Freitag, 13. Dezember 2013

Merry Christmas: Millions to lose jobless benefits

UK MPs to receive 11% pay rise amid rise in malnutrition and mental health cuts

British MPs are set to receive an 11 percent raise, taking their annual salaries up to more than $120,000 a year, effective from May 2015. The news comes alongside a simultaneous foreign aid budget increase and in the fallout of ongoing cuts.

Merry Christmas: Millions to lose jobless benefits

Nesbitt is one of the 1.3 million people likely to be left with no unemployment benefits just three days after Christmas.

Retired GM workers just lost $450 million in benefits

A federal judge said General Motors is not required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for retirees, in a defeat for the United Auto Workers union.

Poverty Nation: How America Created a Low-wage Work Swamp

By Joan Walsh

A quarter of people who have jobs today make so little money that they also receive some form of public assistance, or welfare.

Budget Deal: Does the Pentagon Really Need An Extra $20 Billion?

By William D. Hartung

The Congress and the president should rethink the need to give the Pentagon over $20 billion more in fiscal 2014.

America Is the Most Inhumane Developed Country on the Planet: Are We Going to Let It Stay That Way?

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

What would it be like if people in the U.S. knew they had these rights?

Poverty in America Is Mainstream

Contrary to popular belief, the percentage of the population that directly encounters poverty is exceedingly high. My research indicates that nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 25 and 60 will experience at least one year below the official poverty line

I work 4 jobs and I am still struggling

Bingham is 37 years old and has a college degree, but like many Americans, is stuck working many hours in low wage, part-time jobs.

High Stakes for Families Losing Jobless Benefits: 'We Could End Up Homeless'

The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

I am One of the 22,000 Homeless Kids Living in New York

It s impossible to succeed unless you can escape being homeless. My grades went kaputz when I lived in the shelters.

40 percent of jobless youth facing mental illness symptoms with one-in-three contemplating suicide

Young people who have been unemployed in the long-term are also more than twice as likely as their peers to believe they have nothing to live for, the study said.

The Year of the Great Redistribution

By Robert Reich

American corporations made their big bucks mostly by reducing their costs, especially their biggest single cost: wages.

Deregulation, Privatization, and Cheap Labor: Obama s Corporate Plantations

By Mike Whitney

The man that helped push through the multi-trillion dollar Wall Street bailouts is not going to give one red cent to the nation s poorest and most needy people.

No Jobs For Americans

By Paul Craig Roberts

In America the unemployment rate is a deception just like everything else.

Defense contractors spend millions lobbying Congress, get billions in new budget

According to lobbying information released Monday, major defense contractors spent more than $65 million influencing Congress during 2013, with much of that effort likely aimed at rolling back the sequester cuts.

From Information Clearing House


US Budget Deal: The Good, Bad and Stupid

Cruelty, Corporations, Congress, and Christmas: Unhappy Holidays for the Poor and Unemployed

'Nothing to Live For': Youth Unemployment, Depression, and Austerity

50 Years Later, A New Hunger for National Anti-Poverty Agenda

How Wall Street Won the War (And What Happens Next)


Unemployed Americans Speak Out as Benefits Are Slashed at Christmas

John Dodds, Truthout: Unless Congress acts to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, millions of Americans will be left with no benefits to support their families in an economy where there are still three unemployed workers for every job and the average length of unemployment is more than 37 weeks.

Corporations Control Our Lives

Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program: Corporate power has a stranglehold on the entire American existence, and it has turned our entire lives into a profit-making venture. We must regain our power by declaring that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Shame on Congress for Its Criminal Neglect of the Jobless

Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America s Future: The same Republicans who complained that people should be getting jobs instead of unemployment checks also boxed Congress into passing a budget that will essentially guarantee that the long-term unemployed will continue struggling to find work.

The Great American Class War: Plutocracy vs. Democracy

Bill Moyers, TomDispatch: There is nothing idealized or romantic about the difference between a society whose arrangements roughly serve all its citizens (something otherwise known as social justice) and one whose institutions have been converted into a stupendous fraud.


Gunfighter Nation

As Congress Targets Food Stamps, Working Poor Get Whacked Again


Global Leadership: It s Broke and it Needs Fixing

By Anthony Evans

We are constantly brainwashed by our trusted leaders with the illusions of freedom.

Is America becoming a plutocracy?

More than half of all members of Congress are millionaires. While the US is faced with unprecedented issues surrounding unemployment, food stamps, social assistance and minimum wage rates, it begs the question: has the US turned into a plutocracy?

Freedom is Something to Use or Lose

We Must Fight the Antisocial Behaviour Bill

By George Monbiot

Consumerism s petty liberties have made us inhumanly passive. We've forgotten what freedom is, and how easily it is lost.

The Global Plutocracy

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey

The people of the world are confronted with the question: What is to be done with this anti-social and criminal layer that is strangling the planet?

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. s Solution to Poverty

By Jordan Weissmann

In his final book, the civil rights leader laid out his vision for a universal basic income that would raise all Americans into the middle class.

Record 20% of Households on Food Stamps in 2013

The USDA says that there were 23,052,388 households on food stamps in the average month of fiscal 2013, an increase of 722,675 from fiscal year 2012, when there were 22,329,713 households on food stamps in the average month.

The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans

In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps, a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.

House passes bill cutting $8 billion from 'food stamps' program

The US House approved a five-year, nearly $1 trillion farm bill Wednesday reforming the federal government s crop subsidy system but cutting food stamps to pare the deficit.

From Information Clearing House


When Happiness Died in America...

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: For hundreds of years, we have stood by the idea that through hard work and perseverance, and given the right opportunities, anyone can be happy in America and achieve the American Dream. But today, the American Dream is on life support, and happiness is more elusive than ever before.


Welcome to the American plutocracy

The Progressive


Relatively few of us have even begun to understand how compromised by corporate greed and power our system of government has truly become. Even those who recognize the problem and take to the streets to speak out against Wall Street and the big banks only address the tip of this massive, opaque iceberg we have crashed into. The truth is, the United States no longer has a government of, by and for the people. We are ruled by amoral multinational corporations that exercise their dictates by purchasing our government and flexing its muscle against the only thing that threatens their vast wealth and opulence: the people. Welcome to the American plutocracy...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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