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Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 2:54 PM

Last week, the House of Representatives rejected the Farm Bill by a 195-234 vote. The bill, which usually enjoys support from both sides of the aisle, was defeated by an unlikely -- and bi-partisan -- coalition of those who opposed the deep cuts of more than $20 billion to the...

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One Person's 'Welfare' Is Another Person's Ticket to the Middle Class

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 3:51 PM

In an effort to drum up support for further budget cuts, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) released a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report recently on the state of "means-tested" spending, a category that he chooses to label broadly as "welfare." Some of these programs provide funding to states to support services...

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Shelter From the Storm

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 6:12 PM

Reading the new U.S. Census report on income and poverty in 2011, released on Sept. 12, is a bit like turning on the weather report in the middle of a hurricane. We don't really need to look at our television to know that it's raining and windy, and...

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Congress: Don't Kick Workers When They're Down

(8) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 2:04 PM

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the ratio of unemployed workers to job openings was 4 to 1 in December 2011. This is a lot better than at the peak of the recession, when nearly seven people were looking for work for every opening, but it still means...

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New Supplemental Poverty Measure Doesn't Change Reality

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 4:27 PM

The new Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) released yesterday morning by the Census Bureau tells us that millions more are poor than what the standard poverty measure shows, but without government intervention poverty would be much worse.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure finds 49.1 million people in the United...

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Peaceful Revolution: Congress: Include Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act in the Recovery Package!

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2009 | 4:35 PM

As a parent, you probably have lots of experience dividing things among more than one child. You might give each child the same number of cookies for dessert. Or you might buy a new jacket for the child who has outgrown hers, but not for her brother whose jacket still...

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