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Commie-pinko Chris Fitzsimon at NC Policy Watch has a problem with the recent finding that ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE North Carolina children lives in poverty? There he goes go again ... worrying about a bunch of poor, hungry kids who were dumb enough to be born to no-good welfare moms and crackheads.

Why don't you just get with the program, boy? Over at the Puppetshow, Stagemanager Hood thinks poor kids really like being poor and playing in the streets in a Barbara Bush sort of way. But noooooo, you have to go and bring up a bunch of mean ol' facts:

Never mind that almost one in five children in North Carolina lives in poverty. Politicians love the children, including poor ones, especially when they get to school and have to take standardized tests, but helping their poor families at home is a different matter.

Helping their mothers isn’t very popular either, even though it was one of the promises of the 1996 welfare reform initiative, that single mothers would get help with child care so they could enter the workforce in a low-paying job or go back to school to learn a skill to be able to find work.

As we mark the ten year anniversary of welfare reform, it is time to admit that the promise has been broken, as more than 30,000 children in North Carolina languish on the waiting list for a child care subsidy. Their mothers cannot go back to school or take a low-wage job. They are stuck in poverty because they cannot afford care for their child.

Next thing you know, Chris Fitzsimon will be arguing that 'progress' is actually good ... in fact, here he goes again:

There is another point of view. Lawmakers could have made more progress. They could have helped thousands of more children and their mothers by refusing to cut taxes on the richest people in the state and instead used that money to take children off the waiting list.


Get serious Chris! We live in a state where the richest people get to do whatever the hell they want. If god didn't want poor kids on waiting lists for day care, he wouldn't have made waiting lists in the first place. Duh. Day care is for losers. Get a grip.

Comments

I guess I should label this snark . . .

because sadly, there are plenty of people on the lunatic fringe who would agree with everything I've written, to the best of my knowledge.

definetly

wouldnt want to give ted sampley further proof you belong to the church of lenin.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

Church of Lennon maybe

I like to think of Bush's tax cuts for the rich as the "Unearned Income Tax Credit"

Interesting article on the Earned Income Tax Credit and how working families receiving the EITC are another target for predatory lending in the form of "rapid refunds" with high fees in yesterday's News and Observer.

I loved this

and I tried to come back with a witty comment...but my wit failed me. I was thinking the same thing about the snark label.


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Increasing healthcare to children

The Democratic Legislature and Democratic Governor managed to cover an additional 20,000 uninsured this year, under the best circumstances. They also moved some 30,000 children ages 0 to 5 to the Medicaid Program beginning January 1, 2006. Moving the younger children reduced the cost of the program so that SCHIP federal funds could cover more kids.

But. But. But. We have 265,000 children under the age of 18 who are uninsured. Up to 2/3 of those kids COULD be insured under Medicaid, North Carolina Health Choice. So, there are about 85,000 North Carolinian CHILDREN that are uninsured and ineligible for any existing program.

Damn it Democrats! This is our gay marriage amendment. This is our abortion. Many people say Democrats can't win on a populist message, but I say they are wrong, wrong, wrong. We can win on this message, we can win by pointing out how IMMORAL the Republican party is. How they care more for tax cuts than they do for children.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Reduce to talking point?

There are X thousand people in North Carolina who make more than Y hundred thousand dollars each year. If they paid 0.5 percent more in taxes, Z thousand children would have access to healthcare.

Would work...

if we hadn't just GIVEN those people a 0.5% tax cut.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

How about redirecting incentives...

How about investing in folks instead of betting the farm (with large economic incentives) on a few out of staters ;-) ?

When I was a kid the local county clinic provided many preventitive care services (like polio vaccine on a sugar cube) to all strata of our community. Why we don't invest in that infrastructure today boggles the mind.

With all the Homeland Security bucks floating around, I always wondered why we focus on surplus military equipment, guns, etc. (as if we'd have "Red Dawn" Bin Laden style) instead of bolstering county level health services and clinics. Argu ably the most devastating kind of terrorist attack we face is bio-warfare. We should be working to improve our public clinics both as a frontline defense and to expand day-2-day coverage for the underserved.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

If you take what we spend PER CAPITA

on healthcare, and compare that to other countries per capita spending, you see that many other countries have universal coverage for 2/3 of what we pay per capita. If you have universal coverage for all Americans, the money saved would be a boon to the entire economy sans insurance companies.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me