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Save The Children!!!

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by: Jarvis Tyner
March 10 2011

Almost 25 percent of U.S. children are now living in poverty - the largest number since the Great Depression.
Since the current economic crisis began, child poverty has grown by two million to some 16 million youngsters
nationally.
According to the Children's Defense Fund's 2010 report, "Children in America lag behind almost all industrialized
nations on key child indicators. The United States has the unwanted distinction of being the worst among industrialized
nations in relative child poverty, in the gap between rich and poor, in teen birth rates and in child gun violence."
Overall, the country is experiencing the fastest fall from "middle-class" life to poverty in the 51 years since
government started counting the poor.
Recently, CBS's 60 Minutes aired a segment on child poverty that served as a powerful reminder that every day
millions of American children are facing the harsh realities of homelessness and hunger.
In the segment, reporters sat down with a group of about 30 black, brown and white children and asked them to share
their experiences. They eloquently told their stories of what it's like being poor.
Many began to cry as they recounted having to ask their classmates for leftover food at school. One spoke of the shame
of having to live in the family car; another spoke about going to a church food bank.
When asked if any had experienced their lights being cut off, almost all the hands went up. The children recounted how
they had to do their homework by flashlight and candlelight. Most were living in cheap motels; some lived in family cars.
As the show pointed out, this situation is largely a consequence of over one million people having been evicted from
their homes last year. This year, at least one million more homes will be foreclosed
60 Minutes didn't deal with the racist aspects of this crisis and how mortgage scams were aimed primarily at black and
Latino working families. Yet racism and poverty are intertwined: 25 percent of African Americans live below the poverty
line. Presently, 35.7 percent of African American children live in poverty compared to one in five children living in
poverty overall. 26.9 percent of Latino households live in poverty compared to 14.6 percent overall. White children,
however, are numerically the largest group of children living in such conditions.
Sadly, instead of dealing forthrightly with these problems, the right wing has switched the script. Now the talk is
about deficits and taxes when the real issue is jobs and the welfare of families and children.
These problems are rooted in the capitalist exploitation of the working class. They are caused by low wages, the massive
export of jobs, and discrimination in hiring.
All of this has been made worse by the 30-year dominance of anti-working class policies of the extreme right, which
caused the recent economic crisis.
Working families are poorer because the wealth created by their labor has been expropriated by the richest of the rich.
Record profits and record poverty go hand and hand. Indeed, the reduced buying power of working people because of poverty
wages is a big factor in what caused the economic collapse. Today 14.6 percent of all families are living in poverty.
Balancing the books on the backs of poor children, the elderly, the infirm and jobless is morally and politically
unacceptable. Trying to destroy unions is not going to save the children. Cutting funds to education, nutrition, and
childcare, firing teachers and firefighters is no solution to the crisis. But that is what the ultra right is doing
The way out of this crisis is to stop blaming the victims and to make the wealthy culprits pay.

It is irresponsible and immoral not to do so. The time has come to tax them.

Tax them for the children

Tax them until it hurts.A better and peaceful world is possible — a world where people and nature come before profits. That’s socialism.
That’s our vision. We are the Communist Party USA.
 

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by: Jarvis Tyner
March 10 2011

Almost 25 percent of U.S. children are now living in poverty - the largest number since the Great Depression.
Since the current economic crisis began, child poverty has grown by two million to some 16 million youngsters
nationally.
According to the Children's Defense Fund's 2010 report, "Children in America lag behind almost all industrialized
nations on key child indicators. The United States has the unwanted distinction of being the worst among industrialized
nations in relative child poverty, in the gap between rich and poor, in teen birth rates and in child gun violence."
Overall, the country is experiencing the fastest fall from "middle-class" life to poverty in the 51 years since
government started counting the poor.
Recently, CBS's 60 Minutes aired a segment on child poverty that served as a powerful reminder that every day
millions of American children are facing the harsh realities of homelessness and hunger.
In the segment, reporters sat down with a group of about 30 black, brown and white children and asked them to share
their experiences. They eloquently told their stories of what it's like being poor.
Many began to cry as they recounted having to ask their classmates for leftover food at school. One spoke of the shame
of having to live in the family car; another spoke about going to a church food bank.
When asked if any had experienced their lights being cut off, almost all the hands went up. The children recounted how
they had to do their homework by flashlight and candlelight. Most were living in cheap motels; some lived in family cars.
As the show pointed out, this situation is largely a consequence of over one million people having been evicted from
their homes last year. This year, at least one million more homes will be foreclosed
60 Minutes didn't deal with the racist aspects of this crisis and how mortgage scams were aimed primarily at black and
Latino working families. Yet racism and poverty are intertwined: 25 percent of African Americans live below the poverty
line. Presently, 35.7 percent of African American children live in poverty compared to one in five children living in
poverty overall. 26.9 percent of Latino households live in poverty compared to 14.6 percent overall. White children,
however, are numerically the largest group of children living in such conditions.
Sadly, instead of dealing forthrightly with these problems, the right wing has switched the script. Now the talk is
about deficits and taxes when the real issue is jobs and the welfare of families and children.
These problems are rooted in the capitalist exploitation of the working class. They are caused by low wages, the massive
export of jobs, and discrimination in hiring.
All of this has been made worse by the 30-year dominance of anti-working class policies of the extreme right, which
caused the recent economic crisis.
Working families are poorer because the wealth created by their labor has been expropriated by the richest of the rich.
Record profits and record poverty go hand and hand. Indeed, the reduced buying power of working people because of poverty
wages is a big factor in what caused the economic collapse. Today 14.6 percent of all families are living in poverty.
Balancing the books on the backs of poor children, the elderly, the infirm and jobless is morally and politically
unacceptable. Trying to destroy unions is not going to save the children. Cutting funds to education, nutrition, and
childcare, firing teachers and firefighters is no solution to the crisis. But that is what the ultra right is doing
The way out of this crisis is to stop blaming the victims and to make the wealthy culprits pay.

It is irresponsible and immoral not to do so. The time has come to tax them.

Tax them for the children


Tax them until it hurts.A better and peaceful world is possible — a world where people and nature come before profits. That’s socialism.
That’s our vision. We are the Communist Party USA.
The bolded position in your post has already been taken, by the Democrats, but thanks for asking. ;)
 

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The bolded position in your post has already been taken, by the Democrats, but thanks for asking. ;)
for the middle class, gotta love those tax loopholes.
 

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by: Jarvis Tyner
March 10 2011

Almost 25 percent of U.S. children are now living in poverty - the largest number since the Great Depression.

Since the current economic crisis began, child poverty has grown by two million to some 16 million youngsters
nationally.
Economic crises make everyone poorer. The richer you are, the more drastically less rich you become during economic downturns. Check it out if you don't believe me. No one lost more money during the downturn than the richest folks, and that's because much of their net worth is tied up in non-liquid investments whose value fluctuates more dramatically. Overall, the success of the rich and the success of the poor move in the same directions... not at the same speed, but nonetheless in the same directions.

Worldwide, the poverty rate has dropped (thanks mostly to China and India's greater embrace of capitalistic economic policies), yet the number of children in poverty has not dropped significantly, if at all. Why? Because poor people keep reproducing at a much faster rate than makes sense.

Save the children, indeed. The best way to "save the children" is to slow the blazing rate at which the poorest (read: least able to provide for them) breed more of them.
 
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