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Jay-eL

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posted Monday, April 10, 2017 1:24:12 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for Jay-eL
Phat beats, you don't know shit about living in the US and being poor. BTW, I am not poor.
This article is from the lady that wrote Nickeled and Dimed. She took a bunch of entry level jobs and wrote about her experience.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/it-is-expensive-to-be-poor/282979/?single_page=true


In the 1990s, with a bipartisan attack on welfare, this kind of prejudice against the poor took a drastically misogynistic turn. Poor single mothers were identified as a key link in what was called “the cycle of poverty.” By staying at home and collecting welfare, they set a toxic example for their children, who—important policymakers came to believe—would be better off being cared for by paid child care workers or even, as Newt Gingrich proposed, in orphanages.

Welfare “reform” was the answer, and it was intended not only to end financial support for imperiled families, but also to cure the self-induced “culture of poverty” that was supposedly at the root of their misery. The original welfare reform bill—a bill, it should be recalled, which was signed by President Bill Clinton—included an allocation of $100 million for “chastity training” for low-income women.

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The Great Recession should have put the victim-blaming theory of poverty to rest. In the space of only a few months, millions of people entered the ranks of the officially poor—not only laid-off blue-collar workers, but also downsized tech workers, managers, lawyers, and other once-comfortable professionals. No one could accuse these “nouveau poor” Americans of having made bad choices or bad lifestyle decisions. They were educated, hardworking, and ambitious, and now they were also poor—applying for food stamps, showing up in shelters, lining up for entry-level jobs in retail. This would have been the moment for the pundits to finally admit the truth: Poverty is not a character failing or a lack of motivation. Poverty is a shortage of money.


For most women in poverty, in both good times and bad, the shortage of money arises largely from inadequate wages. When I worked on my book, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, I took jobs as a waitress, nursing-home aide, hotel housekeeper, Wal-Mart associate, and a maid with a house-cleaning service. I did not choose these jobs because they were low-paying. I chose them because these are the entry-level jobs most readily available to women.

What I discovered is that in many ways, these jobs are a trap: They pay so little that you cannot accumulate even a couple of hundred dollars to help you make the transition to a better-paying job. They often give you no control over your work schedule, making it impossible to arrange for child care or take a second job. And in many of these jobs, even young women soon begin to experience the physical deterioration—especially knee and back problems—that can bring a painful end to their work life.

I was also dismayed to find that in some ways, it is actually more expensive to be poor than not poor. If you can’t afford the first month’s rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel. If you don’t have a kitchen or even a refrigerator and microwave, you will find yourself falling back on convenience store food, which—in addition to its nutritional deficits—is also alarmingly overpriced. If you need a loan, as most poor people eventually do, you will end up paying an interest rate many times more than what a more affluent borrower would be charged. To be poor—especially with children to support and care for—is a perpetual high-wire act.

The criminalization of poverty has accelerated since the recession.
Most private-sector employers offer no sick days, and many will fire a person who misses a day of work, even to stay home with a sick child. A nonfunctioning car can also mean lost pay and sudden expenses. A broken headlight invites a ticket, plus a fine greater than the cost of a new headlight, and possible court costs. If a creditor decides to get nasty, a court summons may be issued, often leading to an arrest warrant. No amount of training in financial literacy can prepare someone for such exigencies—or make up for an income that is impossibly low to start with. Instead of treating low-wage mothers as the struggling heroines they are, our political culture still tends to view them as miscreants and contributors to the “cycle of poverty.”

If anything, the criminalization of poverty has accelerated since the recession, with growing numbers of states drug testing applicants for temporary assistance, imposing steep fines for school truancy, and imprisoning people for debt. Such measures constitute a cruel inversion of the Johnson-era principle that it is the responsibility of government to extend a helping hand to the poor. Sadly, this has become the means by which the wealthiest country in the world manages to remain complacent in the face of alarmingly high levels of poverty: by continuing to blame poverty not on the economy or inadequate social supports, but on the poor themselves.

It’s time to revive the notion of a collective national responsibility to the poorest among us, who are disproportionately women and especially women of color. Until that happens, we need to wake up to the fact that the underpaid women who clean our homes and offices, prepare and serve our meals, and care for our elderly—earning wages that do not provide enough to live on—are the true philanthropists of our society.

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Phatbeets

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posted Monday, April 10, 2017 1:30:40 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for Phatbeets
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Jay-eL

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posted Monday, April 10, 2017 1:31:50 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for Jay-eL
scale of one to ten, how much do you love maff's dick taste?

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fool blast

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posted Monday, April 10, 2017 4:00:36 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for fool blast

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fool blast

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posted Monday, April 10, 2017 4:06:55 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for fool blast
check out this podcast about how the demographics of homeless have changed...probably not who you think it is

http://www.wnyc.org/story/htt-mary-brosnahan/

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BOMBFIRE

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posted Monday, April 10, 2017 4:17:24 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for BOMBFIRE
the homeless problem is srsly getting outta control these days in multiple cities i've been in

gov't just uproots the homeless, pushes them into the next town over, rinse and repeat. shit is sad.

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Darth JT

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posted Monday, April 10, 2017 4:17:45 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for Darth JT
FB- you should of posted this one too.


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Darth JT

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posted Monday, April 10, 2017 4:26:46 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for Darth JT
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2013/12/linda_taylor_welfare_queen_ronald_reagan_made_her_a_notorious_american_villain.html


When I set out in search of Linda Taylor, I hoped to find the real story of the woman who played such an outsize role in American politics—who she was, where she came from, and what her life was like before and after she became the national symbol of unearned prosperity. What I found was a woman who destroyed lives, someone far more depraved than even Ronald Reagan could have imagined. In the 1970s alone, Taylor was investigated for homicide, kidnapping, and baby trafficking. The detective who tried desperately to put her away believes she’s responsible for one of Chicago’s most legendary crimes, one that remains unsolved to this day. Welfare fraud was likely the least of the welfare queen’s offenses.

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fool blast

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posted Monday, April 10, 2017 4:37:02 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for fool blast
used cars are ridiculous now. you guys were clowning observe, but he picked the worst time to be poor & in need of a car....used to be you could get a jeep cherokee in decent condition for under 2000, but now that can only get you a pinto or a chevy vega from a junkyard...

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LeroyKoehler

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posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:18:34 AM    Click Here to See the Profile for LeroyKoehler
Poverty in Africa is a major issue which acts as a barrier for the economic development of a country. Whereas Africa is characterized by growth in population, lack of food production, lack of infrastructure, these factors are pushing it in a poverty trap. You can come together and join the different missions arranged by shammesh and get more information about mission humanitiare to join as a volunteer to help the sufferers.

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