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Hurricane Sandy Challenges a Cashless Society!

Hurricane Sandy Challenges a Cashless Society!

 

One of the systems that the global elite have picked up speed on implementation is that of a cashless society. Recently, in the U.K. that has taken the form of using cell-phones to withdraw cash, and making certain payments with plans to introduce a national I.D. card which will probably be in the RFID form.  In Japan, it has been in the form of using the palms of one’s hands instead of an ATM card with all one’s personal details: date of birth, and ‘biological’ information.  In the U.S. and the U.K. RFID’s (smart cards) have been introduced for personal I.D.  in certain areas, and punishment if one refuses.

One group of people not mentioned in the wrath of Hurricane Sandy are the unemployed, and the homeless.  The homeless who could not get shelter anywhere have had to face Hurricane Sandy head on.

 

For the not so homeless, but the very unemployed they have had to face living on food stamps with which they cannot obtain food.

 

Jorge Rivas reports on the lower East Side of New York that consists of multi-story public housing complexes which are without electricity, heat or even water.  With 3 feet of snow falling in West Virginia already one wonders what kind of winter they will face.

For the people on Lower East Side, they are also facing the reality that they cannot buy food with their food stamps. Their cash and supplemental nutritional allowance is electronic (Electronic Benefit Cards), and most shops in their locality also have no electricity and are unable to run the EBT’s through credit card transactions. In other words they can only accept cash!

For all those complaining about the level of looting going on, this is one aspect that has not been factored in.  If global government intends to ensure control over our money through credit cards or RFID’s whether one is employed or unemployed global governance have not factored in natural disasters. Maybe these people are a part of a depopulation exercise, the trouble is, when a natural disaster hits an ATM, a server, or any other means of electronic mechanism along the chain, it will not select according to class!

Source:

Rivas, J. “Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food.” http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/11/without_electricity_new_yorkers_on_food_stamps_cant_pay_for_food.html

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Forced to Go on a Smart Meter that Causes Disease or No Power At All!*

Food By Permission of the Government Only!*

One Economy, One Government, Your World!

Conspiracy Theory Made Flesh in Front of Our Very Eyes

Spanish are Pulling Cash Out at Record Rate*

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Occupy World: NATO Protests Get Ugly!

Occupy World: NATO Protests Get Ugly!

 

The law that makes it a crime to protest anywhere in the U.S., the H.R. 347: Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, was in full swing on May 20, 2012 for the NATO summit in which began in Sunday May 19 to discuss their road map for Afghanistan, Iran and Syria – deemed as a pro-war summit. This follows a May, 3-4 missile defense conference where 50 NATO member states attended the Moscow conference.

With NORTHCOM and the National Guard on duty, what  began as a peaceful protest against NATO being in Afghanistan instead of bringing the troops and the money spent home, became volatile as three protestors were arrested and charged with terrorism! Charged without evidence for:

  • Possession of an explosive or incendiary device
  • Conspiracy to commit terrorism
  • Providing material support to terrorism

National Lawyers Guild confirmed there was lack of evidence against three people who were in fact arrested from their car.

Just being in Chicago is a risk reports Stephen Lendman with the feeling that one could be “stopped, searched, interrogated, even arrested.”

Sound cannons that can cause permanent loss of hearing were in place with satellites on vehicles and high poles, along with new armour for the police, shields, “hippie-beaters,” and surveillance cameras according to Lendman as well as water canons.

CNN reports beating of protestors with batons, 45 arrests by Sunday, with police dragging bloodied protestors from out of sight. If this was Egypt, one wonders what the media coverage would be!

Of course the police blamed the protestors, and even accused them of using red paint to make it look gory.

President Putin’s concerns, which are echoed by American activists.

“At the end of the day it refers to one type of situation, namely one center of authority, one center of force, one center of decision-making.”

It’s a world with “one master, one sovereign. And at the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within.”

“And this certainly has nothing in common with democracy. Because, as you know, democracy is the power of the majority in light of the interests and opinions of the minority.”

“Incidentally, Russia ­ we ­ are constantly being taught about democracy. But for some reason those who teach us do not want to learn themselves.

“Today we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force ­ military force ­ in international relations, force that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts.”

“We are seeing a greater and greater disdain for the basic principles of international law.”

“One state and, of course, first and foremost the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way.”

To add to the confrontation between NATO vs. the People, the infamous hacking group, Anonymous declared bringing down of NATO website, and the Chicago Police Department. With world governments gearing up for a complete shutdown by the Sun, nature might come out in support of the People.

Sources:

Labott, E. “Police, Protesters Clash Outside NATO Summit.” http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/20/us/us-nato-summit/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Lendman, S. “Life in Occupied Chicago.” http://www.rense.com/general95/lifeinoccu.html

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The Declaration of Occupy Atlanta*

Syria and the New American Century

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U.S: Privatizing the Postal System

Privatizing the Postal System

From Occupy for Jobs

A class war is now on against workers–organized and unorganized; poor and oppressed, women and LGBT. The class enemy’s one face is that of unprecedented wealth, the 1%. They aim to privatize trillions of dollars of public property, including the Post Office system. Outsourcing threatens 200,000 postal jobs, and 3,600 Post Offices, processing and distribution centers.

For the targeted communities of Black and other people of color and for the rural poor, all who depend on these services, the cuts are a monumental disaster. Immigrants, seniors, the disabled will be forced to travel long distances to pay bills or send money.

Today 42 years since the 1970 strike, the 1% in transnational banks, corporate monopolies, private equity conglomerates, and plantation land-syndicates are planning to expand their racist austerity programs. Communities of color are fighting back with their own demands for jobs and income, an end to hunger and poverty, to evictions and foreclosures, to immigrant-bashing and deportations, to “stop and frisk,” and for a social contract with decent health care, free improved public education, and affordable housing. The postal struggle joins these life and death struggles. Our multinational working class is coming together, organized and unorganized, to resist this class war.

Organizations like Occupy 4 Jobs and the Bail Out the People Movement are on the front lines confronting this unprecedented attack. Bail Out the People has issued a call for resistance, and has supported the call for the March 17 march and rally.

There is a growing list of labor and community organizations adding their support.

NATIONAL CALL TO KEEP POST OFFICES OPEN

DEFEND THE POSTAL WORKERS
MARCH AND RALLY MARCH 17 IN NYC
2pm, March 17 RALLY at MAIN POST OFFICE
32nd St& 8th Ave, Manhattan
12 noon Rally at Union Square – 14 St, Manhattan.
1pm Rally at the Fulton Housing / Port Authority P.O at 15 St & 9th Ave.
March to G.P.O. at 32rd St & 8th Ave for 2pm RALLY

www.occupy4jobs.org

www.bailoutpeople.org

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Bye Bye First Amendment!

Sanity to Be Redefined

What’s Happening to the Occupy World 2012

To the U.S. Elections and All Upcoming Elections!

What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom!

Twitter Joins Silencing the 99%

U.S: Blocking the Right to Protest

Selling the Constitution

Anti-Austerity and Living on the Edge

Anti-Austerity and Living on the Edge

By Hwaa Irfan

I pray governments facing anti-austerity measures are looking deep within and at the individuals who make up the lower classes of society. This section of society has been the tools used to build what has been wasted. These people have been the ones whose appetites have been whetted over a long period of time by governments who prior to the global economic crisis were almost on the verge of believing in their invincibility.  It could almost be considered a success story to have driven individuals within society to the believing that governments could do it all. It could almost be considered a success story to have ‘converted’ individuals into believing that values were ‘old fashioned’, the sky’s the limit, and all desires can be fed. The diminishing rate of diversity and independent thought was dwindling fast, and the only currency acted on behalf the state to create a society of automatons who could be led wherever the state wind blows.  It is with contempt that governments increasingly find themselves not in need of or affected by public opinion. Like U.S. food aid which seeks to ‘introduce’ into a starving community foreign foods to increase demand for U.S. foods, so have governments increased dependency on governments for all solutions – amazing given the state of the world!

In the U.S. as mid-terms elections are about jobs and nothing else, voters forget  how it was they who allowed Administration after Administration spend extravagantly their wealth waging economic, scientific, food, socio-cultural, and military war in and against other countries; as if changing governments will change the problem in their interest.  It was not as if British civil society was not riddled with the problems from poverty, child abuse, broken families, mental health, teenage pregnancies, and a growing problem with education and the health service, prior to the global economic crisis, so what more could possibly be in store.

With a growing sense of powerlessness amongst the people when it comes to the running of countries in the West, the illusion has been shattered that they are any better off than any developing country. It may even take a while, and a few more attempts at current systems to realize that what was had, and enjoyed by a few globally speaking, is quite literally costing the earth and therefore unsustainable. Until that realization dawns for many instead of a few, here we are faced with deteriorating societies who may very well be left to cope or not cope on their own.

It must be a frightening time for the youth who until now had hope to take their respective places in the world, but find that adults who have told them for most of their lives have left very little to hope for. Of course there is always hope where self esteem, and imagination is intact, but in the journey to this depot, many have not learnt how to do, but have only learnt how to have. Boredom and frustration can lead to doing crazy and sometimes dangerous things in order just to feel that one is alive. Like the massive underground rave parties which are illegal in the U.K. returning on the public scene. Obviously designed to not be in this place or time on the planet, raves offer a time out from the humdrum of life. They also offer a brain numbing experience, as the musical fix is about image rather than feelings, with music so loud on 30th October 2010. The police were called in to end what has been illegal for over 20 years.

Unlike its British African-Caribbean roots which were house parties which offered the opportunity for attendees to help someone pay their rent, and to connect with others of the same values in a hostile environment,  raves  offer the youth a cheap alternative on a massive proportion.  There reputation not only as noise pollutants, but as hot spots of illegalities led to being banned. The rave in the heart of the city in a disused building in London, U.K. in October 2010 was announced on Facebook to ensure full attendance. Said one raver aged 27 to the Guardian:

“There is a self-entitlement with the generation that has grown up on the internet. They’ve already destroyed the music and publishing industry, now they’re working on destroying the film industry. Next might be the event industry which is crying out to be destroyed.

“There is a genuine feeling that if they want to do it, then why can’t they do it? If we want free songs, then why can’t we get free songs? If we want these parties in the centre of London then why don’t we have these parties in the centre of London?” 

The logic may not be apparent, but the fact that this ravers finds nothing worth being accountable to is. 

The rave was to packed (400) for police to gatecrash, so all roads leading to the rave were closed. The ravers rushed on the police, and by 12.50am the rave officially qualified as a serious public disorder. The Territorial Support Group arrived on the scene, and by 1.00am bottles and bricks were flying, and shop windows were being broken, yet by 1.45am there was a new influx of ravers! It was not until 4.15am that the police were able to enter. 

There is less and less for youth to look up to in the public sphere where true mentors are severely lacking. Just take a look at the behavior of Italian President Berlusconi, who is being investigated by his own MPs over a sex scandal involving many women, including prostitutes. How can one respect such a head of state? 

The problem with raves though is the psychological impact. As much as the talk from ravers is one of liberty and freedom, the rave enforces a cloned identity, a mob identity. It is almost like being in a trance. The drugs on the scene probably have a lot to do with it, but the music played is a drug within itself. Instead of the collective experience being a liberating experience, it entraps the mind making one mindless, and like any addiction it is a form of escapism that hungers to be maintained. 

The Reality

In Britain today, the welfare state costs £190bn a year! Some of that is needed to help those who are after all a product of the state. In an effort to cut that welfare bill, the U.K. has been looking to the U.S. for a solution. That solution currently a White Paper, aims to cut the number of people out of work by forcing the unemployed to do voluntary work for at least 30 hours over a 4-week period. If this is not done, then they will get no social security allowance for three months!

Putting on a rave is one way of making money as the social security allowance currently is £50.95 weekly for the under 25’s and £64.30 for over 25’s. This is not a significant amount in a country where the cost of living is high, but there are many ways of making a living, which anti-austerity measures may cause to become more common than previously, which may counter the aim to get the unemployed back into the routine of working for a living. Depending on where and how they live, this may be a problem given the independent report by the charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation that the basic standard of living in the U.K. for a single person is £14,400 before tax! That is £175.34 per week, and for a family with two children £29,900. However, this is based on current spending needs, which allows one to be part of society, and not excluded from societal norms. For example the charity points out the rising cost of food on low income families, the need to buy presents for birthdays etc., home computers for school children, and then of course there is the rising cost of public transport, and childcare if one goes out to work.

Unemployment dropped by 8000 in September, which might be connected with the summer holidays after which many people tend to resign! Currently unemployment stands at 2.47 million. Does the U.K. have that number of jobs in offer? In some of the provincial cities, the rate of employment is as much as 32% (Liverpool), which presents a real culture of unemployment, when employment is linked to education.

By labeling all the unemployed as a culture of “worklessness” does not identify the problem, but exacerbates it because believe it or not, some people do want to improve their standard of living, and some people simply cannot! From the Guardian welfare worker Aubrey Lane outlined the following:

“I am a welfare rights officer working for a local authority. Most of my work comes from social workers either employed by the same authority or by the NHS. I help people with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, mental health problems or a mental illness, learning disabilities. I also help the elderly and those recovering from strokes or head injuries. I assist them to claim the benefits they are entitled to by getting their application forms right from the start. I help with all the state benefits but the vast majority of my work comes in the form of disability living allowance (DLA) and incapacity benefit (IB). Most importantly I accompany claimants to any appeal and speak on their behalf.

“All applications are processed by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff first, and in the case of incapacity and disability they can refer people for a medical opinion. When an application is not deemed suitable this is where the appeal process commences. It is quite intimidating for the individual concerned. They are being judged by a panel as to whether they are as disabled or incapable as they say.

“The system is very complicated, and application forms are both long and intimidating. Often, the questions require an opinion about how a person copes in different circumstances and at different times of the day. This causes confusion and concern, especially with the elderly and the mentally ill. People are genuinely frightened of saying the wrong thing.

“Atos, the company being awarded contracts to find many unfit people capable for work, has a long association in doing assessments of claimants both for IB and DLA. It does not have a very good reputation in my line of work. I have attended a number of medical assessments with clients and have had to explain the term “bipolar” to an Italian professional and “Asperger’s” to a Greek one – neither of whom seemed to have heard of the terms before, yet here they were passing judgment on my client’s fitness to work. I have seen claimants turned down on IB assessments with zero points, only to be awarded full entitlement at appeal, and have also seen DLA claimants found to be not entitled to any help, then have both high care and high mobility needs awarded at a tribunal. Clearly farcical!

“Many of our clients would simply not appeal without a reassuring presence of one of my excellent team. The resource of expert advice and support is essential to anyone wishing to appeal a decision. Sadly, that resource is becoming a scare commodity. This will leave many claimants alone and vulnerable, and they will simply not exercise their rights. This factor alone will fulfill the politicians ambition of reducing expenditure in the field of benefits.

“Contrary to what has been said, the vast majority of benefit claimants do not like to be thought of as getting something they don’t deserve. This is why under-claiming is so rife, especially among the senior citizens. But that doesn’t make headlines, does it?”

From welfare worker Matt Brown:

“I work as a freelance welfare rights officer and have worked for Citizens Advice bureaux, solicitors and Sure Start children’s centres over the past 17 years. I also find the government’s thinking on welfare both confused and confusing.

“I call to mind Jenny, a client of mine from an Exeter children’s centre. Her partner left her when their second child was three months old – her children are now eight and three respectively. Jenny is living in a two-bedroom private rented house in Wonford, which is the most deprived ward in Devon. She works 30 hours a week in a bid to balance work and bringing up children. She pays £79 per week for childcare for the youngest child while she is at work.

“Jenny gets £6.70 an hour and after tax and national insurance brings home £171 a week. The children share a room and the rent for her house is £650 a month. This is about average on the large estate, where once almost all the housing was council houses. Her tax credits amount to £219.76 a week, her child benefit is £33.70 and she gets £69.01 in housing benefit, which in her case is £641 per month. All told, the money she has left per week after rent , council tax and childcare is £316.99. Her total benefits – child benefit, tax credits, housing benefit – per week are £322.47.

“Jenny has made the best of a bad situation. With a child under seven years old, she could have chosen to remain on income support. If this was the case she would receive a total of £327.85, leaving her with a disposable income of £161.39. It costs the state directly £5.38 a week less to have Jenny working than having her do nothing. It benefits her by £152.60 a week to work (which is largely spent in the local economy and adds to tax revenues).

“The cuts will impact her. In April, her housing benefit will go down by around £27 per week overnight. Her tax credits will fall by £7.88 per week as allowable childcare costs reduce from 80% to 70%. Child benefit will be frozen, meaning a further reduction in real terms. Overnight she will be at least £35 a week worse off. How is this making work pay?

“So just what is being supported here? First, housing benefit is a symptom of the real problem of lack of affordable housing. If Jenny loses her job and goes on income support she will have to find at least £30 a week from her benefits to pay the rent. The rent will not go down, because there is a shortage of rental accommodation. She can’t easily move because she’s already in the cheapest part of Exeter. She will just be poorer.

“Second, tax credits are as much about supporting employers who are not paying a living wage as they are about “making work pay”. How sustainable this is from the public purse is a bigger problem than supporting the habitually work-shy. In Jenny’s case it is just £5.38 a week cheaper for the state to have Jenny working than not working”.

It has to be acknowledged that the problem is compounded in the city, whereby to get the basic necessities, one has to turn to a man-made resource, instead of the natural resources of the environment. In addition, the social support which was once widely available, is sparse to say the least. This is the living reality for many, of which the government underestimates their situations and what they are willing to do to redeem the situation. One can choose to ignore these examples and let it be their destiny to end up on the streets, the children failing at school, and/or getting into the kind of trouble that can last them a life time – an additional cost to the state in the long term. Or, one can do as some futuristic films suggests, when one is no longer of any use to the state, to be recycled/terminated!

It may be more honest to say that governmental ministers have not seriously thought about the kind of society they would like now and in the future. However, most of those ministers have come from the upper and middle classes and have no direct experience of what constitutes the majority in societal terms. For any concrete change, ministers need that experience for true understanding instead of from afar, but that is only possible by changing the electoral system so that corporate society remains that and does not have any influence whatsoever on the electoral system and governments, and so that worthy candidates from the bottom up have the opportunity to do what is needed, and not what is wanted both short term and long term. There are examples around the world, few, but some, so it is not as if it is not impossible to make a better world for all once ethics has a heavy hand, for without ethics, there is only self interest! Once governments can distinguish between what is their responsibility, and what is collective/individual responsibility, then peace becomes more possible both on the domestic front, and the global front.

Sources:

Brown, M. and Lane, A. “These Cuts Aren’t Building a ‘Big Society’; They’re Tearing It Down”. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/05/welfare-cuts-spending-review

Helm, T and Asthana, A. “Unemployed Told: Do Four Weeks Unpaid Work or Lose Your Benefits”. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/nov/07/unemployed-unpaid-work-lose-benefits  

Thomas, J. “Cost of Living in the U.K. Now Over £14,000”.http://www.knowyourmoney.co.uk/uk-living-costs-now-over-14000

Townsend, M. Return of Underground Rave Culture is Fuelled by the Recession and Facebook http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/nov/07/underground-rave-culture-recession-facebook

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To the Person with the Worst Job in the World

To the Person with the Worst Job in the World

By Hwaa Irfan

To be placed in the position of hero, savior, the only world leader capable of changing anything, all on a promise of the “Change we need”, is not an enviable position to be in not at least in my book. To top it, to be the president of America is like being the fall guy for the men who really run the U.S. Then because your hands are tied right in front of your very eyes, the people you swore to defend and protect, i.e. the voters are not really having a very pleasant time under the “new” Administration, especially if you are under a certain income bracket. This is no way to keep voters, and is the surest way for the bank rollers to buy time, and then to get rid of their fall guy who “seemingly” came into power in the middle of a crumbling America.

Under such conditions, the people to be feared are not the people at the top, but the people at the bottom – the disenfranchised.

Be afraid from the curse of the oppressed as there is no screen between his invocation and Allah” (Al-Bukhari 3: 43 #628)

The untold expense in bank-rolling Israel, the WOT in Iraq and Afghanistan, when in one’s own country:

• One in four California students lives in poverty, compared to one in six before the recession began.

• Students’ health, psychological and social service needs have increased with the recession.

• An epidemic of hunger grips many counties – a lot of students don’t eat at all when they go home.

• Homelessness among students is growing.

This is according to UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (IDEA) and the University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (ACCORD).

A California-wide database reports:

• 18.5 children aged 0 to 17 lived in families that struggled to put food on the table a majority of whom were non-Caucasian.

Well this is just California one might say, but if that is California, then what state is New York, the most expensive state in the U.S.

In Flint, Michigan where there was once 80,000 jobs with General Motors, there are now 7,500 jobs, growing unemployment, crime, sexual violence, human and drug trafficking, prostitution all to the extent the children are afraid to walk to the schools that offer nothing but failure.

As a result of the recession, the study “The Family Violence Prevention Fund” shows that:

• One-in-three teenagers reportbeing the victim of verbal, physical or sexual abuse.

Children

Children are the ones who suffer the most being at the receiving end of whatever calamity are being faced by adults. If everyone could wake up to the economic crisis has a sign to change, rather that hold onto, the situation might not look so gloomy, and the innocent could at least for a little while longer remain innocent. However, since 2007, in Canada and the U.S., there has been a sharp increase in head trauma being experienced by children. Hospitals faced a sudden rise in shaken baby syndrome, which resulted in death of babies in 2008.

Child abuse is likely to increase if there are situations like withdrawal of domestic abuse services. Maria Chavez told reporter Inga Buchbinder:

    “We turned away 624 families from our emergency shelter and we turned away 771 families from transitional housing” in 2009, Chavez said.“This is not because of funding cuts, but [with a] normal operating budget”.

A representative from the Domestic Violence Consortium said to New America Media:

    “The recession stops all the options because people are afraid to leave their jobs, afraid to go into shelters, afraid to lose their housing,”“It cuts down all the options for survivors, so sometimes they stay in very dangerous situations because they’re afraid of immigration issues.”

Maria Chavez, director of the Riley Center, which provides support groups, a crisis hotline, and emergency shelter to battered women, said a cut to funding would mean the Riley Center would have to turn away more women and families than it did last year.

The 2009 U.S. Child Being Index which declares that it has no political or other interest, play down their findings it would seem by making comparisons with their findings in the 1970s, which is unhelpful to any fiscal policy that would be so inclined to consider the needs of the population.

Smoking, drinking, drug abuse, obesity, and violent crimes has gone up significantly amongst youth. This alone are clear indicators that there is something seriously wrong on the familial level whether the members fall within the low income bracket or not.

The Index admits deterioration in health, social relations, and social/spiritual well being, which are clear indicators in the disintegration in the social fabric.

Cutbacks in tax revenue and social programs, means not just an “impact” on families, but the increased inability of low income families to support themselves. This in turn lays the ground for increased social instability, due to increase of personal insecurity which in turn feeds instances of emotional, psychological and physical abuse of members, which have reportedly increased significantly since the economic crisis though not mentioned in the Index. It is irresponsible to say that the positive side is that young people will be forced to stay in college longer because of the lack of job opportunity, when it costs to stay in college, who will pay the bill when families cannot? The reality id for Class of 2009, 1/5th of all graduates had found a job at the time of graduation, as compared to 50% from the Class of 2007.

It is not adequate to give an end date as to when it is “assumed” or in research parlance “ projected” as to when the unemployment crisis will peak. In the mean time, many families will and have been ending up without a home, at a time when the social safety nets have also been cut.

It is not adequate to reinforce stereotypes of certain members of the community, because they have a history of low income without objective supporting evidence. If they have a history of low income, then they will also have a problem with their youth staying in school, let alone college, and as we know there are many ways to make money illegally when money is the only solution to a depressing and potentially pathological situation. The Index only redeems itself in as much as it states:

    “Virtually all the progress made in family economic well-being since 1975 will be wiped out.” Young children and children from disadvantaged families will be particularly hard-hit. However, with continued investment in early childhood education and support for families, many of the negative impacts can be mitigated…”

However as we know, the only real investment taking place is on the level of Wall Street, and the military. The

• $708,853,235,820 that is spent on occupation of Iraq

• $2.70 billion to Israel (double the U.N’s entire budget)

• $636.3-billion to Afghanistan

All the above and more could be better invested in the low income families of America, in terms of education, health and vocational re-training. In fact these problems were self evident before the denied recession.

All policymakers, and politicians should spend 6 months, no a year as a member of a low income family with no external help, before they contemplate how these families should be left to survive. Shouldn’t one get one’s house in order before telling the rest of the world what to do?

Sources:
American Academy of Pediatrics (2010, May 7). “Children’s Well-Being Another Casualty of Recession: Researchers See Marked Increase in Abusive Head Trauma Cases During Economic Downturn”.

Axelrod, J. “In Flint, Unsafe Streets, Failing Schools”
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/07/20/business/childofrecession/main5175890.shtml?tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea

Buchbinder, I. “Groups Rally to Save Domestic Violence Services” http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=9f3be7348edd2efb9dffed475c035f68

Couric, K. “Tough Job Market For College Grads” http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/11/business/childofrecession/main5081708.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody
Zuehlke, E. “How is the Economic Recession Affecting U.S. Children Population Reference Bureau.
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