Picturing Hunger in America

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Picturing Hunger in America
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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 9:08am

Warning: these images may shatter your firmly-formed stereotypical ideas about those who struggle in America.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/breaking-stereotypes-women-use-cameras-aim-at-hunger/

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 8:58am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">bordwithyou</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;&lt;blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"&gt;&lt;div class="quote-author"&gt;&lt;em class="placeholder"&gt;jamblessedthree&lt;/em&gt; wrote:&lt;/div&gt;ETA to bord, You missed my point that the woman has direction. Her family is on an assistance program right now and she is/will get a job given her spirit and passion for the field she has studied. I have no problem with my taxes helping her out, Perhaps others can learn from that.&lt;/blockquote&gt;.  I have no problem with my taxes helping out anyone who had suffered in this economy. I'm glad safety net programs are in place and I wish they were broader and more effective.&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>Ok, good because you were awful critical of her debt.  I bet it's more common than you think...</p>
.  It is very common.  It is not smart. 

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 8:59am
    "Assumptions that I only have experiences with my MIL." ------- No, I did not assume that, but she is particularly colorful in this regard.
    She is one example and at one time she needed it, but IMO from not so smart choices. This comes again from assumptions that I dont have much experience.
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    Sun, 02-23-2014 - 9:16am

    blackandwhitemolly wrote:
    <p><span>"Unfortunately, not everyone on welfare and food stamps are there because they feel on bad times."</span></p><p><span>Don't you think that your experiences with your MIL color your views on this? Consider that she is in that 2% Chestnut mentioned.</span></p><p>Assumptions that I only have experiences with my MIL. Why is that?</p>

    It could be worse.  At least there's a relationship there, After all she is your husband's mother. 

     

     

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    Sun, 02-23-2014 - 9:18am

    jamblessedthree wrote:
    Right, and poor choices are living off the system with no accountabilty too. There is a lot of wrong out there. But hey, next time you see someone on food stamps don't be so quick to judge, They may be working on their doctorate.
    .  The only folks here I've seen getting judgemental about people receiving assistance are you and Black/White.  I'm glad if you've decided to give it up

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    Sun, 02-23-2014 - 9:18am

    Poor choices are living off the system without accountability too, There is a lot of wrong out there. But hey, the next time you see someone on food stamps don't be so quick to judge, They may be working on their doctorate.

     

     

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    Sun, 02-23-2014 - 9:22am

    bordwithyou wrote:
    <p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">jamblessedthree</em> wrote:</div>Right, and poor choices are living off the system with no accountabilty too. There is a lot of wrong out there. But hey, next time you see someone on food stamps don't be so quick to judge, They may be working on their doctorate.</blockquote>.  The only folks here I've seen getting judgemental about people receiving assistance are you and Black/White.  I'm glad if you've decided to give it up</p>

    No, You said having a lot of debt wasn't smart.  She lives on the system and is paying back that enormous amout of debt while others just take.  If you don't believe that's true it is.  Education actually has the potential to solve a lot of problems, You are dancing around that. 

     

     

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    Sun, 02-23-2014 - 9:29am

    jamblessedthree wrote:
    <p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">bordwithyou</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;&lt;blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"&gt;&lt;div class="quote-author"&gt;&lt;em class="placeholder"&gt;jamblessedthree&lt;/em&gt; wrote:&lt;/div&gt;Right, and poor choices are living off the system with no accountabilty too. There is a lot of wrong out there. But hey, next time you see someone on food stamps don't be so quick to judge, They may be working on their doctorate.&lt;/blockquote&gt;.  The only folks here I've seen getting judgemental about people receiving assistance are you and Black/White.  I'm glad if you've decided to give it up&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>No, You said having a lot of debt wasn't smart.  She lives on the system and is paying back that enormous amout of debt while others just take.  If you don't believe that's true it is.  Education actually has the potential to solve a lot of problems, You are dancing around that. </p>
    . no matter how you pose it, 90K in educational debt in a field where you can't really expect to make enough money pay back that money isn't a smart financial choice.  It's nice she's bettering herself and all , but too bad she had to get into such debt to do it.  I don't know her situation, but I don't understand why getting a BA and an MA in education should leave you 90K in debt if you had made financially smart choices along the way.  But regardless, she needs help now, just like millions of other people, and I don't want to see anyone go hungry in the richest country in the history of the world.

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    Sun, 02-23-2014 - 9:43am
    "No, You said having a lot of debt wasn't smart. She lives on the system and is paying back that enormous amout of debt while others just take. If you don't believe that's true it is. Education actually has the potential to solve a lot of problems, You are dancing around that. " ------------- OK, so do you think that one of the ways to solve poverty might be to make access to education less expensive?
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    Sun, 02-23-2014 - 9:44am

    jamblessedthree wrote:
    <p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">bordwithyou</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;&lt;blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"&gt;&lt;div class="quote-author"&gt;&lt;em class="placeholder"&gt;jamblessedthree&lt;/em&gt; wrote:&lt;/div&gt;Right, and poor choices are living off the system with no accountabilty too. There is a lot of wrong out there. But hey, next time you see someone on food stamps don't be so quick to judge, They may be working on their doctorate.&lt;/blockquote&gt;.  The only folks here I've seen getting judgemental about people receiving assistance are you and Black/White.  I'm glad if you've decided to give it up&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>No, You said having a lot of debt wasn't smart.  She lives on the system and is paying back that enormous amout of debt while others just take.  If you don't believe that's true it is.  Education actually has the potential to solve a lot of problems, You are dancing around that. </p>

    But only for the people you know? Not for the women in the video?

    "I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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    Sun, 02-23-2014 - 9:54am

    Jams, your friend's financial choice of 90K in debt in a field with limited financial will perpetuate her family's opportunities into the future. Her debt will mean that she will have little resources to help educate her children. Her debt will limit her ability to save for her retirement. 

    I think this pilot program sounds very promising:

    Oregon Looks at Way to Attend College Now and Repay State Later

    Going to college can seem like a choice between impossibly high payments while in school or a crushing debt load for years afterward, but one state is experimenting with a third way.

    This week, the Oregon Legislature approved a plan that could allow students to attend state colleges without paying tuition or taking out traditional loans. Instead, they would commit a small percentage of their future incomes to repaying the state; those who earn very little would pay very little.

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/education/in-oregon-a-plan-to-eliminate-tuition-and-loans-at-state-colleges.html?_r=0

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