Category Archives: Poverty

March 21, 2017

California’s poor flock to Texas as West Coast homes and jobs fall out of reach

They got tired of California dreamin’.

Skyrocketing home prices and fierce competition for jobs in the Golden State are prodding poor families to pack up and head to Texas. Our state was the top destination for low-income residents leaving California between 2005 and 2015, according to a recent data analysis by the Sacramento Bee.

In that time period, about 293,000 impoverished people left California for Texas and nearly half that figure moved into California from our state, for a net loss of 156,000 people, the Bee reported.

The fact that people are moving in large numbers to Texas is an indicator that the state has economic growth and opportunity, said state demographer Lloyd Potter.

“Of course, the ideal is for Texas to be adding more higher-income, higher-skill kinds of jobs relative to lower-income, low-skill, low-education kinds of jobs,” Potter said. “But you need the whole spectrum in a functioning economy.”

In past decades, many Californians have resettled next door in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon, said James Gaines, chief economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

They still do. The Bee’s analysis shows that after Texas, those three states are the largest recipients of California’s low-income migration.

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December 31, 2016

The communist cannibals: Shocking images reveal the depravation suffered by peasants forced to eat HUMANS during the 1920s Russian famine

The Russian famine of 1921–22, also known as Povolzhye famine, occurred in Bolshevik Russia. It began in early spring of 1921 and lasted through 1922. Civil war and Lenin’s policy of seizing food from peasants caused the devastating man-made famine. Around 30 million people were affected and around five million died.

Standing solemnly in their thick winter coats behind a table laden with children’s body parts, this is the grave photo of a couple that shows how starving people turned to cannibalism to survive during a man-made famine in 1920s Russia.

More than five million people died during the catastrophe, which began in 1921 and lasted through 1922.

Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, had been in charge of the country since 1917. In a chilling disregard for the suffering of his fellow countrymen he instructed food to be seized from the poor.

Lenin’s Bolsheviks party believed peasants were actively trying to undermine the war effort and by taking their food away it reduced their strength.

The famine was able to take root with ease due to the economic problems caused by World War I, five years of civil war, and a drought in 1921 which led to 30 million Russians becoming malnourished.

As Lenin declared ‘let the peasants starve’, the result was to force them to resort to trading human flesh on the black market.

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December 16, 2016

Rome on verge of WAR between migrants and the poor, mayor of Italy’s capital warns (Video)

Rome is on the verge of war as friction grows between poor Italians and and an increasing number of migrants, the city’s mayor has warned.

Virginia Raggi told an immigration summit of European city leaders mayors need to be the first to welcome refugees with “warmth, shelter and accommodation”.

She was speaking just days after a Moroccan family was prevented from moving into a council flat given to them by the authorities after neighbours shouted: “We do not want these n*****s.”

Italy has seen the largest increase in migrant arrivals to Europe this year after the European Union (EU) made a deal with Turkey which meant migrants headed to Italy instead of Greece.

Ms Raggi, said: “Our cities seem to be closed off with their self-interest and the mayors are the ones who should give the first reception.

“We must guarantee human warmth, shelter, accommodation.

“The attitude that we have seen, unfortunately, offends our dignity as mayors and people.

“For this we must take action, even more in the suburbs, which are the most abandoned parts of the city, where there is a risk of a war between the poor.”

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December 9, 2016

Communist Failure: Food In Cuba is Now Going to Tourists as Locals Starve

“The private tourism industry is in direct competition for good supplies with the general population,” said Richard Feinberg, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, and specialist on the Cuban economy. “There are a lot of unanticipated consequences and distortions.”

According to the White House, one of President Obama’s crowning achievements during his tenure has been “normalizing” relations between the United States and Cuba.

For the first time in 50 years, tourists from the United States are free to travel to the communist state. Flights are landing daily and cruise ships are regularly docking in port.

There’s just one major problem. Because the communist state is incapable of providing basic necessities to its citizens, it certainly can’t provide to locals and tourists. From the New York Times:

For Lisset Felipe, privation is a standard facet of Cuban life, a struggle shared by nearly all, whether they’re enduring blackouts or hunting for toilet paper.

But this year has been different, in an even more fundamental way, she said. She has not bought a single onion this year, nor a green pepper, both staples of the Cuban diet. Garlic, she said, is a rarity, while avocado, a treat she enjoyed once in a while, is all but absent from her table.

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October 11, 2016

U.S. Homeless Take Backseat to Refugees, Illegals

Obama, Clinton focus on expanding mass migration while struggling Americans are left hopeless.

Los Angeles is in near chaos because of one issue: homelessness.

It’s an issue the media has largely ignored. Part of the reason is the mainstream media, largely, believes the economy is hunky-dory under President Obama and California’s Democratic regime.

But the residents and even the liberal-leaning Los Angeles Times know better.

On Thursday, the LA Times threw up a red flag, begging voters for help in an editorial. The reason is because the city is overrun with the homeless, who sleep in cardboard boxes (if that), push around carts of their possessions, and use the streets and sidewalks as toilets.

The Times said as many as 28,000 homeless live in the city. A total of 47,000 homeless live in Los Angeles County. The county endured a 12 percent increase in homelessness from 2013 to 2015.

Now the Times wants more of what Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown, the Democrat, has already given them: more spending.

The Times wants Los Angeles voters to approve Proposition HHH, which would authorize $1.2 billion in general obligation bonds paid for by property taxes. The plan is to build 10,000 housing units within 10 years.

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October 10, 2016

Socialism has Venezuelans eating garbage to survive

Country once considered candidate for 1st World status.

Venezuela has deteriorated to the point where a significant chunk of the population has to eat garbage to survive. A recent study found a stunning 15 percent of Venezuelans say they can feed themselves only with “food waste discarded by commercial establishments.”

What’s more, the study found three-fourths of all Venezuelans were unable to eat an optimal diet of breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Just over half (54 percent) said they had gone to bed hungry, while 52 percent said they buy their food through the black market. Almost half (48 percent) said they had been forced to take time off work to search for food.

The severe food shortage can be pinned squarely on Venezuela’s socialist economy, according to William J. Murray, author of “Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning.”

“The difficulty in Venezuela is the key element of central planning, and that’s price fixing,” Murray told WND. “Price fixing causes shortages, regardless of what price is fixed. In Venezuela, it’s food. In the United States, we have a shortage of certain medical care because the government sets prices on it.”

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August 27, 2016

7 Ways Democrat Policies Are Killing America’s Inner Cities

For decades, the Democratic party has pushed policies that have turned America’s inner cites into islands of profound impoverishment — neighborhoods where shattered families are often housed, doctored, educated, and fed by bureaucrats.

There’s a misery in many of America’s inner cities that projects perpetual poverty.

Below are seven truths about how the Democratic party’s policies are destroying America’s inner cities, all while taking the voters who live there for granted.

Obamacare

Middle class Americans and African-Americans in inner cities in this country aren’t benefiting from ObamaCare compared to other groups.

According to an extensive 65-page report by The Urban Institute, obtaining coverage has been much harder for black Americans than it has been for Hispanics and American Indians.

In February, black business owners railed against the Obama administration’s decision to funnel millions in Obamacare subsidies to illegal immigrants.

Executive amnesty

Hardworking black Americans in America’s inner cities are being crushed under the weight of an illegal alien workforce, ever expanding as a direct result of the policies of President Obama.

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July 21, 2016

Hungry Venezuelans cry at the sight of food, as economic crisis deepens (Video)

Venezuelans cried at the sight of fully-stocked supermarket shelves in Colombia.

Pregnant women, children and even elderly Venezuelans crossed into Colombia on Sunday after the border was temporarily reopened, allowing them to buy basic foods and toiletries — rare commodities in their home country.

Tearful Venezuelans had gone weeks without basic food items like milk, flour and toilet paper. It’s a sad but common part of daily life today in crisis-ridden Venezuela, a country that has the world’s largest proven reserves of oil. Colombian officials estimate that about 100,000 Venezuelans crossed the border.

Venezuela is expected to dive deeper into the abyss this year, according to new projections published Wednesday by the International Monetary Fund.

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May 17, 2016

Apocalypse now: Eating cats and dogs to survive

Meltdown in Venezuela causing riots, shortages, murder, chaos.

In what’s being called an “apocalypse,” Venezuela is experiencing an economic and social meltdown due to lack of food, medicine, water, electricity and money.

With little recourse, many Venezuelans are turning to crime. Last week a mob of 5,000 looted a supermarket in Maracay, leaving two dead.

PanAm Post reports:

According to the testimonies of merchants, the endless food lines that Venezuelans have been enduring to do groceries could not be organized that day. As time went by, desperate Venezuelans grew anxious over not being able to buy food. Then they started jumping over the gates.

“They took milk, pasta, flour, oil, and milk powder. There were 5,000 people,” one witness told Venezuela outlet El Estímulo.

People from across the entire state came to the supermarket because there were rumors that some products not found anywhere else would be sold there.

“There were 250 people for each National Guard officer … lots of people and few soldiers. At least one officer was beat up because he tried to stop the crowd,” another source told El Estímulo.

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May 10, 2016

Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons as Food Runs Out

Economic Crisis and Food Shortages Lead to Looting and Hunting Stray Animals.

Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food.

Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger.

A propósito de la noticia de ayer sobre unos militares que se robaron unos chivos para comer: pic.twitter.com/JjH2xdkRf7

— RAMÓN MUCHACHO (@ramonmuchacho) May 3, 2016

People are also reportedly gathering vegetables from the ground and trash to eat as well.

The crisis in Venezuela is worsening everyday due in part to shortages reaching 70 percent. This to go along with the world’s highest level of inflation.

The population’s desperation has begun to show, with looting and robberies for food increasing all the time. This Sunday, May 1, six Venezuelan military officials were arrested for stealing goats to ease their hunger, as there was no food at the Fort Manaure military base.

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