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News wrap up, July 12

We spent a good deal of time with the news media yesterday, catching up on what the President, Romney, and our fellow New Yorkers and other public figures are doing. The prevailing stories of the day were whether or not Mitt Romney lied about how long he was at Bain Capital; whether the reputation of [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:06+00:00 July 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GOP race is “heating up”

I've watched the GOP debates, including the latest, South Carolina. The practical and intellectual content is about as hot as a wet pickle. The content is smoke and mirrors: nothing about banking systems, foreclosures, justice, the dismantling of free speech via the National Defense Reauthorization Act, or the poverty that creates the need for the [...]

Another day at a NYS training

Yesterday my trainer made a comment that we the attendees are trying to better ourselves, as opposed to those "sitting home on welfare." It is interesting that so many people who consider themselves very egalitarian, who would never dream of insulting someone because of their skin color, will regularly bash the poor. I spoke to [...]

What I see

I've seen so much in the past year as a caseworker in rural New York to confirm my belief: the government and the banks seek to cement the poor into perpetual poverty. The sacrifice of 20% or so of the population is necessary so as to preserve the fear that motivates most of the rest [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:06+00:00 November 20th, 2011|Poverty and income, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Job Training is not a social policy

Americans like believing that the solution to every social and economic problem is job training. Outsourcing? Job training. Economically depressed neighborhoods? Job training. Impoverished single mothers? You guessed it. We’re job training ourselves silly. We even have a bill in Congress called the Seniors Offering Quality Child Care Act, HR 335. Why should all those [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:06+00:00 September 17th, 2011|Poverty and income, Uncategorized|0 Comments