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Older, Suburban and Struggling, ‘Near Poor’ Startle the Census

Via: NY Times

They drive cars, but seldom new ones.

They earn paychecks, but not big ones.

Many own homes. Most pay taxes.

Half are married, and nearly half live in the suburbs.

None are poor, but many describe themselves as barely scraping by.

Down but not quite out, these Americans form a diverse group sometimes called “near poor” and sometimes simply overlooked — and a new count suggests they are far more numerous than previously understood.

When the Census Bureau this month released a new measure of poverty, meant to better count disposable income, it began altering the portrait of national need. Perhaps the most startling differences between the old measure and the new involves data the government has not yet published, showing 51 million people with incomes less than 50 percent above the poverty line. That number of Americans is 76 percent higher than the official account, published in September.

All told, that places 100 million people — one in three Americans — either in poverty or in the fretful zone just above it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/19/us/census-measures-those-not-quite-in-poverty-but-struggling.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

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personal thought:

Maybe I’m missing it, but I read very little to suggest things will improve in 2012.

2013 or 2014, well maybe?

IF things don’t improve, and soon, it won’t take long for the ‘near poor’, to be simply, ‘poor’.

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November 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American

Via: American Spectator by Mathew Vadam

Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?

Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians.  Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery.

Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. 

It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/registering_the_poor_to_vote_is_un-american.html

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BREAKING NEWS:

It is anticipated Mr. Vadam will be the keynote speaker at the Republican/Tea/Libertarian Party Convention in Tampa on September 1, 2012.

Whatever you do, don’t miss it!

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September 3, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, teabaggers | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A ‘Liter of Light’

Via: Tywkiwdbi

A bottled liter of water with a few teaspoons of bleach is proving to be a successful recipe for dwellers in the light-deprived slums of the Philippines. The simple technology is spreading sunlight in places where it has never been, and saving residents money at the same time. Gemma Haines reports.

check out the video:

http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2011/07/liter-of-light.html

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!

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related story:

Via; Yahoo News – Philippines

‘Bottle bulbs’ to provide light to poor’

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim painted a bright green future for families living in one of the informal settlements in the city during the launching of community-based solar lighting project that benefited at least 120 make-shift homes.

Lim chose the Baseco area in the fifth district of Manila as the pilot area for the project where 120 households were provided with solar bottle bulbs.

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Lim said a lot of companies had been offering costly solar projects but Meralco presented a proposal that would cost only from P150 to P200 ($3.50 to $4.65 USD) per home.

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With this in place, Lim said the residents can now do away with using candles or kerosene lamps which only poses danger and the possibility of causing fire.

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The bottle will act as lens and provide a tremendous amount of interior light equivalent to 55 watts during daytime, so that there is no more need to use electricity.

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/bottle-bulbs-light-poor-20110414-033428-720.html

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photo:

‘Busy street near Pritil Market’ – Tondo, Manila

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tondo,_Manila

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July 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: TPM

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going after Sen. Orrin Hatch for saying that the poor need to “share some of the responsibility” for shrinking the debt.

“The top 10 percent are paying 70 percent of all income taxes. The top 50 percent pay something like 98 percent of all income taxes. Fifty-one percent don’t pay anything,” Hatch said.

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“Republican priorities are completely out of whack and Orrin Hatch’s comments prove that point,” DSCC’s Shripal Shah told TPM.

“It’s bad enough that Republicans are doing everything they can to protect tax breaks for millionaires and special interests, but the fact that the Republican idea of shared sacrifice means going after the those who are struggling the most is completely reprehensible,” Shah said.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/dems-go-after-hatch-for-saying-poor-need-to-do-more-to-shrink-the-debt.php

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photo: Mother Teresa reportly said after receiving the Book of Mormon, “WTF!!”

July 8, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) For 25% of retirees, savings are all gone

Via: CNN Money – AARP Public Policy Institute

After record job losses, falling home prices and devalued investment portfolios, the recession has taken a toll on many Americans’ financial well being.

But retirees and those close to retirement, with little time left to rebuild their savings, face particular hardship.

Read more, HERE:

http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/24/pf/recession_retirement_savings/?section=money_latest

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A quick summary of the findings:

– One in four Americans age 50 or older said they had exhausted all of their savings during the recession

– 67% at least reduced their retirement savings account balances during the previous three years

– More than 80% said the economy had impacted their retirement plans

– Many don’t have $2,000 for a rainy day

– 12% opted to forgo their health insurance in the previous three years

– 50% put off medical or dental care or were not taking their medication because of financial considerations

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And then, and then, they need to deal with the sheer arrogance of people like Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA).  

“Hear yourself, ma’am. Hear yourself,”  Woodall told the woman.

“You want the government to take care of you, because your employer decided not to take care of you.

My question is, ‘When do I decide I’m going to take care of me?’”

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/rob-woodall-r-ga-gop-moron-of-the-day/

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May 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment