News Brief Monday, December 8

Monday, December 8, 2008 | News


St. Louis faces test in addressing poverty
“It is time for bold leadership and programming on this issue without the constant inclination to blame the poor for their status.”
Good point – but by talking about poverty that is exactly the inclination you are going to get.

Poverty dramatically affects children’s brains
“Such deficiencies are reversible…”
Luckily, deficiencies in policy are reversible too. (All it takes is a change of frame.)

Area’s poverty not going to disappear on its own

“Less than 4 percent of respondents cited poverty as an issue, despite the fact Escambia County has the second-highest poverty rate (15.8 percent) of large counties in Florida…”

Surprised? Then you haven’t been listening.

An Enduring Crisis for the Black Family
“While half of all black children born to single mothers are poor, that is the case for only 12 percent of those born to married parents.”
You still want to talk about poverty? Get ready for this debate.

Health Care, Jobs, Benefits

Want Real Stimulus? Try Universal Health Care
“…in 2007 an estimated 116 million people, or two-thirds of working-age adults, were either uninsured for a time, faced steep out-of-pocket medical costs relative to their incomes, had difficulties paying their medical bills, or didn’t get the care they needed because of cost…”

Jobs ‘spread the wealth’ better than government
Indeed, something that Obama and the rest of the redistributionists never seem to get in their haste to take ”the wealthy“ down a few pegs is that it takes wealthy people to create good jobs at good wages.”
Really? American millionaires are at record numbers…where are those good jobs you mentioned? 
Government ‘creates jobs’ better than anybody (employing 2% of the US workforce).

Women’s wages, benefits boosted by union membership
all else equal, joining a union raises a woman’s wage as much as a full-year of college, and a union raises the chances a woman has health insurance by more than earning a four-year college degree.”

Meltdown slows bid for family/work improvements
“The U.S. is one of only four countries out of 173 in a recent survey that doesn’t guarantee some form of paid maternity leave; the others are Liberia, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea.”
Just call us the Rebel Without a Paid Leave Clause.

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