Poverty – 2007 style

Poverty, unemployment, depression are all on our minds these days. It is almost a breath of fresh air to return to the good olí days of 2007 when poverty was off our national radar screen. Of course, that didnít mean it wasnít there. It was. In 2007, 37.3 million people, or 12.5 % of Americans, lived at or below the official poverty level. And, believe it or not, many of those people were able to be poor while also working. In fact, 7.5 million of us were in the ranks of the working poor.
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Unemployed and Uninsured in America

For more and more of us, health insurance and access to good healthcare is a vanishing dream. By tying health coverage to having a job – unless you have the great (mis)fortune to be poor or old – health as jobs go south, health coverage is just unavailable.

A new report, Unemployed and Uninsured in America tells a grim story for those who are now losing their jobs, and their health coverage.
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Giving Thanks and Gratitude

[This gracious essay by shirah was published at unbossed on Thanksgiving three years ago. In that long ago time I wasn't even aware of 'Fort Ancient', and perhaps some of you still have never seen this thoughtful tribute to the people who made us who we are.]

Some may call me a self-made person. Theyíll tell me I should be proud I pulled myself up by my bootstraps. And maybe I could feel that way about myself, but Iíd be a liar, if I did. The only way I could feel that way would be if I were blind.

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I am a conservative, and thatís why I am voting Democratic

When it comes to traditional conservative values, I top the charts. I am fiscally conservative. I am concerned about my community and involved in its improvement. I care for my family, and I take care of my family. I attend my house of worship regularly and read and study the Bible. I am also a strong supporter of a culture of life. For all these reasons I support the Democratic Party. If you also subscribe to these values, I hope you will too.
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