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Understanding Mitt Romney's Willful Contempt for Americans in Need

Pete Subkoviak | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Pete Subkoviak

How do I know what's behind Mitt Romney's latest video statements? I'm ashamed to admit it, but I used to think the same way that Mr. Romney does.

Ragging on America?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Politicians love to tell us rags-to-riches stories. Democrats do; Republicans do. Independents probably do, too. Our president has one. So does our first lady. These tales ostensibly emphasize the American dream, and indeed they do -- but what of the generation in rags?

Defending the Social Safety Net

Curtis Skinner, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Curtis Skinner, Ph.D.

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhile some states have responded by enacting damaging cuts to work supports for low-income families, other states with equal or greater fiscal shortfalls have found ways to balance their budgets without compromising their safety nets.

Poverty Must Become a Top Priority for All of Us

Hassan Jaber | Posted 10.29.2012 | Detroit
Hassan Jaber

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe war on poverty must become a national priority, one that enables us to achieve a livable wage, health care and a safety net for all Americans, regardless of race or gender.

The Hard Truth About Romney's Republican Party

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Behind the multi-million dollar stage in Tampa, beneath the glittery "reintroduction" of Mitt Romney as a pragmatic business guy, lies this "hard truth." And with record numbers in poverty, Mitt's promise is to savage vital programs for the vulnerable.

Arthur Delaney

Safety Net Not A 'Hammock' For One Formerly Middle Class Woman | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

Falling out of the middle class and landing in the safety net is not as fun as some politicians say it is, according to Tanya Wells of Williamsburg, V...

Squawking Points: The War on Women Goes Stupid

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

It's not so much the right-wingers' war on women that pisses me off -- it's the fact that they think we're dumb enough to buy their talking points.

Cutting Taxes for the Rich, Gutting the Safety Net for the Needy

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Muqtedar Khan

Paul Ryan gives substance to the only thing that Mitt Romney stands for, cutting taxes for the rich and gutting the safety net for the poor and the elderly. This is Romney's way of saying "read my lips; Ryan is my choice (no more taxes)."

Saki Knafo

Child Poverty On The Rise: New Report | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.26.2012 | Parents

The "Kids Count" report, one of the most widely cited surveys of how children are faring in the United States, hasn't offered much good news in recent...

America Has a Class Problem

Peter Edelman | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Peter Edelman

Gerson calls for improved educational opportunities beginning with early child development, and that's all good. But markets have two dimensions: supply and demand. We certainly need to improve the quality of the supply and do that inclusively across the population.

WATCH: Yasuchika Hasegawa Discusses The Developed World's Biggest Problem

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.12.2012 | Business

Yasuchika Hasegawa, who is this year the co-chair of World Economic Forum's annual meeting, looks at Japan and sees a glimpse into what might await th...

Arthur Delaney

Steve King: People Not Working 'Should Do Their Fair Share' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's plan to let Bush-era tax cuts expire on earnings above $250,000 is part of a "class envy" scheme to make people...

Half a Century of Poverty In America

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

These days, too much of what passes for poverty policy are discussions of which safety net programs to cut. Well, fifty years after The Other America, it makes sense to step back and reflect on how far we've come, how effective our efforts have been, and how much further we have to go.

Jobs: It Is (Long Past) Time for Government to Act

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

Combine a too-optimistic administration with a Republican Party that is sabotaging the economy as a campaign strategy and what do you get? You get today's terrible jobs report.

An Interview With Peter Edelman on "Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America"

Karen Dolan | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Karen Dolan

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Georgetown Law professor, Peter Edelman, to discuss his decades of anti-poverty work and his new book, So ...

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Socialist or "Champion of Freedom"?

David Woolner | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
David Woolner

For Roosevelt, government intervention in the economy was not about destroying individual liberty; it was about restoring individual liberty. This is a good reminder for President Obama.

Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.02.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

I believe this is an Amber Alert time for millions of our nation's poor children and that everyone needs to be on the lookout for the children, to ensure the children's health, safety and education, and to see that justice is done.

Romney: Peddling the Indefensible

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Mitt Romney claims that he has a plan for "more jobs, less debt and smaller government." He also says that he has the "integrity" to "speak honestly with the American people." But his "plan" simply doesn't add up.

Medicaid: Help in Hard Times

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Medicaid is vital -- it provides hundreds of millions of children who are poor or have disabilities with comprehensive health coverage enabling them to become productive, taxpaying members of society.

Desperately Working to Stay Afloat

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At one time, the Nations owned a home. But like so many other American families, their standard of living has declined over the past decade even though they are a two-parent working family.

WATCH: Arianna Talks Safety Net Benefits On CNN's 'Your Bottom Line'

Huff TV | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on CNN's "Your Bottom Line," to discuss the growth of "safety net" benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. "It's a sign of what a t...

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...

Preserving America's Safety Net

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 04.11.2012 | Chicago
Tammy Duckworth

Nobody wants to be on food stamps, but when my family lost everything, we were grateful for it.

Repairing the Safety Net

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

The positive news is that the safety net, bolstered by temporary expansions enacted during the recession, has helped hold the line against poverty and hardship in the past few years. But the safety net also has significant holes.

Mitt's "Very Poor" Choice of Words

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Rick defending Mitt?! Well, sorta kinda....