Wednesday, July 24, 2013
It Is By Design...
July 2013 Jobs Report: Only 47% of Adults Have a Full-Time Job
70.4 Million Enrolled in Medicaid in 2011 - More than 1 in 5 Americans
47.8 Million on Food Stamps
10.9 Million on Social Security Disability
It is no accident...
The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty
"...It is our purpose to advance a strategy which affords the basis for a convergence of civil rights organizations, militant anti-poverty groups and the poor. If this strategy were implemented, a political crisis would result that could lead to legislation for a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.
The strategy is based on the fact that a vast discrepancy exists between the benefits to which people are entitled under public welfare programs and the sums which they actually receive. This gulf is not recognized in a society that is wholly and self-righteously oriented toward getting people off the welfare rolls." (emphasis added)
"......the strategy we propose, is a massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls."
"...A series of welfare drives in large cities would, we believe, impel action on a new federal program to distribute income, eliminating the present public welfare system... Widespread campaigns to register the eligible poor for welfare aid, and to help existing recipients obtain their full benefits, would produce bureaucratic disruption in welfare agencies and fiscal disruption in local and state governments. These disruptions would generate severe politicial strains, and deepen existing divisions among elements in the big-city Democratic coalition: the remaining white middle class, the white working-class ethnic groups and the growing minority poor. To avoid a further weakening of that historic coalition, a national Democratic administration would be constrained to advance a federal solution to poverty that would override local welfare failures, local class and racial conflicts and local revenue dilemmas...."