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Author Topic: Straight Up Now Tell Me (By The Numbers)  (Read 1467 times)

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Offline Solo_LTSurvivor

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Straight Up Now Tell Me (By The Numbers)
« on: February 16, 2012, 12:20:19 PM »
We all know that for all the people out there who are screaming "keep your hands off my Medicare" that there are numerous others on the other side of the fence who would like nothing more to see every (entitlement) program done away with.

Here's an interactive chart which spans from 1969 to 2009 on which you can view each state (by county) the number of people who derive income and/or assistance from various government programs.

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Re: Straight Up Now Tell Me (By The Numbers)
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 02:30:09 PM »
After reading the link you provided its interesting to note that the majority of the people who seek assistance in this country are what was once the middle class . I think it speaks directly to the issues that are current in the media today . It has to do with income inequality and lack of affordable health care options as well as the shrinking middle class  . Here is a snippet of the article you linked to .

    Older people get most of the benefits, primarily through Social Security and Medicare, but aid for the rest of the population has increased about as quickly through programs for the disabled, the unemployed, veterans and children.

The government safety net was created to keep Americans from abject poverty, but the poorest households no longer receive a majority of government benefits. A secondary mission has gradually become primary: maintaining the middle class from childhood through retirement. The share of benefits flowing to the least affluent households, the bottom fifth, has declined from 54 percent in 1979 to 36 percent in 2007, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis published last year.

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Re: Straight Up Now Tell Me (By The Numbers)
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2012, 12:40:57 AM »
The government safety net was created to keep Americans from abject poverty, but the poorest households no longer receive a majority of government benefits. A secondary mission has gradually become primary: maintaining the middle class from childhood through retirement. The share of benefits flowing to the least affluent households, the bottom fifth, has declined from 54 percent in 1979 to 36 percent in 2007, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis published last year.


Coming soon to your local PBS station, more on the safety net
don't equate intelligence with lack of masculinity
Jim Phelps, Mission Impossible
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Seroconverted: Early 80s
Tested & confirmed what I already knew: early 90s

Current regimen: Atripla. 
Last regimen:  Epzicom, Sustiva (since its inception with NO adverse side effects: no vivid dreams and NONE of the problems people who can't tolerate this drug may experience: color me lucky ::))
Past regimens
Fun stuff (in the past):  HAV/HBV, crypto, shingles, AIDS, PCP

Jan 2012: 818/21%
Apr 2012: 964/22%
Jul. 2012: 890/21%
Oct. 2012: 920/23%

Still UD after all these years

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Re: Straight Up Now Tell Me (By The Numbers)
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012, 11:03:05 PM »
The video for this episode has been posted online.  There were some pretty interesting figures being tossed about by all the people they interviewed (including people receiving food stamps, eligibility workers in TN, and an editor from the National Review).

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/video/need-to-know-february-17-2012-food-stamps-poverty-in-america/13101/
don't equate intelligence with lack of masculinity
Jim Phelps, Mission Impossible
____________________________

Seroconverted: Early 80s
Tested & confirmed what I already knew: early 90s

Current regimen: Atripla. 
Last regimen:  Epzicom, Sustiva (since its inception with NO adverse side effects: no vivid dreams and NONE of the problems people who can't tolerate this drug may experience: color me lucky ::))
Past regimens
Fun stuff (in the past):  HAV/HBV, crypto, shingles, AIDS, PCP

Jan 2012: 818/21%
Apr 2012: 964/22%
Jul. 2012: 890/21%
Oct. 2012: 920/23%

Still UD after all these years

Offline OneTampa

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Re: Straight Up Now Tell Me (By The Numbers)
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 08:04:54 PM »
And for a little musical levity, I present Paula Abdul (Straight Up Now Tell Me):

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-462vcRRZDk
"He is my oldest child. The shy and retiring one over there with the Haitian headdress serving pescaíto frito."

 


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