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Homeless Children: Latest Assault on Reason using our good hearts

Original post made by Perspective, Midtown, on Mar 10, 2009

It seems that there is a determined effort across this nation to prove that propoganda is alive and well, and to prove correct Mark Twain ( Samuel Clemens) assertion that there are lies, damned lies, and then there are statistics. For a great list of How to Lie with Statistics, see this site by wikiquote

Web Link

So, what is the latest assault on reason? Web Link

"CNN -- One in 50 children is homeless in the United States every year, according to a report released Tuesday.

The National Center on Family Homelessness estimates more than 1.5 million children are without a home.

The report, by the National Center on Family Homelessness, analyzed data from 2005-06 and found that more than 1.5 million children were without a home.

"These numbers will grow as home foreclosures continue to rise," Ellen Bassuk, president of the center, said in a statement.

The study ranked states on their performance in four areas: the extent of child homelessness, the risk for it, child well-being and the state's policy and planning efforts."

The assertion that 1/50 children face homelessness in the above article will be spread across this nation and the world as proof, once again, at how horrible capitalism is, and why we need to rush to socialism.

BUT: Please follow along must ask yourself if this passes your sniff test..your "good sense" test. Does this sound remotely true?

The answer is, NOT AT ALL. Then how can they assert this? Well, it is all in how we define "homelessness".

In this "study", done by an agency WITH A SOCIAL AGENDA

"Families with children comprise 34% of the homeless population. Eighty-four percent are female-headed. The average
homeless family is headed by a single mother who is in her late twenties and has two young children. These
women often do not have more than a high school diploma or GED."

Ok, let me get this straight: Our kind-hearted "pay women to have children" liberal policies are not only causing more kids to be born into poverty, but more kids to be homeless. Ok...

"1,555,360 American children living in families lacked permanent homes during 2005-2006. This number excludes youth who are homeless and living without their families."...

If you read the "reporting systems" used to gather this "data" Web Link

which is the appendix for the Reports' site Homeless Children America :
Web Link

you find that the following children are included in this "statistic" of 1/50 kids face homelessness...

"This Report Card uses the broader definition of homelessness as contained in the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento
Act, Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and includes those who are living in motels and those who
share living situations temporarily because of loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons. This definition more
accurately reflects the reality of family homelessness by defining “‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a
fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” The term includes children and youth who are:1
• Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes
referred to as doubled-up);
• Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations;
• Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
• Abandoned in hospitals;
• Awaiting foster care placement;
• Using a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular
sleeping accommodation for human beings;
• Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
• Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above."

Ok,let me get this straight: A family that is living in a Mobile Home park because it is the best they can afford is now considered HOMELESS??? A family that has decided to move in with Grandma and Grandpa to share costs is now considered HOMELESS? Families that are migrant workers are now considered HOMELESS?

You have to realize, this "study" applied these standards to even just ONE NIGHT living in a hotel without a permanent home in 2005. Ok, let me get this straight: That means that a family in the middle of moving from one state to another, for example, and stays in a hotel for even one night on the way to the next state, or camps in a campground on the way to the new home...then arrives in the new state, mom and dad find a new home and they move in..these kids are counted in the "lack a permanent home for at least one night in 2005-2006".

Always question the propoganda you read in the paper.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 10, 2009 at 11:41 am

oops..I hit the submit button before checking if it really was Samuel Clemens' who said the "Lies, Damned Lies and then there are Statistics" comment. So, correct me if you know.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2009 at 11:47 am

Does this rambling dissertation have a point?

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Yes, but apparently only for those willing to read it.

Summary, look behind the propoganda for the truth or you will be manipulated.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm

"Summary, look behind the propoganda for the truth or you will be manipulated."

That's a nice summary of something. Now why not see what you can do with your dissertation above.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Well guys-I don't think it was that hard to understand. I get-Arguments based on homeless figures for children should be listened to carefully, because they may be using the definitions of 'homeless' listed above, which for a lot of us are not what we think of as homeless.

When I was four years old, my Dad got a promotion that required moving our family 700 miles to another city. He sold our existing home, bought a new one under construction but not ready, and my Mom, sister and I lived with our Grandmother for about 6 weeks while Dad worked in the new position 700 miles away. Were we homeless?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

What is the definition of "In danger of becoming hungry"?

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