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Posted on April 16, 2012
The reality of poverty here in Minnesota is huge, and growing. It can often be overwhelming to hear the stories. The statistics. It’s understandable that many of us find ourselves feeling anxious, indifferent, angry, at a loss. Our ability to make a difference or affect change seems naïve.At A Minnesota Without Poverty, we believe that each of us can make a difference. And we believe that people working together to become informed about the reality of poverty and the issues that affect poverty can make a huge difference, and can affect tremendous change. We offer this “What’s enough?” series in response to and in support of the remarkable work begun by faith leaders and the Minnesota State Legislature in the mid/late 2000s. It draws much of its material from the original 2020 ENOUGH FOR ALL: A Discussion Guide for People of Faith. We hope that it will be useful in providing one way for people in faith communities to begin talking about the concept of “enough”, to more fully understand the issues of poverty here in our state, and to be energized in imagining ENOUGH FOR ALL in “A Minnesota Without Poverty!”
Any or all portions of this discussion guide may be reproduced without prior permission, provided the source is cited. A Minnesota Without Poverty. What’s enough?
Posted on April 10, 2012
Jim Jordal is a retired teacher of economics and American history who now lives in rural Chisago County, Minn. He has studied his passion — economic justice — for many years and writes newspaper columns, blogs and study lessons on the subject. He writes the occasional blog for A Minnesota Without Poverty and presents his thoughtful and often challenging ideas right here. You are invited to give your comments also.
By Jim Jordal
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution states that the people of the United States ordained and established the document to among other things establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Today these foundational values are becoming empty words under the impact of various powerful groups having agendas very unlike what the Founding Fathers envisioned for the people.
It’s becoming more obvious every day that the federal government and to a lesser extent state governments have become engines of corporate welfare. They exist, not to insure peace and justice to all citizens by promoting the general welfare, but to protect the power of large corporations and their wealthy owners by promoting policies favorable mainly to the top I percent.
Posted on March 13, 2012
By Jim Jordal
Poverty results from choices made by our society. As Dr. Phil says so often: "You choose the behavior and then have to face whatever consequences follow. If you don’t like the consequences, then change the behavior." We claim to hate the consequences of poverty while at the same time refusing to change the political and economic behaviors that cause it. That’s the humorous definition of insanity: continuing to do the same things over and over while expecting the situation to change.