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Post time 2014-3-25 16:33:22 |Display all floors
Mar 24, 2014

Nearly 25 percent of children in the US live in poverty. This is in stark contrast to other advanced countries, where the number is about 5 percent. This is tragic.


Other nations believe children are the hope for the future. They believe sensible government programs can have a positive effect on children and on society in general. Most provide early childhood development programs, including education and child care. They provide extended paid family leave. They have single-payer health care systems, which avoid expensive health insurance. They have extended unemployment safety nets. They believe in a sense of national community.

In this country, there is hate and suspicion of government, especially by far right Republicans. They believe food stamps and unemployment benefits will make people lazy. They refuse to consider raising the minimum wage. Many believe people are poor because God is punishing them.

The truth is that most poor people work, often two jobs or more, just to survive. Their children suffer hardship, including hunger and homelessness.

The right-wing attitude here could best be described as "selfish individualism." They believe they should not have to pay any taxes to help the needy. Their attitude is "I've got mine, and I'm not sharing!" This shows a total lack of a sense of national community.

Government is certainly not the whole answer, but a few sensible government programs would help greatly. It is appalling and obscene that a country once called "the land of opportunity" has a quarter of its children living in poverty.


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Post time 2014-3-26 18:43:27 |Display all floors
The U.S. has half of the richest 1% of the world and 25% of the children live in poverty.

85 of the richest people in the world have as much wealth as the lower half of the entire world.
That's 85 compared to 3,400,000,000

This is the result of capitalism which allows the rich to get even richer at the expense of everyone else.

This tired old master/slave social system has become obsolete.
Socialism and communism are the social systems of the future.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2014-3-27 01:06:48 |Display all floors
I think the word here is "relative poverty".  

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Post time 2014-3-27 02:12:49 |Display all floors
robert237 Post time: 2014-3-26 18:43
The U.S. has half of the richest 1% of the world and 25% of the children live in poverty.

85 of the ...

Sounds familiar, where did I hear that before?

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Post time 2014-3-27 09:09:19 |Display all floors
Laowai2? Post time: 2014-3-26 10:12
Sounds familiar, where did I hear that before?

I know it's something capitalist stooges are instructed to ignore
but enlightened people choose not to ignore the truth.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2014-3-27 11:13:23 |Display all floors
teachingchinese Post time: 2014-3-27 00:24
Child poverty is normal , because they have not created the value , what is unnormal is who have cre ...

You are correct my friend.
The child suffers poverty because working class parents create value and the value is stolen by rich capitalists.
There isn't a billionaire who worked 20,000 times harder or longer than the average working class American.
And that would be a billionaire who only has one billion dollars.
Bill Gates never came close to working 1,000,000 times harder or longer than the Average American.
The only explanation for such obscene wealth is criminal activity, whether it is technically legal or not.
Even more immoral is that there are laws in America that let this obscene wealth be hoarded by
a few individuals who don't do any real work but only indulge in scams and deals
to the detriment of the people who created the value in the first place.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2014-3-27 11:15:15 |Display all floors
teachingchinese,
You are correct my friend.
The child suffers poverty because working class parents create value and the value is stolen by rich capitalists.
There isn't a billionaire who worked 20,000 times harder or longer than the average working class American.
And that would be a billionaire who only has one billion dollars.
Bill Gates never came close to working 1,000,000 times harder or longer than the Average American.
The only explanation for such obscene wealth is criminal activity, whether it is technically legal or not.
Even more immoral is that there are laws in America that let this obscene wealth be hoarded by
a few individuals who don't do any real work but only indulge in scams and deals
to the detriment of the people who created the value in the first place.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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