That’s Not a Recovery

The number of poor people has grown by eight million since May, according to researchers at Columbia University, after falling by four million at the pandemic’s start as a result of an $2 trillion emergency package known as the Cares Act.

Poverty level worst in 30 years

Poverty in Wisconsin hit its highest level in 30 years during the five-year period ending in 2014, even as the nation’s economy was recovering from the Great Recession, according to a trend analysis of U.S. census data just released by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.The number of Wisconsin residents living in poverty averaged 13% across that post-recession time frame — the highest since 1984, according to the analysis by UW-Madison’s Applied Population Laboratory.

Via Poverty across Wisconsin reaches highest level in 30 years @ JSOnline.



Dire prostitution in Greece.

When the economic crisis began in Greece, the going rate for sex with a prostitute was 50 euros ($53)…. Now, it’s fallen to as low as two euros ($2.12) for a 30-minute session.Meanwhile, in NYC, women have been successful using dating sites to find men who would take them out to dinner, even when the women were honest that there was no hope of having sex with them and they were just in it for the free food.

Via “Some women just do it for a cheese pie, or a sandwich they need to eat because they are hungry” @ Althouse.

Trying to legislate away poverty

“I made this list of places homeless have been banned from or are not allowed to sleep or just be- but I missed a few, so I’m revising the list. The bench ordinance and the ban from sleeping at the city-county building are two more to the list. All this effort and homelessness has increased…

Rousting the homeless

The Downtown Pedestrian Protection Ordinance would impose a time limit of one hour on the use of public benches and prohibits sitting, lying or lodging on public sidewalks and right-of-ways during most hours of the day. That prohibition would run from 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for any city office properties, and from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. for the rest of the downtown.

Madison Police would be required to give a verbal warning to anyone violating the ordinance, but after that violators would be subject to a fine of $100 for a first offense and $250 for a second or subsequent offense within one year of the first.

Via Mayor Soglin proposes sweeping ordinance aimed at homeless population.

Madison struggles with homelessness

“Remember the classic wooden benches in the lobby of the City-County Building? A grace note for the tired-of-foot taxpayer? Gone down the memory hole. Victim of Madison’s dominant political culture, its subservience to the Cult of Victimhood. Madison’s dominant political culture cannot bring itself to evict the vagrants befouling the seat of local government, so…

Requiring Testing Before Eating

Madison— People seeking unemployment insurance and public benefits would have to be tested for drugs and those who receive food stamps would have to use two-thirds of their benefits for nutritional items, under GOP bills moving quickly through the Assembly. Via Panel takes up drug testing for public benefit recipients @ JSOnline.

Baltimore leader gets it right

Despite Angelos being a platinum-spoon-fed one percenter, he gets it more than some of the 99ers I’ve heard in Janesville who support and defend the legislative agenda of the elite class Angelos describes. With the punishing revenge style social media response trending lately on those who bring truth to power, I would not doubt it…

Soglin tries to clean up City-County Building

Mayor Paul Soglin, after waiting what some would argue was too long a period of time, has finally said conditions are so bad that enough is enough.  Last week the mayor restricted the homeless to only sleeping outdoors at the city-county building.   That makes sense so to reduce having problems spread throughout the downtown area. …


Black, American Indian, and Hispanic children are between six and nine times more likely than white children to live in areas of concentrated poverty. Additionally, black males accounted for 43% of murder victims in 2011, despite accounting for only 6% of the overall population, making homicide the leading cause of death for black males. Via…

Poverty up significantly among Wisconsin single mothers

Four of every 10 single-mother households in Wisconsin with children under age 18 were living in poverty in 2013, according to the latest American Community Survey numbers released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. The state’s 42.5% figure is up from 39.4% in 2012, a change the Census Bureau flagged as statistically significant. Via…

Wisconsin’s racial chasm

Here are three key facts regarding African-American and other children of color in Wisconsin. Thirty percent of Wisconsin’s white children live in households below 200% of the poverty level, while nearly 80% of African-American children experience that level of economic insecurity. Meanwhile, about two-thirds of Wisconsin’s Latino and American Indian kids live in households below…

Left predictably pans Ryan’s anti-poverty plan

The House Budget Committee chairman, who on July 24 released an anti-poverty proposal that rehashed decades-old schemes to scale back safety-net programs and regulatory protections for low-income Americans, offers scant evidence of a serious determination to solve the problems that have Americans up in arms. If Ryan were serious, he wouldn’t be proposing to “consolidate”…

Distorting Data for Fun and Profit

So let me ask: Which of the following statements comes closest to your view? The idiots at The New Republic are too stupid to read and understand the results of the Pew study. The hacks at The New Republic deliberately twist whatever they can to make conservatives look bad. Via TNR is lying again: “80…