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Posted on Mar 11, 2011

With the number of kids living below the poverty line closing in on 25 percent, homelessness and hunger are becoming normal for American children, as illustrated by this “60 Minutes” report.

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By N & R, March 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment
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This is an OUTRAGE! I am so sick of our government.
Every person/family in the U.S.A should be allowed to
get foodstamps regardless weather or not they have a
physical address! You do not need a physical address
to go to the grocery store and use the card. Cards
should be made available at the local office for you
to pick up PRELOADED with enough food money for your
family. PERIOD!

My family (No children) was laid off two years ago
for 11 months. Yes, we drew 330.00 per week but after
taxes we only got 265.00 per week. By the time we
paid Rent, Utilities, Fuel, Insurance for the vehicle
that left us with about 66.00 per month for food. I
want to know how come the government said we were
over the limit by 19.00 to qualify for foodstamps?
They cannot give me an answer. As well as they cannot
off help to the homeless in the means of foodstamps.

Just TICKS ME OFF! Before the government is allowed
to ship our money off to another country, our
homeless should be taken care of FIRST! And then
everyone else! Period! No questions asked. Fix what
is broken here first!

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By Shenonymous, March 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment

Conden says, Yes, as a “liberal” (right wing democrat) you do
make sure that the rich and powerful live beyond the law, as you
excuse the murder and poverty-creation of people like Obama,
Pelosi, Clinton, and yet at the same time champion the efforts of
these people to make the world more harsh and punitive for the
rest of us.”

Provide evidence of this claim, Conden, or are you just talking out
of your padoopa, again?

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By Conden, March 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment

Yes, as a “liberal” (right wing democrat) you do make sure that the rich and powerful live beyond the law, as you excuse the murder and poverty-creation of people like Obama, Pelosi, Clinton, and yet at the same time champion the efforts of these people to make the world more harsh and punitive for the rest of us.

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By Shenonymous, March 15, 2011 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

There are always those who think they know “what we need”
when in reality we need less of them! Agreed housing is a right,
but whether it is a fundamental human right is debatable. Humans
make their own rights, they are not granted by any deity or Mother
Nature.

Of course homeless children existed before and after Reagan, but
his policies started the most recent decent into hell for the legion
of those who are poor these days in terms of food, housing, health,
and education.  Blaming Obama for a decades-old decadent policy is
ridiculous and obviously the thoughts of a partisan zealot. It is always
those who think they know, those who would be president and do
things sooo much more differently.  Well your beloved George Bush
and company did this country a great favor, and his policies put its
economy right into the pigsty.  If there are criminals it is Bush and
Cheney who collaborated to deprive the economically middle and
poor people of this country of a decent life that will reverberate for
decades and they should be pilloried for it!  How many Americans will
now die because there are no jobs for them to fill their and their
children’s stomachs and the Republicans want to take away their health
care in the name of fiscal responsibility.  Yeah, responsible to their rich
and corporate masters.

As a liberal, I think that the rich and powerful do live beyond the law. 
Evidence is given almost daily that this is a truism in our society: Jack
Abramoff, Adam Kidan, Bob Nev, David Safavian, Italia Federici, Mark
Zachares, Michael Scanlon, Neil Volz, Roger Stillwell, Steven Griles,
Toney Rudy, William Heaton, Thomas Hart, to name a few who got
caught! How many haven’t been?  But caught these rostered were, and
nevertheless were living beyond the law until the Abramoff probe in
2007.  No denying there have been Democrats who also lived beyond
the law, Charles Rangel, Tom DeLay to name two, but the majority of
corrupt politicians are without a doubt Republicans.  Just take a look at
the section on the George W. Bush Administration at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_political_scandals_in_the_Un
ited_States
It is staggering.

The upper class commits far more crime than the lower class. Street
criminals stole $15.3 billion in 1993, but white collar-criminals
embezzled $200 billion. Street criminals murdered 23,271 people that
year, but the decisions of profit-driven corporations murdered at least
318,368 (through pollution, consumer and worker safety violations,
etc.) Corporations deserve blame for these deaths because they lobby
for and enact policies which drive up these death rates. Virtually all
other rich countries have higher safeguards and lower death rates.

Eye-opener website: http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-poorcrime.htm

There are numerous reports that show the Republicans tend to be in
the upper 1% who hold most of the wealth in this country more than
Democrats.  The Pew Research Center’s “A Nation of Haves and Have-
Nots” is one. 

Even though the super rich give to both parties, Bill Gates and Warren
Buffet are far from the only billionares in America. The numbers from
1978 looks like the richest give to the Republicans by a 4:3 ratio.
Looking just at the polls, 63% of those making more than $200,000
a year voted for Bush. If you then look at the list of who the special
interests give their money to it’s interesting to note that the special
interests give to the Democrats by a 3:2 margin. But if you run that
percentage breakdown into the special interests column of the
“individual” donation page, it still winds up, however, with a lot more
of individuals’ money going to Republicans.

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By Conden, March 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

What we need is a national housing program like the one in Denmark, where housing is recognized as a fundamental human right, not subject to market whims or prejudiced landlords.  That will cure homelessness and homeless children will not exist. They did before Reagan, and after him.  Obama’s austerity measures, his propping up of corporate power and wall street executives, his expansion of the war on terror while depriving millions of people of jobs and housing is truly sick. 

He is a war criminal, a corporatist, and yes, those who will only blame the republicans when the democrats had power for years and entrenched bush administration policies, made things worse and betrayed the american people are part of the problem.  That includes you, Shenonymous, and all others who think that the rich and powerful live beyond the law just because they are democrats. 

Obama had the choice hundreds, thousands of times to make a stand for real social and economic justice; instead he chose to extend the Bush tax cuts (instead of repealing them at the beginning of his term,) axe single payer possibilities, expand the war on terror, order the construction of new nuclear plants, and much more that I won’t even bother to right down, because anyone who isn’t a partisan hack already knows it.  “Anyone but the republicans” is what got us into this mess.  We need real democracy, and people like obama, the clintons, and bushes belong at the hague.

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By Shenonymous, March 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment

”This problem has been going on for years!” says, LWalker,
correctly.  It began with the Gipper’s essential economic policies,
maniac deregulation policies, reduced government spending,
reduced income and capital gains marginal tax rates, controlled
money supply to reduce inflation, to name a few. America started
intentionally and methodically increasing the deficit in its surplus
account. 1983 was a fatal year for the United States; the year it
became a global debtor nation, depending upon outside investment
in order to survive.

During the Reagan decade, Japan’s current account balance went from a
record deficit of US$10.7 billion in 1980 to a record surplus of US$87
billion in 1987 before declining to US$57.1 billion in 1989. That is an
increase of 47.9 billion dollars!  A similar situation developed for the
Federal Republic of Germany.

Always using his usual honeylike sonorous tones, Reagan failed to pay
attention to the major countries of the world and their wave of success
in trade where among them money flowed like water.  All the graphs
and tables that tracked those market actions show how Reagan’s
policies increased federal and private debt at the highest logarithmic
rates and the conclusion becomes obvious.  And it instigated ever
decreasing manufacturing employment, transforming a positive current
account into an ever multiplying negative.  And all of which began the
downward trend toward the eventual economic catastrophe we’ve
experienced in the last two years.  It is my belief that George Bush had
a sneaky suspicion that the disastrous economy was coming and now
snickers in his sleeve over the financial mayhem he left behind.

Without question Reagan and the Republicans sunk America.  There is
no denying that enough craven Democrats aided and abetted the
tanking, but it was the policy of Republican ideology that started the
inexorable sinking into the eventual financial pigsty.

Obama reached out his hand uncountable times to the current spate
of banshee Republicans to cooperate and fix the goddamn financial
problems.  Am I a bigot, you bet I have been made one by the friggin
Republican frozen zombie mindset.  They will not have been
responsible for one single job but they will have been responsible
for the deprivation suffered by the middle and poor class Americans
and massive loss of jobs over the last two decades.
 
So if you want to fix the problem, then you start telling your
Republican self-serving brutes to step up to the plate instead of eating
it and all the people in this country as well.  When are they going to
stop bloating themselves?  They are definitely cannibals.

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By purplewolf, March 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

One of my college professors once said : When there is too much of anything, that thing has no value-as in the case of an overpopulated planet. When there is to much of anything no one cares about “it”-in this case the “it” again being too many people. As in an over abundance of anything it is not rare and thus becomes common place and taken for granted.

Our newly elected repukelican governor Rick Snyder in Michigan has bills written up that is and when he decided to have a city taken over-like Flint again, due to financial problems, he has it hidden in his new takeover policy that he can SELL these bankrupted cities to corporations to run.

Now he is able to sell these cities for any amount he sees fit. I missed the Rachael Maddow show when this was aired, but have been researching it over the weekend. I hope our elected reps. read this and put an end to it. Can you imagine what these corporations would do to the people, business and everything else in these cities that they now own lock, stock and barrel? Is this the America our ancestors fought for and made?

We send our children off to fight for the latest lie of freedom for people in other countries and yet we are quickly losing our very lives to the MIC and the mega corporations.Is this one of the reasons that Bush /Cheney built all those FEMA camps, to herd the people into these death camps and make way for the corporate take over of out cities and states.

We can thank all those who elected the insane radical Repugs/GOP/T.P.ers who hate America and it working people and are leading us to the slaughter of the American way of life and into one of forced servitude.

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By LWalker, March 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment
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In response to Shenonymous “Get rid of Republican politicians and hard times and homeless children
will evaporate almost overnight.”

Really? (sarcastic) Homeless children will NOT evaporate overnight regardless if you are Republican or Democrat! This problem has been going on for years!

Also said “The
thrust of this article is that these children are victims of the joblessness
that was created by the Republican policies since the Reagan years.”

You are the one that appears to be a bigot and narrow-minded. STOP blaming the other person. We all need to step up to the plate and FIX this problem!!

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By Shenonymous, March 14, 2011 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Your racist bigotry is showing Conden.  Perhaps Obama has not
acted as the far left progressive would like, he is a moderate which
has particular meaning that the far left finds repugnant, Rethugnant
as a matter of fact, but there have been quite a few liberal actions
taken by this Black President that would not have been passed had
there been a Republican in the White House, meaning they have
benefitted the middle and low income Americans.  If Obama is the
only candidate the Democrats support for the 2012 election, you can
take it to the bank that I and most liberals will vote for him even
though personally I am not “perfectly” happy with his languid action
on many legislative matters.  It would be even more horrific were a
Republican to hijack the White House again.  And unless a third-party
liberal candidate can show they have “winning” power for the office of
president, then that person will not get my vote.  Do you have such a
candidate? 

Get rid of Republican politicians and hard times and homeless children
will evaporate almost overnight.  The AHs will prance around the issue
of making legislation that will create jobs with phony deflection issues
such as abortion and denying women the right to their own bodies, 
attacking medical care that treats millions of poor Americans, and other
such ruses.  They will be responsible for not one job in America.  The
thrust of this article is that these children are victims of the joblessness
that was created by the Republican policies since the Reagan years. 
Even his own son claims this.

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By Conden, March 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment

“For those who voted for that GREATEST of presidents
Barack Obama and, thereby, those wall street banksters with whom he was infatuated, Milton Friedman, you are responsible for the pain and suffering of these children, and the demise of American society.”

I agree; both right wing democrats and republicans are responsible.  Those who are out there campaigning for Obama’s second term instead of fighting for social and economic justice are responsible for the homelessness of these children.

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By photoshock, March 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

Our founding fathers did not foresee a time when, the
people, would in frustration and anger with the
current form of government would turn against the
people and choose to govern by oligarchic and
corporatocratic ideals.
Ours is a supposed to be a government of, by and for
the people, not of, by and for the corporations. A
corporate entity, is not a person. Can you put a
corporation in prison for wrongdoing? Can you name a
corporation that engenders belief in its ideals?
The only ideal a corporation has is profit. Profit at
the expense of any and all civil ideals of sharing
and caring. Corporations have no ideal other than the
profit motive. We are now governed by corporate
oligarchs, with their representatives in the
Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches of our
constitutional form of republicanism.
In this country, there now exists a firm and
entrenched political class, which, cares not 1 whit
for the people it is supposed to represent. This
‘entitled political class’ is comprised of the
wealthy and gentry, who by reason of a continuous
cycle of election, have gained wealth and status.
They cannot live without their entitlements. Yet to
the very people they represent, they deny the same
benefits. The benefits include lifelong retirement
money, including cost of living allowances, medical
care for free and if necessary protection in the form
of guards and other forms.
This is much like the situation which our founding
fathers saw at the time of their revolution. The
privileged class, had so many of the benefits and
contributed none of the work to make these benefits
theirs. On the other hand, the people are no longer
represented by their elected officials. The elected
officials owe their allegiance to the moneyed class
which pays for their re-election campaigns. No one of
the representatives hears the voice of the people.
We are now in a hopeless and helpless situation. This
is the beginning of the foment for revolution. This
class struggle cannot continue much longer without
dire consequences for both sides of this problem.
Without change in the current situation, we, the
people are faced with a government that is on the
precipice of true authoritarianism, fascism and
without doubt a harsh regime of crackdowns on the
rights of the people.
Change must happen soon, we the people must start to
vote in our self-interests. Not for Democrat or
Republican, but for those who will remember that it
is the people who elected them and the people who
sustain them in the seats of power. If this does not
happen, violent and lethal revolution will happen.
Give peace a chance, vote in your self-interest, vote
for those willing to stand up to the power structure
and vote for the people’s interests.

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By LadyMorrow, March 13, 2011 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

...so this was their vision, their New World Order.

May God have mercy on the our children, and on the all the poor of the world.

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By Shenonymous, March 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

Mexican Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world, is going to open
an art gallery instead of helping the poor people of Mexico.  Not a
museum for the public, but a gallery which is a money maker.  No
wonder the destitute Mexicans seek a better life across the border
in America as the corporate ghouls seduce them to work for a
pittance because the corporate giants want cheap labor often
without benefits.  A dedicated supporter of the visual and
performing arts, an accomplished artist, musician, and poet,
naturally I believe the arts are indispensable to teach aesthetic
valuing and the infinite benefit of learning that virtue.  I was appalled at
this man’s priorities.  Taking care that human lives have at least the
basic necessities of food, shelter, health and education, ought to come
first when vast wealth is available.  His obviously is nefarious egotism.

Getting America’s priorities straight is also the problem that has
produced this horrid condition seen in the 60 Minutes video.  I saw it
when it appeared on TV and it left a scar on my heart.  These children
can be helped if the F’n Republicans would allow this country to create
jobs.  They talk out of their hind ends and the smell is outrageous. 

My mission is to keep reminding everyone who the real villains are: 
The Republican Party and their minions who legislate not only in
Washington, but in every state and every town that votes for politicians
and who never fails to roadblock liberal issues.

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By NikeLegend, March 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

The video about homeless families & children due to today’s economy is just heartbreaking. We send aid all over the world, yet we have over 16 billion homeless in USA? We shouldn’t have anyone hungry or homeless in our wonderful country. Where is the government help??
I feel sorry for all the poor 3rd world countries that need help, but by golly, we need help too! Let’s help our own first, before the rest of the world!

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, March 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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Like the people in India who survive by sifting through garbage, these children are the collateral damage in the corporate war against the world.  At some point one would hope that people will have had enough and rise up.  As we’ve seen in the last few weeks uprisings can happen quickly.

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By bocabill, March 12, 2011 at 4:09 am Link to this comment
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Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every
rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from
those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold
and are not clothed.- Dwight Eisenhower

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By gerard, March 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm Link to this comment

Stop the wars!  The military ventures of the U.S. are the biggest single injustice which, along with all their other cruel destructiveness, finally trickle down to our children and poison their future.
What are we—some kind of ungodly demons that we turn on our own and ruin their future simply by doing nothing to stop the carnage?  What has happened to our courage, our “enterprise”, our loyalty to our political and reigious ideals?

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By thebeerdoctor, March 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

I agree with Shenonymous on this. Here in Ohio, a Lehman Brothers shill is the Governor of the state, who as a managing director for that fraudulent banking entity convinced the state of Ohio to have $480 million of its state retirement pension fund put under their management, which they promptly lost, every damn penny of it. And this banking fraud enabler is now the head honcho of this state. I keep repeating this hoping that, like Matt Taibbi has reported, someone will actually take notice.
Make no mistake the GOP is engaged in class warfare, driven by the most venal avaricious instincts and determined to destroy not only any remaining semblance of the democrats New Deal, but even the idea of any kind of justice existing in American society. The Republicans, along with their anemic “consensus building” Democrat brethren, have revealed their true hand and the needs of the unconnected citizens is not even part of their wretched equation.

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By AnAlienEarthling, March 11, 2011 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

These are the impacts of policies exacted against the
American public by one of America’s GREATEST presidents
and by the economist with whom he was enamored - they
are the same policies that have motivated the recent
attacks upon America’s workers’ rights in Wisconsin.

For those who voted for that GREATEST of presidents
Ronald Reagan and, thereby, that economist with whom he
was infatuated, Milton Friedman, you are responsible
for the pain and suffering of these children, and the
demise of American society.

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By Art Boulanger, March 11, 2011 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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Isn’t the “Pro Life” crowd putting great resources into taking care of these kids?  Oh, wait a minute ...

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By AlienEarthling, March 11, 2011 at 8:44 am Link to this comment
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This is the final effect of the policies and
deregulation and privatization and union molestation of
America’s BEST president: Ronald Reagan.

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By Shenonymous, March 11, 2011 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

This is the reality.  The Republicans would rather discuss women’s
rights to abortion, Muslims in America, nefarious unions, and Jesus
who forgives a bastard like Newt Gingrich, the evils of Social Security,
the cost of Medicare rather than the cost of medical care, than work
on producing jobs.  We know why.  To help Americans who are less
than privileged would be unAmerican and unRepublican. 

The Republicans are the scourge of American politics and must be
defeated at every political position.  The Democrats who continue to
acquiesce to these vultures also need to be replaced.  It is the magic
moment to change American politics and Strike Back.

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