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We need to talk about the politics of economics of livelihood

The Associated Press reports today:

Poorest poor in US hits new record: 1 in 15 people
See link to story below my comment.
by Alan L. Maki on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 1:08pm


What the hell is it politicians do not understand about the relationship between unemployment and poverty?

If you are unemployed you are going to be poor.

These politicians don’t understand the relationship between poverty-wage jobs and poverty, either; workers paid a poverty wage and going to be poor.

The solution is obvious: A full-employment economy with real living wage jobs for everyone with Affirmative Action being enforced to create a level playing field for everyone until a full-employment economy is created.

Do the politicians need to learn to connect the dots?

Wealth and resources being squandered on wars and militarism prevent solving the problems of the people.

Putting people to work solving the problems of the people is the way to create jobs.

A National Public Health Care System is what we need to solve this health care mess; creating such a system will create 15 million new, good-paying, living-wage jobs.

Creating a National Public Child Care System will create at least 5 million new jobs.

Paying Wal-mart employees and casino workers employed in the Indian Gaming Industry along with those employed at sweatshops like Lillian Vernon, Burger King and McDonald’s real living wages will take millions of workers out of poverty.

If union “leaders” are going to shirk their responsibility in organizing workers while choosing to back Wall Street creeps like Barack Obama, instead, we will have to seek universal social programs as the solutions to our problems including forcing the government to enact a minimum wage that is a real living wage based on all actual cost of living factors as calculated by the high-paid bureaucrats employed by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Alan Greenspan in his book, “The Age of Turbulence,” points out how important these statistics are for corporations when it comes to maximizing profits— well, these facts, figures and statistics are vitally important to working people in our struggle for a just and adequate standard of living free from poverty.

Fight for peace to end poverty and injustice.

How is Barack Obama’s Wall Street war economy working for you? According to this Associated Press story published on Yahoo which I reprint below, for millions of Americans the answer is: Not good. So, what are we going to do about this?


Click on link for full story, video and graphics:

Poorest poor in US hits new record: 1 in 15 people

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America’s poorest poor have climbed to a record high — 1 in 15 people — spread widely across metropolitan areas as the housing bust pushed many inner-city poor into suburbs and other outlying places and shriveled jobs and income.

New census data paint a stark portrait of the nation’s haves and have-nots at a time when unemployment remains persistently high. It comes a week before the government releases first-ever economic data that will show more Hispanics, elderly and working-age poor have fallen into poverty.

In all, the numbers underscore the breadth and scope by which the downturn has reached further into mainstream America.

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