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45% of children living in the state of Louisiana today, live under the poverty line. These children are nearly all African Americans.

The United States parades it's African American figurehead (Obama) on the world stage whilst it allows it's business people to pay what appears to be less than subsistence wages to African American working people in the State of Louisiana resulting in almost half their children living below the poverty line.

Whilst an improvement( in stats) on the position of A.A's 200 years ago, it is not dissimilar in terms of opportunity for progress, for at least 45% of the children mostly of rural workers of Louisiana.

If I wasn't passing judgement, I would say "the stats speak for themselves, don't they?
Posted by thinker 2, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 3:22:19 PM
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It is going to get a worse.The collapse of the US dollar will see poverty extend into all middle classes.

This GFC has been orchestrated by the Global Reserve Banks.They create money from nothing in the form of debt,thus shares and property become way over valued.They then restrict credit to bring on recessions.They artifically create boom and bust cycles so they can buy up undervalued assets during the busts.

We have just seen the greatest theft of money from honest people in our history,via share losses,super, property,business and job losses.The money did not evaporate,it was re-distributed to the already very wealthy few.
Posted by Arjay, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 6:40:53 PM
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Dear Thinker 2,

Welcome to OLO.

I agree with you - poverty is no laughing
matter - and although single events
like recessions or hurricanes threaten
low-income workers - the worst effects
come from poor education, low-paying jobs,
and other factors that often are passed down
from one generation to the next. Lack of
education in things like birth control,
family planning, teenage pregnancies, health
problems, don't help either. Once begun the
poverty cycle can last for generations.
We don't have to look to Louisiana - we've
got our own Indigenous people that have
similar problems.

What's to be done?

From the small amount of research that I've
done on the subject of poverty - the suggestions
that makes the most sense to me is - putting into
place programs that would break the poverty cycle.
Programs like - rural entrepreneurships, Government
Leadership, Education, Work-Force Development,
Rural Health Issues, and so on.
Posted by Foxy, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 7:49:05 PM
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Well you have got a nerve to say that African Americans are below the poverty line when you look the Australian treatments of aboriginals havenít you. Bit of pot calling the kettle black I think pardon the pun.
The only impoverished thing can see here is your lack of ingenuity in this obvious beat up, along with that retarded comment about the US dollar from the financial wiz kid that wouldnít now an American dollar if it bit him on the backside. Get real clowns and try again
Posted by thomasfromtacoma, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 8:42:53 PM
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*45% of children living in the state of Louisiana today, live under the poverty line. These children are nearly all African Americans.*

At times America really does seem to be like two separate countries.
In the North you will find some pretty sophisticated thinkers.

Louisiana is bible belt country, the religious right dominate.
The thinking is primitive. Sex education for schoolkids is
frowned upon. Any girl who lands up pregnant and wants an abortion,
will battle to find a place that will perform it.

Last time I saw some figures, for the above reasons, young
unmarried mothers were extremely common. No doubt poverty is
common too. I'm just very happy not to have to live there.
Posted by Yabby, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 9:21:12 PM
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Australian debt as of 2008, 5.7% of GDP, thatís over 1/20 Th of the GDP as compared to the USA i.e. $ 485,000 pp as compared to $587,000 pp in Australia. For any of the dooms - day economists.
Itís unfortunate that you like so many others that quote from opinion instead of fact, and so distorts the true picture.
You make comment on the state of Louisiana which has been totally decimated by two major cyclones , and then turn around and use the obviously skewed data that must essentially come for such devastation , as a typical state of America overall.
Talk about verbal masturbation.
Letís face it yappy the closest you ever got to Louisiana must have been in one of your (wet) dreams because youíre talking garbage on this one.
Iíve got new for you your not wanted
Posted by thomasfromtacoma, Thursday, 3 December 2009 1:11:08 AM
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