This Week in Poverty: The Expert Test...

This Week in Poverty: The Expert Testimony of Tianna Gaines-Turner

There are 2 comments on the The Nation story from Aug 9, 2013, titled This Week in Poverty: The Expert Testimony of Tianna Gaines-Turner. In it, The Nation reports that:

Congressman Paul Ryan recently said that Republicans "don't have a full-fledged" plan to fight poverty "because we need to do more listening to people who are in the trenches fighting poverty ."

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“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#1 Aug 9, 2013
Shame on hypocrite Paul Ryan who declined to invite Tianna Gaines-Turner, a mother struggling to feed her kids, to speak before his recent war on poverty hearing. Here's what she would have said.

["Had the Chairman included Gaines-Turner at the hearing, this is what the American people would have learned:

Gaines-Turner and her husband both work and have three children — a nine-year-old son on the honor roll in 4th grade, and five-year-old twins who are entering kindergarten. All three of her children suffer from epilepsy and moderate to severe asthma.

She earns $10 an hour working part-time for a childcare provider, and her husband earns $8 an hour working the deli counter at a grocery store. They aren’t offered health insurance through work, and earn too much to qualify for medical assistance. She, too, suffers from asthma and writes that she “currently can’t afford to get an inhaler.”

Their children are covered through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and “take life-saving medication every day.”

“I worry about a day that might come where my children won’t be able to see a specialist because I can’t afford the co-pay.… Just like you want the best for your children I want the best for my children.”

She describes a time when their oldest son was hospitalized with seizures. She took off work to be with him while her husband took off to care for the twins.

“We were both unable to work, so we lost money that month, and ultimately had to make a choice — do we pay the rent or do we pay the light bill? Not to mention, how do we buy food…? Poverty is not just one issue that can be solved at one time. It’s not just an issue of jobs, or food, or housing, or utility assistance, and safety. It’s a people issue. And you can’t slice people up into issues. We are whole human beings.”

Gaines-Turner discusses a familiar story — low-income families working “two-to-three jobs to make ends meet,” with “wages so low and expenses so high” that sometimes work “may not be enough to even pay for the expense of child care.” She also describes what some call the “cliff effect”— when government assistance (such as child care) is taken away at the very moment someone begins to get ahead.

“Just when someone is moving forward, the rug is ripped out from under them. This cycle pushes people deeper into poverty than they were before they took the job. This system needs to change in order for people like myself to forge a better future for myself and my children, one where I will never need to turn to public assistance again.”]

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#2 Aug 10, 2013
Millionaire Congressmen Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan plan on cutting off food for 4 Million hungry Americans.(Adolph Hitler would have given them the highest Nazi honor medal) They've turned President Johnson's War on Poverty ' on its head and want a war on the poor, specifically a war against poor , African-American , Hispanic , and White single-mothers .

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