Poverty

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Around the World:

Extreme poverty in the world has decreased considerably in the past three decades

www.worldbank.org/content/dam/Worldbank/document/State_of_the_poor_paper_April17.pdf

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The most remarkable achievement in human history, and one you probably never heard about.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/01/chart_of_the_century.html

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In the last 20 years the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has almost halved.

www.gapminder.org/GapminderMedia/wp-uploads/Results-from-the-Ignorance-Survey-in-the-US..pdf

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the [World Bank] data indicate a decline in both the poverty rate and the number of poor in all six regions of the developing world.“

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTPOVCALNET/Resources/Global_Poverty_Update_2012_02-29-12.pdf

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Obese now outnumber hungry

http://www.rte.ie/news/special-reports/2011/0922/306460-worldfood/

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In the last three decades, the number of adults estimated to be obese in the developing world has almost quadrupled to 904 million, overtaking the number in rich countries.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24838-obesity-epidemic-becomes-worldwide-phenomenon.html#.Us7xzrSPCuo

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9 Things You Should Know About World Hunger

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/10/10/9-things-you-should-know-about-world-hunger/

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Bono: “Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid”

http://blog.independent.org/2013/08/12/bono-capitalism-takes-more-people-out-of-poverty-than-aid/

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In the U.S.:

According the U.S. government’s own numbers, there is no poverty left in America.

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/12/05/the-end-of-poverty-in-america/?print=1

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“… [President Obama’s] own government finds that the 46 million living below the so-called ‘poverty line’ live and spend pretty much like everyone else.”

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/feds-‘poor’-consume-rich/348206

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Almost all Americans, whether considered ‘rich’ or ‘poor,’ are better off economically today than in previous times.

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/st312.pdf

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“… there is a prevailing sentiment that the middle class and the poor have been left behind…  Much of this sentiment stems from official measures, which paint a bleak picture of the well-being of the middle class and the poor…  This grim picture is inaccurate for several reasons.”

http://www.aei.org/docLib/Material-Well-Being-Poor-Middle-Class.pdf

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Regrettably, most discussions of poverty in the U.S. rely on sensationalism, exaggeration, and misinformation.  But an effective anti-poverty policy must be based on an accurate assessment of actual living conditions and the causes of deprivation.  In the long term, grossly exaggerating the extent and severity of material deprivation in the U.S. will benefit neither he poor, the economy, nor society as a whole.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/07/being_poor_in_america_what_does_that_mean.html

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the average poor family, as defined by Census officials:

* Lives in a home that is in good repair, not crowded, and equipped with air conditioning, clothes washer and dryer, and cable or satellite TV service.

* Prepares meals in a kitchen with a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave as well as oven and stove.

* Enjoys two color TVs, a DVD player, VCR and — if children are there — an Xbox, PlayStation, or other video game system.

* Had enough money in the past year to meet essential needs, including adequate food and medical care.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/272081/modern-poverty-includes-ac-and-xbox-ken-mcintyre

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… [health] inequality has declined dramatically [in the U.S.] over the past century [without Obamacare]. It has continued to decline even in the past 40 years, a period over which it is generally thought that income inequality has risen considerably.

http://www.aei.org/files/2012/11/19/-slavov-an-alternate-perspective-on-health-inequality_160913166704.pdf

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… the number of those filing tax returns who pay no income taxes now… amount[s] to a staggering 41% of all tax returns.  Compare that with 1990, when only about 21% of tax returns were found to have no tax liability.

http://news.investors.com/articleprint/619029/201207201838/increase-in-nonpayers-of-taxes-spells-trouble.aspx

[ASND reminds readers that those 41% of U.S. citizens who pay no income taxes at all are not the so-called “ 1% ”   rich .]

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The elderly are better off than advertised

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-elderly-are-better-off-than-advertised/2011/05/15/AFo48Q4G_story.html?hpid=z4

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How Differences in the Cost of Living Affect Low-Income Families

www.ncpa.org/pdfs/ib133.pdf

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Poverty tour’ stirs debate about whether Obama policies have helped African Americans

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poverty-tour-fuels-debate-on-obamas-policies-and-african-americans/2011/08/08/gIQA7yZD3I_story.html?hpid=z4

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“… in 2000 the difference in life expectancy for people from deprived areas was 6.5 years less than those from the most affluent areas, but by 2005 this had reduced to 4.2 years.”

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110825202411.htm

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Crime and the Great Recession

Jobs have fled, lawbreaking hasn’t risen—and [liberal] criminologists are scratching their heads.

http://www.city-journal.org/2011/21_3_crime-decline.html

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Crime Down in L.A., Local Newspaper Baffled

[Because] here in Los Angeles the economic news has been even worse these past few years than it has been in the country as a whole.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/crime-down-in-la/?print=1

[So, what?  Are you suggesting poverty doesn’t necessarily cause crime?]

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… over the past 40 years measured productivity has increased 100 percent and average compensation has risen 77 percent.

http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2013/pdf/bg2825.pdf

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The War on Poverty’s Biggest Casualties: Blacks

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/matthew-vadum/the-war-on-povertys-biggest-casualties/print/

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Race Gap: Blacks Fall [Economically] Further Behind Under Obama

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-blacks-poverty-education/2014/01/08/id/545866

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9 Things You Should Know About Poverty in America

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/01/16/9-things-you-should-know-about-poverty-in-america/

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Poverty’s Causes:

... the notion that unemployment causes crime runs into some obvious difficulties.  For one thing, the 1960s, a period of rising crime, had essentially the same unemployment rate as the late 1990s and early 2000s, a period when crime fell.  Further, during the Great Depression, when unemployment hit 25 percent, the crime rate in many cities went down… [and] when the recent recession struck… [a]s the national unemployment rate doubled from around 5 percent to nearly 10 percent, the property-crime rate, far from spiking, fell significantly.

http://www.city-journal.org/2011/21_3_crime-decline.html

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Sorry U.N., Countries Are Poor Thanks To Bad Policy, Not A Lack Of Cash

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougbandow/2013/08/26/sorry-u-n-countries-are-poor-thanks-to-bad-policy-not-a-lack-of-cash/print/

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What causes poverty in America?

http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2010/pdf/EconHitsHome_Poverty.PDF

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What’s Driving High Poverty Numbers [again in 2012] ?

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/09/12/whats-driving-high-poverty-numbers/?utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=culturewatch

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Single mother families make up half of all households in poverty

http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/325/single-mother-families-make-up-half-of-all-households-in-poverty?utm_source=strategicmktg&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=culturewatch

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Why Is The Latino Poverty Rate So High?

Unwed Childbearing

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/11/24/why-is-the-latino-poverty-rate-so-high/

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Drug Overdose Now the Leading Cause of Death Among Homeless Adults in Boston

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130114161459.htm

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Welfare:

“… it is the dramatic expansion of eligibility for these programs — spreading their benefits well into the middle class — that has driven the explosion of [federal entitlement] spending.  Today, more than half of the [welfare] benefits allocated through programs we think of as ‘anti-poverty’ efforts actually go to people above the poverty line as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.  As a result, our poverty programs — once justified and defended as a safety net for Americans truly in need — exist, increasingly, to make life more comfortable for the middle class.”

http://www.nationalaffairs.com/doclib/20120923_Armor.pdf

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Since the War on Poverty began in 1964, welfare spending has skyrocketed

http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/310/since-the–war-on-poverty–began-in-1964-welfare-spending-has-skyrocketed?utm_source=strategicmktg&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=culturewatch

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The American Welfare State

How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty—and Fail

http://www.scribd.com/doc/88767476/The-American-Welfare-State-How-We-Spend-Nearly-1-Trillion-a-Year-Fighting-Poverty-And-Fail-Cato-Policy-Analysis-No-694

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Massive amounts of government “stimulus” have done virtually nothing for the poor, other than providing an increasing disincentive to work.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/arnold-ahlert/governments-war-on-poverty-reduction/print/

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United States [taxpayers] spent over $60,000 [in 2011] to support welfare programs  per each household that is in poverty.

http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/over-60000-welfare-spentper-household-poverty_657889.html

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Study: More Than Half a Trillion Dollars Spent on Welfare But Poverty Levels Unaffected

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/study-more-half-trillion-dollars-spent-welfare-poverty-levels-unaffected

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Despite hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars spent…

The official poverty rate has declined minimally since the late 1960s

http://www.familyfacts.org/charts/320/the-official-poverty-rate-has-declined-minimally-since-the-late-1960s?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

[Obviously, then, the solution to this problem is to spend even more.]

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Obama’s food stamp epidemic

http://www.lauraingraham.com/b/Obamas-food-stamp-epidemic/572782412160261364.html

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The Food-Stamp Crime Wave

The number of food-stamp recipients has soared to 44 million from 26 million in 2007.  Not surprisingly, fraud and abuse are rampant.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304657804576401412033504294.html

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Seattle welfare recipient lives in million-dollar home

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/seattle-welfare-recipient-lives-million-dollar-home-161252749.html

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Conservatism & Poverty:

Effective compassion doesn’t settle for handouts; it goes beyond material need

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/01/09/its-not-enough-to-care-about-the-poor/

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How to Fight Poverty — and Win

http://blog.heritage.org/2014/01/08/war-on-poverty-at-50-years-how-to-fight-poverty-and-win/print/

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One of the most notable shifts [in the electorate] is the GOP gain among… the poor.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/07/obama_losing_support_of_young_and_poor_whites.html

[Hmm…]

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Does Advocating Limited Government Mean Abandoning the Poor?

http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2011/pdf/bg2551.pdf

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House Republican Budget Plan Would Benefit the Poor

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/05/house_republican_budget_plan_w.html

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Liberalism & Poverty:

The Left Misses the Point on Poverty in America

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/action/rick-perry.html?

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Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?

Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing [liberals].”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/registering_the_poor_to_vote_is_un-american.html

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How the Dual Income Destroys the Lower Classes

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/how_the_dual_income_destroys_the_lower_classes.html

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The Class Warfare We Need

http://www.american.com/archive/2011/december/the-class-warfare-we-need

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Five myths about healthy eating

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-healthy-eating/2011/10/10/gIQAK9uZkL_print.html

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Obama’s New Poverty Measure ‘Spreads the Wealth’

New measures of poverty serve only to justify the welfare state.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/282634

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Debate brews over new method to measure poverty

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-11-07/census-poverty/51108410/1

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Homeless Lady with 15 Kids: ‘Somebody Needs to Pay for All My Children’

http://nation.foxnews.com/homelessness/2011/12/01/homeless-lady-15-kids-somebody-needs-pay-all-my-children

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Minimum Wage:

The evidence indicates that workers initially earning near the minimum wage are adversely affected by minimum wage increases, while, not surprisingly, higher-wage workers are little affected.  Although wages of low-wage workers increase , their hours and employment decline, and the combined effect of these changes is a decline in earned income.”

Journal of Human Resources, 2004, Vol. 39, pp. 424-50.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w7519

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“[Dr.] David Neumark, director of the Center for Economics and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, said no ‘sensible economist’ would argue for a doubling of the minimum wage…  Neumark said a consensus view is emerging [among economists] that a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage reduces employment among lowest-skilled groups by 1 percent to 2 percent.  Look no farther for evidence of the negative effects of a high minimum wage than Washington and the other states raising the minimum wage: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, and Vermont.  All eight states have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25.  Seven of these eight states already have unemployment rates above the national median.”

http://www.worldmag.com/printer.cfm?id=19136

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The Minimum Wage Is Cruelest To Those Who Can’t Find A Job

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesdorn/2013/07/22/the-minimum-wage-is-cruelest-to-those-who-cant-find-a-job/print/

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The higher the price of labor, the lower the demand. This is so basic that it defies logic to claim otherwise.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-09-04/can-we-pay-a-minimum-wage-that-makes-everyone-rich-.html

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Study: Minimum Wage Hike Would Do Little to Alleviate Poverty

http://freebeacon.com/study-minimum-wage-hike-would-do-little-to-alleviate-poverty/?print=1

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Arguably the most important thing in the debate about the minimum wage is that hardly anyone makes it.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/04/27/the-last-office-taboo-for-women-doing-your-business-at-work.html

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Raising the Minimum Wage Is No Free Lunch

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/10/21/raising-the-minimum-wage-kills-jobs-for-low-skill-workers

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Unintended Consequences of Raising the Minimum Wage

mercatus.org/sites/default/files/unintended-consequences-raising-minimum-wage.pdf

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Primer: Minimum Wage and Combating Poverty

http://americanactionforum.org/research/primer-minimum-wage-and-combating-poverty

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Businesses Stung by $15-an-Hour Pay

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304202204579252413945322426#printMode

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The Minimum Wage Issue…Again

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/the_minimum_wage_issueagain.html

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The total number of individuals without electric power is put at about 1.5 billion, or a quarter of the world’s population, concentrated mostly in Africa and southern Asia.

http://american.com/archive/2012/june/energy-abundance-vs-the-poverty-of-energy-literacy

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Yardsticks commonly used by the federal government and international organizations to measure poverty in America and other countries are inconsistent with each other

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/bg169.pdf

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Basically, the poor play all the lotteries.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-rich-people-and-poor-people-play-the-lottery-2012-3#ixzz2DaM7qdwY

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