Greetings from Calico Blackie!
I haven’t updated in awhile for a couple of reasons.
First, I got really sick. I’m not talking about the sniffles or something you can “work through.” I’m talking the laid up kind of sick where you don’t care if you live or die for a few days.
I’m still at about 40% of my normal self.
Second, I was, and am, plain disgusted with it all.
Just before I fell ill, I was talking to a group of people about the effects of the “sequester” on the poor, and how we’re lied to by our government with them constantly fudging statistics to shed a favorable light on the unemployment rate and the rates of poverty here in America.
Keep in mind, these were lower middle-class and poor people I was talking to. Most of which WILL be affected when the government gets around to screwing them so that their owners on Wall Street will continue to reap the rewards.
What did I hear?
“We live in the greatest country in the world”.
You must be a commie. Weren’t you an “occupier” too?
The people that I thought agreed with me said NOTHING.
THEY JUST STOOD THERE NODDING THEIR HEADS.
So, fuck them. Fuck them all.
I’m getting too old and sick for this shit of trying to help and inform people who would rather continue to get bent over.
So, here ya go ya bastards!………………..
Meals on Wheels budget cuts: ‘Slowly developing crisis’
Air traffic controllers got a reprieve from federal budget cuts when Congress felt public pressure after airport delays inconvenienced travelers.
But few expect a pardon for Meals on Wheels, which provide food and human contact for people over 60 who are physically housebound, socially isolated or very low income — and in many cases, all three.
“They don’t have high-priced lobbyists,” said Alan Winstead, the executive director of Meals on Wheels of Wake County in Raleigh, N.C.
As it is, Meals on Wheels is estimated to serve just a third or so of the 25 million people over 60 who are poor or near poor.
Federal funding for Meals on Wheels and related nutrition services accounted for 0.02% of the U.S. budget last year. This year, the programs will have to do with roughly $38.7 million less because of the so-called sequester, which requires uniform cuts across programs regardless of cost effectiveness.
Link is here: http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/06/news/economy/meals-on-wheels-budget-cuts/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Calico Blackie says:
Air traffic controllers got a reprieve BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN EFFECT ON BIG BUSINESS! Hungry poor people and old people don’t, so why not screw ‘em?
Here’s another good one (well, duh)……
There may be millions more poor people in the US than you think
It is responsible for an estimated half-trillion dollars in federal spending every year, is hated by nearly everyone who studies it and is based on an American lifestyle older than the space program.
Yet the figure known as the “poverty line” is almost certainly here to stay. That’s partly because a more accurate measure of who is poor could add millions of Americans to the rolls — something few lawmakers want to have happen on their watch.
“People (are) talking about eliminating poverty in this country,” said Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., whose proposal to change the measure died in Congress five years ago. “You’re not going to eliminate poverty in this country with the definition we have. You can make yourself feel good, but you’re not going to eliminate poverty.”
The poverty line was conceived by a civil servant named Mollie Orshansky who worked for the Social Security Administration and was herself the daughter of poor Ukrainian immigrants. She totaled up the cost of the cheapest three-meals-a-day plan that the federal government considered nutritionally adequate in 1963.
A decade earlier, the Eisenhower administration had calculated that the typical family spent a third of its money on food. So Orshansky multiplied by three. It was that simple. The poverty line was born.
The problem, as social scientists and at least some legislators see it, is that measuring poverty that way is not just outdated but simplistic:
The federal poverty line — $11,945 in cash income for a single adult, $23,283 for a couple with two kids — is the same whether you are poor in New York, the most expensive city in the United States, or poor in a small town in Nebraska.
It is the same whether you take transit to work or are hostage to the whims of gas prices. It is the same whether Medicaid helps you with medical expenses or you pay out of pocket. It is the same whether you receive food stamps or pay for child care.
It is the same regardless of how poor you are. For the purposes of some federal benefits, someone making a dollar below the poverty line is treated the same is someone making virtually nothing.
“There are better ways to measure,” said Robert Haveman, a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Wisconsin and an expert on poverty. “Nearly any one of them is a better indicator of true poverty than the one we use.”
Among them: Food stamps, anti-poverty block grants for cities, heating and air-conditioning aid, AIDS drug subsidies, family planning services, Head Start and job-finding assistance.
The Census Bureau, which is responsible for updating the poverty line every year to account for inflation, makes no secret of its flaws as a way to determine who qualifies as poor.
Two years ago, the bureau and the Labor Department agreed on a different way — a poverty line that accounts for medical expenses, geographic differences, the cost of shelter and clothing and other factors.
Link is here: http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/03/17671753-there-may-be-millions-more-poor-people-in-the-us-than-you-think?lite
Calico Blackie says:
Want to end poverty in America? Back in the year 1946, Josef Stalin decided there were way too many beggars and crippled ex-soldiers living in and around Moscow and in some of the other Soviet big cities.
He rounded them all up and arrested them. He put them on trains and deported them to far-away towns where he wouldn’t have to see them.
Back to my question: Want to end poverty in America? Use the “Stalin Method”
Completely eliminate food stamps, anti-poverty block grants for cities, heating and air-conditioning aid, AIDS drug subsidies, family planning services, Head Start and job-finding assistance.
No more poor people!
Why do I get the feeling many, if not most people in this country (and on Wall Street and in DC) would be perfectly ok with this solution?
“If poverty were to be suddenly technically eliminated, it might mean a bigger slice of the pie for the people like me who aren’t poor!”
THIS IS WHAT WE’VE BECOME.
“MORE FOR ME AND SCREW EVERYBODY ELSE!”
So, why the hell am I beating my head against the wall trying to help a bunch of greedy raving idiots (who are poor themselves) that have been sucked into the propaganda machine?
What the hell….
Maybe it’s the fever talking. Maybe I shouldn’t be writing yet until I’m back at 100%.
Or, maybe I should turn my blog into more of a “Tits n Ass” and “entertainment” extravaganza than it already is now?
I don’t know anymore.
Calico Blackie @kidakita