Sunday, September 18, 2005

WELFARE AND THE SMUGLICANS

We (the good ole US of A) are a poor example of compassion for the poor... Especially when the Smuglicans take over... Whenever I hear anyone say... people are poor because they are lazy... I FEEL LIKE KILLING SOMETHING... So many people haven't a clue to how it feels to be generational poor... (they talk like Barbara Bush for the most part)

Poverty is a prison... and with a shameful government like ours it remains a prison. Katrina sure opened a lot of sleeping eyes but I feel, IGNORANCE is too comfy and cozy for those who were rudely awakened... and they will be lulled back into their robotic trance as the Limbaughs sing them their lullabies of hate.

I tried to find information on the Welfare Rights Organizations... And holy cow, the first link I came across was a Barbara Bush think-a-like... here is an excerpt from this smuglican site:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=17768

Another professor teaching courses in the International Studies program is Sociology professor Theo Majka. Majka teaches the courses “Racial and Ethnic Minorities,” “Community,” “Immigration and Immigrants,” and “Political Sociology.” In the latter course, Majka relies heavily on the studies of Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, and purports to examine “Marxist class theories.” Cloward and Piven were two Columbia University sociologists who, in the mid 1960s, proposed a plan to bankrupt the welfare system by overloading it with more applicants than the system could handle, which its enactors hoped would result in economic collapse, and eventually transform the U.S. into a socialist system. Organizations such as the National Welfare Rights Organization adapted this strategy, and its adoption caused the welfare crisis that bankrupted New York City in 1975.
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AFTER READING THAT BIT OF NONSENSE... HERE ARE THE FACTS ON WELFARE:
The New Welfare Rights Movement
source: Women and Children in the Wake of Welfare 'Reform', Women of Color Resource Center (June 2000)
Welfare Factsfrom Women of Color Resource Center (June 2000)

Most former TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients who find work are working at jobs that pay between $5.50 and $7.00 per hour. Median monthly earnings amount to $1,149, which is below the official poverty line for a family of three. Many former recipients lose income even if their cash earnings rise, because they lose benefits.

Work is scarce
A Government Accounting Office survey of the effects of welfare reform in seven states found that between 19% and 30% of families returned to welfare soon after leaving. In the same seven states, between 29% and 39% of the adults who left welfare had not found employment.

Housing crises are worsening
A national study found that one-fourth of former welfare recipients moved because they couldn't pay their rent. In most states the median monthly fair market cost of housing for a family of three is considerably higher than the entire TANF grant. An Atlanta survey found that one-half of homeless families with children interviewed in shelters had lost TANF benefits in the previous 12 months.

Hunger is increasing
One-third of those who left TANF had to cut the size of or skip meals. In Illinois, 63% of employed former welfare recipients reported that there were times when they could not buy needed food. In 1997, among families who had left welfare, only 42% of those eligible for food stamps were receiving them. Over half a million legal immigrants remain ineligible for food stamps due to the 1996 welfare law.

(Read more about this here: http://www.cbpp.org/WCNSUM.HTM It really is sickening how they saved 55 billion by cutting benefits to the poor (mostly children suffered) and gave upper middle and wealthy familie, tax cuts by the Trillions... March 2001: The Bush Budget:Trillions for the Rich, Misery for the poor... what a country)
Childcare is unavailable

Nearly 75% of employed former recipients in Chicago were working nights, weekends, or rotating shifts--times when it is nearly impossible to find child care. In California, 200,000 families are on waiting lists for subsidized childcare.

Health insurance is rare
Less than one-fourth of those moving from welfare to work are covered by health benefits.

I wished these know-it-alls would read up on the facts of welfare before they spout off... better yet... let them and their whole family, try to live on Welfare for a year AND TO MAKE IT FAIR, IF THEY WANTED TO GET OFF THE ROLLS OF WELFARE, ONLY BE ALLOWED TO GET WORK MAKING $5.50 TO $7.00 AN HOUR ... Let's see how smug they would be then... THINKING BLUE

CAROLYNCONNETION - I've got a mind and I'm going to use it!

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