Tag Archives: poverty

  a feature not a bug

If Kansas Jumped Off A Bridge, Would Other States Do It Too? Apparently Yes!

That bridge sucked anyway.
You may be familiar with the state of Kansas, where Governor Sam Brownback and the ruling GOP have conducted what Brownback has called a “great experiment” in conservative economics. They’ve radically slashed income taxes, especially for top earners, on the theory that liberating this money will supercharge the economy; businesses will flock in, new jobs will be created, and an orgy of private sector commerce will fill the budget hole caused by the tax cuts. Read more on If Kansas Jumped Off A Bridge, Would Other States Do It Too? Apparently Yes!…
  Driving While Poor Is The New Driving While Black

Good Old Days Of Debtors Prison Making A Comeback In Ferguson, MO

OK, so the prisoners today don't look much like Mr. Pickwick...
The city of Ferguson, Missouri, sure seems to have a problem with black people, especially when it comes to driving. Which is why the Justice Department is investigating the police department. One big data point: the disparity between traffic citations for black and white drivers. Blacks get ticketed like crazy, and as John Oliver said, white drivers would have to be “snorting cocaine directly off your dashboard” to get stopped by cops. Read more on Good Old Days Of Debtors Prison Making A Comeback In Ferguson, MO…
  The Wonder Years

Joni Ernst: Let Them Wear Bread Bags

NEWS FLASH: You can afford these shoes on $7.25 an hour
Sen. Joni Ernst did her best in her robotic SOTU response to let us know that she empathizes with folks facing hard times: You see, growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry. But I was never embarrassed. Because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet. And thus was born the #breadbags hashtag: Read more on Joni Ernst: Let Them Wear Bread Bags…
  The Poor Is Coming from Inside the Building

NYC Developers Not Losing Any Opportunity To Be Total Dicks

New York Post Times are tough for developers of luxury housing towers, with killjoys on city councils and planning commissions saying they can’t get massive tax breaks for building concrete-and-glass citadels for the wealthy without including some symbolic “affordable housing.” But who wants to pay three times as much for stainless appliances and rainfall showers only to take the elevator with coupon-clippers? Read more on NYC Developers Not Losing Any Opportunity To Be Total Dicks…
  Shame Hasn't Worked. How About Sharing?

Let’s Put Some Food On People

Happily, such scenes are a thing of the distant past
We at your Recipe Hub are monsters who like to play in butter all day, but the payout is being able to share our meals. Few things make me happier than putting food inside of people, especially because they are hungry and even more so because they need it. With that in mind, and with Thanksgiving around the corner, Yr Wonkette wants to share some important information about food banks. Read more on Let’s Put Some Food On People…
  A Noble Spirit Embiggens The Smallest Man

Indiana Governor To Poors: Eat This!

He seems nice.
Screenshot from Fox News Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has some thoughts about the poor, and those thoughts are quite inspiring! You see, what with more people entering the workforce, Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration decided not to renew a waiver from work requirements for people on food stamps, because “welfare reform.” On Tuesday, Pence explained on Fox News that it’s only fair to require people to get jerbs or jerb training if they want to eat. And when Fox’s Brian Kilmeade asked, “How do you feel about people who say you are targeting poor people?” Pence had a reply that was just full of inspirational thoughts: Read more on Indiana Governor To Poors: Eat This!…
  Get An Ugly Girl To Marry You

Jen Rubin Wants You To Get Married. Yes All Of You. Even You!

ELAINE!!!
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin wrote an extremely lazy column about how “Marriage = Happiness,” throwing a bunch of blockquotes together and calling it a day. Nice work if you can get it! Read more on Jen Rubin Wants You To Get Married. Yes All Of You. Even You!…
  And The Kids Just Don't Understand

Megyn Kelly Learns Bill O’Reilly A Thing Or Two About White Privilege, Santa Claus

We liked the Dodge Challenger in that show
9:00 PM, Channel 433 (HD): THE MOD SQUAD (1971): A brash younger member of the force (Megyn Kelly) explains the frustrations of the black underclass to a skeptical police Captain (Bill O’Reilly) whose traditionalist views blind him to the situation on the ground. Guest appearances by Huey Newton, Charles Nelson Reilly. Read more on Megyn Kelly Learns Bill O’Reilly A Thing Or Two About White Privilege, Santa Claus…
  stfu tucker carlson

Nutritionist Tucker Carlson: We Should Do Something About All These Disgusting Fat Poors

Tucker Carlson, who plays a human being on Fox’s Outnumbered, explained the connection between obesity and poverty Wednesday, pointing out that poor people are only fat because the government keeps giving them food, and that there’s no such thing as a fat rich person. Who is this man who is so wise in the ways of science? Perhaps he can explain how sheep’s bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes. Read more on Nutritionist Tucker Carlson: We Should Do Something About All These Disgusting Fat Poors…
  How To Pope

Excellent Socialist Pope Is Excellent, Socialist And Also Too Maybe Marxist

In the strictest search result for “socialism” sense of the word, Pope Francis is not a socialist because he has not (to our knowledge) ever argued for “[a] society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government”. But the definition of “socialism” is changing. Socialism is now understood by a lot of people to mean “the government helping people, and sometimes taxes,” because that is how literally every conservative politician and commentator uses the word. So by that definition, Pope Francis’s message to a UN meeting in Rome was so, so socialist: “In the case of global political and economic organization, much more needs to be achieved, since an important part of humanity does not share in the benefits of progress and is in fact relegated to the status of second-class citizens,” Francis said. Read more on Excellent Socialist Pope Is Excellent, Socialist And Also Too Maybe Marxist…
  the poor will always be with you

Independent Women’s Forum Does Not Care For This Minimum Wage Nonsense

Because we love you, dear Wonkette reader, this morning we listened to the Independent Women’s Forum’s exciting conference call on why raising the minimum wage is a terrible idea. The call, arranged for the day that Republicans hope to kill the minimum wage increase to death in the Senate, was mostly just IWF Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer reading off a press release for five minutes; you can get the gist of the group’s talking points in this column at their website. Let’s just sum up here: A higher minimum wage will make everyone poorer, because all the jobs will vanish and then won’t you liberals feel foolish? Read more on Independent Women’s Forum Does Not Care For This Minimum Wage Nonsense…
  suck it poors

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Is A Horrible Person Who Hates The Poor

Liberals, we need to talk. On our pages, we deride Republicans for being anti-poor just because they are always trying to cut food stamps and deny people health care. But are they really that bad? Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma is trying to show us that Republicans aren’t that bad. They’re worse. Per NewsOK: Cities in Oklahoma are prohibited from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements under a bill that has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. Wait. So in addition to merely opposing minimum wage hikes, Republicans in Oklahoma are actively ensuring that wages stay where they are, whether localities want to pay their workers more or not. Suck it, local control! Mary “Nannystate” Fallin is here to ram some big ol State Government down your throat! Because some freedom is okay (read: guns), but we don’t want to be as free as a place like North Korea or anything!  Read more on Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Is A Horrible Person Who Hates The Poor…
  yo momma

It Is Time For Paul Ryan To Stop Insulting Our Parents

Paul Ryan is in the news for lying again, and Wonkette helped break the story, go us! The Washington Post cited yr Editrix’s post about a comment on this TPM story that noted how Paul Ryan’s tale of a young boy who preferred the brown-bagged love of his parents to the hard cheese of socialism was suspiciously similar to one in this book, and good work if you followed all that. WaPo’s Glenn Kessler gave Ryan’s rotten fable four Pinocchios, because Paul Ryan is a small puppet child who talks to crickets, and also because he lies a lot. But honestly, we don’t care too much that Paul Ryan is lying. It’s Paul Ryan, after all. No, we care a lot more that he has a habit of calling our parents losers. His recent quattro pinocchio is a great example. Read more on It Is Time For Paul Ryan To Stop Insulting Our Parents…
  yes you may have some more

Nice Time: Maine Lege Overrides Governor’s Veto, Will Feed Hungry Kids In Summer

Here’s a Nice Time change from our usual school lunch story — instead of a tale of heartless dickery leading to poor kids’ food being thrown away, this time around we have a tale where the good guys win and hungry kids get fed! Could this become a trend? Yes, we do need to pause for just a minute to note that it should not even be news that hungry kids will now be fed. In any case, paper hats and hairnets off to the Maine Legislature for voting to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill expanding a summer school lunch program. See, state legislatures? That’s what you do when your governor is a jerk who says that children should not eat food. Why can’t more of you be like the good boys and girls in Maine? Read more on Nice Time: Maine Lege Overrides Governor’s Veto, Will Feed Hungry Kids In Summer…
  won't anybody think of the rich and powerful?

Poor Persecuted Bazillionaire Tom Perkins Proves Critics Wrong: He *Can* Be A Bigger Dick

So you all remember Tom Perkins, right? He is the bazillionaire who is afraid that all the little people will go full-Nazi and holocaust all the rich people, because it was his turn to make the “just like Hitler” reference of the day. While he has since said that maybe, perhaps, the holocaust analogy went just a smidge over the line, he still feels that the rich are constantly getting dicked over by all the little people. In order to hammer home the point, he decided to go full-47%, a la Mitt Romney, and take aim at the takers: Tom Perkins suggested Thursday that only taxpayers should have the right to vote — and that wealthy Americans who pay more in taxes should get more votes. Clearly, Perkins is unimpressed with the current GOP efforts to block poor people from voting. Let’s explore the merits of One Dollar, One Vote, shall we?  Read more on Poor Persecuted Bazillionaire Tom Perkins Proves Critics Wrong: He *Can* Be A Bigger Dick…
  whatever dude

New Pope Under Impression Jesus Wasn’t Even A Stockbroker

New Pope continued his socialist rabble rousing today with the release of his Lenten Message, which, like the music of Sex Bob-Omb, will make you think about death and get sad and stuff. Except with redemption and resurrection, too, and you don’t have to fight anyone’s seven evil exes. And he’s still doing that economic justice thing that he’s so big on, although when you read through the whole thing, there is a surprising amount of Jesus stuff in there too. Read more on New Pope Under Impression Jesus Wasn’t Even A Stockbroker…
  scumbag millionaire

Teevee Douche Delighted That 85 People Have Wealth Equal To Half Of Humanity, Who Now Have Something To Aim For

You know, maybe we’ve been thinking about this income inequality thing the wrong way. Maybe, we should consider the wisdom of the happy capitalism lover who left a dozen deleted comments the other day, and we should see that income inequality has nothing to do with the game being rigged, and everything to do with individual initiative. Then perhaps we could rejoice with Canadian TV douchebag Kevin O’Leary at the recent Oxfam International report showing that the richest 85 individuals on the planet control wealth equal to that held by the poorest 3.5 billion — roughly half the population of the planet. O’Leary, whose net worth is estimated to be a piddling $300 million, was almost ecstatic at the statistic: “It’s fantastic and this is a great thing because it inspires everybody, gets them motivation to look up to the one percent and say, ‘I want to become one of those people, I’m going to fight hard to get up to the top,’” he said. “This is fantastic news and of course I applaud it. What can be wrong with this?” In a just world — or at least in one written by Rod Serling — Mr. O’Leary would have immediately tripped over a studio cable, hit his head, and awakened as a one-legged child beggar in a Mumbai slum so he could test out his theory. Read more on Teevee Douche Delighted That 85 People Have Wealth Equal To Half Of Humanity, Who Now Have Something To Aim For…
  let he who thinks she's a druggie cast the first stone

Bill O’Reilly Pretty Confident Jesus Wouldn’t Feed Kids If Their Parents Were Druggies

Great Protector of Christmas Bill O’Reilly has these tidings of comfort and joy for you, America: Yeah, sure, Jesus fed the poor and he wants people to feed the poor. But is that any reason to feed the poor? In a spirited chat with yes-man priest Fr. Gerald Murray (with easily dismissed contributions from token liberal pastor Joshua DuBois), O’Reilly questioned how far good Christians need to take this whole “feed the poor” shtick anyway: “The problem I have, as I stated is that you’re helping one group by hurting another group and a bigger group, and so I don’t know if Jesus is going to be down with that.” DuBois thought maybe Jesus might be down with that, seeing as how private charity only makes up about 10% of what’s needed to feed everyone. Father Murray thought it was RIDICULOSE to think that Jesus would support Big Government, because that’s just silly. “We take care of the poor for spiritual motives,” he said, which presumably means that if government does food stamps, that’s like taking away people’s chance to be all spiritual somehow. Read more on Bill O’Reilly Pretty Confident Jesus Wouldn’t Feed Kids If Their Parents Were Druggies…
  have you considered trying breatharianism?

McDonalds’ Holiday Advice For Workers: Maybe You Could Sell Your Second Kidney?

America’s purveyors of Anus Burgers aren’t really all that big on the idea of paying a fair wage to their employees, but it’s nice to know that they’re at least willing to help them eat their bootstraps and mooch off the gummint. In yet another inspirational example of a fast food giant “helping” its employees, the “McResource line” from McDonalds has some helpful McAdvice for its McSerfs: if they’re “digging out from holiday debt,” maybe they should give some thought to cutting down on the burdensome material possessions that are just interfering with their spiritual journey to Nirvana anyway: “Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash.” Even better, maybe they could stave off those hunger pangs by faking out their stupid brains, at least until they can become leeches: Elsewhere on the site, McDonald’s encourages its employees to break apart food when they eat meals, as “breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full.” And if they are struggling to stock their shelves with food in the first place, the company offers assistance for workers applying for food stamps. Or at least, a couple days ago they were advising employees to try selling their unnecessary belongings… after ThinkProgress reported on the “Digging Out From Holiday Debt” tips, McDonalds pulled the webpage; a PR person explained that “Some of the content has been reviewed and changes were made where appropriate … We’ll continue to do that periodically.” You know, like, whenever we get caught. Read more on McDonalds’ Holiday Advice For Workers: Maybe You Could Sell Your Second Kidney?…
  it's not a crime to be poor but it might as well be

Texas School Latest To Adopt Zero Tolerance Toward Hungry Poor Kids

A Texas elementary school threw out a 6th-grader’s reduced-price breakfast Wednesday when the child — a future thug, because he qualifies for reduced-price meals — was unable to pay the required 30 cents, even though his mother called the school and offered to bring three dimes. This latest incident — just one of several in the covered over the last few months — clearly taught the kid a lesson about how the real world works — not really a lesson about economics or responsibility or anything, but he definitely learned that idiots in positions of authority can act as arbitrarily and illogically as they want to, because don’t you know how institutions work? This should be a valuable touchstone for his future life, where idiots with power will almost certainly find innumerable ways to dick him around. With any luck, he may even rise to a middle-management position where he can dick around those below him in the organization chart. And he didn’t even have to be put in the stocks! This time. Read more on Texas School Latest To Adopt Zero Tolerance Toward Hungry Poor Kids…
  may never have been a chimney sweep either

Women Who Knew E.W. Jackson Say He Exaggerates Foster Family’s Poverty; Tale Of Daring Escape From North Korea Also Dubious

Virginia Lieutenant Governor candidate E.W. Jackson likes to tell audiences at his campaign events how he overcame terrible poverty and became a success, all through hard work and never needing a handout. He tells of times so tough that he had to eat mayonnaise sandwiches — or sometimes nothing at all — for dinner, and of growing up in a home without an indoor bathroom. As the youngest, he says, “I brought the pot down.” It’s inspirational, and his campaign says the stories are 100% true, but in a Washington Post article about his campaign’s missteps in the closing days of the campaign, two women who knew him as a child say he’s a bit on the truth-challenged side. Read more on Women Who Knew E.W. Jackson Say He Exaggerates Foster Family’s Poverty; Tale Of Daring Escape From North Korea Also Dubious…
  lucky duckies

Elizabeth Hasselbeck So Mad About All These Gross Lazy Poor People With Their Fancy ‘Television’ And ‘Cell Phones’ And ‘Food’

Elizabeth Hasselbeck is doing a pretty great job as Fox & Friends’ new Gretchen. Like, first, she totally has blond hair. Second, she is also possessed of a vag. Third, she can completely say idiotic things about whatever Fox wants her to say idiotic things about, and today that idiotic thing is the Poors. Read more on Elizabeth Hasselbeck So Mad About All These Gross Lazy Poor People With Their Fancy ‘Television’ And ‘Cell Phones’ And ‘Food’…