In the United States, the official poverty rate is 13.5 percent (U.S. Census Bureau 2015). The 2015 studies show an estimated 43.1 million Americans lived in poverty, a rate of 14.3 percent of the population. While the percentage of Americans in poverty fell from 15 percent in 2012, the biggest such decline since the year 2000 poverty is still an issue.

Left to Right (on platform): Timothy Bray, PhD and Brad Lips, PhD

Global Poverty Studies

Globally, based on a poverty line of $1.90 a day, World Bank projections suggest global poverty may have reached 700 million, or 9.6 percent of global population, in 2015. Globally, 1.2 billion people (22 percent) live on less than $1.25 a day.

Joining us on McCuistion to explore the solutions to global poverty:

Brad Lips says, “Should we be focused on the causes of poverty or should we reframe our thinking to use free enterprise to get obstacles out of the way so that people can create wealth which is the lasting way to alleviate poverty”? Atlas Network has a partnership with 460 organizations in 98 countries, one third of which are in the U.S.

Tim Bray, on Mayor Rawlings task force on poverty says, “Quality of life issues need to be examined- that prevent access to better employment, education and health care”.

And Robert Rector asks that we consider that “in calculating poverty the census ignores almost all the entire welfare state.” The census defines a family of four as poor if its income falls below a specified point- $24,036, yet does not count welfare benefits.

Can we alleviate global poverty? Yes. However, can we resolve the issue of global poverty once and for all?

Tune in Sunday to hear the experts on this issue.

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04.23.2017 – 2324

In today’s polarized political world, the question, “Are We Too Dumb for Democracy?”, is on point.

The votes from our three experts on this subject are mixed.

Left to Right:  Joseph E. Kobylka, PhD., Jeffrey A. Engel, PhD., and Robert Howell, PhD

Joining host Dennis McCuistion to discuss the concerns with civic intelligence and the
“right “to vote are:

  • Jeffrey A. Engel. PhD: Director, Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University,
  • Joseph E. Kobylka, PhD: Southern Methodist University, Associate Professor of Political Studies and
  • Robert Howell, PhD: Dedman Family Distinguished Professor, Southern Methodist University.

Their comments provoke some thought. Our experts remind us that the framers of our Constitution did not form a democracy and they put in place a vigorous system of checks and balances.

Today it is a civic responsibility to vote; however, voting for a candidate based on whom you’d like to share a beer with is not a basis for an intelligent vote for a governing position. And too often, too many do not have the civic intelligence and awareness to make good decisions.

Concern was expressed over our civic ignorance. For instance, some Americans do not know there are three branches of government, and only one third of our citizens can name even one of them.

Many invest almost total power for decision making in our President. Two thirds of our citizens believe if Roe vs Wade is overturned abortion is automatically illegal, 40% of citizens believe English is our official language and Christianity our U.S. religion. Our economic beliefs are predominately inaccurate, and the list goes on.

Our experts ask: On what basis can one make a qualified voting decision if you don’t have the right information to accurately evaluate a candidate’s ability to govern? Public schools are not teaching civics. Social media offers lots of choice yet may also reinforce existing biases. You can Google down any rabbit hole and find sources to back up your preconceptions.

The evolution of how we come to decisions has changed. We no longer have a common narrative, because there are so many sources of information. Fake news hurts. Political correctness hurts. And we may have made civic engagement into entertainment.

Our guests agree, “democracy” may not always be a good thing, but it is the only game in town. We need good information to make good decisions. Educating ourselves on our choices is critical. Civic ignorance can be dangerous to our continued freedom as citizens.

Tune in as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 27 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

Niki McCuistion
Co-Founder, Executive Producer, Producer
Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
214-750-5157
www.nikimccuistion.com
nikin@nikimccuistion.com

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