Tag Archives: Poor

Don’t blame the poor for our crappy economy

rfFrom the Economic Policy Institute:

Since 1979, increasing inequality has been the largest poverty-boosting factor, outweighing racial identity and family structure and completely eclipsing the effects of overall economic growth and educational attainment in driving down the poverty rate.

You can see charts and such here.

Rep. Issa: Our poor are “the envy of the world”

Darrell Issa (R-California) is the richest congressman in Washington, with a net worth of nearly $500 million. You can find out more about Rep. Issa here, at OpenSecrets.org.

And thanks, Cynical, for the link.

A new budget plan, by Jesus:

So…Paul Ryan…

Over the weekend, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate — or he named him president, whatever.

When Ryan introduced his “Path to Prosperity” budget plan earlier this year, the world stopped, gawked, and then pulled out its knives and forks for its ill treatment of the poor, the infirmed, the elderly.

Ryan, a devout Catholic, could not get his bishops on board. Even his running mate is distancing himself from Ryan’s plan.

Here. See for yourself: pathtoprosperity2013

One day, the poor will have nothing to eat…

And thanks, DickG., for the photo.

I do NOT get tired of discussing this.

And thanks, DickG., for the picture.

Need v. greed

While the Super Committee discusses how to lower the federal budget by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, a new report “Food Choices: Families or Corporations” from the Praxis Project and the Alliance for a Just Society, shows just what role the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s family nutrition programs (like SNAP, the former food stamp program) play in feeding 16 percent of America — or 48.8 million people.

That makes the Farm Bill — the main policy tool for the government when it comes to food — even more precious.

The report also covers the $95 billion in federal subsidies and contracts the federal government gives to Big Agriculture. Some highlights are:

Riceland Foods, Inc., a transnational corporation with revenues of $1.3 billion in 2009,
received $554 million in subsidies in 1995-2010.

In 2005, Tyson Foods, the largest meat producer in the U.S. with revenues of $26 billion,
received $46 million in USDA commodity contracts.

Smithfield Foods, the fourth-largest meat producer, with $11 billion in revenues, received
$18.2 million in contracts.

The report, along with a petition you can sign here, will be delivered to the Super Committee prior to its Nov. 23 deadline for making recommendations.