The Criminalization Of Poverty:Romney,Gingrich, and the Whole GOP

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Republican tactics lead to deminished wages fo...

Republican tactics lead to deminished wages for American middle class – American income gap grows (Photo credit: EN2008)

Republicans continue to double back and choke on their own words. They already claimed Obama was giving away free money, now they are trying to make this same old claim with a different spin. You can’t have it both ways GOP. Stop using trigger words like “welfare” and “socialism” as a last ditch effort to discredit Obama. Stop criminalizing poverty. Everybody doesn’t have the resources, knowledge, or opportunity to “thug it out” in this recession; and they should not be patronized for needing assistance of any sort. When people have the “basics” under control, that’s when the economy will start moving again, and that’s all programs like W2 try to provide for struggling families is the “basics.” Nobody’s getting rich off $673 per month, making less than minimum wage on a volunteer job. If you want to raise some questions, ask why the program allows a participant’s pay to be docked(for absences) at a rate higher that they pay out. Any politician who took the time to survey participants in these programs instead of the people who run it, they could more easily identify a solution. First, they should cut the work requirement and add more allotted time for job search. The reason is because the majority of activities don’t really “train” you for anything, it’s just busy work so the state feels comfortable sending out that check. Nobody minds training activities, and are grateful for the help, but you have to consider the “effectiveness” of the training, and will it help the participant find more work. These programs are unprepared for new age unemployment. They need to allocate training for entrepreneurship, telecommuting, and other non-traditional work options. It’s a matter of getting with the times. Why spend money on programs that don’t work? Also, a big part of the problem lies in the facilitator of the programs. They are more like the new welfare recipients because they get paid , and don’t do anything. They are not even required to review cases before they have appointments. So, how can they effectively maintain a case or arrange an activity for a client they who they haven’t even reviewed their skills or resume? On top of that, the workers are switched sometimes on a monthly basis, so they have no idea who their clients are. If you come in with no training or education at all, you may benefit from the program. However they are not trained for an influx of clients that have high school diplomas or secondary education. They don’t have any placement for them. When they can’t find an activity for you, the responsibility shifts to you, they give you the runaround, then cut your check putting you right back in the same predicament. But it seems like that’s what they want. The way the current system is set up, makes it almost impossible to pull yourself up out of poverty. And isn’t that the point?

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