Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Where does your state rank in the poverty indicators?
Renewing the Poverty Debate: State of the States 2013. It can be found here http://halfinten.org/blog/news/resetting-the-poverty-debate-state-of-the-states-2013/ where you can also go to our new Half in Ten Education Fund's interactive site to see the data for every state. http://halfinteneducation.org/poverty-indicators
Bill Moyers recently gave a speech at the Brennan Institute. If you go to his website, you can read an edited version of that speech, titled The Great American Class War: Plutocracy Versus Democracy.
This is especially clear if we try to understand why Washington, in the midst of a continuing jobs crisis, somehow became obsessed with the supposed need for cuts in Social Security and Medicare. This obsession never made economic sense: In a depressed economy with record low interest rates, the government should be spending more, not less, and an era of mass unemployment is no time to be focusing on potential fiscal problems decades in the future. Nor did the attack on these programs reflect public demands. Surveys of the very wealthy have, however, shown that they — unlike the general public — consider budget deficits a crucial issue and favor big cuts in safety-net programs. And sure enough, those elite priorities took over our policy discourse.