Tag: Poverty

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 99 Cent Answer to ‘Food Deserts’

 

Who really is in touch with the poor, the Fort Worth mayor and city council or the 99 Cent Only CEO? The Fort Worth city council is moving down the tracks towards imposing limitations on low-cost stores, generally labeled “dollar stores.” They are doing so for two stated reasons: blight and “food deserts.” Any citizen can refute the second claim by a simple internet search. Any citizen living in the area could do the media and their own city council’s job, by simply walking through a 99 Cents Only store with their phone camera rolling in video mode.*

The very deepest discount stores operate like every other business that is not in bed with the government. That is, they identify locations where they can sell enough goods to make a profit. By definition, a dollar store is operating on the very thinnest of margins, so they have to consistently offer the stuff people want. Happily, this results in at least one such business offering the very items we are perennially told are being denied to the poorest among us.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Utopia Under a Tent or a Waterfall?

 

I had my six-month dental cleaning and check-up. I didn’t expect to see the same hygienist. At my last visit, she was planning a move, possibly to Portland but I told her she may want to re-think that. She got back yesterday and said parts of Oregon were beautiful, breathtaking, the waterfalls, cool breezes, deep emerald green forests and didn’t want to leave. They hiked every day. She grew up here in Florida and is ready for a change. What she wasn’t ready for was Portland. She said she’d never seen anything like it, and was shocked by the enormous homeless population. Tents everywhere. “They don’t bother you, she said, or panhandle”. But “you couldn’t help but feel ill at ease,” walking from the donut shop with a bag of fresh-baked donuts. She walked by a young man at 7:15 AM, shooting up in broad daylight. Drugs that come in from Mexico and China. She said another’s face was beaten to a pulp. The smell was awful. But Oregon she said, was truly breathtaking…

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Long-term, persistent joblessness is the great American domestic crisis of our generation. In our 2017 special issue, “The Shape of Work to Come,” City Journal grappled with the problem, and our writers continue to explore it. City Journal recently convened a panel of experts to talk about the future of work. Audio from their discussion is featured in this episode of 10 Blocks. […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Carson’s HUD Decision and What I Learned When I Taught in a Welfare-to-Work Program

 

Dr. Ben Carson, as director of HUD, has proposed raising costs and imposing work requirements for people in public housing or receiving public housing money. I was a little iffy about that – I mean, who’d want to live in the projects or deal with Section 8 requirements if they didn’t have to? I grew up dirt-poor, and I was a poor single mom for over a decade after that. I know what poverty is like. I know the people who struggle at the bottom. It sucks, and having expenses raised sucks worse.

But after reading the details of Carson’s plan, I agreed enthusiastically. His ideas are perfect, and not because they are cost-saving or because they get those deadbeats going.

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This week on Banter, Dr. Marvin Olasky joined the show to discuss the history of compassionate conservatism, what it means, and whether or not it might return in the current political climate. Dr. Olasky is the editor in chief of World Magazine and the author of 20 books, including “Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast, number 163, for February 22, 2018, it’s the California Dreamers edition of the show with your faithful hosts, Todd Feinburg, radio guy and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week we explore two very juicy topics that will get you furious at the riggers and the schemers. First, California, […]

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Amity Shlaes joins Seth Barron to discuss the competing goals of economic growth and income equality, and to take a look at how American presidents in the twentieth century have approached these issues. Polls show that support for income redistribution is growing among younger generations of Americans, but such policies have a poor track record of achieving their goals. As Shlaes writes in her feature story in the Winter 2018 […]

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On this episode of Viewpoint, AEI’s Katharine Stevens sits down with photographer Chris Arnade. Arnade has a PhD in physics and was a Wall Street trader. After a crisis of conscience following the 2008 financial crash [3:02], Chris abandoned his banking job to travel the country and chronicle the lives of America’s forgotten masses. But […]

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East Coast Sister replied to Quote of the Day: Heavy Duty with a story from Baltimore, centered around a viral video. The University of Baltimore Hospital CEO apologized without excuse and promised to get to the bottom of how his hospital discharged an apparently mentally confused 20-year old woman and had her wheeled in a hospital gown […]

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This week on Banter we’re joined by AEI Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies Robert Doar. Robert contributed to a new publication titled “This Way Up: New Thinking About Poverty and Economic Mobility.” The booklet of short essays, published by Opportunity America in conjunction with AEI, showcases some of the best new thinking on issues such […]

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On this AEI Events Podcast, Katharine Stevens hosts photojournalist Chris Arnade, who has spent the past six years documenting the stories of those living in the “forgotten” towns across America. From Portsmouth, Ohio, to Ohatchee, Alabama, he captured the stories of “forgotten America.” These are the areas hit hardest by job loss, income stagnation, and drug addiction, yet they are often overlooked by policymakers and the press. Arnade’s reporting illuminates gaps between the reality experienced by millions of struggling Americans and the frequently abstract policy discussions in Washington, DC.

Arnade argued that the greatest divide in the country is education. His photo presentation revealed how kids who grew up in the “front row” — those who are mobile, are well-educated, and have large social networks via colleges and careers — have experienced a vastly different America than kids from the “back row” — those who stay in the town where they are born, usually lack any education beyond high school, and generally view their lives as worse off than their parents’.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Perspective, Thankfulness, Patriotism, and Personal Responsibility

 

We dodged once again, the latest hurricane Nate. I manage properties on the Gulf Coast so I prepare. My helper Carlos is a painter by trade. He helped me secure outdoor furnishings, haul in breakables and put it all back, post storms. It’s been a busy season. So busy, he said that all the checks totaling thousands that I gave him from my property owners, he’s not had a chance to deposit.

His sister has a housekeeping team that I use, one of several. One of 13 children, she told me she has no sympathy for illegals. She has been legal in this country for decades, owns property and her children are in college, one studying to be a lawyer. One of Carlos’s daughters is the secretary for our local St. Rita’s Catholic Church. The example of the American Dream. No taking a knee, no victims here.

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Victor Davis Hanson looks at the hobby horse issues of various identity politics groups—Black Lives Matter, LGBT advocates, modern feminists, and Hispanic activists—and explains how each of them are overlooking more dire threats facing their communities. More

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In this AEI Events Podcast, Wendy Wang and W. Bradford Wilcox presented their new report, “The millennial success sequence: Marriage, kids, and the ‘success sequence’ among young adults.” This joint report from AEI and the Institute for Family Studies investigates how the sequence of graduating from high school, working full time, and marrying before having children […]

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In a statement that the left-wing media have ripped out of context, HUD Secretary Ban Carson (who was raised in severe poverty and rose to become the nation’s foremost pediatric neurosurgeon and is, therefore, approximately 50,000 times smarter than the average journalist) said that poverty is largely a result of a person’s own choices and […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Today’s Sermon: Whose Compassion?

 

Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10Nor shall you glean your vineyard, Nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 23)

A story: “In the middle of the Great Depression, the mayor of New York City was the five foot tall son of Italian-Jewish immigrants, Fiorello H. LaGuardia. LaGuardia was a seriously energetic little guy. It was not unusual for him to ride with the firefighters, raid with the police, or take field trips with the kids from the city orphanage. On a bitterly cold night in January of 1935, the mayor turned up at a night court that served the poorest ward of the city. LaGuardia dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench himself—-something a quirk in New York City law enabled him to do.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. How one DC mother rose out of welfare and taught her daughter “to soar”

 

To kick off 2017, we bring you a special story of hope. When Crystal Jenkins got pregnant with her daughter in the projects of Washington DC, she had no home, no job and no hope for a better future. Drugs, crime and poverty plagued her life, but her daughter gave Crystal the strength to dream. Now she says her daughter “will have what I never had, she’ll know she can do anything she wants in this life, she’ll know she can soar…” Listen to find out how she did it.

Crystal’s testimony was taken from Little Lights Urban Ministries. Head over to their website to donate.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Bob Woodson: “Share your journey, find meaning together”

 

“Godfather of the grassroots” and civil rights leader Bob Woodson speaks on a life well-lived, his personal interactions with President-elect Trump, where the Conservative movement is heading under the new administration, and how neighborhood initiatives to fight poverty and decay are changing the face of the nation. Woodson also talks about changes taking place at the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, which is soon to undergo a very special name change. Finally, we break down expectations for Trump’s cabinet.

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