GOP snubs 'other America'

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Michael Harrington’s book The Other America, published 50 years ago, opened our eyes about poverty in the United States.

At last week’s Republican National Convention, our country watched “another America” that resides in a cocoon; an America that represents a huge percentage of the nation; an America that refuses to see “the other America.”

Joaquin Godoy

Aiken, S.C.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/07/12 - 04:54 am
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Better to be Poor in America

It's better to be poor in America than any other country. Successful Americans are the most generous and charitable people in the world. Our poor would be considered wealthy in some countries.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/07/12 - 08:56 am
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Poor

Why are so dang many folks trying to come here.....they evidently haven't heard the news......

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/07/12 - 09:06 am
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Joaquin...Joaquin......where

Joaquin...Joaquin......where did this two paragraph drivel come from? Not even a suggestion of evidence that would justify saying the RNC does not see the "other America". I would expect much better left wing partisan drivel from you based on your usual Joaquin. Okay, I'll bite.

We don't see the "other America" so much anymore. We used to see them once a month when they showed up to get their "check". Now that we Direct Deposit their money, automatically reload their EBT cards, and automatically send their Section 8 landlords the rent money, we don't see the "other America" so much as we used to except when they show up on the local news dressed to the 9s with fake nails and hair weaves on "free turkey" or "free toys" day.

Is that the response you were looking for Joaquin? Always happy to oblige.

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Bizkit 09/07/12 - 09:40 am
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Joaquin...Joaquin......where

Joaquin...Joaquin......where did this two paragraph drivel come from? I agree. Like the Dems keep saying the failed economy was because of Bush's economic policy which blatantly untrue. It took 20 years for the mortgage pimple to rise and rupture and Dem policies helped precipitate it. Further Rep have added more to our debt by expanding entitlements than Dem have-which has a huge impact on the middle class. Bush did run up the bill with two war fronts and too much spending, but I don't Obama is any different in that regard with spending and war costs. But at least some Rep like Ryan have the audacity to address spending and the debt. The Dems are like ostriches and have made no real effort to address spending or the deficit. Now finally after 4 years at the convention they are finally saying they will do something.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/07/12 - 11:21 am
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So the median average income

So the median average income has dropped, more Americans out of work since the depression, price of gas has doubled, health care cost still skyrocketing and physician disatisfaction is the highest in history, all diplomatic policies have failed despite his nobel peace prize for what he was going to do, and Obama has done a good job. Gee I'd hate to see a bad job. I see Obama is really helping the middle class and don't forget his race which he has all but abandoned as that ethnicity is sufferering more than the rest. Go ahead re-elect the failed policies of this administration in not addressing the debt, unemployment, wages and median income, gas prices, health care, foreign affairs, etc.

Lou Stewall
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Lou Stewall 09/07/12 - 11:50 am
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Fighting the same old battle

Since 50 years ago, probably 100 new programs have been added to help poor Americans and it has not lowered poverty levels one bit. It has entrenched poverty. Democrats seek to keep these folks dependent on handouts, thus they have lost their self esteem, family structure and moral compass.
You are dead wrong that Republicans want to destroy the lower class. They want to give them a leg out of poverty, such as lowering energy costs, reigning in lawyers and allowing the economy to flourish which is a proven result of lowering taxes. Social security robs parents from leaving an inheritance. Welfare discourages marriage. Single mothers cause a cycle of poverty spanning generations. You demean your intelligence when you demonize Republicans. Obviously you have never taken the time to consider their solutions which are based on respect for individuals, not serfdom of government control.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/07/12 - 04:27 pm
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We giving people welfare and

We are giving people welfare and then setting the poverty level higher every year just above what welfare pays. So welfare programs never do away with any poverty. The poverty level is an arbitrary number our government sets in order to keep itself in the social program business.

Then we give them free cell phones, food stamps, Section 8, free meals at school, ADC, WIC, etc. and never aggregate all of the freebies they are getting against the "poverty level". Truth be told, they are living better than a lot of working people who earn their money and are just a tad above the poverty level but do not qualify for any help.

constituent
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constituent 09/07/12 - 04:47 pm
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Did you know? We giving

Did you know? We giving corporate freeloaders welfare too, I thought you need to know because it goes deeper into depth. Big Oil companies, Wall Street CEOs - the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs - still strut around Congress,no shame, and demand handouts.

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KSL 09/07/12 - 05:54 pm
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At least JG didn't take up a

At least JG didn't take up a lot of space this month! Or ink!

socks99
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socks99 09/07/12 - 07:21 pm
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If Obama and the Democrats

If Obama and the Democrats are "friends of the poor and middle class," I'd hate to see the policy-making of the "enemies" of these groups!

Fact is, PBO and the Democrats have FAILED America!

Time for a change!

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Bantana 09/07/12 - 08:10 pm
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What a ridiculous remark

"Our poor would be considered wealthy in some countries."

But they aren't living in some countries. They are struggling in this country.

Goya
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Goya 09/07/12 - 10:22 pm
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RE: Why are so many folks trying to come here?

Seenitbefore says,
"Why are so dang many folks trying to come here.....they evidently haven't heard the news......"

The CSRA is a transient town. Within one block of my neighborhood, 6 homes are for sale. I lived in 14 different states growing up a military brat and being afflicted with wanderlust as an adult. Still, as I approach retirement, it's time to settle down for good and call a place home. Unfortunately, the CSRA isn't it.

I'm sorry to say it,but Georgia takes the cake for worst of the worst as far as politics, services, professionalism, and plain ol' common sense. Although, people have told me me South Carolina is worse than Georgia. I'll take their word for it.

Seriously, the CSRA could be a great place to live. But you local guys seriously have to wake up and see how these good ol' boys are screwing up your potential. Improve your schools, especially in the poorer areas. Your future is only as good as what you put into education. Don't be afraid to seek outside advice, or to work outside the selective gene pool in this area. Diversity is a good thing!

Bantana
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Bantana 09/08/12 - 09:49 am
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Goya

I agree. We can either cut the poor adrift, or we can work to bring them up to a better standard of living. Education is key. Diversity is a good thing. A stagnant gene pool does absolutely nothing to advance the civilization. I am sorely disappointed to read many of the misinformed and angry comments on this forum. Those people are so entrenched in their belief that they are the only"good Americans", or "morally pure", or "charitable", or "religiously active" folks in the country. It sickens me to read the rantings of those arrogant, ignorant rednecks. The truth is, we are only a couple of generations away from my white race being in the minority in the usa and that will be a very good thing. The racists may manipulate this coming election through citizens united campaign finance and voter suppression, but it's going to bite them in the years to come.

Goya
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Goya 09/08/12 - 09:06 pm
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Exactly, Bantana.

Unfortunately, I think it's hard for them to see the forrest for the trees. I too once thought they were a bunch of ignorant rednecks, but now I realize they just can't help themselves. I feel pity for them more than anything. The lower classes are so unempowered that they don't know anything else other than the basic education they've been given, and the examples set by family members. Generation after generation, poverty and ignorance becomes a vicious cycle.

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