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 connotes that they have nothing, and can presume the situation to be hopeless. But on a broader scale the term “poor” is bluntly descriptive of a class of people. Terms such as [...]

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 so varied that one can observe everything from regime change of insects, the melting of glaciers, the erosion of islands, and the change in spawning patterns of salmon. I left the trip [...]

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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 Wendell Potter revealed that, when “Sicko” was being released in 2007, the health insurance industry’s PR firm, APCO Worldwide, discussed their Plan B: “Pushing Michael Moore off a cliff.” But after looking [...]

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 The deepest recession in modern times has sharply increased the ranks of the poor during the past year, with 1 in 7 people in America officially counted as living in poverty. The [...]

Change-Links October 2009

The Print Edition PDF First They Came for ACORN By Peter Dreier Obama crushes Democratic dissent By David Sirota Obama's LBJ Moment By Harvey Wasserman Obama's Presidency Isn't Too Big to Fail By Robert Scheer Poverty, Food Crisis and Child Labor By Carlos Quintanilla Getting Away With Torture Holder's Limited, Modified Hangout By Dave Lindorff All the Young Dudes By John Johnson October Calendar

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