SFBG Radio: Poverty rising and the price of despair

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Today we talk about the new data that shows one in seven Americans now live in poverty -- and why the rich ought to be willing to pay more taxes. You can listen after the jump.

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America. 1/7 living in poverty. So I'm kind of hazy on the argument by right wingers as to how cutting the taxes of the rich benefits us as a society. I mean, these are the same moralistic prigs who tell us who are unemployed that we are leeches and lazy bastards. Unemployment is 60% of one's prior salary. So if having a family to feed at about half the income that you were making is a breeze, PLEASE: give me the magic formula. Those of us who have kids realize that when daddy is out of work, that impacts the little ones too. Again to the right wing family values touting moralistas: is it only the unborn children that you care about? Is birth the point where the human life ceases to retain importance? Because they seem so concerned about the unborn. This is a national disgrace. For those of us in that poverty bracket, let me assure you that it sucks. Sucks big time. We can have Wall St bailed out to the tune of trillions of dollars, but keeping a poor working family solvent is considered "socialism"? The real obscenity isn't the dirty little pictures flickering on some computer screen visiting some porn site. The real obscenity is that those who have so much give so little.

Posted by Peter Voltmeter Holt on Sep. 17, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

It's shameful that in this country, so many are suffering. The poverty line for a family of 4 is $22,050.00. In some parts of the country, I can't see how one person can live on that amount. It is only fair that folks in the top 2% income bracket give a little back.
This is the US -where no-one should ever go hungry and no -one should ever be homeless. To an ultra-conservative, those thoughts are heresey and un- American. We live in two different countries. Keep up the good fight Johnny. Studs Terkel would be proud.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 17, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

Look, I've been unemployed more times than I can count. And that shouldn't be the case, given my "good" undergraduate degree and my "good" graduate degree. But now my age has come into the mix, and I find myself shaving off decades of great job experience, because it shows my age. It shouldn't be this way. My time spent, and wisdom learned, should count for more. But health care costs count against my age, even though I'm not producing babies. I'm lucky I have family members I can count on for help, and I'm counting on them now to carry me through again. When is this going to end? The Republicans are killing me, and making it impossible for anybody to get anythinhg done!

Posted by Guest ctdomer on Sep. 17, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

>>>When is this going to end? The Republicans are killing me, and making it impossible for anybody to get anythinhg done! <<<

To answer your question....This is not going to end until off-shoring (also known as outsourcing) is no longer allowed and millions of jobs are back in this country and being worked by the people in this country and paid a living wage. Off-shoring is currently at a record level. Your comment is most partisan. The Democrats are in the majority in congress and they have the White House yet some people are still making excuses for them and letting them off the hook (why?) and going on about the nasty Republicans. Some people are also doing the same thing with Obama. Why? Objectively speaking, both "faiths" (the Democratic and Republican Religions) are responsible for the destructive path we find ourselves on. It's not just the Republicans who are killing you and this country, as much as some people would like to believe that. Both "faiths" are responsible.

Posted by Guest Bárbara Chelsai on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 2:15 am

I agree 100%. Outsourcing jobs to other countries is a National disgrace. Giving large corporations tax breaks that do not benefit the general population should not be allowed. Even those of us that still have jobs are feeling the crunch. Since there's more pressure to tighten the belt so the stock holders will earn more profits. What you have is 1 person doing the workload that used to be done by 3 or 4. I see it everywhere.

Posted by Guest Speediejohn on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 8:40 am

Yes, too Look I've been Unemployed. I understand everything you just said :) I'm for the most part in the same boat. I can share in your fustration and know where your comming from. There is no easy answear to this mess and it is a day by day struggle for most people now. When the chips are down everyone should be able to turn to family for help but for some that is not even possible. Take comfort in the fact your not alone.

Posted by Guest Nicole Sartain on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

having been homeless most of the last decade as it's the only way for me to retain any assets given skyrocketing (outer bay area) rents,. I'd really like to listen to this. Alas, I don't believe in Adobe Flash, and never turn it on. Come on, get with the open source revolution-- HTML5 and Ogg/Theora are in a death match for the eyeballs of the planet. Read up on the truly disgusting behaviour of the software youre pushing on us by way of the description accompanying the BetterPriacy firefox extension found over on addons.mozilla..
AMANDLA

Posted by homeless hopeless on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

I never enable Adobe Flash, proprietary snooping bullshoot. Go on addons.mozilla and read about their pernicious type of "cookies" in the description for the BetterPrivacy.xpi firefox extension. (I'm to lazy to find you the link right now.)
Use open-source, people-empowering technologies of the near future such as HTML5 alongside Ogg/Theora (see playogg DOT org and w3 DOT ORG)
thank you so danged much.

Posted by BAKUNIN on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

I linked up to this thread via Johnny Wendell's facebook page so here goes. My feeling here is that the last 5 admins have sold out the working class. What change we were promised does not seem to be materializing in any meaningful way. I don't pretend to pull the strings, so I can not say what might be a better way, only I beleive because of ' their ' actions, it ( The current Monitary System ) is pretty much over. So sorry, We are all so screwed. Why don't we all go on a tax strike ? Well, they would not care. That would show them nothing as they would just print more script to cover your drag ass sorry reaction. Instead, lets just not interact in their petty, primative political constructs, and really seek to mix it up without them. Let it go, do what you can to help your fellow man while this all get's sorted out. Unfortunatly, one may not be able to trust the Government, and should expect nothing in kind from them. Stand up, and be real people. I am there with you. We are all in this together. Love ya. G.

Posted by Guest George MacLean on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

I linked up to this thread via Johnny Wendell's facebook page so here goes. My feeling here is that the last 5 admins have sold out the working class. What change we were promised does not seem to be materializing in any meaningful way. I don't pretend to pull the strings, so I can not say what might be a better way, only I beleive because of ' their ' actions, it ( The current Monitary System ) is pretty much over. So sorry, We are all so screwed. Why don't we all go on a tax strike ? Well, they would not care. That would show them nothing as they would just print more script to cover your drag ass sorry reaction. Instead, lets just not interact in their petty, primative political constructs, and really seek to mix it up without them. Let it go, do what you can to help your fellow man while this all get's sorted out. Unfortunatly, one may not be able to trust the Government, and should expect nothing in kind from them. Stand up, and be real people. I am there with you. We are all in this together. Love ya. G.

Posted by Guest George MacLean on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

It's sickening to hear the rich -- who have seen their net wealth grow even as the rest of us fall behind -- whine whenever anyone talks about making them pay even close to their fair share. Bringing back the Eisenhower tax rates would do wonders for this nation.

Posted by Tamara Baker on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 7:44 pm