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U.S. Poverty: How New Mexico, Poorest State In America, Fights Poverty

U.S. Poverty: How New Mexico, Poorest State In America, Fights Poverty

Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 13:24:45 in Impact

“If government cannot save the poor/middle-class...if those who can make a difference...will not give up on the theory of TRICKLE DOWN economics...what to do? The citizens of New Mexico need to determine what is best for their state. It is time to make decisions that Washington/corporate America will not make. Medical Cannabis can turn New Mexico around and serve as a positve example to the rest of us. One problem: The superrich along with the federal government stand in the way. Medical marijuana/Hemp signify the end of profits for many at the top of the ladder of wealth. What can we do to take our lives back?”
Poverty Must be Tackled But Never Used as an Excuse

Poverty Must be Tackled But Never Used as an Excuse

Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 11:22:04 in Education

“You rarely hear the sounds of crickets these days. Oh, did you hear that? Another child falling through the cracks.”
Will We Continue to Ignore the Poor?

Will We Continue to Ignore the Poor?

Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 09:59:31 in Politics

“Politics as usual.........
While we rant/rave - while we share our opinions and ideas.
Does it really make a difference when both polical paries have chosen to ignore our clamoring
voices?
Both political parties pout and turn their backs on each other. Turning their backs on us.
In the mean time, we collect badges and fans.
Polics as usual.”

megwright on Sep 6, 2012 at 13:21:00

“Wrong. Turn on C-Span when Congress gets back into session and see how hard progressives democrats fight every single day for the poor, the sick, the elderly, children, and the working class.

I'm appalled that so many people think Democrats haven't tried, when there's a Tea Party House and a filibustering Senate that won't let any Democratic bills through. Frankly, I'm beginning to think Americans should be ashamed of themselves for leaping to assumptions intead of actually paying enough attention to know what's really going on.”
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Why We Should Raise Taxes on the Super-Rich and Lower Them on the Middle Class

Commented Feb 16, 2011 at 09:18:17 in Politics

“It's a damn shame...but many young people feel the way you do. Remember, it was your vote that brought change/hope, not OBAMA. If it were not for the young vote we would not have our first black president. That he has forgotten change/hope will be his downfall.However, you and the rest of the young people in this country must again come together and bring about change because if you give up...we are lost! This country belongs to you, not to special interests, not to fake political parties. You think you don't have a voice but you do. Use technology as a tool to start a movement or real change. A big town hall meeting at the capital full of young minds can be the start of a new beginning! Your ONE vote will not change anything...we already know that. So let's come together and make sure OUR vote makes the difference ...this time. Obama forgot us. Let's move on and find someone who will fight for us.”

Zilo on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:15:52

“I appreciate your response, but I have to be honest... it doesn't change much.

Americans are extremely proud of their ignorance, their religion and their conservative tendencies. They don't see the connection when things start to go south for them. Unfortunately, almost all of these tendencies are massive cognitive roadblocks to getting a nation to change its ways. You just can't do it with people who don't realize they have problems, that they are hypocrites. I find this more so in the right wing than the left---at least the left is open to discussion (too much so, imo) and facts, whereas the right will take ideology over everything damn thing else.

I would say it is a good thing that the youth of this country trends progressive, but most of us graduated at a time where the two parties (conservative and conservative lite) have so destroyed the country, and yet can't even discuss how to fix what they destroyed, that they're pretty much ruined it for many of us as well. Not that we can't still work hard for the sake of working, but we will be starting out from huge disadvantages. I think given those odds it behooves us to look elsewhere to more progressive nations that actually care about their people and don't treat them like cattle.

The America I was told existed, is a myth created by conservatives. But many have a stake in keeping the myth alive. Not me though.”
Online Community Responds To 99er's Desperate Note: We Hear You

Online Community Responds To 99er's Desperate Note: We Hear You

Commented Jan 20, 2011 at 19:26:33 in Politics

“I lost benefits a long time ago. It's been 2.6 years and nothing. My background is Accounting. I know...if anybody knows what it is to face this dark moment in America, it's me. I am trying to be the eternal optimist determined not to let this challenge go to waste. I see myself going to the moon. I see myself creating my own job, my own business. I am ready for that moment when America will say, "George, come back...we have a job for you". I can't allow this to ever happen to me again. We will land on our feet again and when we do...we will never be the same again.”
Online Community Responds To 99er's Desperate Note: We Hear You

Online Community Responds To 99er's Desperate Note: We Hear You

Commented Jan 20, 2011 at 19:05:22 in Politics

“Freakin YEAH! Finally ....somebody who talks about action. Now, we need Arianna and the rest of the crowd to agree to meet us at 1600 Penslvania Ave. All this bullcrap commenting is not going to change anything. But I bet all these folks would rather sit back and waste another day than go the extra mile and make history. I am with you, Spriral!”
Online Community Responds To 99er's Desperate Note: We Hear You

Online Community Responds To 99er's Desperate Note: We Hear You

Commented Jan 20, 2011 at 16:54:11 in Politics

“Maybe we should ask Hugo Chavez if he would extend a helping hand to the desperate and needy unemployed of America? Since our gov't wants to continue ignoring the rest of America that is poor/middle class. Teabaggers made their voices heard, yet...the best we can do is two clowns from comedy central and Arianna's bus tour? What happened to this country? Do we think commenting to Arianna will really make a difference? She tries her best to bring to light the needs of Americans but ...she's just one voice. I respect this great commenting community but can someone tell me:What are we going to do? Obama might be a great communicator but I don't hear him defending and fighting for the rest of us. Maybe it's time to ask the rest of the world for help. If our politicians want to get in bed with big business and forget about the rest of us...than I believe they have betrayed all of us and the spirit of democracy. It's time for America to wake up and realize we must find a solution. A solution for the common folks.”
Online Community Responds To 99er's Desperate Note: We Hear You

Online Community Responds To 99er's Desperate Note: We Hear You

Commented Jan 20, 2011 at 16:21:59 in Politics

“By the time you realized what hit you...it'll be too late. Don't come knocking on my door with ideas of revolution because I'll ignore you.....the way you ignored me. Why is it we wait for something to happen to us, in order to recognize the misery of others. When it happens "...to the rest of YOU", the rest of us will be so disenchanted and discouraged we won't even bother reading your comments. If you notice, many have started to get "tired". I wonder what happens when America gets "tired"? Arianna, I'm still waiting for your reply. Do we have a date on the 4th?”

GetAbike on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:47:24

“George, i sympathize with you and hope you will keep posting your story here.
Yes, in the aggregate our comments are meaningless, but on the rare occasions that something helpful is said, it is worth it.
Please read the several posts from gmb007 above- there are several links posted for help, forums, and leads for the unemployed.
Good luck to you- i hope you catch a break.
GAB”