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Re: “The hate that Trump bred

Trump simply repeated what everyone else who witnessed the event reported
The difference being that the media hates him

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Posted by Fgf on 08/21/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “People of color much worse off here, report says

This situation is the unintended result of the earlier "war on poverty " that created and expanded the Aid to Dependent Children Program. (ADC)
This has created a generational welfare system that allowed for single mothers without jobs to have children. For very child born more money was given and if the father was found in the home the case was closed.
People were drawn into NYS by its liberal welfare rules and that contributed to the high poverty rates in our area.
What can be done to help? I would suggest increasing the programs that incentivize the hiring of people who are receiving assistance. (Paying some of their salary for a specified period) Also limit the extent that criminal records can be used to deny employment. Years ago if a young person did something stupid it would only have been available to the police in one specific town or city. Now it can become a lifetime impediment to employment. Time limit background checks for non violent offenses.

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Posted by Fgf on 08/16/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

I agree that the CPI does appear to be a liberal think tank
The Washington Post study I cited was more recent and used a different methodology. It studied the impact of increasing the minimum wage on the low income workers it was intended to help
In Seattle low income workers income declined by 125 a month after the wage increase
Prior studies including the CPI measured the impact on employment , productivity, and similar measures but were not specific to workers with low income
I believe very soon we will have visible effects from the large increase in upstate NY. It will take the form of increasing automation in restaurants and the loss of low paying jobs in Call centers, claims processing centers,etc to other states

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Posted by Fgf on 08/15/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

Hasn't worked well in Washington

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Posted by Fgf on 08/13/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

I didn't see anything in the report that would support a conclusion of racism. Are blacks employed more frequently in lower paying job sectors? The report does show this. Do they make less than whites within the same sector? Yes according to the report. Are they paid less when they share the same job title and experience within the sector? The report does not drill down to this so we cannot make any conclusions about the wage differences. Within each sector of the economy there are wide variations of job titles and pay scales.

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Posted by Fgf on 08/12/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Health care is a right. Why is that debatable?

The basic Principle of Insurance is that it is Underwritten and the costs based upon the determined risk for each applicant.
The ACA did away with that and required healthy people to incur much higher premiums to pay for people with pre-existing conditions or with high risk factors such as smoking and obesity.
If you extend that logic to car insurance people with no accidents or violations would have their rates tripled to allow someone with multiple DWI's to pay the same rate. Or how about we all pay 18% interest on our loans so that no one is denied?
If the Government wants to subsidize people with high risk then they need to honestly rearrange their budget to pay for it. The ACA was misrepresented to the American people with its negative aspects delayed until after the 2012 reelection

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Posted by Fgf on 07/12/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “It's time to build support for a regional school

Howard my point was simply that the City Schools are losing a lot of Black Middle class children to other Districts and Private schools. From my observations,over many years ,I've seen most of them go on to good colleges, many with academic scholarships.
I have no expertise in education, but it seems to me the City schools are losing out on the children of parents that would prefer not to have left if they had a quality option within the City.

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Posted by Fgf on 07/06/2017 at 8:43 AM

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