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North Carolina Just Gave Millionaires a Tax Cut, Raised Taxes on the Poorest 900,000 Working Families | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

North Carolina Just Gave Millionaires a Tax Cut, Raised Taxes on the Poorest 900,000 Working Families | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Poverty Assignment_Koh Chee Kiat | Scoop.it
The 900,000 poorest working families in North Carolina just got another tax hike from the conservatives who swept state legislature elections in 2010.

Via Monica S Mcfeeters
Koh Chee Kiat's insight:

Reading this article, I find that you cannot trust conservatives and probably they are the main reasons why poverty exist till now. Firstly. conservatives wants to maintain this system of the rich being rich and the poor being poor (hence conservative) but yet even though how rich they are, they still try to gain benefits such as in this article states, to give a tax cut to millionaires and raise tax on poor people to balance the tax cut of the rich. What is worst is that they lie about supporting EITC. At first they show ''support'' to the idea, however it was never implemented. I feel that the rich could afford the tax easily but yet this kind of stuff happens, and whenever the rich benefits, who shoulders it? The poor who barely has enough to go by everyday. I think that in order to help all these poor family we need to rethink our policies since the government is helping the rich and ignoring the poor.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 16, 2014 8:16 AM

We elect these people to express and promote the will of the people, not the interets of a few rich donors. They need to hear a strong message from those in North Carolina and get a report card and maybe a pink slip and maybe even a fine to pay if they are corrupting the process.

Tan Sian Liang's comment, January 29, 2014 10:25 AM
I agree to your insight. Due to the say of the rich, it has caused much inequality. The poor will keep getting poorer until avervage income increases, where the gap of inequality will be closed slightly before it widens again. This is said to be due to capitalism and this will not change unless something is done. Not enough focus is given on poverty.
pdeppisch's comment, January 29, 2014 11:13 AM
Most so called "democracies" are in fact plutocracies! Government by the rich for the rich! Robert Michels coined the Iron Law of Oligarchy which states that a state must have a bureaucracy to function. Bureaucracies have power. Power corrupts! The ancient Greeks coined the term plutocracy! The answer is to limit power and keep things small. Don't allow laws that can create mega-corporations which seem to then be above the law. Cheers
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It Is Expensive to Be Poor

It Is Expensive to Be Poor | Poverty Assignment_Koh Chee Kiat | Scoop.it
Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on. ("Poverty is not a character failing or a lack of motivation.
Koh Chee Kiat's insight:

After reading this article, and giving it a hard thought, I find that the world itself needs to change. This article shows how the rich is too rich and the poor, too poor. Even after taking more jobs they still cannot meet ends meet. The middle income workers is also getting poorer while the rich continues to gain more wealth than needed. The rich blames the poor itself for their poverty which I think is quite hilarious as not only are they pushing the blame off, they need the poor to work for them. So if the rich pays them very little, of course they will be poor. And all of these problems falls under our current system, ''Capitalism'', where the rich is rich and the middle and low income worker gets poorer, definitely ''fair''

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Rilwan Unfazed's comment, January 27, 2014 8:39 PM
I too think that in the world today, the rich is too rich and the poor is too poor. This would be because the wealth of the world is not distributed properly. Rich people are gaining more wealth while poor people are losing more wealth. Jobs dont really help as much as they used to in terms of earning money. The poor are working for the rich and the poor is getting poorer by doing so. i think that this is quite sad and definitely, the world needs to be changed
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Eliminating Poverty Is More Than Just Putting Dollars In The Pockets Of The Poor - PoliticusUSA

Eliminating Poverty Is More Than Just Putting Dollars In The Pockets Of The Poor - PoliticusUSA | Poverty Assignment_Koh Chee Kiat | Scoop.it
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Eliminating Poverty Is More Than Just Putting Dollars In The Pockets Of The Poor
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By: Deborah Foster more from Deborah Foster ...

Via Velvet Martin
Koh Chee Kiat's insight:

In the article, I really like this question ''Is the nation a meritocracy where everyone has an equal chance to cultivate their talents and work toward success if they exert the necessary effort?''To fight poverty, its not just, as the title say, ''putting dollars in the pockets of the poor''. Poverty happens when there is inequality in power where the rich is rich and the poor is poor. This article also shows how the conservatives wants to keeps this system in place, including the government and the people who has power. Whenever there was a war on poverty the government steps in almost immediately to end it. Now, The system has become such that the rich is even more richer and the poor is getting even more poorer, including the middle income earners, because of that the poor has no more say since they do not have any power while the rich has all the power in their hands and of course they will do anything to keep this system in check.

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David Ting's comment, January 28, 2014 11:05 PM
I will agree that poverty is not only people not having money to feed themselves, but poverty is very big issue that affects the underpreveliged in many ways. Supplying the poor with money only tackles one of the many issues that they face and more help will be needed for them
Koh Chee Kiat's comment, January 29, 2014 9:13 AM
I agree, poverty is more than giving money out to everyone, like the saying goes, give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime
Huang Ziqian's comment, January 29, 2014 12:29 PM
Donating money to the poor has its pros and cons. The poor can spend it on health care, housing and education and so on. However, in a long run, these people in poverty might become dependent on it. They might take the help and supports for granted as well. Hence, donating money to the poor is necessary but there must be any other solutions to help them, too.
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The Children's Society's Matthew Reed: Millions are facing a winter of misery - we need to fight child poverty

The Children's Society's Matthew Reed: Millions are facing a winter of misery - we need to fight child poverty | Poverty Assignment_Koh Chee Kiat | Scoop.it
Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, says that the choice between heating and eating is one no one should have to make

Via Steven Preece
Koh Chee Kiat's insight:

When I was reading this article, I was shocked as I honestly did not know that this problem of 'heat or eat'  happening in the world. For me I imagined winter to be fun with snow but in actual fact millions are suffering from the winter cold because they cannot afford to pay for the heating of their home, which is sad to me. Some families even have debts as they had to lend money just to warm the home, and again, I do not see the government taking any action to help them so I really am wondering if the government has given up on us?

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Sara Abdul's comment, January 28, 2014 10:54 PM
I agree with Bunaiya's insight .To the point that they could not afford using the heaters during winter season is really heart-breaking. The government should help them and give them money .
Sein's comment, January 29, 2014 3:22 AM
I think that able people and goverment should spent money and effort to help them to keep them warm.Goverment,communities , and the school should work together to support and help those student who are facing poverty so most in need will get help.
Jasmine Choo's comment, February 3, 2014 2:20 AM
I agree with Bunaiya. We all need food, warmth and water to survive. However, some people out there are not as lucky as we are. They need to make sacrifices just to provide. The government should do more to provide for these people. We should also learn to cherish and be satisfied with what we have.
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Nonprofit Fights Poverty With Poverty

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CLEVELAND, OH—Helping Hearts distributes canned goods, batteries, and other essentials from its windowless office in city center.
Koh Chee Kiat's insight:

After reading this article, I really respect these people who goes out of their way to help the poor and needy, without wanting anything back in return and I think that is a noble thought and not many people have that. What is even better about this organization is that it is a non-profit organization and uses the support of the public in order to help the poor and needy, with that I know that the society at least care about the poor. But I have one question, why is the government not helping at all, I believe with the support of the government, many non-profit organization that fights poverty can be even more effective.at helping the poor and needy

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