A half-hour enquiry into suburban poverty on Long Island, New York from WLIW 21. This discussion covers all the major pieces of this issue, doing justice to the economic reality of ”the new poor.” Such a serious topic at a time when talk of recovery can be heard from some quarters.
”That brings us back to the election, and why it matters that this campaign season has failed to acknowledge the new geography of poverty.”
Ever the sentinel of suburban poverty in the United States, the The Brookings Institution spoke up earlier this month as a truly loony election rolls into autumn.
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When payday lending leads to poverty, it’s time for intervention
globeandmail.com (with video 1:58)
See also: (966) We are the loan sharks
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Surely few will argue that poverty comes cheap. Poverty is a master issue found to amplify nearly all other forms of social difficulty from tooth decay to car accidents and much worse things like cancer and house fires. Public sector finances are merely the first, strongest indicator of the cost of poverty. In the case of Great Britain this effect is captured only too well in the new report at the link below. Serious stuff. Seventy-eight billion pounds worth.
Counting the cost of UK poverty
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (92-page .pdf file)
If you are looking for US data, and perhaps some insight into Canadian trends, this page from Strong Towns will help. Seriously, bookmark this site.
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Again and again we see ourselves bought off by the idea that measuring a problem is some kind of major step toward the solution. Time to throw a basic income at it.
Surveys show why we need to take the Poverty Reduction Strategy seriously. The once-heralded poverty reduction strategy needs more attention, including to what the data told us about the city
We keep hearing about all this generalized American anger. Swathes of the population there are feeling filthy about the way things have turned out after decades of neoconservative nonsense from both sides of a two-party federal system. This generalized anger in turn explains the success of Mr. Orangeface Clownpants. Trump has been able to say pretty much any nasty-ass thing he wants to say and still get ahead because of the funk and fury the American voter has sunk into and seethes with respectively. Rage serves to peg in place political illiteracy these days. Hillary Clinton offers herself as the calming Mommy to the tantrum-throwing voter and so she benefits from the unfocused rage as well.
So, how about you Americans focus a little. Dare we even suggest an apoplectic unity on behalf of the children who will someday inherit your republic? A good starting point would be this kick in the head of a paper from March this year. Half of all children in America are in poverty or pretty damn near it. Half of them! What does the lackluster alumni of US federal political party leadership have to say about this topic during the weirdest of elections ever? Looks to be pretty much nothing.
Poverty and child health in the United States
(abstract & link to .pdf file)
Council on Community Pediatrics
Why facts don’t matter to Trump’s supporters
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