A picture is worth a 1,000 words

by Susan Olsen October 7, 2016

Via Powerline

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INTERVIEW: Arthur Brooks and ‘The Conservative Heart’

by Kimberly Morin September 6, 2016

Last weekend at the Defending the American Dream Summit, Political Buzz sat down to interview Arthur Brooks. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute and author of the book The Conservative Heart. Brooks spoke at the event about freedom, poverty and people and how it is conservative values and policies that actually help people […]

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Democrat City at Night

by Scott Morales August 21, 2016

Check out a video taking place at night in a city run by Democrats for over a half a century.  This should enlighten the deniers, but it won’t. They’ll make more excuses and ignore the empirical. Driving through Detroit at night pic.twitter.com/Ip8isYQrwo — hautedamn (@hautedamn) August 19, 2016 Detroit.  It’s what Democrats do!

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Drew Cline Leaves A Smoldering Hole Where Bernie’s Tweet Used to Be…

by Steve MacDonald August 19, 2016
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Drew Cline gets a Bam! for this response… You just bought a $575,000 lake house that has its own guest quarters. https://t.co/uXiH3UsqQK — Drew Cline (@DrewHampshire) August 18, 2016 …to this tweet by Bernie Sanders. I'm not sure people who have money understand what poverty is like, including the toll fighting for survival takes on […]

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“The cruelty of the Minimum Wage”

by Skip January 20, 2016

In this short animated video from Learn Liberty I explain why raising the minimum wage is a bad idea if the goal is to improve the economic fortunes of the least-advantaged workers and families. The minimum wage yields unfair advantages to families, such as mine, with teenagers who hail from middle- and high-income households, who are well-educated, […]

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Hey Statists! Which economic system cures Poverty best?

by Skip December 27, 2015

Continuing on that 23 different types of deoderants, 18 different pairs of sneakers, and people making decisions all on their own and such; yet another post to which Statists would like you not to know (emphasis mine, reformatted): Sorry, Socialists, But Capitalism Is Killing Absolute Poverty To hear the global left these days, you’d think the […]

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Notable Quote – Professor Thomas Sowell

by Skip September 24, 2015

Pope Francis’ own native Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions he is now promoting around the world. In 1900, only 3 percent of American homes had electric lights but more than 99 percent had them before the end of the century. […]

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Data Point – people that Capitalism has brought out of poverty

by Skip August 19, 2015

(H/T: Coyote Blog)

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Minimum Wage “Did You Know…?” (Washington DC Edition)

by Steve MacDonald January 20, 2015
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Among the fifty states and the District of Columbia Washington DC had the highest mandatory minimum wage in 2014 at $9.50 per hour.  It also had the highest percentage of people on Poverty in the US; 20.7%. Over one in five residents live at or below the poverty level in DC. Democrats need to stop […]

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Minimum Wage Workers Not in Poverty According to Feds

by Steve MacDonald January 16, 2015
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What of them that there are… (Human Events) At the federal level alone, full-time minimum wage workers with any number of children are eligible for both the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)—$496 in 2014—and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which combined with the federal minimum wage of $7.25 equals or exceeds the poverty level for all […]

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Liberal policies have not helped the impact of slavery.

by Skip November 20, 2014

Via Betsy’s Page,  Prof Thomas Sowell’s take down of NYT’s opinion writer Nicholas Kristof that slavery isn’t the slavery of the past – but liberal policies aren’t helping: …Kristof’s other “overwhelming” evidence of the current effects of past slavery is that blacks do not have as much income as whites. But Puerto Ricans do not […]

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Poverty – Is it income inequality or consumption inequality that matters?

by Skip September 17, 2014

From Heritage, an infographic that talks about the poor in America.  And it really doesn’t describe the stereotype of what LBJ presented: that of real abject poverty in Appalachia.  We still have that in our minds when we hear about the poor.  And if you are in a location or socioeconomic strata in which you […]

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Data Point – Low income does not mean poor

by Skip March 18, 2014

“It shows only some of the federally-funded financial supports available to an American who is a single parent, has two children and works full time at $8 an hour. While this worker has net earnings which bring in less than the federal poverty line, federal benefits intended to reduce poverty – do just that. The […]

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The poor

by Skip March 9, 2014

From Meet the Press with David Gregory was this exchange concerning a slight from a hard Left Democrat and a hard Right Democrat over the poor.  It was clear that the Democrat has a “sniffling” attitude that perpetuates the meme that Conservatives (and Republicans) hate the poor in a backhand slap against the just ended […]

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Data Point – Global Poverty diminishes. Why?

by Skip January 1, 2014

Arthur Brooks: 80 percent of the world’s worst poverty has been eradicated in less than 40 years. That has never, ever happened before.  So what did that? What accounts for that? United Nations? US foreign aid? The International Monetary Fund? Central planning? No.  It was globalization, free trade, the boom in international entrepreneurship. In short, […]

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A Reason To Not Expand Any Government Program – ‘The Mystery of Why We Still Have Poverty’

by Steve MacDonald December 6, 2013
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This is not a tale about Medicaid Expansion but then it is.   We are spending so much taxpayer money nationally to eliminate poverty (with Welfare) that if we were to skip the middle men (national agencies, bureaucrats, pencil pushers and so on), poverty would not longer exist. According to a Cato Institute study published last […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald

by Skip November 1, 2013

On the nature of Democrat cum Socialists (empahsis mine): ..Governments are only formed to ensure mutual protection of persons and property or…to oppress people and abuse property for the benefit of a ruling class. Laura Pantelakos, the Modern Democrat Party, and the Obama Administration are all governing as the latter.  They are more interested in […]

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Data Point – Obama has redistributed $4 Trillion in 4 years – poverty rate up

by Skip October 23, 2013

“…the poor you will have with you always…” “We have just concluded the 5th fiscal year since President Obama took office. During those five years, the federal government has spent a total $3.7 trillion on approximately 80 different means-tested poverty and welfare programs. The common feature of means-tested assistance programs is that they are graduated […]

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Data Point – and with all this, the Poverty Rate has only gone up

by Skip September 10, 2013

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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Data Point: Why folks think poverty still exists. Betcha Progressives don’t like the first answer!

by Skip June 10, 2013

Progressives: ONLY Big, assertive, activist Government can solve all our ills!  Indeed:     Yes, the Number One Reason why folks think that poverty still exists is ONLY because we have Big, assertive, activist Government. And given that we are now in Year Five of His Obamaship’s Economy, He being the High Priest of Big, […]

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Happy? Single Mother’s Day

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2013

The statistics for the real modern family are dominated by the single parent household.  The single parent household is overwhelmingly run, or not as the case may be, by a mom.  Somewhere around 84% of them are fatherless children.  Many of those never knew their father or are detached from them. The leading cause of […]

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How Do You Take Down Poverty?

by Steve MacDonald May 7, 2013

AEI Videos

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Seven “Firsts” for the US Economy

by Steve MacDonald January 1, 2013

From Wynton Hall at Breitbart…an end of year (or beginning of year) list of Mr. Obama’s new normal.  This is his America, and that of Democrats who have had a majority control of the US government for six years now. Mr. Hall calls these “seven firsts for the US economy.” 1. All-time record annual average […]

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Hope and Change

by Susan Olsen December 31, 2012

H/T The Looking Spoon    

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Chasing the Equality Rabbit Down the Democrat’s Debt Hole

by Steve MacDonald November 6, 2012

Even if it does not appear obvious, even to the casual observer, once government gets started on something it is difficult to get it to stop. So where exactly do we expect the Democrats notions of state managed economic leveling to take us?  Their talk of economic equality centers on the idea that the government […]

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Paul Ryan on Poverty

by Skip October 25, 2012

“The mindset behind this approach is that a nation should measure compassion by the size of the federal government and how much it spends….The problem is, starting in the 1960s, this top-down approach created and perpetuated a debilitating culture of dependency, wrecking families and communities.” “There’s a vast middle ground between the government and the […]

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Have You Met Julia?

by Steve MacDonald May 4, 2012

Have you met Julia?  She’s you under the eternal reign of Obamanomics–as viewed from within the left wing ghetto. From Red State Over at Human Events, my colleague David Harsanyi writes “Who the hell is ‘Julia,’ and why am I paying for her whole life?” It’s a fair question. According to Obama’s campaign website, someone […]

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Building the American Underclass

by Steve MacDonald February 17, 2012

Theodore Dalrymple (pen name), has produced some of the most compelling work I’ve read about the welfare state and how it creates and sustains the underclass.  If you are still staring out across the crumbling wreckage of the fruited plain, wondering how we got here and where we may be headed, Dalrymple has some very […]

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If the economy is getting better…(Part 6)

by Steve MacDonald February 10, 2012

…then why has the number of children living in poverty in America risen for four years in a row? Isn’t it all about the children?  It is.  And in a startling bit of irony, according to the Foundation for Child Development at least, the number of children living with families at or below the poverty […]

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If the economy is getting better…(Part 4)

by Steve MacDonald February 7, 2012

…then why is the percentage of Americans living in “extreme poverty” at an all-time high? Nothing says economic recovery like rising poverty.  Not just poverty but extreme poverty.  What, you hadn’t heard about that? Then maybe you hadn’t heard this either.  Joblessness begets dependence, begets poverty, begets slaves to the will of the government.  Big […]

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