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New Research Documents Growth of Extreme Poverty


New Research Documents Growth of Extreme Poverty

Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Peter Edelman

A new book by two of our nation’s foremost poverty researchers, Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, reveals the desperate circumstances that hundreds of thousands of children and their parents increasingly face: living with virtually no cash income in an economy that requires it to meet nearly every human need.


The oligarchy vs. people

Go Bernie... too many are going hungry.

Go Bernie... I hope you win... The poor could use a little mercy.


Unless we can also elect about 300 more Bernie Sanderses from every state to the US Congress, then just putting an economic progressive in the White House is going to accomplish little to nothing.

In addition to than sitting at a keyboard typing "go Bernie go", what are you doing in your own congressional district to send an economic progressive or socialist to DC?


Indivar Dutta-Gupta should look into the poverty of his own Mother India.


"The way to get rich is to make others poor".


So your background doesn't include any immigrants? For all you know his family has been here longer than your family.


Flea: I rather doubt that. bye.


Everybody in this country comes from immigrants. My father's people came over on the third leaky tub after the Mayflower, and on my mother's side, I'm first generation.What's your excuse for trashing an Indian-American?


Putting an economic progressive in the White House increases the chances of getting others who share his views into office.

So why don't you pitch in instead of going after people who are taking that first step?


Very happy for your ancestors. BTW, I don't have an "excuse," I have reasons.


All poverty is "extreme" to those in extremis


The neo-liberal's tell us that the poor take advantage of the system. If
they are so good at taking advantage of the system, why do they remain
poor? The truth is that large corporations and the rich have teams of
accountants, lawyers and lobbyists who do nothing but take advantage of
the system for themselves.


Now come on people's, living like a native american on a Rez is now standard operating procedure...do you have a flushing toilet?, running water that is sometimes hot, electric lights and cooking a stove that works, a car or public transportation, paved streets, a refrigerator with food in it sometimes and are you able to shop at Goodwill? The world is a ghetto, come-on in everybody is welcome. On the Navajo Rez there are so many that do not even have that much or the Wind River Rez, there people freeze to death during the winter in their own homes.


My ancestors are dead. They are beyond feeling-but thank your for your concern. As for your "reasons"-about what? About the writer being Indian American, or about the substance of the book he's commenting on? Surely you can come up with something a little better than some facile logic-chopping.


Further evidence of a sick civilization rotting away.


Sorry about your ancestors. As for further elucidation--I've got better things to do. (I'm sure you do too...)


Living costs here in the US are far higher than living costs in undeveloped countries. As a matter of fact, the US federal minimum wage of $7.25 is completely inadequate in certain parts of the USA. Even if someone earns the minimum and gets paid for 40 hours of work, they will still be living in poverty. In these parts of the country, you'd need $15 an hour + a 40 hour workweek at a minimum!


the inability to afford basics like personal hygiene items and transportation, combined with insufficient work and meager public benefits, can drive people towards abusive relationships, precarious housing, mistreatment by employers, and impossible choices between breaking the law and feeding a child.

For a 12-pack of toilet paper (1,000 sheet rolls) it's over $12.
I managed to get SNAP after becoming unemployed. They make you jump through hoops like attend mandatory meetings if you are not employed. They do not care if you are sick, don't have a car, or aren't strong enough to hike to and from the bus stop.
Full time jobs are next to impossible to find in the semi-rural area I live in. Many jobs require one to have their own personal transportation. What passes for public transportation in the small town I live in is a joke.

As far a having children are concerned, I vowed that I would never bring a child into the world who would have to grow up in poverty like I did. After my parents split up and my mother moved me away from the city, we suffered. Her hometown is known to have the lowest payscale in the state. I knew by the time I was 12 that I would not get to go to or finish college, though I was accepted to every school I applied to. There was no way on earth I was going to pass along this cycle of poverty to an innocent child.

Reports about abuse and hostile work environments are rampant in this town as well. Everyone I have spoken to about their jobs admits to having experienced it.
There need to be better policies at companies that help the poor get out of their situation. Carpooling or having better public transit might be a start. So would helping with daycare costs for people with children.
Try getting a job when you have no car and no fixed address. Someone told me when I nearly became street homeless "you can't get a job when you have no address and you are living in a tent!"


I would like to add, that if one does have a stable location and even a small yard or patio, growing food sometimes helps with costs, and trips to the store. Since I moved from city apartments to little houses, I have been growing fruit trees and berries, tomatoes, anything that will grow in a planter or the ground for the cost of a packet of seeds or nursery plant, and perhaps organic plant food. Ask fellow gardeners to share seeds, too!
Of course, one has to wait until it's ready for harvest (greens and microgreens are good for quick production and yummy salads and spinach), but that's not so good when you are hungry. I have often had surplus with my crops so I find ways to preserve them or extend them by making sauces or cooking and freezing ahead. Sometimes I share with neighbors, friends and family.
Of course, this works better when you're not in an apartment and you have a little green space to work with, and the time at a stable location where you can see your plants come to fruition.

$2 a day for food expenses won't cut it for me as an individual. I have to watch my diet for health reasons, and the sodium in ramen noodles (the cheapest of all grocery food) would kill me. Cheap food and dollar menus do contribute to health complications down the road. Community gardens that share their produce are good ideas and they are catching on!


You don't know that Yunzer. As an experienced Politician, Sanders will no longer lecture to a empty Senate Chamber that already made up it's mind when the Lobbyist's Bribe Check cleared Senate Accounts.

Sanders will have the Bully Pulpit and will be on every T.V. in America finally airing the truths that oppressed Americans are yearning to hear. Instead of a CIA huckster like Obama who trades in deception, we will get a man who could usher in another "New Deal" like FDR did.

Unlike Dr. Jill Stein, Sanders understands how the snake-pit Washington D.C. functions, and has a good chance at securing an effective power structure, just like he did as an independent who rose to the high-level committees on the Senate.

Here's what I mean:

On September 24, 2008, Sanders posted an open letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson decrying the initial bank bailout proposal; it drew more than 8,000 citizen cosigners in 24 hours.[85] On January 26, 2009, Sanders and Democrats Robert Byrd, Russ Feingold and Tom Harkin were the sole majority members to vote against confirming Timothy Geithner as United States Secretary of the Treasury.[86]

On December 10, 2010, Sanders delivered an 8½-hour speech against the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, the proposed extension of the Bush-era tax rates that eventually became law, saying "Enough is enough! ... How many homes can you own?"[87] (A long speech such as this is commonly known as a filibuster, but because it didn't block action, it was not technically a filibuster under Senate rules.[14]) In response to the speech, hundreds of people signed online petitions urging Sanders to run in the 2012 presidential election and pollsters began measuring his support in key primary states.[88] Progressive activists such as Rabbi Michael Lerner and economist David Korten publicly voiced their support for a prospective Sanders run against President Barack Obama.[88]

Sanders's "filibuster" was published in February 2011 by Nation Books as The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class, with authorial proceeds going to Vermont nonprofit charitable organizations.[89]

Senate Budget Committee[edit]
In January 2015, Sanders became the ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee.[8] He appointed economics professor Stephanie Kelton, a distinguished modern monetary theory scholar and self-described "deficit owl," the chief economic advisor of the committee's Democratic minority[90] and presented a report aimed at helping "rebuild the disappearing middle class," which includes proposals to raise the minimum wage, boost infrastructure spending, and increase Social Security payments.[91]

Committee assignments[edit]
Committee on the Budget (Ranking Member)
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy
Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy
Subcommittee on National Parks
Subcommittee on Water and Power
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Subcommittee on Children and Families
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging (Ranking Member)
Committee on Veterans' Affairs