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(Yahoo)   Census Bureau: More Americans living in poverty; uninsured   (story.news.yahoo.com) divider line 856
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2004-08-26 12:50:48 PM
Obvious tag?
 
2004-08-26 12:51:49 PM
*raises hand*
 
2004-08-26 12:54:23 PM
Thank God we don't have 'socialized medicine', though.
 
2004-08-26 12:56:25 PM
Just wait ... the trickledown economics thing will be happening any minute now. Any minute now.
 
2004-08-26 12:57:24 PM
now watch this drive?
 
2004-08-26 12:59:42 PM
All the more reason to have a living wage
 
2004-08-26 01:00:08 PM
Oh baby, every day's a gamble without insurance!

/uninsured, not poverty-striken
 
2004-08-26 01:01:23 PM
Guess we should raise taxes so that they'll have more eh?
 
2004-08-26 01:01:46 PM
Yeah, well, uh, but, um, you know, it's just that OH MY GOD LOOK A TERRORIST!!!
 
2004-08-26 01:01:57 PM
Maybe they should get a job.
 
2004-08-26 01:02:28 PM
my god. are the rich people o.k. ?
 
2004-08-26 01:02:30 PM
/got no health insurance
 
2004-08-26 01:02:56 PM
So what is the answer?
 
2004-08-26 01:03:17 PM
I was both uninsured and living below the poverty level the entire time I was in college (5.5yrs). Best time of my life. So, what's the problem?
 
2004-08-26 01:03:46 PM
Drop-out rate increased dramatically over the last twenty years along with teen pregnancy. Hmm. Illiterates raising illiterates. Didn't Cosby cover this?
 
2004-08-26 01:03:59 PM
Guess we should raise taxes so that they'll have more eh?


Good idea D_I_A! But we'll have to do that just to stem the economic hemorraging caused by the Iraq war and W's failed policies.
 
2004-08-26 01:06:21 PM
Well who is surprised, seeing as the US has the second highest poverty rate in the modern industrial world. Also some states are equal to the poverty rate of Russia.
 
2004-08-26 01:07:21 PM
 
2004-08-26 01:07:50 PM
2004-08-26 01:01:57 PM NyQuiLlama

Maybe they should get a job.


You never cease to cause me pain.
 
2004-08-26 01:08:12 PM
Uh oh, more bad news for the economy; quick, someone raise the terrorist threat alert level!
 
2004-08-26 01:08:44 PM
No we need tort reform. In states where there's a cap on lawsuits, insurance rates (and hence costs) immediately drop for doctors.

Of course the lawyers cry foul.

We have one asshat in particular in Orlando... dog bite, call me! Kid born with disability? Must be the fault of the doctor!
 
2004-08-26 01:10:26 PM
Those folks living in poverty should have spent their tax break more wisely.

/Rush
 
2004-08-26 01:11:12 PM
But control, $100 only buys so much milk!
 
2004-08-26 01:12:00 PM
We live in the greatest country on earth. Our poor people live like kings. Stop whining.
 
2004-08-26 01:12:43 PM
So what is the answer?

Raise taxes on the rich. Then everyone will magically have money, health insurance, jobs, cars, boats, and everything will be grand!

Don't you know anything?
 
2004-08-26 01:12:55 PM
Poverty --> crime.

We'll stop whining about poverty when you stop whining about crime.
 
2004-08-26 01:13:10 PM
Nyquillama, not everyone who doesn't have health insurance is unemployed and sitting on the front porch smoking a blunt..

My college costs suck up the $350 I need for health insurance (monthly). I drive a $500 car and repair it myself.

But I bet your parents paid for your car and school.
 
2004-08-26 01:13:33 PM
So much for trickle down economics.

Can't wait to read all the comments about how lazy or stupid these people are.
 
2004-08-26 01:13:53 PM
If we could collectively acknowledge that the problem in this country isn't racism but rather classism, we could begin the process of fixing America.
 
2004-08-26 01:14:03 PM
2004-08-26 01:12:00 PM NyQuiLlama

We live in the greatest country on earth. Our poor people live like kings. Stop whining.


Dude, seriously... end it. Apparently you've never been poor. Get off Rush Limbaugh's dick and open your eyes. I hate to say it but you need to live a little.
 
2004-08-26 01:14:34 PM
a_e I refer you to my comments in an earlier thread concerning some folks that I know that fall into this category...
 
2004-08-26 01:15:30 PM
We have one asshat in particular in Orlando... dog bite, call me! Kid born with disability? Must be the fault of the doctor!

Isn't he running for vice president?
 
2004-08-26 01:16:46 PM
While I agree that if you can't make it here, you can't make it anywhere, saying "our poor people live like kings" is idiotic.

Our poor live like poor people, asshat.
 
2004-08-26 01:16:58 PM
Dancin_In_Anson
So what is the answer?

Raise taxes on the rich. Then everyone will magically have money, health insurance, jobs, cars, boats, and everything will be grand!

Don't you know anything?


When you don't have an answer, it'll suffice to avoid the question and ridicule those who have at least tried. Predictable.
 
2004-08-26 01:17:51 PM
right on BigTuna.

and what's your solution DIA, hand out smallpox infected blankets to everyone that comes into the welfare office?
 
2004-08-26 01:17:57 PM
Wait a minute... bad news for the Bush administration is being released on a Thursday?

Someone must have missed the memo about bad news only coming out on Friday afternoons.
 
2004-08-26 01:18:49 PM
2004-08-26 01:03:17 PM fritzpizitz [TotalFark]

I was both uninsured and living below the poverty level the entire time I was in college (5.5yrs). Best time of my life. So, what's the problem?

I believe the problem is Bush is out there every day telling people how great the economy is. It's like Kerry talking about Vietnam and biatching when it comes up as an issue, get it? Just saying. Now even if the number stayed the same I could believe Bush, but it went up, by over a million people.
 
2004-08-26 01:20:22 PM
So that means that like 1.5 million moved to the south right?

/land of the free time
 
2004-08-26 01:20:50 PM
So what is the solution? Is there enough to go around?

Why are poor people poor? What does it mean to be poor in this country?

What can we do to help them into the middle or upper class? Is such a thing even possible? Are they happy? Would they be happy/happier if they were in the middle or upper class?

Does affirmative action help with this?

Does trickledown economics affect those in poverty?

Every time I see statistics like these, it just raises a thousand new questions in my mind - none of which anyone has an answer for.
 
2004-08-26 01:21:57 PM
You've obviously never been poor, NyQuiLlama. Living paycheck to paycheck with the uncertainty of weather you can pay the rent or bills isn't the lap of luxury. We have no support system for people who get injured or ill without insurance. Most companies don't even provide a pension anymore for their longterm workers, which will leave the boomers with only their meager savings to keep them going. And drop the greatest country on earth crap. Canada's had that title for the last four years running.

/Time to take the blinders off
 
2004-08-26 01:23:26 PM
Raise taxes on the rich. Then everyone will magically have money, health insurance, jobs, cars, boats, and everything will be grand!

Don't you know anything?


I know, I know. It should be wrong to require people to finish high school, and (insert deity here) forbid, get a college education. It is much better to give them government subsidies as a way of life. Those evil corporations keep all of the money for themselves and don't give any of it to anyone else.

Oh, and before anyone says it, I know what it is like to be poor. I grew up poor. I worked a full-time job in high school, starting when I was 13, to help ease the burden on my family. I paid my own way through college while still working full time because I didn't want to be poor my whole life. I operated on about 4 hours of sleep a day while in college. I lived on ramen and peanut butter. I had no health insurance, drove a junk car, the whole works.

Breaking free from poverty takes focus, dedication, and commitment, not government assistance. Nobody can change your life but you.
 
2004-08-26 01:24:07 PM
Well anyone obviously posting on "totalfark" isn't poor anymore at least.

Either that you're just really really bad with money and in that case, I'm sorry I don't think the government owes its help to you.
 
2004-08-26 01:24:35 PM
In related news, American Indians: poor before, still poor.
 
2004-08-26 01:26:02 PM
2004-08-26 01:13:53 PM BigTuna


If we could collectively acknowledge that the problem in this country isn't racism but rather classism, we could begin the process of fixing America.

Bingo. Rich folks like when everyone else concentrates on the color of their skin rather than the green in their pockets.
 
2004-08-26 01:26:39 PM
I grew up exceedingly poor, leaky trailer in south louisiana with no airconditioning, TV, telephone or anything.

I wouldn't change a thing, I work 5x harder than almost anyone else I know when I am on a good job. I'm not poor now, nor never will be because I forced my way into good education and worked out of the quagmire.
 
2004-08-26 01:26:49 PM
and what's your solution DIA, hand out smallpox infected blankets to everyone that comes into the welfare office?

We've covered this before...use the aborted fetuses of people on welfare for government stem cell research!
 
2004-08-26 01:27:30 PM
2004-08-26 01:12:00 PM NyQuiLlama [TotalFark]

We live in the greatest country on earth. Our poor people live like kings. Stop whining.


Have you ever seen a homeless person in your life? Man, you're REALLY out of touch with reality. So many of you are out of touch with reality... I don't know what to say... its depressing.

Live like kings... hah.
 
2004-08-26 01:27:35 PM
It's time for Trickle-Up economics!

You take that giant tax cut for the rich and give it to the BOTTOM 15% of the population. They take their money and since they live subsistence lifestyles, they spend it on food, clothing, and consumer goods. This increases the amount of consumer spending, which is 2/3 of the US economy. See how easy that is? If you give tax breaks to the rich, they either send it to bank accounts offshore or put it in their multinational corporations that don't pay their fair share of taxes.
 
2004-08-26 01:27:57 PM
In the United States even the poor people are fat. God Bless America.
 
2004-08-26 01:28:04 PM
It's not that we "owe it" to them. One good reason for welfare/assistance for the poor include that as poverty levels increase, so does crime. I think that's called "benevolent self-interest", but I could be wrong. Also ... the more people we elevate from poverty to middle/upper classes means we have more taxpayers, more productivity, etc.

If you can keep people out of poverty, it's a win-win for everyone.
 
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