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Pope Francis has brought new spirit into the Church with his
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On his radio show, he used old data and failed to note the large numbers of children and elderly in the
recipient group. Also there was at least one person working in almost 3/4 of the recipient households
Actually the poverty rate has fallen and plummeted for some groups
previously attributed to Paul Harvey, but was written in 1996 by Bob Russell
for a Kentucky Governor's
Prayer Breakfast, then delivered by Rev. Joe Wright at the Kansas House of Representatives.
Why would a true Christian twist the truth?
has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the
2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised. Check it out.
In a November 12 interview with Jake Tapper.
Comment based on research by child psychologists Betty Hart and Todd Risley. The word gap, along with other issues, leaves preschool educators to fix existing educational shortfalls.
Republicans do suggest
refundable tax credits which can help some Americans, but the plan is full of uncertainty and results might be limited.
independent studies show how much Republican ideas for tax deductions and
tax credits would accomplish.
Two out of the top 5 poorest major cities are led by Republicans -- Miami and Fresno, Calif.
More people in poverty, but a lower poverty rate due to population growth. The rate was 19% in 1964 and 15% now.
Opposing Republican-proposed cuts in food stamps, U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego suggested the program doesn’t waste money.
This assertion make no logical sense. The stucies Cruz and others have pointed to don't even back up his point.
Administrative costs for SNAP tops out at 5 percent of program costs, and the scholar behind the statistic she appears to have used as support said Bachmann has misquoted his work.
The best estimates are that 24 percent to 55 percent of such jobs are held by teenagers and young adults.
This is true whether you look at per-person, household, or family income. Poor red states are Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New York, Virginia and Washington. The only Red state on the
More current and more accurate statistic to back up his claim would be a decrease of 71 percent, but the point is clear.
Stats by Obama official are true. She was making a much larger point: That Medicaid costs might not
increase as rapidly as some had predicted, even though they will still
The program they pointed to provides grants for voluntary
at-risk families by trained staff like nurses and social workers. Studies show that such visits to families of newborns reduced child abuse and
neglect, even years later. They also reduced government spending for
low-income unmarried women.
In a message to more than 2,500 participants at the annual World
Economic Forum, the pontiff urged industrialists and bankers to promote
inclusive prosperity, but stopped short of chiding them for excesses
laid bare by the global financial crisis.
After years of hands-on philanthropy, Gates exposes 3 myths: 1) Poor countries are doomed to stay poor; 2) Foreign aid is a big waste; 2) Saving lives leads to overpopulation. See interview on Charlie Rose
Obama's not far off, but it’s actually closer to 16 percent less. Reagan never raised the minimum wage.
According to a 2013 study by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institute
23 percent of 18- to 33-year-olds are religious progressives, 17
percent are religious conservatives, and 22 percent are non-religious. (page 34 of comprehensive report)
This comprehensive editorial reviews a wide range of trends to explore this issue.
Americans for Prosperity (Kosh brothers) makes sweeping claims about the health-care law that lack context or offer a misleading picture. They claim not to be about politics yet run in states with competitive Senate races. They misconstrue facts.
Federal data shows 62% of people who earn the
federal minimum wage or below are women, however this doesn't account for women in states with a higher
One study says that if the federal government raises the minimum wage
to $10.10 an hour, women will benefit more than men by a 55-45 percent
A study from the Urban Institute supports her statistic. Other research
shows an even wider gap, further proving her point that race is a factor
in U.S. wealth.
This depends on size of the family. One-person households already exceed poverty limits at current minimum wage. Raising the wage to $10.10 an hour does put two-, three- and
four-person households with one working member above the poverty line
for the first time. And households of five or more people still wouldn’t earn
enough to escape poverty.
of all impoverished households would escape poverty with increase.
With each generation, the popularity of religious conservatism has
declined. 47 percent of the Silent Generation (ages 66 to 88)
are religious conservatives, compared with 34 percent of Baby Boomers,
23 percent of Gen Xers and 17 percent of Millennials.
Pope Francis, who has always championed the poor and vulnerable, said “Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life,"
Pennsylvania will become the 28th state to expand Medicare under the Affordable Care Act. An estimated 500,000 low-income individuals will be offered subsidies to purchase private insurance. The state will fund and administer a voluntary program that will offer job training and placement services.
Food stamps have been part of every farm bill enacted since 1973. Cotton and his allies in the House attempted to strip the food stamp provisions, so they were the ones who were trying to make a radical change.
The statement would be totally true except that they failed to specify that the study refers to Fair Market Rent, a number determined by the federal government for each region set at the 40th percentile of all rents in that area. People might be able to find a dump for minimum wage.
Ginsburg said: "The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is
the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that
likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right
to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters." She was joined in dissent by Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
In the US the minimum wage is just 37 percent of the median wage, and we rank 26th among industrialized nations, above only the Czech Republic and Mexico. View this Labor Department graphic.
Ninety year old "Chef Arnold Abbott" and two pastors were arrested for serving food that they cooked in their church kitchen. Some 30 cities have tried to introduce laws
similar laws at a time that more veterans face homelessness and
after two harsh winters drove homeless people southward.
The facts are, Texas has the 13th highest poverty rate in the United States. Texas is one of nine states with the highest levels of income inequality. Texas has created over a million jobs since the recession began. But it
has also added a quarter million more part-time workers who want
full-time jobs. Mark 14:7 says the poor will be with you but it does not say to ignore them.
Most states will have a three-month limit on SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-50 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children. An Ohio report shows that 1/3 had a medical or physical limitation, including depression, PTSD, or mental or learning disabilities. Many were caregivers or had other impediment to employment.
But they failed to do due diligence and were snookered, since the story
came from a publication that bills itself (quietly) as a "satirical,
PolitiFact reviewed the state of the Union speech line by line. Click the icon to review each point.
They predict that "the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15
years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve
more than anyone else's." They will have "unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food,
and benefit from mobile banking", driven by
innovation in technology. Goals include making drinking water from sewage, wiping out malaria, polio, HIV, and more.
The United States far and away incarcerates more people than its peers,
in terms of the portion of its population behind bars, despite having a
comparable amount of crime.
Cuomo says, "73 % of fast food workers are women, 70 % are over the age of 20, and more than 2/3 are raising a child and are the primary wage earners in their
family.” No one who works full-time should live in poverty. A decent nation ensures that all workers can pay their rent and feed their family.
Democrats allied with Hillary Rodham Clinton
are mounting a nationwide legal battle seeking to single out voting laws in Texas
Carolina, New Jersey
, Ohio and Wisconsin
participation, especially among minorities, the poor and younger voters,
who disproportionately cast their ballots for Democrats.
Studies show that while
the United States does consistently have one of the highest rates of
childhood poverty in the world, there are several OECD members with
higher rates, notably Israel and Mexico.
There are only about 21 million unemployed when you do not count full-time students, senior citizens, the disabled,
and those who have chosen not to work to take care of their children. The government DOES NOT reclassify discouraged workers as "employed."
Alabama's only Democratic member of Congress is requesting the Justice
Department investigate the state's decision to close 31 driver's license
offices in poor, rural, mostly-African American communities. Since they started requiring a drivers license to vote the move could curtail the voting rights. (Note: Gerrymandering and voter suppression is UN-Christian!)
During a Reddit AMA
(Ask Me Anything) interview about Artificial Intelligence (AI) he said, "If machines produce everything we need....and machine-owners successfully lobby against
wealth redistribution," as is now the trend, most people will end up miserably poor.
Jim Wallis, who spoke to the Parliament of the World's Religions
said, if you believe that every human being regardless of religion or nationality, is made in the image of God, is a child of God, and if you believe in loving your neighbor then income inequality is a spiritual issue, a moral issue,
and a religious test of our belief. We can address inequality through human dignity, stewardship, and the common good.
To be honest, Trump's comments are so all over the map. In the Debate in November 2015, Trump said wages are "too high" and he wouldn't raise the minimum. On May 8, 2016, edition
of NBC’s Meet the Press, He rambled about leaving it up to the states. On MSNBC
in August 2015, Trump said, "Having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country." But when opponents quote him he calls them lairs.
Reports from respected nonpartisan research groups calculate that the
0.1 percent -- those making more than $3.7 million per year -- would
receive 18 percent of the tax cuts under Trump’s proposal. The bottom 60
percent of taxpayers, meanwhile, would enjoy only 16.4 percent of the