Daily Archives: December 1, 2010

The Poor?

The Poor? By John Johnson I don’t like the term “poor,” as used to describe people with little money and few possessions. Most so-called “poor” don’t like the term, either. After all, many are rich in values, families, communities, and beliefs. Despite what they lack, they feel they can live valuable lives. The word poor…

Why This War on the Poor?

Why This War on the Poor? By Harry R. Jackson A few years ago, I was invited by a group of Harvard scholars, well-known scientists, and clergymen to visit Alaska. Our visit was to investigate the effects of climate change in that state. Alaska is unique by virtue of the fact that its environment is…

Obama and the War on the Poor

Obama and the  Continuing War on the Poor By Paul A Cleveland A mentor of mine, Clarence Carson, published a book in the 1970s entitled The War on the Poor. He took his title from Lyndon Johnson’s so-called “war on poverty.” Carson noted that actual wars are waged against real people rather than circumstances, and…

Michael Moore on Corporate America

How Corporate America Is Pushing Us All Off A Cliff By Michael Moore When someone talks about pushing you off a cliff, it’s just human nature to be curious about them. Who are these people, you wonder, and why would they want to do such a thing? That’s what I was thinking when corporate whistleblower…

Billionaires Want More

The Billionaires Want More, More, More By Bernie Sanders The billionaires are on the warpath. They want more, more, more. In 2007, the top 1 percent of all income earners in the United States made 23.5 percent of all income — more than the bottom 50 percent. Not enough! The percentage of income going to…

Poverty Increasing

Poverty Increasing US adds 3.8 million more to ranks of the poor as poverty rate jumps. US poverty rate hit 14.3 percent last year, up from 13.2 percent in 2008. The jump bring the number of the poor to its highest level since 1959, five years before the Johnson-era War on Poverty. By Ron Scherer…

Unemployment-Child Exploitation-AIDS

Latin América Unemployment, AIDS and Child Exploitation on the Increase By Carlos Quintanilla A recent report published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) says that at least 48 percent of Salvadorans have substandard jobs and earn less than a minimum wage. According to the report, six percent of that figure constitutes people unable to…

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