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Even Conservatives Think The U.S. Is Failing On Day Care Support

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business

Child care is expensive. It's not just "drinking a latte every day" expensive, but "the landlord just doubled the rent" expensive. A report recently r...

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Save The U.S. Government $7.6 Billion A Year

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business

"Raising the minimum wage is one simple and long-overdue step toward rebalancing the social contract so that the private and public sectors are more equal participants in improving living standards for American workers."

This Is What It's Like To Be A Single Mom On Food Stamps

Posted 07.26.2014 | Divorce

By StephQJ for A couple of weeks ago, my 13-year-old son called to share with me something he'd heard on conservative talk radio i...

Post Bureaucratic Stress Disorder: An Epidemic Not Cured with Departure of Secretary Shinseki

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Evans

Don't get me wrong. I have no beef with public servants, and I'm not looking for a referendum on bureaucrats. But, I do think we expect too much from government and too little from ourselves.

States With The Least Government Benefits

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

24/7 Wall St.: Politicians Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan recently introduced a plan to fight poverty by transferring more responsibility to the states. Wh...

Big Changes In Store For Social Security

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business

Your Social Security check will no longer come via snail mail starting March 1. In less than two months, the government will stop sending paper ch...

Almost All Republicans Have Used Some Kind Of Government Program

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

Whether they like it or not, nearly everyone in the United States reaps the benefits of government. When asked about participating in specific gov...

Catherine New

Check Cashiers: Unlikely Hero For The Poor | Catherine New | Posted 08.29.2012 | Money

NEW YORK -- On a recent summer morning at a noisy South Bronx intersection, a man walked into RiteCheck, a check cashing store, to use the ATM machine...

All You Need to Know About Romney

Frank A. Weil | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

This Romney statement must be such a long throw to appeal to and energize the far right, but it is so wrongheaded that his desperation at this stage is downright amazing.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Poverty Calculator Highlights Hurdles Facing Poor | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 06.07.2012 | Impact

Imagine a single, unemployed mother of two children -- an infant and a 4-year-old preschooler. She's unskilled and her work options, at least at the ...

Even Critics Of Safety Net Increasingly Depend On It | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics

Ki Gulbranson owns a logo apparel shop, deals in jewelry on the side and referees youth soccer games. He makes about $39,000 a year and wants you to k...

The Republican Myth of Obama's "Entitlement Society"

Robert Reich | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Regressive Republicans pretend they're about opportunity. In reality they're back at what they've been doing for years -- promoting Social Darwinism.

Huge Share Of Americans Tapping Government Benefits

Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

The U.S. government is lending a hand to a record number of Americans. During the second quarter of 2010, nearly half -- or 48.6 percent -- of Ame...

Nearly Half Of Americans Live In Households With Government Aid

WSJ | Sara Murray | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

By Sara Murray of the Wall Street Journal Families were more dependent on government programs than ever last year. Nearly half, 48.5 percent, of...