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The "Holeist" of Holes in the Safety Net

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

The responsibility of government is at the heart of the 2012 presidential campaign. A challenge for the candidates should be to come up with a list of holes and which they think are the "holeist."

Arthur Delaney

Low-Income Republicans Say Government Does Too Little for Poor People | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

Low-income Republican voters say the government does too little for poor people, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Over half of Repub...

Safety Net

Jonathan Richards | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


African Leaders Must End Hunger Crises Now

Olusegun Obasanjo | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Olusegun Obasanjo

In Nigeria, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter, children and families continue to go hungry in many areas of the country.

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 1: Overview

Arloc Sherman | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

Unemployment and long-term unemployment remained very high, as did the percentage Americans without health insurance. Yet things aren't nearly as bad as they could have been.

More Faces of Child Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We have good safety net programs, and we have to make sure every child who could benefit from these programs does. Help for poor parents and children should be protected before tax breaks for wealthy corporations and millionaires.

Europe, United States Hold Fundamentally Different Visions For Society

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

More than an ocean divides the United States and Western Europe. Americans are significantly less supportive of a social safety net than Western ...

Four Popular Safety-Net Programs Tea Party Republicans Have Turned Against

Jake Blumgart | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Jake Blumgart

Ensuring that American students can attend school with full bellies seems like the most uncontroversial public policy of all time. Not so anymore, now that child nutrition has met the Tea Party.

City Official Suggests Homeless Take Cabs To Overnight Shelters

Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago

The head of the city's Department of Family and Support Services is under fire Tuesday after suggesting that homeless Chicagoans should take cabs to o...

Our Porous Safety Net

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

2011-08-24-ddjfkdjkfjdkjfkdkfjd.pngThe redesigned welfare of the 1990s is a fair weather ship. It does okay in calm waters. But it founders in a storm.

Global Crises, Social Safety Nets and the Poor

Vinod Thomas | Posted 09.13.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

It pays to build safety net systems in relatively stable times so that the worst poverty impacts from unanticipated events can be cushioned.

Peter S. Goodman

Awful Jobs Report Reinforces Need for Relief | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 09.07.2011 | Business

By now, you need willful denial to miss the fact that the economy is in dreadful shape and showing no signs of meaningful improvement. For those incli...

Ryan Grim

GOP Congressman Lambastes Voter: 'When Do I Decide I’m Going To Take Care Of Me?’ | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Rob Woodall, a Georgia Republican, made a vigorous ideological defense of ending Medicare as it currently exists, telling seniors a...

Arthur Delaney

What Happens To The Social Safety Net In A Government Shutdown? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- What happens to the social safety net if the government shuts down on April 8? The Obama administration won’t say whether beneficia...

China Announces Priorities for Next Five Years

Daniel K. Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel K. Gardner

This past Saturday, Premier Wen Jiabao delivered his 2011 "Report on the Work of the Government" to the 3,000 delegates gathered in Beijing for the Na...

Civil War and the Safety Net

Sarah Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

A young nation, ravaged by war, invented new ways of creating economic opportunities and protections -- at least for one segment of its citizens.

How Politics Makes the Market, Altering the Gap Between Rich and Poor

Nathan Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Kelly

One of the favorite arguments from the right is that inequality is really awful, but it's out of our hands. Not really.

Arthur Delaney

America's Incredible Shrinking Safety Net | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's 2009 stimulus bill expanded federal aid for people affected by the worst recession since the Great Depression, but congressional hea...

The Unemployed Thrown Under the Bus

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dolan

Unemployed Become a Political Football GOP hysteria throws goodness, and American families, under the bus. (cross posted to OtherWords) --------------...

Disaster Capitalism's Catastrophic Success in Ireland, and America

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The causes and impacts of Ireland's economic crisis and America's are pretty much the same.

Fraying Safety Net Raises Risk Of Hunger

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

(The following story comes courtesy of Hunger In The Golden State a collaboration between, the Annenberg School for Communications and California Watc...

Safety Net Most Critical in Economic Crisis

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Bass

There are some emerging, if still fragile, signs that the worst of the Great Recession is behind us: the closing of the Dow above 11,000, revenues in ...

The Senate Lets Unemployment Benefits Expire

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Now that federal unemployment benefits have expired, it is entirely appropriate to be dismayed by Senator Coburn's willingness to cut off lifeline assistance for unemployed people.

The F Word: Cutting the Net When We Need It Most

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At the very time when the social safety net is most needed, investors the world over are calling it a drag on the world economy. Here in the U.S., w...

San Diego's Safety Net: Riddled With Gaps | KELLY BENNETT and DAGNY SALAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A investigation has found that the county government's historical resistance to provide social welfare programs has left a wide ch...