panel called: “CSI Washington, D.C.: November 2012 Autopsy” along with Ann Marie Buerkle, John Fund, Michael Barone and Ralph Reed. I would be among 10,000 hard core conservative activists gracing the same stage as everyone from Marco Rubio to Sarah Palin to Mitt Romney, who have used the occasion to flaunt their conservative bona fides.

My initial reaction was: of course I’ll go! As someone who attempts to convene discussions across various ideological boundaries, I have a special appreciation for CPAC’s willingness to invite someone with my politics to speak to the attendees. And as someone who regularly invites conservatives to sit at our table with a bunch of liberals, leftists and progressives, it seems only sporting (and karmically appropriate) for me to accept.

But then I remembered, thanks to a number of conservatives in my twitter feed, a pretty gross episode from 2011.

That year the board of the American Conservative Union, which sponsors CPAC, voted to ban the gay conservative group GOProud from sponsoring the 2012 conference. GOProud was founded in 2009 by two former Log Cabin Republican staffers and its co-founder Chris Barron told me that one of the first things they did was send a check to the ACU to co-sponsor CPAC. They were accepted as sponsors in 2010 and in 2011, but social conservatives mobilized against them and ultimately prevailed.

...GOProud is not really the point. The point is the principle, which is: it’s not OK to ban organizations for reasons of pure bigotry. But the ACU does this because there’s a powerful constituency within conservatism that won’t have it any other way. It may not even be a majority of conservatives at this point, as a number of conservatives have said to me, but the bigots have enough juice that they call the shots. [MORE including video]


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I saw the broadcast. This young man is intelligent, straight forward, understanding and empathetic. I may not agree with everything he says, but I respect him.
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Former Fox News Reporter Tells All

--David Shuster, host of Take Action News and former Fox News and MSNBC reporter, joins David to talk about the behind the scenes of working for Fox News, th...
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WP Magazine, the Education Issue: After years of crouching, arts ed is raising its hand again

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Posted by Anne Midgette

From the Washington Post

 

 Schools and arts organizations are teaming up to get students interested in the arts,

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Arts education has always depended on inspiration from the one dedicated teacher, the one conductor who turned a roomful of kids onto Beethoven — things impossible to standardize.

Ma’s visit to Savoy Elementary culminated in a performance in the gym in which Ma and the chosen children performed their piece in front of the whole school. Ma then played Saint-Saëns’s “The Swan,” and the students performed for him a work that to 8- and 9-year-olds seemed no less classic, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” — in which the kids on stilts finally had their role.

 

As the rest of the students sat watching, fidgeting slightly, moving when told, you couldn’t help wondering what message they were getting about the importance of art. But the benefits are tangible, if not always as romantic as people might think.

 

“I originally thought of … artists’ participation as frosting on the cake,” says the President’s Committee’s Goslins, “but I’m shifting my viewpoint. In really depressed schools like these, always told that the only thing you were good at was failing, when you bring these artists into the schools, what they do for school identity and for the morale of the whole community is really quite profound.”

 

And the staff at Savoy was equally pragmatic.“For these kids, it was a win-win,” said Anthony Jones, one of the three teaching artists leading Savoy’s immersion program. “Waiting around, four of them chosen [to perform]; the other kids had to watch. Being proud for other people.

“If you can sit there for two hours and focus on something else, then you can sit at that math homework.”

 

Art isn’t always easy, or fun, or accessible. Sometimes it is about slogging along and getting a job done. Sometimes it makes for a nice change from routine. Sometimes it awakens a sense of possibilities, and if the actual experience doesn’t live up to that — if Great Art doesn’t come to your school — making a space for it to happen may prove, in the long run, the more valuable experience.

 

This is based on a new belief — after years of emphasis on standardized testing — in the power of the arts. Today, more and more policymakers think it is the arts, after all, that can motivate kids, engage them and help them develop 21st-century skills such as teamwork and innovative thinking — in sum, be the key to their salvation.


{Click the title to see how cities across the nation are bringing evolved arts to their schools.}

 


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Catherine Kipsang Addresses the Transparency and Integrity Plenary: One Young World Summit 2012

Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey introduces delegate speaker Catherine Kipsang to address the Transparency and Integrity Plenary at the One Young World 2012 S...
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This site is worth following....'OneYoungWorld' Great inspiration!

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Lessig on "Aaron's Laws - Law and Justice in a Digital Age"

Lawrence Lessig marked his appointment as Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School with a lecture titled "Aaron's Laws: Law and Ju...
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Aaron's Law is discussed by Harvard's Prof. Lessig. Get tissues before you listen.

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Rep. Alan Grayson: You Own the Red Roof Inn, Thanks to the Fed

Rep. Alan Grayson discussed the Federal Reserve's purchase of debt from Bear Stearns, including debt from recently foreclosed Red Roof Inn's.
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Alan Grayson Steals the Show on Real Time w/ Bill Maher

Alan Grayson Steals the Show on Real Time w/ Bill Maher
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Wow! Alan Grayson! He just gets it!!! I think the world would love him! Up staging a rascal like Bill Maher with meaningful conversation is amazing!

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Technology, Trade and Fewer Jobs - New York Times

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Technology, Trade and Fewer Jobs New York Times NEW YORK — President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech this week confirmed it: The pre-eminent political and economic challenge in the industrialized democracies is how to make capitalism work...
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White House Blog: A Balanced Plan to Avert the Sequester and Reduce the Deficit - eNews Park Forest

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In eight days, harmful automatic cuts are slated to take effect, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.
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How One 75-Year-Old Soybean Farmer Could Deal A Blow To Monsanto's Empire Today | ThinkProgress

How One 75-Year-Old Soybean Farmer Could Deal A Blow To Monsanto's Empire Today | ThinkProgress | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

By Aviva Shen

for ThinkProgress

 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a 75-year-old soybean farmer’s appeal against biotech giant Monsanto, in a case that could permanently reshape the genetically modified (GM) crop industry.

 

Monsanto is notorious among farmers for the company’s aggressive investigations and pursuit of farmers they believe have infringed on Monsanto’s patents. In the past 13 years, Monsanto has sued 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses, almost always settling out of court (the few farmers that can afford to go to trial are always defeated). These farmers were usually sued forsaving second-generation seeds for the next harvest — a basic farming practice rendered illegal because seeds generated by GM crops contain Monsanto’s patented genes.

Monsanto’s winning streak hinges on a controversial Supreme Court decision from 1981, which ruled on a 5-4 split that living organisms could be patented as private property. As a result of that decision, every new generation of GM seeds — and their self-replicating technology — is considered Monsanto’s property.

Unfortunately, second- and third-generation seeds are very hard to track, which may explain why Monsanto devotes $10 million a year and 75 staffers to investigating farmers for possible patent violations. Seeds are easily carried by birds or blown by the wind into fields of non-GM seeds, exposing farmers who have never bought seeds from Monsanto to lawsuits. Organic and conventional seeds are fast becoming extinct — 93 percent of soybeans, 88 percent of cotton, and 86 percent of corn in the US are grown from Monsanto’s patented seeds. A recent studydiscovered that at least half of the organic seeds in the US are contaminated with some genetically modified material.

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Does anyone remember agreeing to give biotech corporations a monopoly or full ownership of our food chain? Owners should be responsible for keeping their dogs on a leash so to speak. Monsanto should be there in every field personally gathering every seed and placing it in bags and chasing every bird dropping that might contain their product or they are unfit for ownership. That would be my insight.

 

Once a product is sold to someone else that other person owns it and how that got changed is insane. Direct recreation or coping of intellectual property should not be legal. This has no bearing on the fact that these plants and animals breed themselves naturally the way life always does. The fact that a biotech came in and added a noes or cut off an arm so to speak does not change the fact that life will breed however it chooses. Patenting life is not the same as patenting a product that was in fact invented from scratch and fully invented by man and does not reproduce through breeding without the help of man, but instead it is directly and fully made by a man each time.  A man should only own the plant he waters while he waters it and nurtures that plant or animal.

 

The idea of patenting life needs to be revoked.  A biotech company is a nonliving entity provided with a charter that allows it to do business and make money. It has no heartbeat, cannot reproduce living offspring, has no life or death, ethics or morality, respect, love or hate and cannot even exist without the living on It’s on at all and only officially is allowed on a sheet of paper. A corporation should not be allowed to patent the living or control “real” life. A nonliving entity should not be allowed to patent the living. 

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A simple model of growth crises

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TYLER COWEN says he "still [does] not believe that the Chinese 'recovery' is for real". He quotes a recent Financial Times story, which reads in part:Chinese...
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This is an interesting look at China's economy and where it could be heading. This is not overly simple to read, but it is not too long of a read either if you want to take a minute to look at where Tyler Cowen is going with his insight on China's economic future it will be worth your time and thought. 

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Nine Economic Facts That Will Make Your Head Spin

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by Lynn Parramore, AlterNet


Half the population of the US has slipped into poverty or is barely making enough to get by.

How much will you need for medical expenses in retirement? What does it cost to keep 2.5 million Americans behind bars? Here are a few facts and figures that might surprise you.

1. Recovery for the rich, recession for the rest.
Economic recovery is in rather limited supply, it seems. Research by economist Emmanuel Saez shows that the top 1 percent has enjoyed income growth of over 11 percent since the official end of the recession. The other 99 percent hasn’t fared so well, seeing a 0.4 percent decline in income.

The top 10 percent of earners hauled in 46.5 percent of all income in 2011, the highest proportion since 1917 – and that doesn’t even include money earned from investments. The wealthy have benefitted from favorable tax status and the rise in stock prices, while the rest have been hit with a continuing unemployment crisis that has kept wages down. Saez believes this trend will continue in 2013.
 

2. Half of us are poor or barely scraping by.

The latest Census Bureau data shows that one in two Americans currently falls into either the “low income” category or is living in poverty. Low-income is defined as those earning between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty level. Adjusted for inflation, the earnings for the bottom 20 percent of families have dropped from $16,788 in 1979 to just under $15,000. Earnings for the next 20 percent have been stuck at $37,000.

States in the South and West had the highest proportion of low-income families, including Arizona, New Mexico and South Carolina, where politicians are eagerly shredding the social safety net. [MORE]



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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 20, 2013 7:14 PM

Here is an outline with a discussion of what the austerity and inequity in our economy are doing to us. A very simple and to the point list that all conscienious citizens should give serious thought to.