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Occasionally, someone asks me why I don't cut Obama some slack. Stories like this one from Rock Center are why. Because when we have so many people in such desperate
Occasionally, someone asks me why I don't cut Obama some slack. Stories like this one from Rock Center are why. Because when we have so many people in such desperate need, and so very little political capital has been expended to help them (especially that decision administration officials made not to help struggling homeowners, citing "moral hazard") -- well, he didn't step up to this enormous task when he took office. It is a disgrace that people are living like this in the richest nation on earth, especially where there's always money for military weapons:
At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because they’re hungry.
The increasing number of Americans relying on food stamps to survive the sluggish economic recovery has changed the way the largest retailer in the United States does business.
Carol Johnston, Walmart’s senior vice president of store development, said that store managers have seen an “enormous spike” in the number of consumers shopping at midnight on the first of the month. That’s typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each month.
“We’ll bring in more staff to stock. We’ll also make sure all of our registers…are open…Some people may think at 12:01, Walmart’s very quiet, but in a lot of our areas of the country, 12:01 is a big day or a big night for us, actually,” Johnston said.
Becca Reeder and her husband, T.J. Fowler, are one of the families shopping before the sun rises.
When NBC News visited their home six days before the first of the month, they had no milk in their refrigerator. Among the few things left were water, bacon grease for the dog’s food, a little bit of apple juice, cheese and tortillas.
The couple and their 2-year-old son, Miles, live in Nampa, Idaho, about a 30-minute drive from Boise. Reeder and Fowler married in September. She recently had to pawn her wedding ring to help support the family.
“As long as I got my family, I’m good,” she said.
The newlyweds are both certified nursing assistants but have been unable to find work in their field. Fowler is commuting an hour and a half round trip to a part-time job flipping burgers at a fast-food restaurant and Reeder is not working.
Sen. Bernie Sanders was given a chance to respond to the interview he did on CNN earlier in the week, and he did a really great job once again with getting to the heart of what's wrong with the arguments by these cheap labor advocates, who want to defend the poverty wages being paid to those making minimum wage right now. Read more...
Good for Bill Maher, who during his "New Rules" segment this Friday, took the likes of Walmart and McDonalds to task for being too cheap to pay their workers a living wage, and dumping the cost of them doing business onto the taxpayers. Read more...
CNN contributor Kevin Madden, a former advisor and spokesperson for Mitt Romney (R), said on Sunday that Congress should not raise the minimum wage because it would deny people the "opportunity to grab that bottom rung of the economic ladder."
Sen. Bernie Sanders was back at it, going after the likes of "welfare recipient" Walmart and arguing once again for the minimum wage to be raised in the United States. Sanders appeared on this Tuesday's The Situation Room on CNN and proceeded to make mincemeat of his fellow guest on the show, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office and McCain economic advisor, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Read more...
Lawrence O'Donnell took Fox's Greg Gutfeld to the woodshed for his snide attacks on chef Mario Batali and his efforts to raise awareness about the difficulties of living on food stamps. O'Donnell showed us yet another example of why that god awful Read more...