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wisdom from Herman

Posted: November 9, 2013 in poverty
Visiting_the_poor,_illustration_from_'Le_Magasin_Pittoresque',_Paris,_1844_by_Karl_Girardet-2“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.”
Herman Melville

 

The way I see it, my conservative friends, you have three choices:  
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1.  You can raise the minimum wage so that people can actually afford to eat, pay rent, drive, and even buy the occasional birthday present for their kids.

2.  You can continue to “subsidize” big corporations, like Walmart, by allowing them to pay poverty wages and forcing their employees to apply for government assistance (average per Walmart store – $904,542),  while the executives of said organizations make millions.

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3.
 We can cut government aid (food stamps, etc.), not raise the minimum wage, and continue the fantasy of “churches will take care of these people,” and watch while said churches (the good ones) are overwhelmed with the need and unable to really help AND (the bad ones) deny that we should help “free loaders and lazy people.”  And then sit back and ignore the suffering.

Which is it going to be?

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As the provisions of the Affordable Care Act — referred to as Obamacare for short — begin to come online, congressional Republicans have continued to obsess over repealing the law altogether.

The New York Times looked into the numbers on Wednesday and concluded that House Republicans have spent a whopping 15 percent of their time trying to repeal all or parts of the new health care law:

The repeal vote, which is likely to occur Thursday, will be at least the 43rd day since Republicans took over the House that they have devoted time to voting on the issue.

To put that in perspective, they have held votes on only 281 days since taking power in January 2011. (The House and Senate have pretty light legislative loads these days, typically voting only three or four days a week.)

Republicans don’t seem to have any regret over the fact that repealing Obamacare has taken precedence over other issues, like jobs.

“It’s something that we wanted to move up on the list of priorities,” said Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) to the New York Times. “And I’m glad they listened to us.”

 

– See more at: http://thecontributor.com/house-republicans-have-spent-15-percent-their-time-trying-repeal-obamacare#sthash.wJyP1BsJ.dpuf

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