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Democrats urge Congress to take action on 'appalling rates of poverty'

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2 hours ago, bmore_ken said:

What's your solution? Perhaps your church should be solving the poverty problem.

My church does more than American Atheists. ;)

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3 minutes ago, com6063 said:

My church does more than American Atheists. ;)

So you don’t have a solution?

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2 hours ago, ivanbalt said:

I believe the Christian Right's solution is:

  1. No abortion
  2. No birth control
  3. Tax cuts, especially for the wealthy
  4. Blame the poor for their bad decisions

5.Blame atheists.

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2 hours ago, bmore_ken said:

What's your solution?

 

How about stop focusing on giving the wealthy all the gimmes?

 

 

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Just now, songfourone said:

 

How about stop focusing on giving the wealthy all the gimmes?

 

 

Ok then what?

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Just now, bmore_ken said:

Ok then what?

 

Poverty is linked to reproduction rights, workers rights, the continued legislation that hits the poor harder and the lack of strong communities/schools which can focus on lifting children out of poverty via job training and higher education.....

 

 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, songfourone said:

 

Poverty is linked to reproduction rights, workers rights, the continued legislation that hits the poor harder and the lack of strong communities/schools which can focus on lifting children out of poverty via job training and higher education.....

 

 

 

 

 

So what’s your solution? Those are generic items. What specifically should congress be doing?

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3 minutes ago, bmore_ken said:

So what’s your solution? Those are generic items. What specifically should congress be doing?

 

Focusing on legislation that doesn’t harm the poor and in fact assists the poor.

That would be a good start.

 

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3 minutes ago, songfourone said:

 

Focusing on legislation that doesn’t harm the poor and in fact assists the poor.

That would be a good start.

 

Such as?

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19 minutes ago, bmore_ken said:

Ok then what?

It's not rocket science. Look at the dozens of nations that have lower child poverty rates than we do. What do they do?

Safety nets.

Access to those "tools" that allow people to climb out of poverty: good education, including trade schools/apprenticeships, at affordable costs; national healthcare; access and education on family planning; childcare; mass transit; minimum wage.

It's pretty logical. Figure out what the barriers are and remove them.

 

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Just now, ms maggie said:

It's not rocket science. Look at the dozens of nations that have lower child poverty rates than we do. What do they do?

Safety nets.

Access to those "tools" that allow people to climb out of poverty: good education, including trade schools/apprenticeships, at affordable costs; national healthcare; access and education on family planning; childcare; mass transit; minimum wage.

It's pretty logical. Figure out what the barriers are and remove them.

 

Don’t we already have a safety net? Is Congress responsible for the other things you mentioned?

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12 minutes ago, bmore_ken said:

Don’t we already have a safety net? Is Congress responsible for the other things you mentioned?

We don't have a reliable safety net. If you have the number of people we have without healthcare? Seriously?

Congress is or could be responsible for some things, in whole or in part. Perfect example, mass transit.

One thing they could do is stop directing $ to the top. They could stop the craven college loan policy. 

It's a matter of change of attitude. What is the role of govt? 

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2 minutes ago, ms maggie said:

We don't. If you have the number if people we have without healthcare? Seriously?

Congress is or could be responsible for some things, in whole or in part. Perfect example, mass transit.

One thing they could do is stop directing $ to the top. They could stop the craven college loan policy. 

It's a matter of change of attitude. What is the role of govt? 

What should congress do about mass transit specifically? What college loan policy? Last I checked there were millions of people getting medical assistance for free , getting food stamps, housing assistance, etc. 

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  • We demand equity in education, ensuring every child receives a high-quality, well-funded, diverse public education. We demand an end to the re-segregation of schools. We demand free tuition at public colleges and universities and an end to profiteering on student debt. We demand equitable funding for historically black colleges and universities.
  • We demand the expansion of Medicaid in every state and the protection of Medicare and single-payer universal health care for all.
  • We demand fully funded public resources and access to mental health professionals and addiction and recovery programs.
  • We demand reinvestment in and the expansion of public housing, ensuring that all have a decent house to live in.
  • We demand equal treatment and accessible housing, health care, public transportation, adequate income and services for people with disabilities.
  • We demand public infrastructure projects and sustainable, community-based and controlled economic initiatives that target poor urban and rural communities.
  • We demand fair and decent housing for all and the end to the rolling back of fair housing protections at HUD.
  • We demand relief from crushing household, student, and consumer debt. We declare Jubilee.
  • We demand that the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share of our country’s urgent needs around decent and affordable housing, free public education, a robust social safety net and social security.
  • We demand the repeal of the 2017 federal tax law and the reinvestment of those funds into public programs for housing, health care, education, jobs, infrastructure and welfare for the poor.
  • We demand that the nation and our lawmakers turn their immediate attention to passing policies and budget allocations that would end child poverty. This includes a public hearing on the federal and state institutions charged with child safety and protection, including on how their resources are used to take children away rather than strengthening families.

Demands - The Poor Peoples' Campaign

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59 minutes ago, songfourone said:

 

Link?

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/issues/february-17th-2017/a-worldwide-force-for-good/

Catholic Charities, USA

Catholic Relief Services

Thousands of Catholic Churches across the nation and the world helping the poor in their communities. The list goes on and on.

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15 minutes ago, bmore_ken said:

What should congress do about mass transit specifically? What college loan policy? Last I checked there were millions of people getting medical assistance for free , getting food stamps, housing assistance, etc. 

We should do for mass transit what we did for interstate highways in the 50s. More state/local funding but fed funds and leadership.

At one time, the feds and states handled college loans. Low interest rates. Flat interest.  (Feds still handle med school loans). Now it's for profit and much more difficult to pay off.

Did we still rank dismally low in childhood hunger last time you looked? If yes, something's not working.

More successful societies prevent poverty. We treat the symptoms. Stupid.

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2 minutes ago, songfourone said:

 

:rolleyes:

I hope this information is helpful.

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4 minutes ago, com6063 said:

I hope this information is helpful.

 

I hold everything the Catholic Church reports with suspect, they have lost all credibility.

I hope you find this information helpful.

;)

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1 hour ago, ms maggie said:

We should do for mass transit what we did for interstate highways in the 50s. More state/local funding but fed funds and leadership.

At one time, the feds and states handled college loans. Low interest rates. Flat interest.  (Feds still handle med school loans). Now it's for profit and much more difficult to pay off.

Did we still rank dismally low in childhood hunger last time you looked? If yes, something's not working.

More successful societies prevent poverty. We treat the symptoms. Stupid.

Where is there no poverty?

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