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  •  To Gorette - Please tell us a bit more (4+ / 0-)

    about how you've seen the dkos change since '05? Also why do you think that the Democrats don't like to talk  about poverty?

    Here in the European Union, there is no poverty as it exists in America. At least everyone has medical insurance, dental and prescription coverage, paid maternity leave, paid sick leave, annual leave. There are poor people in the European Union but they don't have the same problems that poor people have in America. I find that anyone who writes about poverty in America has very limited support. That's true even at the Dkos. Humor diaries seem to get the best support but there is nothing funny about being poor or uninsured. But I guess people would rather laugh through their tears then face the music which is that America's poor are left to fend for themselves, whereas in Europe that's not the case. Or at least not to the same extent that it is in America.

    sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

    by Democrats Ramshield on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 11:06:25 AM PST

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    •  Well as for dkos history in my own (2+ / 0-)
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      observation on Poverty, there was some attention to it right after hurricane Katrina which was that summer. After that I don't recall very many diaries/frontpage or otherwise on it. The "P" word was out of fashion.

      It was actually the disparity in income that was bothering me so much in 2005 that caused me to search out a site that might address the issue. But I did not find much interest here. I wrote a few diaries on it from then until 2010. The interest level did not change, did not grow. I'm not well-versed in economics but can do a credible job of researching and putting together a diary. But education and poverty which I wrote about were unpopular topics.

      Until this year when various strands of prime issues seemed to gel. Stark statistics were given attention in major papers and it began to change with more being written. Due to the economy and unemployment. The president used the P word, others did. They had something to say about it that they could use. Otherwise they all turn a blind eye.

      That is essentially what I've seen my whole life, from my youth in Cleveland, to life in the nation's capital. No one wants to see poverty or poor people. They become upset if they do so society has seen to it that the poor are --as much as possible--separated from the middle class, let alone from people of wealth.

      OWS kind of tilted this whole "balance" of ignorance/blindness into raising consciousness, and it became a bit cool to mention the P word again. I love the OWS movement! I hope it continues forever.

      Diaries I wrote and did not delete on Poverty, and just for comparison purposes, I've written diaries with hundreds of comments:

      May 04, 2006 - 16 comments: 793 Billionaires: Wealth, Poverty & God

      Jul 13, 2006 - 34 comments: Poverty, Race & Dropouts: Do we care at all?

      Thu Mar 27, 2008 - 35 comments: Been on the bread line yet? Food crisis sneaks up on world.

      As to WHY the Democrats don't talk about it? One. Most people don't care, don't listen, so you have to make a big deal about it to get attention. One candidate in recent years done that but it turned out to be John Edwards. He was on the ticket in 2004 but they lost and now he's disgraced by his own behavior. Just our luck.

      Two. Democrats have had this rap of being big spenders, promoting expensive welfare programs (the GOP's fav line on us: "Tax and Spend Liberals"). That and the demolition of the term liberal gave most pols the freedom and urgency they used so well to ignore talking about poverty and people who needed help. Sen. Kennedy was one who could get away with it.

      Lastly, people here have great hearts, but until this last year, or few months, most seem to have their own reason for being here, political issues they most care about, junkies on politics, etc. It just has not been a priority and without more people to make it a priority it will not get enough attention. Now the number of new to poverty in the US has created a bit of momentum.

      Thanks for asking! What country do you live in, if I may ask?

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 03:36:00 PM PST

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      •  Congo: rationing food........ (1+ / 0-)
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        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/world/africa/in-congolese-capital-power-cut-applies-to-food.html?hp">You little ones eat today, the older children tomorrow.

        "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

        by Gorette on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 06:24:17 PM PST

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