I recently encountered a couple people who were reluctant to vote for the Democrats because of “welfare.” I made sure to point out that Bill Clinton ended “welfare as we know it” in the ’90s and that it is extremely hard to get it and those who do are not living large. I told them that the folks they should be angry with are the ones being supported by Republicans: Corporations and very wealthy individuals receiving tax breaks even when they outsource jobs overseas. (I am sorry, but when did corporate greed become a virtue?)
Anyhow, I came across this statistic in Common Ground magazine:
27.5 Million Number of Americans on food stamps (that’s 1 in 11, and 41 percent are from working families).
I am also reminded of a popular bumper sticker here in Berkeley: “(Paraphrased) 68 percent of poor people have jobs.” Feel free to pass the word to your Republican colleagues!
Sen. Ted Kennedy as Role Model: Someone who is not afraid to back down from the Republicans is Sen. Ted Kennedy, who despite undergoing brain surgery for cancer and chemotherapy, made a brief appearance to cast a critical vote for Medicare legislation. According to the Associated Press, Kennedy’s forceful vote was met with a lot of cheers by spectators in the Senate galleries, which is a violation of decorum.
Update on Aftermath of Chinese Earthquake: The Chinese government continues to crack down on parents who are protesting the deaths of their children after their shoddy school buildings collapsed following a massive earthquake in the region two months ago, according AP. I cannot imagine living this way:
Officials are now using a variety of tactics – threats, money, promises of justice, police muscle – to intimidate, appease or hush up the grieving mothers and fathers who believe that nearly 7,000 classrooms crumbled so easily because corrupt and incompetent officials didn’t build them properly….
“Police from Deyang came to our town and warned us not to gather,” said Pi Kaijian, a 43-year-old farmer who wore pointy Italian-style loafers and polyester pants rolled up past his calves as he endured the afternoon heat in the courtyard of his house.
“The police met with our parent leaders and said if we gathered, it would be a criminal act and we’d be arrested,” said the farmer, whose 11-year-old son died in the school.
Media News: Ladies’ Home Journal editor-in-chief, Diane Salvatore, has resigned from her position, according to media trade publication MinOnline. She will be replaced by Parents editor-in-chief Sally Lee.
I am in upstate New York attending a workshop by Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising. We will be discussing how to organize a “21st century women’s movement.” I look forward to the discussion and will fill you all in.
Have a good weekend all!