Food stamp participation since has grown the fastest among people who actually have jobs. The situation has only gotten worse as decent middle-class wage jobs lost during the recession have been disproportionately replaced by low-wage jobs, even as corporate profits have skyrocketed. At Jobs With Justice, we are continuing to demand much more in order to counter decades of corporate-backed legislative policies that have driven down labor standards, burdened taxpayers and valued profits over people. To achieve shared prosperity, all working people need to regain their bargaining power so that they have a real voice and opportunity in shaping their jobs and our economy.
That means we need to continue fighting to ensure workers have the right to organize and bargain for better wages, standards and working conditions. We also need to create more affordable housing for low-income families, improve our public education system and access to college and job training programs, and invest in public transportation and the growing caregiving industry so more Americans can afford to get to work and know their families are being cared for.
We also need to fix fundamental structural problems—like skyrocketing executive pay, rampant income inequality, and regressive tax policies— that rig our economy to work for big business and the top one percent at the expense of everyone else.
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We all deserve the chance to secure the quality of life we want for ourselves and our children. We can start turning the economy around by demanding higher wages and better jobs. Poverty seems to be about not having enough, about deprivation. Poverty can be considered, and measured, as absolute—based on an agreed upon minimum level of resources that no one should be allowed to sink below, usually connected to a minimum level of basic needs.
It is historically based on an estimate of the cost of a minimally nutritious diet. So it is connected to a floor, or minimum level of resources that no one should be allowed to sink below, but a floor that supposedly supports a healthy life. Orshansky examined USDA data and found that in the average household of three or more people in the US spent about one-third of its annual income on food, which implied that it spent two-thirds on everything else it needed.
So, if you knew how much a healthy diet cost, you could multiply that amount by 3 to arrive at the amount needed to meet basic needs, or the poverty threshold. And it worked very well. Simple but elegant, and quite accurate in the s. But there is a problem with this approach: if the average proportion of income spent on food changes, then the multiplier would need to change, and so would the poverty threshold.
And the proportion of income spent on food has indeed changed, as housing and health care costs have absorbed an ever-growing percentage of our annual incomes. In , for example, the average share of expenditures spent on food for all consumer units was just Using her elegant logic, we would therefore need to multiply the cost of the minimally nutritious diet by 7.
But if you instead multiply the cost of the Thrifty Food Plan by 7. And that would probably be accurate in terms of the number of families that are unable to afford basic necessities. Changing how we measure poverty would force a change in the narrative we tell ourselves as a nation. As it is, our measurement of poverty vastly understates the problem, allowing us to continue onward without effectively addressing it. This estimate only includes costs arising from foregone earnings, crime, and health care, and is surely an underestimate of the actual total costs of poverty.
It is an open question, but the answer is emerging rapidly. There may be a broad assumption that every child gets a complete medical assessment as a requirement for school entry — but this is far from reality. The fact is that millions of children are educationally at-risk because of a host of medical challenges that are easily treated.
If standardized health screening and follow-up are mandated in any new universal pre-k legislation, educators and health providers — in partnership — can dramatically improve the education and health trajectories of students. President Obama has placed expansion of pre-K programs at the center of his social policy agenda in successive State of the Union addresses — and his focus on this issue is already making a difference.
Funding was also added for competitive grants to states to help them expand pre-K programs. Thirty states have now chosen to expand access to universal pre-k through state run programs. A marginally bipartisan companion bill has also been introduced on the House side. It is stunning rates of GDP growth that command the attention of Parliament and the media, hardly the accompanying deterioration in the Gini co-efficient that measures disparities in the economy, disparities that in our case are widening so obscenely as to threaten the very continuance of our democracy.
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Three months ago, I was on a renowned channel discussing with a whole load of corporate honchos their excitement over the promise of the economic survey that the Budget would be loading them with yet more freebies. The anchor kept referring to these suggestions as "sensible". I suggested that he take lessons from me in both economics and ethics. We agreed that once the Budget was behind us, we would discuss inclusive growth, poverty alleviation and labour laws. Tragically for our poor but happily for our rich , the woes of the stock market, the recapitalisation of every failing enterprise, and the misery of being rich and famous in a time of economic downturn has crowded out any boring discussion of why two-thirds of our people are languishing in the most awful conditions as we soar towards our destiny as the coming economic superpower.
The plaudits of Wall Street drown out the wailing of our widows. We deeply love the successful. This is emphatically not because our politicians or journalists are particularly venal. Karl Marx observed years ago that the cultural, social and ethical superstructure of any society reflects the relationship between its classes and the means of production.
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What was true of Victorian England, Bismarckian Europe and the burgeoning United States of the 19th century is true of us too. In our superstructure, there are two classes of Indians: the consumer and the citizen. Every one of India Today 's readers can recite parrot-like our 9 per cent growth record through most of the last five years, and the liplicking prospect of a return to that trajectory before the year is out, but few would know that after standing on the first-ever UN Human Development Index HDI in , the latest index places us at We have slithered just two places up over the last 15 years despite a fold increase in Central government budget spending on anti-poverty programmes, from around Rs 7, crore in to well over Rs 1,20, crore in the in addition to another Rs 70, crore of farmers' loan waivers.
There is simply no correspondence between outlays and outcomes: outlays have soared; outcomes have remained derisory. Rajiv Gandhi told us 20 years ago that 85 paise in the rupee gets spent on administrative expenses, leaving but 15 paise to actually reach the intended beneficiaries. Read More. By David French. Whenever I read a court opinion describing a campus sexual-assault proceeding, I routinely find myself shocked at the staggering unfairness and ridiculous bias of campus kangaroo courts. Driven by the need to find more men guilty — and rationalized by a BelieveWomen ideology — campus administrators have Kat Timpf explains why a year-old Maryland girl shouldn't be charged with child-porn distribution after making a video of herself.
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