On Thanksgiving St Bartholomew’s Church in New York City hosted an unusual dinner. Guests who paid $100 a head shared their holiday dinner with the homeless. This was an interesting experiment to say the least. About five hundred extremely diverse people eating dinner in a church. And apparently this was no slap dash meal prepared by the ladies guild. The meal was prepared by chefs … Continue reading Lions and Lambs?
In his February State of the Union address President Obama proposed raising the minimum wage in order to provide low income workers with a living wage. There has been considerable disagreement about whether raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 hourly to $10.10 an hour will help or hurt the economy. One group (Republicans) maintains that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs. … Continue reading Raising the Minimum Wage- Pros & Cons
Michelle Obama wore an extraordinary designer dress to the State Dinner on 2/11/14; a dinner which cost between $200.K and 600.K in taxpayer dollars. That’s about average for a dinner of this type which honors French President Francois Hollande. Entertainment was provided by singer Mary J. Blige. The guest list included Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rev. Al Sharpton, Bradley Cooper with Suki Waterhouse, basketball player Jason … Continue reading The State Dinner
Income and the Homeless According to the National Coalition for the Homeless there are several reasons so many Americans struggle with homelessness. A severe lack of affordable housing and a limited number of housing programs certainly contribute to the situation. The housing wage, the amount a renter must make in order to afford a modest home as calculated by the National Low Income Coalition, … Continue reading Homelessness
Let’s talk about poverty in America today. In his 2014 State of the Union address President Obama stated the unemployment rate was the lowest in over five years. He stated the manufacturing sector is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990’s. He stated we have a rebounding housing market. “The lowest unemployment rate in over five … Continue reading Things Are Getting Better Mr. President?