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A quasi-academic look at Feminism, politics & race relations through the lens of a 20-something year old Nigerian American who was born & raised up in the (still) segregated south but has relocated to the "liberal" yet historic & traditional north.
This blog is my space for an interdisciplinary examination of race, gender, class, sexuality - all things intersectional & multi-dimensional.
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Posts tagged "economy"

Why do politicians hate poor people so much?

This is why the federalist papers explicitly say representatives must be of the populist class. Because sitting atop Capitol Hill is your protected privileged, self interested, capitalist ivory tower is a horrible place to write legislation that affects people you constantly pathologist but never actually met or tried to understand.

So the 2010 elections were supposed to be all about jobs and the economy .. but after those elections what kind of legislation do we actually get? Abortions, gay marriage, English as an official language, banning Sharia Law, stripping union rights .. all this stuff is not about jobs and the economy, but it is about capitalizing on how afraid people are in a bad economy. It’s about telling Americans that other Americans are the enemy. It’s about splitting people up. It makes political sense, but it’s REALLY bad for the country.
Rachel Maddow, Lean Forward - MSNBC
The attack on public sector workers is an attack on public services… Worker’s rights is a human right.
North Carolina union organizer Saladin Muhammad via Up W/Chris Hayes

From the article:

While it is true that women have recovered from the recession much more slowly than men, a new report released by the National Women’s Law Center shows that the main economic obstacle holding them back from reemployment is a group of deep public-sector job cuts at the state and local level, mostly implemented by Republican governors.

Three years into the economic recovery, which began in June 2009, women have gained back 24 percent of the jobs they lost, while men have gained back 39 percent. The gap is not in the private sector, where women and men have each gained back about 40 percent of the jobs they lost. Rather, women have lost almost twice as many public sector jobs as men during the past three years — 396,000 to 231,000, respectively — which has severely hampered their recovery.

nprradiopictures:

Tens of millions of Americans are still struggling, despite the slow economic recovery. NPR’s Pam Fessler begins a four-part series on All Things Considered looking at poverty in the US and how some organizations are helping families stay afloat.

(via npr)

Story found via @ljoywilliams:

Congressional Republicans have targeted the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps, for budget cuts, and have attempted to paint it as a program rife with fraud and abuse that is on an unsustainable path. While their argument ignores a host of facts, including that food stamp fraud is at an all-time low, it also ignores the economic benefits that the program brings to millions of low-income families.

is it any surprise that even though food stamp fraud is at an all time low, politicians can still pass legislation and debate in a professional based off of the stereotype that food stamp users (aka black, depraved, pathological welfare queens) are harming our country and stealing money from “the hard working Americans”?

Of course not. They probably believe their own lies without even bothering to do the research because - why wouldn’t welfare queens have nothing better to do than hurt the country and steal money? It cant possibly be true that these programs are in desperate need to combat poverty - especially in the face of a recession that we ALL went through.

hate vs facts. hate always wins

The wage gap - most recent calculations:

With white men at the default, white females earn more than black and hispanic males. Black women, however, also make more than hispanic males, with hispanic women at the bottom of the earning heirarchy.

Why this chart fails to include any type of asian - i don’t even know. 

Wealth is about power and control. Those extremely rich in this country have the power to take advantage of the poor while controlling the main public discourse. If this were a real democracy, capitalism would be just fine. The people would be able to check the government and would actually have a say in what goes on. But the system of government we have right now is essentially a puppet show when it comes to unequal distribution of wealth. The wealthy is able to do whatever they want while everyone is distracted by other things. When the people start asking too many questions, the government distracts them with laws that do nothing to lower inequality. The entire nation will debate about a poor persons right to get free healthcare, but no one notices how much money we pour into military spending, the “war on drugs” and the incarceration of a large chunk of the nations black men. All the Wall Street “reform” act did was give big corporations a new set of rules that their lawyers will find loop holes around.  The regulations we do pass are just designed to pacify the American public as the rich elite continues to maximize profits and take advantage of the working poor. But Americans don’t know that… and they never will because the government was able to pretend like it was doing its job.

motherjones:

Iran is talking tough, America is scrambling the aircraft carriers, and the world economy’s bobbing like a drunken sailor. Here’s everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask - from what it means to you, to how it relates to some mysterious explosions in Iran.

its always good to stay informed on world affairs

-feminism break-

Funny. Asking the top 1 percent to pay their share is considered class warfare. Asking the bottom 30 to sacrifice their childhoods to clean floors seems like common sense to Newt Gingrich.
68% of the sons of top-percentile income earners have worked at firm their father did by age 33. Access to wealth being passed on.

There are significant racial, geographic disparities

Daily Show - Men of a Certain Wage: Money Talks

I thought this was funny, John Hodgeman satirizes the typical angry 1%-er… I just thought it was hilariously identical to the snobby people you mean going to a northeastern snobby college. THERE IS EVEN HAS AN ACAPELLA GROUP