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May 1, 2014 - 8:55 am

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), blasting the other side of the aisle for a Senate block of the minimum wage bill, said he’s “sick and tired of having these pleasantries bandied about when people are going hungry.”

“They are just absolutely against doing anything that would benefit working men and women. They are — they saw the rush to put this big tax cuts for the wealth of people in the House budget to deny a minimum wage increase on the Senate for working men and women,” the assistant minority leader said of congressional Republicans on MSNBC.

“They are doing a sort of a tag team yesterday and today as you just mentioned, we met with the chair of the Budget Committee of the Congressional Black Caucus did and we still…. We have some historical college and universities that have lost 10 percent of their student bodies in the last year all because of the policies that have been perpetrated by these Republicans in the House of Representatives.”

Clyburn said the minimum wage block “has adverse racial impact.”

“One thing I’ve learned in those — of almost 18 years I’ve spent running a state agency in South Carolina is that we have to look at the policy and we don’t worry about what your intent may have been. But if the impact, the result has an adverse racial impact then we see that as being discriminatory and that’s not me saying that, that is what the United States Supreme Court had said,” he said.

“That’s what Congress has said — that we look at the results of your action and they’ll determine whether not it has a disparate impact on people of color.”

At the Congressional Black Caucus’ closed-door meeting yesterday with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Clyburn said he detailed to Ryan “488 counties in the United States of America where 20 percent or more of the population that — they are stuck” as far as wage growth.

“And I asked him would he join with us in the Congressional Black Caucus and target resources throughout the discretionary budget into those communities so that at least 10 percent of that money will go to these communities,” Clyburn continued. “And I reminded him that this is not partisan here — two thirds, fully 68 percent of those counties, are represented by Republicans. So we aren’t asking him to do anything for Democrats… I’m going to do it for poor people.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Obesity rates in South Carolina for Blacks is 75%. There isnt a hunger problem that needs solving. Clyburn is a lying racist.

Majority minority districts mandated by the Voting Rights Act are racist and unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment and should be struck down.
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Typical Democrat. Lets give people more money out of someone else's pockets.

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.......will it be OK to mention homelessnes once obamma is out of office?
chicago, an 'organized community' has over 116,00 homeless,
they are pbly hungry also.................
http://www.chicagohomeless.org/faq-studies/
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Just going to post a report by CNSNEWS. More than 92 million Americans out of work. Think of that...92 million (and that is a rough estimate,too).
Participation Rate Matches 36-Year Low
92,594,000 Americans not in labor force (BLS)
May 2, 2014 - 8:43 AM
By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNEWS)
(CNSNews.com) - A record 92,594,000 Americans were not in the labor force in April as the labor force participation rate matched a 36-year low of 62.8 percent, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In March, according to BLS's non-seasonally adjusted data, there were 91,630,000 Americans not in the labor force. In April, that increased by 964,000 people to an all-time record of 92,594,000. The previous record was 92,534,000, set in January of this year.
The BLS's seasonally-adjusted number for people not in the labor force--which was 92,018,00 for April--was also an all-time record. This was up 988,000 from the 91,030,000 seasonally adjusted number BLS said was not in the labor force in March.  (The previous all-time seasonally-adjusted high for people not in the labor force was 91,8080,000, which occurred in December 2013.)

"Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that attempts to measure and remove the influences of predictable seasonal patterns to reveal how employment and unemployment change from month to month," says BLS. "These seasonal adjustments make it easier to observe the cyclical, underlying trend, and other nonseasonal movements in the series."
The seasonally adjusted labor force participation rated dropped from 63.2 percent in March to 62.8 percent in April, matching a 36-year low. Prior to October 2013, the labor force participation rate had not gone as low as 62.8 percent since March 1978. In the last seven months it has matched that low in three months--October 2013, December 2013 and April 2013.
BLS employment statistics are calculated using what BLS calls the civilian noninstitutional population. This includes all persons in the United States 16 and older, who are not on active duty in the military or in an institution such as a prison, nursing home, or mental hospital. The civilian noninstitutional population is divided into two basic parts: those in the labor force and those not in the labor force. To be in the labor force a person must either have a job or have actively sought a job in the last four weeks. A person not in the labor force is a person who neither had a job nor actively sought one. The unemployment rate is the percentage of people in the labor force who actively sought a job in the past four weeks but did not get one.
Folks, from BLS's own data we have this: 69% of all eligible Americans are on some form of government assistance programs either nationally, statewide, or in their municipalities. And this is a recovery? Economy grew at a 0.1% rate last month. This is "hope & change?" Pray. Amen. The "collective" is upon us. Join a Tea Party, urgently. And Reince Preibus wants the: "same 'ol- same-'ol?" God Bless America.
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f the cost of Junk Food eaten by some of the "starving Americans" goes up so will the amount of their food stamps.
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I guess he has missed the trillions that have been spent -- starting with Wilson, FDR, JFK, LBJ, Truman -- then on to the RINO "Republicans," now Obozo -- going to fix the problem wif big gubbermint and poverty. Maybe the "African-American" youngsters who have no jobs would be better off with the wicked "Republicans." Now it looks like any of the jobs will be going to illegal immigrants.
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The adverse impact has been Obamanomics.
If you want to hurt women, children and minorities, vote for Democrats. They will suffer most with economic stagnation...happily.
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Maybe he could feed his daughter, Mingon, to them.
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People are going hungry, because of this idiot, and Obama. It's not the job of the federal govt. to feed people, Clyburn. By the way, drop dead.
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Maybe those poor people should stop buying 52 inch plasma TVs. That might free up some capital to buy food.
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What does that dolt care about the Black Man............

Mexicans are more than ready to do the work at any price.
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People going hungry? Doesn't he realize that obesity is the greatest dietary threat facing the poor?
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Liberals are dumber than dirt. If the minimum wage goes up to ten dollars an hour, the homies and baby mamas will be consigned to permanent unemployment. Nobody wants to hire baby gangstas with sagging britches and red and blue do rags as it is. Higher wages=less employment.
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