Problems with poverty

The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.
Tribune Staff
Jul 28, 2012

 

In Northwest Ottawa County, residents have felt their wallets tighten as economic hardships have taken hold.   Love INC Tri-Cities Ministry Director Leah Rust said there has been a significant increase in demand for assistance within the last year at the local assistance agency.   “We have definitely seen an increase in people asking for food and appliances,” Rust said.   She said because donations have slowed in the summer months, Love INC has had to institute waiting lists on products in high demand. These items include household appliances, furniture and bicycles.   Rust noted that it has not been uncommon for someone to be on a waiting list for a month or longer before getting the items they need.

In an election year dominated by discussion of the middle class, millions could fall through the cracks as government aid from unemployment insurance, Medicaid, welfare and food stamps diminishes.

"The issues aren't just with public benefits. We have some deep problems in the economy," said Peter Edelman, director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy.   Edelman pointed to the recent recession, but also longer-term changes in the economy such as globalization, automation, outsourcing, immigration and less unionization that have pushed median household income lower.

 

Tribune writer R.J. Wolcott and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Comments

Tri-cities realist

How ironic that the picture of the mother they show has a tattoo... Or is it ironic.... You be the the judge

Skeptic Trucker

And if the tattoo was purchased during better times? It's not like you can bring the receipt to return it and get a refund. You look stupid when you make a judgement without all the facts.

Having said that, it does look like a very fresh tat and the observation may be correct.

zwesterhouse

People don't understand that it is their right to have tattoos. In some cases all over their bodies, even at 16 years old. Veterans will give their lives for them to have that right. But employers have the right not to hire men who get tattoos and put ear rings in their ears. Capitolism may be collapsing anyway. Our manufacturing efficiency and computers have went in a direction where labor is not needed anymore. Look at all the robotic welders/assemblers/packaging/corporate farms in industry now as compared to 1960, 70, 80 or even 1990. But the peoples needs for food, shelter, clothing, medical care as never changed. Everyone has genetic flaws that are a ticking time bomb to the casket. That never changes - its a mathematical constant. Look at the Ancient world and possibly Ancient Egypt. No evidences of money or capitolism. Just a small ruling class and slaves building high tech Pyramids - all over the world. 2,300,000 granite blocks cut smooth and perfectly square/perpendicular with precision drilled holes through 50 ton blocks. They achieved 99.999 Percent manufacturing efficiency. And the public schools teach "apes" or "neanderthal" men did it with primitive sticks and stone hammers. You be the judge. Were headed toward something that is going to divide us and enslave most. We are getting too technologically advanced for money - it will fail, our economy will fail. Too much technology its going to level us all. Then divide us like the Ancient world. A small ruling class and huge slave class.

Fly on the Wall

And here's a bit of common sense advice from Walter Williams that I've read to my daughters in an effort to avoid the problem:

Avoiding long-term poverty is not rocket science. First, graduate from high school. Second, get married before you have children, and stay married. Third, work at any kind of job, even one that starts out paying the minimum wage. And, finally, avoid engaging in criminal behavior.

http://townhall.com/columnists/w....

jvc

I think that is very good advice. Unfortunately it's not always good enough. People with college and post graduate degrees are unable to find jobs. Divorce is sometimes unavoidable. It's very frustrating to follow all of the rules and still live in poverty.

Vladtheimp

Is it asking too much that a collaboration of the AP/Grand Haven Tribune would result in an article allowing even the possibility that the failed economic policies of President Obama, have driven the poverty rates to where they are today? “Poverty Problems, July 28, says unashamedlyYES!

The Obama philosophy that the successful must be punished; wealth must be re-distributed; and government bureaucrats must instruct the private sector how to run a business, from health care, mortgage loans, energy production, car manufacturing, to the financial sector, has resulted in policies giving us our current malaise and poverty level.

The authors cite two individuals as experts on the subject, Love Inc. Tri-Cities Ministry Director Leah Rust, and one Peter Edelman of the ultra liberal Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy.

Quoting Ms. Rust, with her knowledge of local cases, provides context but devoting 5 paragraphs to the views of Edelman belies the liberal spin of the article. Harvard law grad, federal bureaucrat, law school professor (Georgetown) and non-economist, Edelman is perhaps best known for resigning his post in protest of President Clinton signing Welfare Reform - the bipartisan effort to reduce poverty by encouraging work over welfare that was wildly successful from 1996 to the day earlier this month when President Obama unilaterally gutted it by Executive Order. What can be the excuse for citing this professional political hack as an expert except to slant the article?

Edelman like the President blames everything but current policy for our problems – the recession, as though President Obama has not been in office for almost 4 years, ATM's, outsourcing, as though the President hasn't outsourced 29 billion dollars in “green energy” projects, immigration, as though President Obama didn't unilaterally halt enforcing our immigration laws, and less unionization, as though right to work laws limit the number of jobs. This is all stuff that you spread on field to grow crops.

Hopefully, The Tribune will learn the truth of the old saying "If you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas." This article has all objective readers scratching their heads.

Soloman

Objective readers? Like you? hahahaha

Vladtheimp

Yes, like me. Identify one untrue statement in my comment, Solo-man.

AtomicRooster

You've heard of Early American furniture? Well I have Early Poverty.

AtomicRooster

You've heard of Early American furniture? Well I have Early Poverty.

 

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