"We condition the poor and the working class to go to war. We promise them honor, status, glory, and adventure. We promise boys they will become men. We hold these promises up against the dead-end jobs of small-town life, the financial dislocations, credit card debt, bad marriages, lack of health insurance, and dread of unemployment. The military is the call of the Sirens, the enticement that has for generations seduced young Americans working in fast food restaurants or behind the counters of Walmarts to fight and die for war profiteers and elites."
-- War is Betrayal. Persistent Myths of Combat
, an essay by Chris Hedges
of Truthdig. Responses within. [more inside]
In the Shadow of Wounded Knee.
Along the southwestern border of South Dakota is one of the most poverty-stricken places in the United States—the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota people. After 150 years of broken promises, they are still nurturing their tribal customs, language and beliefs. Via [more inside]
U.S. Poverty Rate, 1 in 6, at Highest Level in Years (NYT) -
An additional 2.6 million people slipped below
the poverty line in 2010, census officials said, making 46.2 million people in poverty in the United States
, the highest number in the 52 years the Census Bureau has been tracking it, said Trudi Renwick, chief of the Poverty Statistic Branch
. That represented
15.1 percent of the country. The poverty line in 2010 was at $22,113 for a family of four
When welfare benefits the rich, and starves the poor:
Despite soaring unemployment and the worst economic crisis in decades, 18 states cut their welfare rolls last year
, and nationally the number of people receiving cash assistance remained at or near the lowest in more than 40 years
. [more inside]
As forclosures rise, so do tent cities filled with Americans.
Across the country, tent cities are rising everywhere. From California
, where foreclosures are taking over 60,000 homes per month, to Vegas
, where hungry children sleep in the glittered dust of the wealthy, to St. Petersburg, Florida where the cops are destroying the tents of the homeless
to make them leave the city, to the suburbs
, hunger, and poverty
are on the rise. The government's response? Change how "homeless" is defined
, so that the numbers appear to be decreasing at the same time that tents are springing up all over the country. [more inside]
It was a mass protest
held outside the halls of Washington. Led, or at least it was supposed to be, by Martin Luther King Jr.
(before he was assassinated) it was going to show the world the glaring divide
that existed between the Rich and the Poor
of America. Black, White, Red, Yellow
--they all gathered from all over the US, to stay together for six weeks, outside the Capitol, and inform
the public about what life in America could sometimes mean, if you were not considered economically, socially or racially acceptable. Unfortunately, the problem still persists
, even today.
37 million poor hidden in the land of plenty
Americans have always believed that hard work will bring rewards, but vast numbers now cannot meet their bills even with two or three jobs. More than one in 10 citizens live below the poverty line, and the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening. Are you proud to be an American? (newsfilter - no apologies).
UN Hits Back at US in Report Saying Parts of America are as Poor as Third World
Parts of the United States are as poor as the Third World, according to a shocking United Nations report
on global inequality.
Being Poor ...
what it actually entails. More from Body and Soul
, and from Making Light
, and from here's a whosit
And this article,
in which ...they were trying to rescue people with a helicopter and the people were so poor they were afraid it would cost too much to get a ride and they had no money for a "ticket." Dupree was shaken telling us the story. He just couldn't believe these people were afraid they'd be charged for a rescue. ...
The Challenge: Purchase, prepare and eat healthy, mostly organic meals on a food stamp budget. These are the results
America the Polarized
NYT's Paul Krugman says that Congress is polarized because Republicans have moved to the right, while Democrats have remained fairly constant. He (and a political scientist) attribute the change to economic polarization, the sharply widening inequality of income and wealth.