Tagged: US safety net

On a Cold Day in Florida

On a Cold Day in Florida

The sun is shining but the temperature is only 39 degrees Fahrenheit – in Florida! Not the kind of weather to warm the heart of a Jamaican. My thoughts turn to fellow-Jamaicans in the...

Americans Will Not Let Children Starve

Americans Will Not Let Children Starve

The Republican crusade against food stamps is just another silly game designed to show how tough they are. Like so many of the bills spewed forth by the House of Representatives recently, the proposed...

Who Will Feed  the Poor in a Third World America?

Who Will Feed the Poor in a Third World America?

If only the American media could get over Benghazi, the IRS and the other fabricated  “scandals” that fuel 24-hour news channels, they might notice that the country is sinking into a Third World society. Sinking...

Barack Obama: for the Good Guys or the Glory?

Barack Obama: for the Good Guys or the Glory?

What does Barack Obama really want? Of course I don’t know. I am at the far fringes of political information, an inconsequential foot soldier who might be marginally useful in getting out the vote...

Campaign Against Social Security is Under Way

Campaign Against Social Security is Under Way

Score another victory for the right-wing PR machine. This morning’s headline in our local newspaper screamed that America’s Social Security fund is now “cash negative.” The story came from the Washington Post, which used...

Let’s Hope the President is Just Playing Games

Let’s Hope the President is Just Playing Games

Surely, President Obama can’t be serious when he proposes to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits in order to get Republicans to allow an increase in the country’s debt. He must know that such...

Put it all Together and You Get a Really Scary Picture

Put it all Together and You Get a Really Scary Picture

The media give us the “news” in unrelated smidgins like the blind men in the fable reporting their separate encounters with the elephant. And the bits and pieces are scary enough. But if you...