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How Income Inequality Helped Spark the Great Recession

Jake Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Whitney

Governmental policies over the past three decades have resulted in an indebted middle class. Yet a healthy society depends upon a large and vibrant one. Why aren't Americans more alarmed?

Poor Americans Face More Toxic Exposure

Here's Life Inner City | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Here's Life Inner City

In the United States, low income neighborhoods experience more of all forms of pollution (air and water pollution, as well as toxic waste) than do neighborhoods that maintain higher levels of income.

It Takes a Global Society to Feed a Child

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephan B. Tanda

When delegates convene at the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, I hope that one positive result of the food price crisis will be the recognition that we cannot succeed in a failing world.

Put Down the Resume, Stoner

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

A drug addict who has their state assistance cut off probably isn't going to rationally reexamine their life, quit cold turkey, run out to secure a minimum wage job, and open a college fund for their kids.

What Would Dr. King Think of Today's Poverty?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

While many remember Dr. King for his civil rights activities, far less are aware of the work he did in support of the Poor People's Campaign. Dr. Ki...

U.S. Income Inequality: Top 1 Percent Take Home 24 Percent Of U.S. Income

The New York Times | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of income, up from almost 9 percent in 1976. As Timothy Noah of Slate noted in an e...

Homeless Sweet Homeless

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Douglas Forbes

Can we make 2011 the year that we take America back? Back from public policies forged for the wealthy and the "middle class," not the working poor.

Politicians Make Proposals Following NYC Hunger Survey Report

Here's Life Inner City | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Here's Life Inner City

Demand at New York City food pantries and soup kitchens increased by 6.8 percent in 2010, on top of a 20.8 percent increase in 2009.

The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Poorer

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Americans are uncomfortable calling attention to pay discrepancies and exploitation because it smacks of class warfare. Thus they put up and shut up.

What Did You Say?

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The cynics prevailed on November 2. And for those who are suffering the most -- the poor, unemployed, and foreclosed upon -- your nightmare is about to be extended.

The End: Hollywood's Campaign to End Poverty in America

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Douglas Forbes

So there you have it. Poverty has NO discretion. So why should we? That's why I say, "Hollywood, let's beat the living crap out of poverty."

Dear Mr. President, Please Don't Extend The Bush Tax Cuts

James Kwak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James Kwak

The Bush tax cuts were bad policy when they were enacted, and they are bad policy today. Extending them would dramatically enrich the wealthy relative to everyone else: 26.8 percent of the benefits would go to the top one percent of wage earners.

The Bush Tax Cuts and the Republican Cult of Affirmative Action

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Fiderer

Capitalists believe in rewarding success and punishing failure. Well, we have ten years of performance data on the Bush tax cuts, and they failed by every possible criterion.

The Decline Of The Middle Class And Lobbying Boom Of The 1970s

BaselineScenario.com | James Kwak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In "Third World America," Arianna Huffington cited Tocqueville's observation that democracy should promote the interests of "the greatest possible num...

Save a Child in Less Than Two Minutes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Riva Greenberg

2010-11-03-jgh.jpgWhen you watch this video -- and pass it on -- Roche Diabetes Care will make a donation for life-saving insulin to get to children in need.

Study: Being Poor Can Make You Fat

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In a society where fast food is more affordable and accessible than nutrient-rich greens, it comes as no surprise that obesity rates are higher for po...

Exploring America's Poverty Assessment

Here's Life Inner City | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Here's Life Inner City

Aside from shedding light on the effects of economic distress, the recently published poverty statistics have placed a spotlight on the potential inadequacy of the criteria used by the government to develop these numbers.

New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

UPDATE: The numbers that form the basis for the story below are "erroneous." Bloomberg News reports that on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, the Social Security ...

Socialism? What a Joke! The Rich Are Winning the US Class War: Facts Show Rich Getting Richer, Everyone Else Poorer

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Socialism? What a Joke! The rich and their paid false prophets are doing a bang up job deceiving the poor and middle class. They have convinced man...

10 Things Poor People Like

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Hani Almadhoun

Congratulations, a lousy economy and a "Third World America", we are all poor now. To help welcome you to poverty (uncharted territory for many of us)...

Cold, Cold GOP Hearts

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Today's GOP boasts of its plans to slash government spending and bleed social programs to their core. Can decent Americans of any political stripe really stomach the harsh reality if that rhetoric is put into practice?

PHOTOS: The Poorest States In The U.S.

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Great Recession increased poverty in 31 of 50 U.S. states last year, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. These states, which ...

Glenn Beck, Conservatism, and the War on the Poor

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

It will be hard for anything to get done in American politics with a campaign of relentless class warfare being waged by the rich and powerful against those without the means to fight back.

Jason Linkins

Poverty Rate Report: The Day The Media Cared About The Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The worst of the worst when it comes to the way issues like poverty and crumbling infrastructure and massive unemployment are covered is found in the area of political reporting, where these matters take on no larger resonance beyond how they are affecting the campaign season horse race. Millions of Americans are unemployed! Well, who's up? Who's down? It's the millions of unemployed Americans that are "down."

Arthur Delaney

Poverty Rate Rises To 14.3 Percent In 2009

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The poverty rate rose to 14.3 percent during 2009 from 13.2 percent the previous year as household income stayed flat and the number of people without...