I’m sorry I read this piece from the UK Daily Mail and I thought I’d make a comment, but the more I read the more I thought it needed to be taken apart… normally the UK Daily Mail is OK but they are off the rails in the majority of this story …
The number of Americans living in poverty has spiked to levels not seen since the mid 1960s, classing 20 per cent of the country’s children as poor.
It comes at a time when government spending cuts of $85 billion have kicked in after feuding Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a better plan for addressing the national deficit.
The cuts will directly affect 50 million Americans living below the poverty income line and reduce their chances of finding work and a better life.
Bullshit … no they won’t
Before spending cuts kicked in on March 1st, 49-year-old Antonio Hammond became a success story for Catholic Charities of Baltimore – one of a multitude of organizations trying to haul people out of poverty.
In this Maryland port city, one of four residents is considered poor by U.S. government standards.
Hammond says he ended up in Baltimore three years ago, addicted to crack cocaine and snorting heroin, living in abandoned buildings where “the rats were fierce,” and financing his addiction by breaking into cars and stealing copper pipes out of crumbing structures.
Eighteen months after finding his way to Catholic Charities via a rehabilitation center, the Philadelphia native is back in the work force, clean of drugs, earning $13 an hour cleaning laboratories for the Biotech Institute of Maryland and paying taxes.
OK great what does this have to do with sequester cuts? It’s not like the taxpayer got him on crack cocaine and snorting heroin …. he had money for drugs and didn’t spend it on housing which is why he was living in abandoned buildings where the rats were fierce. Boo Hoo Hoo crackhead, no one forced you to do drugs, your bed you sleep in it.
Catholic Charities, which runs a number of federally funded programs, spent $18,000 from privately donated funds to turn around Hammond’s life through the organization’s Christopher’s Place program which provides housing and support services to recovering addicts and former prisoners.
Such success stories are in danger as billions in federal government spending cuts begin squeezing services for the poor nationwide.
How? What Federal funded programs …. they said right there that spent privately donated funds – so which is it? Private money or taxpayer money? I bet it was money given to them by poor people … and it wasn’t federal money so how does the sequester effect that?
They are hitting as the U.S. slowly climbs out of the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
“All I wanted to do was get high,” Hammond said. “I didn’t even know any more how to eat or clean myself.”
Now he lives with two other men in housing subsidized by the charity, got his driver’s license and bought a car. What he marvels at the most is that he has been accepted after a 20-year absence by some of his nine children. That’s the best part, he said. “At least I know now they might not hate me.”
Again private money … I still ask what does this have to do with sequester or Federal spending? Not a damn thing …
The U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans in poverty at levels not seen since the mid-1960s when President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the federal government’s so-called War on Poverty.
So this war is lost to quote Harry Reid – it’s time to get out of it, time to wrap it up and call it done, no ground has been gained and over NINE TRILLION DOLLARS has been spent on a lost cause. Just think of what better things that could have been done with $9,000,000,000,000.00 …
As President Barack Obama began his second term in January, nearly 50 million Americans — one in six — were living below the income line that defines poverty, according to the bureau. A family of four that earns less than $23,021 a year is listed as living in poverty.
The bureau said 20 percent of the country’s children are poor.
Although it is far from the country’s poorest city, Baltimore’s poverty rate far outstrips the national average of one in six.
Oh the second term of Jimmy Carter and LBJ wrapped up in one … seems Obama is failing and his programs are failing and his ideas are failing and thank to his poor leadership America is failing too. More Americans are on food stamps, disability, welfare, unemployment than ever before and those numbers were a reality before the sequester was put in place … notice how the Mail left those inconvenient truths out of the story.
Catholic Charities of Baltimore is a conduit for state and federal money for programs designed to help the poor. The charity plays a major role in administering Head Start, a federal program that provides educational services for low-income pre-school children and frees single mothers to find work without the huge expense of childcare.
The spending cuts, known as the sequester, are going to hit Head Start especially hard.
“Before the sequester only half of the need was being met. Now, after the cuts fully take effect, there will be 900 children already in the program who won’t be able to take part,” said William McCarthy, executive director of Catholic Charities.
How long has Head Start been around and yet they are kids graduating from High School that can not read and write? As high as 80% in some places are sending illiterates into the world with a diploma. A lot of good a head start did them as they fall further behind. Head Start is actually a low income preschool funding, but I’d called government funded indoctrination.
There is no question the national belt-tightening “will deepen and increase poverty,” said McCarthy, citing the cuts in long-term care for poor seniors including assisted living and nursing care, and fewer low-income housing spaces, among other ripple effects.
Under the spending cuts, Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano said his agency faces a $25 million shortfall in funds to help poor people with housing.
Funny how these people don’t whine about how Obama and Biden and their families go on vacation after vacation after vacation spending million of dollars of taxpayer money … what would that money do to help the huddled masses and downtrodden if the Obama girls just spent one spring break at home or Michelle skipped a few meal and shopped at K-Mart or if Barry would forgo a few games of golf or even if Obama admitted he’s not a athlete and stopped trying to act like one? How many of the poor would that help and where is their concern over that?
There are 35,000 people on the waiting list. He also lamented cuts that will hamper the city’s efforts to clean up or demolish blighted neighborhoods.
Baltimore has 15,000 vacant and abandoned structures as a result of a steep population decline over the past half century.
“It’s very, very disheartening. We take a couple of steps forward and then fall back at least one. The private sector isn’t going to fix these neighborhoods. I view these things as investments, not expenditures. These things are an investment in the future that bring returns many times over,” he said.
Yeah the private sector can fix them and do a better job, faster job and do it cheaper … here’s an idea … sell the property to private investors and let them tear it down! Crazy idea huh? The city makes money and gets rid of the buildings/property. If they need cleaning up or refurbished give the buildings to private investor on the condition they clean them up and a portion of them have to be low income housing for a given number of years … make sure people know this going in so they aren’t whining that evil capitalist are kicking them to the curb when their housing obligation is up … oh who am I kidding they will still whine, they’re liberals and it’s all they know how to do is whine and cry that it is happening … so forget that, just sell them at fair market value and use the money made selling other property to fix up a few yourself. See this is not hard to figure … but it’s easier to whine and bitch that do something.
While the U.S. economy is slowly recovering, improvements for those deep in poverty do not keep pace with the cuts now in place.
Recovery? What recovery? Listen Daily Mail … you are in England try living here and see how great this recovery is … you bloody clueless limies.
The spending reductions going into effect will hit hardest at Americans whose prospects are not directly tied to the economy — people like Antonio Hammond and children in the Head Start pre-school programs.
Whoa, whoa, whoa … Former crackhead Hammond was help with private charity money you said so yourself a few paragraphs ago, think we forgot that by this point in this sad sack story? And as I said Head Start is really nothing more than Federally funded indoctrination program design to provide daycare for those that keep pumping out babies for a gum’ment check.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Baltimore depends on federal grants and funding for 12 percent of its budget.
The austerity cuts “to housing programs_as well as those to public safety, health, and education_will have an adverse effect on Baltimore and throughout the country,” she said.
The cuts, which will also hit U.S. defense spending, were designed two years ago as an incentive for lawmakers to avoid a standoff over the federal debt and a potential government shutdown.
Really then why is Baltimore and their mayor offering over a $100 million in tax breaks to the Harbor if they are so broke and “housing programs as well as those to public safety, health, and education will have an adverse effect”? Answer that genius?
The measures were seen as so onerous as to force Republicans and Democrats in Congress to reach a compromise spending plan. But compromise proved impossible before the March 1 deadline, and what were once seen as unthinkable cuts automatically went into effect.
Democrats want a deficit reduction plan that includes some spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy. Republicans balk at any more tax increases and insist the problem should be addressed solely by reigning in spending. That feud continues as the two sides battle out future fiscal issues.
Republicans want to see even more cuts in next year’s budget, reductions that would, by and large, return military spending to pre-sequester levels and provide big tax benefits to wealthy Americans.
A 2014 budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, the vice presidential candidate on the unsuccessful Republican presidential ticket last year, would be particularly tough on social safety net programs.
His plan would slash $135 billion over the next decade from the program that provides food aid for low-income Americans. Nearly three-quarters of households receiving help from the program include children, who, census figures show, are the group hardest hit by poverty.
Ryan’s plan would also turn the government’s Medicare health insurance program for Americans age 65 and over into a voucher system, providing direct government payments to seniors who would then try to buy insurance on the private market.
Like how they write that … “slash $135 billion over the next decade from the program that provides food aid for low-income Americans” …. $135 billion over 10 year … or $13.5 Billion a years in a budget of $3.7 TRILLION! It’s chump change in government terms! It fact it’s only 0.003% of the budget and that is SLASHING!!! OMG GRANDMA IS GOING TO DIE!!! That’s not even trimming.
Ryan defends his drive for austerity as necessary to begin shrinking the country’s $16 trillion national debt.
“If we never balance the budget, if we keep adding deficit upon deficit we have a debt crisis like Europe has.
That means seniors lose their health care benefit, that means the people in the safety net see the net cut and they go in the street.
That means you have a recession. These are the things we prevent from happening by balancing the budget.
Balancing the budget is but a means to an end. It’s growing the economy, it’s creating opportunity, it’s getting government to live within its means,” he said in an interview with Fox News.
OH here is what got the Mail’s panties in a wad … Paul Ryan compared Obama’s spending and our debt to Europe … granted England claims they aren’t part of Europe … but we know there are. They are as broke as the rest of the EU.
Obama backs increasing taxes on the wealthy while instituting smaller government spending cuts, a plan that would reduce deficit spending but more slowly. He and most fellow Democrats argue that European-style austerity has not worked there and will harm the U.S. recovery from the Great Recession.
It’s an ideological fight that dates back decades. Republicans work from the premise that by unleashing the private sector and removing government controls, all Americans will prosper along with the economy and benefits will flow down to lower-income earners.
Democrats insist there is an essential role for government in putting a floor under the poor and helping local governments with problems that the private sector cannot or will not shoulder.
Translation take from everybody that has any money (i.e. a job) and increase government spending to continue to keep the poor in the slavery of the dole and voting for their democrat masters.
Some worry the gap between rich and poor in the U.S. will keep widening under the austerity measures.
According to a report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service late last year, “U.S.
income distribution appears to be among the most unequal of all major industrialized countries and the United States appears to be among the nations experiencing the greatest increases in measures of income.”
Are the rich really getting richer or is it just the poor getting poorer under Obama? Rising energy, food, medical cost are going to naturally effect those at the bottom more so than those ate the top. I know some rich people and I know they aren’t making more money.
Mary Anne O’Donnell, director of community services at Catholic Charities of Baltimore, said increasing income inequality has shown itself dramatically during the U.S. downturn.
“In the last three years, there’s been a great change in the kinds of people we are serving. There are increasing numbers of people who owned a home, lost their jobs, end up living in their car and are coming with children to our soup kitchen,” she said.
Her organization spent $126 million in the last fiscal year feeding the poor, helping them find jobs and housing, running nursing homes and putting men like Hammond back on their feet.
Of that figure, $98 million came from various programs funded by the city, state and federal governments. Those now face the big cuts as politicians in Washington fail to find a compromise.
Yeah but at the top of this article the Catholic Charity said that they were helping people with privately donated money … I’m pretty sure that this privately donated money isn’t coming from the poor. So keep kicking the rich and those that give to charity and they’ll close their checkbook and wallets faster than you can say “community organizer” and then who is to blame.
Stop spinning Daily Mail you’re better than that – do something novel and do some honest reporting.