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Posts Tagged ‘food stamps

Half of every dollar we pay in Federal taxes goes into the military account

August 4, 2011

Seymour Melman, a professor emeritus at Columbia University, once said, “We have gone mad,” citing presidents and Pentagon chiefs starting new wars even before they finish fighting the old ones! Who can recall a time in our history when the U.S. initiated aggressive wars against five nations (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen)? Between 1947 and […]

Quality of Life under the Obama Republican debt deal

August 3, 2011

Polluted water, smoggy skies, crumbling bridges, less education funding, more unhealthy Americans: the impact of the debt deal’s massive cuts. The Obama-GOP plan cuts $917 billion in government spending over the next decade. Nearly $570 billion of that would come from what’s called “non-defense discretionary spending.” That’s budget-speak for education and job training, air traffic […]

10 sad facts on the financial condition of American families

July 26, 2011

The financial condition of average American families continues to decline. #1 Only 58 percent of Americans have a job right now. #2 Only 56 percent of Americans are currently covered by employer-provided health insurance. #3 The median yearly wage in the United States is $26,261. #4 The average American household is carrying $75,600 in debt. […]

The US Economic View from the Bottom

June 2, 2011

The share of US residents turning to food stamps has risen in nearly every state nationwide in the past year even as unemployment has moderated. Nearly 44.6 million Americans received food stamps in March, up more than 11% from the same time a year ago, the Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. And some 14.4% of […]

America in decline through European eyes

January 5, 2011

The estimated 2 million unemployed Americans who almost had no benefits this Christmas seems a horror show to Europeans, made worse by the fact that the U.S. government does not provide any medical insurance to American unemployment recipients. Europeans routinely recoil at that in disbelief and disgust. The European Union has a larger economy and […]

The sad economic state of the United States

December 28, 2010

Today, nearly one out of every three families in the United States is considered to be “low income”. Following are some of the key findings for 2009 (with 2010 continuing the decline): * There were more than 10 million low-income working families in the United States, an increase of nearly a quarter million from the […]

One in 7 Americans is on Food Stamps

December 12, 2010

The number of people on food stamps as of September: nearly 43 million people were using the program, according to figures out this week, basically one in seven Americans. And what we’re seeing is quite a few people new to the program, who never before in their lifetime expected to take advantage of any government […]

The Economic Recovery is not recovering

August 13, 2010

Does anyone ever learn from history, or care about how communities are being destroyed as a financial crisis becomes a social crisis at the grass roots level? Congress slashes funding for food stamps so the unemployed and poor –some 41 million people who rely on them– will have to cut back further. All the talk […]

The Tragic State of the United States: “It’s like we are living in a Third World country”

November 23, 2009

The following is an edited excerpt from the Amped Status report, “The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society.” 1. The gap between the top 1 percent and the remaining 99 percent of the U.S. population has grown to a record high. 2. The three big banks that took taxpayer money and benefited the most from the […]