Sunday, December 04, 2011

Who are today's poor--

Frustratingly I keep hearing from right wingers that the poor are lazy and they believe what Gingrich said about those deeply poor teaching their young to cheat and steal. I thought this article was a good example of who the working poor really are today. It gives us an understanding of why we need regulations on the banking industry.


For a lot of families, this kind of situation is only one illness or loss of a job away. The chart in it explaining how many got food stamps in 2006 until now was shocking to me. You click on the years and can see how people in the state, especially rural counties, have suffered under this recession.

Gingrich was one who used character assassination when he was in the Congress, one of those who encouraged the incivility that we have today in government, and the ultimate in being a hypocrite by doing exactly what he loudly proclaimed was wrong in others. His snide comments are part of why he's risen in the polls-- things like saying the OWS people are all dirty and don't want to work.  He doesn't bother me so much though. He's just who he is. Who bothers me are the ones saying they will vote for him-- there are more of them.

Definitely click on the link for how one family is being impacted by choices made by politicians in office who don't care and are blaming the poor instead of themselves and the financial 'geniuses' who set a lot of this in motion for their own greedy purposes!

4 comments:

Celia said...

Thanks Rain, this is the kind of information that needs to be spread. Did you see Diane Sawyer last week interviewing homeless children? Two of whom were living with their laid off construction worker and widowed father, who managed to trade what he had left for a step van that he could at least make into a shelter for his children. The Seattle Times just printed out graphs of telling how many kids are on free lunch in our state, close to 60% where we live, and in some counties, 90% or more. Many of these children have two parents working at minimum wage.

Rain said...

I didn't see that, Celia, but it sounds informative.

Naturally today we hear Cain endorse Gingrich. Who else would one philanderer endorse and for the same reason Gingrich got the pat on the back from Clinton... Heaven forbid that any of them would endorse a goody-two-shoes. Trump will join in when he finally endorses. I heard today that Gingrich was going to visit Trump. They have turned him into their deity...

Ingineer66 said...

Times are hard and people are hurting. What has Obama done to help? He said we had to go into debt another couple of trillion dollars so that unemployment would not go above 8% and now it is 10%. He is making things worse not better.

I still think Romney would be the best of what we have seen so far. Newt does not seem to be a leader and he has about half as much dirt in his background as Obama so that will look like 4 times as much once the media gets done with him.

Rain said...

I wish people who think Obama has all this dirt would tell exactly what they mean. I hear some who think because he had a 'friend' who had financial ethical problems it meant Obama did but what evidence? It's hard to be an adult and not know some crooks, don't you think? especially if you are in the higher echelons of government. But I don't mind raising ethical questions for any of them. What did they do? What did they know? What kickbacks did they get? But it should be real like this-- Gingrich and how he got where he was in government and then people can evaluate whether it matters. We know Gingrich has them as he got impeached over them. We know what he says and how it changes. We also know he said Obama might have been born in Kenya and that's all it takes.

I agree though-- of your options, only Romney seems reasonable to me. Huntsman is more of a true conservative but he won't get it based on not being a fundamentalist on evolution or climate change. With Romney who knows for sure what we'd get. With Gingrich, we do know-- nastiness and character assaults. It's how he's always operated and what we see today. A 2009 conversion didn't change anything other than give him some place to go to ask for forgiveness...