Tag Archives: political conditions

(1063) Trumping the poor of America

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How on Earth could anyone think a whack-job Manhattan zillionaire hijacking the Republican Party and then the Presidency represents the beginnings of anything good for America?  For America’s poor?  Nope. Nope. Nope.
Things are about to get much worse for poor Americans
theatlantic.com
I’m a disabled American.  Trump’s policies will be a disaster for people like me
vox.com

image: Tony Webster via Flickr/CC

(1060) US election upside

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Ballot initiatives in America came in along with the gruesome news that an orange Manhattan billionaire, who lives in a gold-plated penthouse, is the president elect.  Such initiatives have all sorts of of local/regional importance and could make things better for working people and consumers.  We’re talking transit projects and minimum wage increases in particular, two things that directly affect the lives of the poor.
Four trends from state and local elections
brookings.edu
Glimmers of hope: ballot initiatives
inequality.org
image: Keith Ivey via Flickr/CC

(947) Excuse me kind sir, WFPIT?

aaaaaaarobfordTime for a new text messaging acronym, yah?
How about WFPIT?
What Fucking Planet Is This?
A certain amount of emotionalism and a whole lot of media drivel was to be expected from the passing of Rob Ford.  Indeed, we have that, layered as it should be, over an acknowledgment that his family’s (ongoing) pain is quite real.  Even for us reading the media output after the big man’s passing from cancer has been pretty awful stuff.   The combination of North America’s aspirational culture with the political illiteracy of the masses offers us one of its most  disturbing manifestations in the career of Rob Ford.
We like these three items because they offer considered perspectives on Ford and Ford Nation.
Rob Ford, 1969-2016: a legacy he never intended
spacing.ca
Andray Domise: the Rob Ford legacy that many refuse to confront
tvo.org
An honest assessment of Rob Ford’s legacy. Rob Ford’s impact on the city includes harm inflicted on some of the city’s most marginalized residents, and a worsened political discourse. We shouldn’t forget this
torontoist.com
Click here for Rob Ford-related articles aggregated on suburban-poverty.com

(552) Hello? Ontario, you home?

Adolphe Bitard TéléphoneOther than watching Tory Tim “Tea Party” Hudak make an innumerate fool of himself the current provincial election has a distinctly phoned-in feel: with voters as guilty as the “playas” looking for votes.  Oh well, apathy always ends well, doesn’t it?  And the minimum wage hit $11 per hour yesterday!

OCAP infographic: Still A Poverty Wage

Why isn’t poverty an election issue in Hamilton? Hamilton anti-poverty organizations want to push it to the forefront of the Ontario election
cbc.ca/news

Group urges campaigns to reflect on poverty
guelphmercury.com

image: Le Telephone. Bibliotheque Nationale de France via Wikimedia Commons

(480) Sticking up for the poor

Rob Ford sticks up for the poor peopleFolks, he’s sticking up for poor people.  Seriously, is there going to be eight more months of this?  Suburban-poverty.com can’t imagine anybody worse for the poor than this barely there, mismanaging city-hater.  If there is no legal mechanism for getting rid of what’s left of this ill mayoralty can a social and moral one emerge?

Suburban-poverty.com wishes safety, patience and strength to the Rob Ford Must Go sit in.  Starting its seventeenth day: this is a healthy example of citizens responding to a threat to where they live and what they care about.  NoMoRoFo!

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See also:
(473) Ford Nation’s backyard employment numbers
(461) Challenging Ford & his ilk

(449) Metropolitan Revolution on Denver

DenverTwo principals from the Brookings Institution are staffing a project called The Metropolitan Revolution.  There is material from a book of the same name, a blog, an iPad app and more on the site which concerns itself with “how cities and metros are fixing our broken politics and fragile economy.”  Top notch content as far as the governing of realities of American cities and metros are concerned.  Suburban-poverty.com was impressed with this item on Denver, CO.

What makes cities and suburbs set aside old conflicts and collaborate to compete?

(396) Explaining RoFo II

X-Ray VisionHave you been wondering why Boss Ford’s low-income fan base still loves their local Big Man, the Deus Dixon, their own Rex Rexdale?  We were, too.

Rob Ford: Low-income supporters stand by their mayor. Mayor Rob Ford’s support among low-income people is a paradox to critics who say he has consistently voted against programs that would help the poor. But his supporters in Rexdale social housing complexes say they support him because he’s active in the community.

(394) Two Torontos

LightningA plethora of Chevron logos on their web site makes us a little nervous for The Atlantic these days but even so we can’t usually get enough of their content when trying to figure out the big picture in North America.  Today, for example, a thoughtful personal essay on Rob Ford deconstructs a simplified urban-vs-suburban explanation by pointing out non-white, suburban support for the Big Man.  It tends to be assumed that well off but greedy, resentful, and anxiety-prone suburbanites are Ford’s political rocket fuel but it looks like racialized suburban poverty and a kind of newcomer conservatism are a major energy source as well.

Rob Ford and the Two Torontos. Don’t believe what you’re hearing about the scandal-plagued mayor’s supporters. The truth is much more complicated

image: Lightning strikes wealthy, liberal cesspool called Downtown via Wikimedia Commons.