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This Is Your Safety Net on Block Grants

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

We're talking about block grants because the Republican budget resolutions are coming out this week and such budgets have used this mechanism to propose deep cuts in Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps).

Ballot Boxers

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Review of The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind: How Self-Interest Shapes Our Opinions and Why We Won't Admit It. By Jason Weeden & Robert Kurzban...

How Government Can (Finally) Start Paying for Success

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

Government doesn't always work as well as it should, but there are solutions. Today, government pays for programs regardless of whether they work, and bears all of the risk of that investment.

Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Best Interests?

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Both women and men should vote for elected officials whose actions show that they have the best interests of the citizens and country in mind, but for some reason, they don't.

Stress, Fear, and the Changing Face of Poverty

K. Ford K. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
K. Ford K.

The worst thing about being poor is the fear. It's the fear of not being able to afford a place to live. It's the fear of not being able to go to the doctor, buy medicine, or put gas in the car. It's the fear of never being able to hold our heads up high again.

Why Are Most Latinos Not Prepared for Retirement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Yes, we sure like to work. It's unfortunate, then, that so many Hispanics who reach old age have nothing to show for it.

65 and Medicare Ready!

Terry Savage | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Terry Savage

If you don't start out at the right time with the right policies, the increased costs are dramatic.

To the 47%: For All You Do, This Snub's for You

Darin Murphy | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Darin Murphy

I don't depend on my government for very many things, if you don't count the nation's infrastructure, copyright and patent protection, justice, defense, and even the occasional laugh, all of which enjoy the dependence of all Americans.

The Bottom Line

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Lauren Jacobs

Yes, individual resourcefulness, ingenuity and hard work are necessary for success. But they are not a substitute for government funding of necessary programs related to health care, child welfare, temporary unemployment, or infrastructural repairs, among other programs.

The River Runoff Phenomenon

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Most citizens in advanced modern societies need and want many things, but also complain loudly and bitterly that they are surrounded by excesses, even...

The Real Reason for Big Government

Douglas J. Amy | Posted 08.08.2012 | College
Douglas J. Amy

Big government is not something that has been forced on Americans by liberal elitists and power-hungry bureaucrats. We have it because we ourselves have demanded big government to deal with the many big problems we have faced.

How Americans Would Prefer To Reduce The Deficit

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2012 | Business

April 17 (Reuters) - Cutting government programs is favored as the way to reduce the U.S. budget deficit by more than twice as many Americans as tho...

Elise Foley

Obama To Meet With Boehner, Reid On Budget | Elise Foley | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss funding for the remainder of the fiscal year, with onl...

Aqua Buddha, the Number 21 and the Deficit Commission

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

On Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles' to-do list was a cap of government spending at 21 percent of GDP. One can only assume 21 bears some religious significance for them because it makes no sense to have this rule on policy grounds.

Obama's Big Government SWAT Team

BusinessWeek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama Administration's huge ramp-up in spending has given rise to a national debate over the size and role of government. It has provoked fears th...

USA Today Reporter Responds to Blog Post

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bella DePaulo