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Why does the right want more poverty?

Why does the right want more poverty? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What is the thinking behind cuts on reproductive services and health care for the poor? 
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I must admit confusion over the long-term goals of the right when it comes to women and especially to reproduction. Clearly, new laws in Texas and Iowa are a war not only on Planned Parenthood but the availability of contraceptives for poorer women. ( http://tinyurl.com/mn7jw8g ) At the same time, the Trump budget drastically cuts services to the poor and especially Medicaid ( http://tinyurl.com/mqv9eqv ) while the administration clearly disavows public education. 

The only logical conclusion of these combined steps will be a great many children born into poverty and minimal educational and vocational opportunities. What will become of them? Is the goal to create a new serf or even slave caste? What are we going to do with this growing underclass? 

Of course, there is one clear possibility, endless war. We can create a warrior class. We have seen at least one country, North Korea, go in that direction. Is that what the far right wants? Is that why we invaded Iraq and stayed so long in Afghanistan? Was that why we got so crazily enmeshed in Vietnam? Assuredly, it is the stuff of bad dreams and apocalyptic visions. 

In the end, as Jesus said, "the poor we have with us always." Yet, is the goal to have more of them, more poverty, more sad souls to be saved? Let us hope not. 
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Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With the Same Risk

Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With the Same Risk | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Our analysis of premiums and payouts in California, Illinois, Texas and Missouri shows that some major insurers charge minority neighborhoods as much as 30 percent more than other areas with similar accident costs.
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One of the proper goals of government is the creation of fair markets. All too often the poor are being taken advantage of. That's something I learned a long time ago. Have you read my essay "Oy vey iz mir"? http://www.kennethweene.com/oy-vey-iz-mir ;
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Hillary Clinton: My Plan for Helping America’s Poor

Hillary Clinton: My Plan for Helping America’s Poor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Good jobs, affordable housing and a focus on communities in need.
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What is missing from this policy statement is as important as what is present. What about all those who don't have the skills to work these "new jobs" and those kids who have no chance to go up the educational and vocational ladder because they have neither the support at home or the motivation in school. Fighting poverty is about helping people and Mrs. Clinton once again shows her more "Republican" side by talking institutions. Where, for example, is the program that would help college kids pay for school if they mentored those in need? Where is the program that would provide good nutrition for those who currently get most of their healthy eating done at school lunch? Where is the program that would reward parents whose kids do well in school so that there is a family investment in the child? Where is the support of teachers who devote themselves to working with the kids most in need? Where is the help for those kids to get school supplies and clothes? My list goes on and on and she is talking investing in businesses. Now some of my suggestions could and perhaps should be implemented by out-sourced providers, but let's get those human needs addressed first. 
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America’s Police Problem Isn’t Just About Police

America’s Police Problem Isn’t Just About Police | Upsetment | Scoop.it
America’s Police Problem isn't Just About Police. It’s about race, poverty, and sky-high levels of violence. Why is the United States such a global outlier?
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A powerful and cogent discussion of the forces that lead to Americas police violence, and the author doesn't even touch on the growing militarization of police or The War on Drugs and its implications for violence.
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Landfill Harmonic

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This is just incredibly wonderful. They are giving music to the poor and dignity to us all.

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Life Expectancy In One U.S. County Is Less Than Sudan's

Life Expectancy In One U.S. County Is Less Than Sudan's | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A 20-year gap separates the longest and shortest lifespans in the U.S.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Quite simply, the Sioux of the Pine Ridge Reservation are living lives of desperate poverty. Unemployment is part of the problem, but a second is the failure of the community to develop educational and recreational programs that will work to increase health and well-being. Sadly, America has many such pockets of despair, many in Appalachia but also some in inner cities. Some involved Native Americans, some Blacks, and some Whites. The thing is that those who have the least end up concentrated in situations and places where they will continue to get less and will grow up with the lowest expectations and greater sense of frustration and helplessness. Such areas were to be a target of the War on Poverty, but that was just another war that America has managed to lose through bad planning, poor execution, and much self-serving by those with power. 

Interested in knowing more of the "underclass" of America? You might enjoy reading "Tales From the Dew Drop Inne." Here's where you get a copy in Kindle, print, or audible:
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How jails extort the poor

How jails extort the poor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can't afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can't pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors' prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized.
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How much justice  is there in the criminal justice system? Often none. There is something so wrong in places such as Ferguson. It is time for America to reevaluate. 
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In St. Louis schools, water fountains are symbols of inequality again

In St. Louis schools, water fountains are symbols of inequality again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Dangerous levels of lead in dozens of public schools have made the water undrinkable — but not for white, wealthy kids.
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If we do not provide the essentials of life, water, food, air, shelter, and the like to all our children, then we are necessarily moving either towards a feudal system or a revolution. I cannot imagine anything more clearly wrong than allowing those children who' come from less affluent homes to suffer the inherent penalty of drinking contaminated water. Shame on us as a country if we don't choose a better path. 
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Who counts as 'homeless' depends on how you ask | Al Jazeera America

Who counts as 'homeless' depends on how you ask | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Who counts as homeless
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Meanwhile, what if we just created better programs to offer services and were less punitive towards the homeless? Perhaps then they would come in from the cold.

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