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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 05:05 PM
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By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: November 11, 2011


Government is not the enemy. Not always. Dont believe that right-wing malarkey.

In fact, for millions of Americans down on their luck and at the end of their rope, they can quickly find that government is their last friend left. Governmental assistance can prevent the certainty of a hungry night and a homeless tomorrow. It can mean the difference between the comfort of stability and the ravages of poverty.

This function is now more important than ever, even as it is under more pressure than ever.

We learned this week that not only are there more poor people in America than had been previously reported, but that the only thing keeping millions more out of poverty are the very same social safety net programs that many Republicans despise.

For decades, experts on both sides of the poverty debate have complained that the official government measure is flawed because it doesnt account for measures like benefits from government programs, health care costs or taxes.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/12/opinion/blow-friend-with-benefits.html
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 05:59 PM
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1. Every society on the planet has a government. Governments are merely organizations we elect or pick
because societies need some way to get organized. This bullshit the Repukes spew about 'government is bad' is tantamount to saying 'families are bad.' What a bunch of nuts and freaks Repukes are!
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