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Old 03-14-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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In addition the amount of homeless in New York City has reached levels which were similar to the Great Depression. New York City homeless population reaches Great Depression levels - World Socialist Web Site
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Finland
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I see nothing wrong with them being "highly selective"--they should be! By the way, admissions at the Ivies is finance blind, and the majority of students admitted to the Ivy Leagues get major tuition assistance, with over 50% of students getting a 100% scholarship.




That's debatable. For certain nuclear sciences yes, but the US continues to lead the way in high tech and pharma.

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How come Finland's free Schools are ranked as best in the world? They even pay us to go to school


Finland's Education System Best In World - Business Insider

In your country only the richest can afford to attend best schools.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:09 PM
 
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Are you saying that no one gets minimum wage?
No, I'm saying Federal minimum wage is more than $7 an hour.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Finland
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No, I'm saying Federal minimum wage is more than $7 an hour.
What is the difference between federal and state minimum wage?
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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The annual income of someone earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour ($15,080) is 35% below the federal poverty level for a family of four ($23,050), and even at $10/hour falls short,

Two-thirds of all minimum wage workers have remained below this poverty line since 1959, when the federal poverty level was first established, and

While some states have a higher minimum wage than the federal level, 28% of all American workers still get paid at or below the level required to stay above the poverty line.

These statistics show that 20% of America's workers do not make a living wage.

Taking inflation into account, the highest minimum wage occurred in 1968, when it was the equivalent of $10.38/hour in today's dollars, which means that the real minimum wage has actually declined.
Sanjay Sanghoee: Minimum Wage, the Poverty Trap, and America's Imperative (Part I)
People making minimum wage shouldn't be so irresponsible as to start families. They then expect teh tax payers to foot the bill. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:14 PM
 
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Yet it does not include the adult population. There is a much bigger population of Americans over 18 years old.
As I said, the percentage of homeless children to the entire population of the US is .3%

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In addition the number of Americans using foodstamps is high.

The country's poverty rate remains at 15 percent and a record 47.7 million people use food stamps.

Meeting the demand has been hard, and many places had to portion out aid in 2012, the survey found.
Many of the people using food stamps keep having kids they can't afford. It's becoming increasingly difficult to convince the average tax payer that they should continue to foot the bill for the irresponsible choices of others.

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In 95 percent of the cities surveyed, food pantries cut the amount of food each person received and soup kitchens reduced meal sizes. In almost all the cities, pantries capped people's monthly visits as well. More than half the cities said homeless families with children were denied shelter in 2012.
Number of hungry, homeless people in US growing | Pinoy Abroad | GMA News Online
Why are people having children that they can't provide for?
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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In your country only the richest can afford to attend best schools.
You couldn't be more wrong. The Ivy League schools do not look at financials when determining who to accept. If you can get in based on a variety of factors including scholastic merit, but not including the ability to pay, they will give you the assistance you need. The average student graduates from an Ivy League school with less than $10,000 in student debt. They average starting salary for an Ivy League grad in any discipline is $60,000, and the unemployment rate is less than 1%. Most Ivy League grads pay off student loans within three years of graduating. Now what were you saying?
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:22 PM
 
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What is the difference between federal and state minimum wage?
States can't require a lower rate, but many require a higher one.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I do know about US politics, I have access to all the same sources you do. There was no reason for Obama to extend the Bush tax cuts in the first place, they would have expired in 2010. I know you're going to come up with the excuse that Obama had no choice because of Republicans filibustering but even if I granted you that, all it proves is that political change isn't as easily achieved as you claim it is. As for Obama's support of Israel, the Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak disagrees with you. He thinks Obama is more supportive of Israel than any US President in the past, including G.W. Bush.:



Yes, Obama came out in favour of gay marriage - although it took him several years to do so - but that is just his opinion, it does not result in any political change as this issue is up to the states. The cuts in Medicare are going to "help" health care reform? Sounds like typical Republican rhetoric to me.

A lot of countries have passed gay marriage (mine did so over a decade ago), clearly the US isn't that unique in changing overnight (as if this kind of change happened "overnight" in the first place).
First, im a registered democrat....not a republican. I guess Ehud Barak and i dont agree, oh well. It also seems to me that the general consensus is that we don't want to be as close as we are with Israel as we are now, and yes i know we probably look at the same information from news outlets, but there is a difference from reading to actually living here.
No, you're right, it is his own opionion and it wont change any laws. Since you obviously know American history, then you know the US is never first in social policies.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Finland
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You couldn't be more wrong. The Ivy League schools do not look at financials when determining who to accept. If you can get in based on a variety of factors including scholastic merit, but not including the ability to pay, they will give you the assistance you need. The average student graduates from an Ivy League school with less than $10,000 in student debt. They average starting salary for an Ivy League grad in any discipline is $60,000, and the unemployment rate is less than 1%. Most Ivy League grads pay off student loans within three years of graduating. Now what were you saying?
That not everyone can afford quality education. What is this "ivy league"?

And what is this?:

Your already poor education is getting even more expensive to get.
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The average graduating student has a student loan balance of over $27,000 (not including credit-card or other types of debt that many students also have). This puts them into a hole early in their adult lives that delays their ability to create families, buy a first home, or start businesses.

Btw this might be one of the reasons why people are suffering in America:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=QPKKQnijnsM


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For two years, I taught eighth grade at a high-needs middle school in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just a few miles from Washington, D.C. The student body was nearly 90% African American, and over half of students qualified for free and reduced price lunch. (That didn’t include the cafeteria food one principal often bought out-of-pocket for other hungry kids.)
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She was intellectually curious and driven, but for a variety of reasons, some personal and some structural, she became so burdened by debt that she couldn’t focus on academics. Now, she makes $8.50 per hour selling furniture and faces $61,000 in student debt for the degree she never completed.
Well maybe these things I read are not true? And everyone gets what they deserve

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But Northeastern cost $50,000 a year, which Curtis, then 17, felt he couldn't afford. Instead, he enrolled last year at the state-run University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying mechanical engineering. With the help of a scholarship for graduating in the top quarter of his class, Curtis paid $10,200 a year.

He got some help from his father, who had saved up $10,000 in stocks and bonds from his days in the hospital job. This summer, that money ran out and Curtis left UMass to enlist in the Air Force. He will serve as an airman - and hopes to use military benefits to pay for parttime university classes.
"The main reason was I needed a way to pay for college," he said.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...8BI0LO20121219

Are you saying that this isnt true?

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