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Quote from: 2Revolutions on Jan 08, 2018, 09:38:53 AMNot only are U.S. citizens going to jail, we are dying sooner.Life expectancy in America has declined for two years in a rowhttp://economist.com/news/united-states/21733980-thats-not-really-meant-happen-developed-countries-life-expectancy-america-hasJUST as Americans headed home for the year-end holidays, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its annual report on mortality—which had no news to celebrate. According to the report, published on December 21st, life expectancy in America fell in 2016, for the second year in a row. An American baby born in 2016 can expect to live on average 78.6 years, down from 78.9 in 2014. The last time life expectancy was lower than in the preceding year was in 1993. The last time it fell for two consecutive years was in 1962-63.Other statistics suggest that this alarming trend is caused by the epidemic of addiction to opioids, which is becoming deadlier. Drug overdoses claimed more than 63,000 lives in 2016. Two-thirds of these deaths were caused by opioids, including potent synthetic drugs such as fentanyl and tramadol, which are easier to overdo by accident and are becoming more popular among illegal drug users.Read more at ---> https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21733980-thats-not-really-meant-happen-developed-countries-life-expectancy-america-hasLast Edit by Palmerston
Quote from: poseidonlost on Jan 08, 2018, 02:13:27 PMHow about going to jail for failing to pay child support? That's a nightmare for many. Sure a lot of them probably aren't good dads, but the court and the mothers come up with some figure including all kinds of things the man might not agree with paying for. Talk about modern day slavery. Don't like vaccines or formulas? Too bad. The perfectly innocent and righteous mothers and courts will force you to pay for them through a shitty j.o.b. (just over broke) And try getting better work while bogged down in the court system. I swear it's the root cause of half the crime in this country.Last Edit by Palmerston
Quote from: 2Revolutions on Jan 08, 2018, 02:50:33 PMTo add to poseidonlost, some states will not let you renew your driver's license if you fall behind on child support. So if you get caught driving without a license, back into the system you go.Oh and guess who was/is in the business of processing child support paymentshttp://articles.baltimoresun.com/1996-10-09/business/1996283101_1_support-enforcement-support-collections-lockheed-martinLast Edit by Palmerston
QuoteFrom warfare to welfare Lockheed Martin wants to make huge profits from social programsMarch 22, 1998|By William D. Hartung and Jennifer WashburnBy 2000, America's largest weapons manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, may be as familiar to social service bureaucrats as it is to the Pentagon's top brass. If the company's strategy succeeds, Lockheed Martin will not only be a major aerospace manufacturer but also a leading dispenser of public assistance to America's neediest citizens.The company's split personality is already evident in Maryland, where a division of the company, Lockheed Martin IMS, operates the nation's largest privatized child support office in Baltimore (and another in Queen Anne's County).In February, in a hearing before state legislators, company officials conceded that Lockheed Martin did not meet its first-year performance goals in Baltimore. The company blamed the problems on old city records and the extensive poverty and frequent moves of families. Despite the slow start, the company collected 15.6 percent more from Nov. 1, 1996, through Oct. 31 than state workers collected in the previous year.Lockheed Martin is also poised to begin operating an electronic toll collection system throughout the Baltimore area under a major contract with the Maryland Transportation Authority.Surprised? Lockheed made headlines when it tapped American taxpayers for $855 million to pay for a recent series of mergers that sent its stock prices soaring. Now, this king of corporate welfare turned free-marketer is trying to cash in on the drive to privatize welfare and boot poor people off the dole.Already, Lockheed Martin IMS has been pushing to run full-scale welfare programs, worth several billion dollars apiece, in Texas and Arizona. Although public employee unions and social welfare advocates have managed to sidetrack these bids for now, a new welfare reform division is busy gobbling up contracts to run welfare-to-work programs (including at least two in Wheaton and Rockville, worth $1.8 million) and automated kiosks for the distribution of food stamps and cash assistance in dozens of states and localities.Unfortunately, the move from warfare to welfare is not an exercise in beating swords into plowshares; rather it is part of Lockheed Martin's grand strategy to grab taxpayer dollars.Today, the average household pays a "Lockheed Martin Tax"of about $200 a year to cover an array of military and civilian government contracts. Beyond the $12 billion it continues to rake in annually from the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin receives $6 billion to $8 billion in nonmilitary funds from federal agencies as diverse as the Energy Department and the U.S. Census Bureau.And that doesn't even include the corporation's growing empire of state and local business. If you're a "deadbeat dad" in Florida, Lockheed Martin gets 12 cents from the government for every vTC dollar it collects from you. Get slammed with a parking ticket in Washington, and Lockheed Martin gets what could be as much as an average $3 cut.Now that new federal welfare laws have ceded states control over an annual $17 billion in welfare funds, Lockheed Martin is betting that public assistance will be the next big prize.So what's at stake here? Contracting out garbage collection, computer upgrades and other routine public functions is one thing. But what Lockheed is proposing would allow private companies to run entire government programs; in the case of welfare and Medicaid, moreover, these are essential government services, affecting the most disfranchised members of the population, who are least able to defend their rights. Such concerns become even more troubling when Lockheed Martin is the privatizer in question.This is the company whose fondness for dolling out bribes helped Congress to pass the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 1977; the company whose multibillion-dollar overcharges on the C-5A transport plan made "cost overrun" a household phrase, and the company whose $250 million government bailout in 1971 inspired Sen. William Proxmire to coin the term "corporate welfare."Lockheed and other privatizers boast that their technological expertise and innovation will cut governments costs so dramatically that they can profit and still save taxpayers money. But a close look at Lockheed's performance thus far raises serious questions about whether to rush to privatize is going too far, too fast.In November, California canceled its contract with Lockheed to build a statewide computer system to track child support collections when Lockheed's problem-ridden system, originally projected to cost $99 million, escalated into a $277 million debacle. Lockheed's contract limits its own liability to just $3 million - a legal sleight of hand that could put California taxpayers on the hook for the bulk of the system's $170 million-plus cost overrun.Similarly, last summer, Connecticut terminated a $14.3 million computer contract with Lockheed to handle the state's foster-care programs after the system nearly delivered $8 million in overpayments.While bidding to privatize Texas' welfare system, Lockheed Martin became mired in allegations of improper lobbying.That same summer in Washington, the company was linked to a $26 million parking contract that sparked a federal investigation of 12 former officials of Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr.'s administration.If Lockheed's past performance is any indication, Maryland would do well to keep a tight rein on its public system.Otherwise, taxpayers and people who rely on public benefits could end up paying a high price to finance corporate profits.This article was adapted from a longer piece that appeared in the March 2 issue of the Nation magazine. The authors are based at the World Policy Institute at the New School for Social Research in New York.Pub Date: 3/22/98
Quote from: poseidonlost on Jan 08, 2018, 03:18:14 PMLockheed Martin? What the? I gotta read that, but the link isn't working...Last Edit by Palmerston
Quote from: EvadingGrid on Jan 08, 2018, 03:23:28 PMBecause the link was https://I edited the link to fix itBecause you pointed it out.So all is well that ends well.http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1996-10-09/business/1996283101_1_support-enforcement-support-collections-lockheed-martinLast Edit by Palmerston
Quote from: 2Revolutions on Jan 11, 2018, 06:10:06 PMFlorida Prisoners Are Preparing to Strike Against Unpaid Labor
Quote from: poseidonlost on Jan 11, 2018, 08:56:10 PMUnpaid labor in prison is not unconstitutional...Constitution FOR the United States, Amendment XIII.Sec 1. "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."Not saying it's good or right or not, but right now this is perfectly constitutional. I keep seeing reports of prison strikes over this, but no one ever mentions this part of the 13th amendment.Last Edit by Gladstone
QuoteLee Harley-Fitts, a 60-something town councilwoman, has modest wants for herself and the roughly 9,000 people in surrounding Allendale County, where the median household income is $23,000 a year and 30% of the population is below the poverty line. People are excited about a coming Dollar Tree store, she says, while luring a McDonald's is still a dream.That's why local town and county officials, including the school superintendent, all rallied recently to try preserve something as seemingly mundane as a small credit union.Town and county leaders caught wind earlier this year that one of just two financial institutions in the area, North Augusta-based SRP Federal Credit Union, was considering moving to another small town 30 miles north called Williston. SRP's Allendale branch wasn't much -- a portable building with a few parking spots and a cash machine. But the impoverished community valued its low fees, and with Social Security benefits now transmitted electronically, many people visited to take out cash loaded onto their benefit cards."I would wager that some of their people would have been unbanked before they established a branch here," says Wilbur Cave, who heads a local nonprofit that develops affordable housing.Representatives of SRP didn't respond to multiple messages from Bloomberg News.'Deeply Affected'The Federal Reserve's November report notes that roughly 800 rural counties lost 1,533 bank branches in the five years ended 2017, or 14% of their total. Urban counties lost a more modest 9% of their branches as people migrate to online banking, because of industry consolidation and other reasons.Allendale County is among 44 "deeply affected" counties that lost at least half of their branches, according to the report, which focuses exclusively on banks as opposed to credit unions like SRP. Allendale had lost a small community bank in 2014 after it failed, leaving it with a single traditional bank, called Palmetto State, as well as with SRP.One proposal made by regulators last week to boost the flow the credit to poorer communities by updating the 1970s Community Reinvestment Act. Under the measure, lenders could see an increase in the $250 billion they have to spend annually to meet U.S. requirements for doing business in lower-income areas.Distressed about losing yet another institution, town and county leaders here say they lobbied SRP's executives to stay by meeting with credit union officials and by offering them a more desirable location in a better part of Allendale.Ultimately, SRP pulled out of Allendale County in May, according to a local news report, creating one more hardship in a town with plenty already.