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Harvard Study Reports: In Fiscal Cliff Talks, States May Lose

Meredith Bagby | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Meredith Bagby

A new report indicates that the majority of the "pain" to come from budget cuts will trickle down to states and cities. Our local governments will undoubtedly have to cut back on basic services: K-12 education, nutrition for kids, policing, the maintenance of our roads, bridges and parks, etc.

Paul Blumenthal

Centrist Group Masks GOP Backing | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of the influential Campaign to Fix The Debt struck a posture of post-partisan political neutrality this past week, as they swarm...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Emergency Rooms

Emily Spitzer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

The second way to interpret Romney's remarks is not as a rejection of the question's premise, but a refusal to recognize consequences. If you're having a heart attack you can always go to the emergency room? He may have well as said, "Hey, no one is going to die if we don't do anything."

Government: The Essential Safety Net

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Vivien Hoexter

Who do we think is going to provide the skills training that is needed for these workers to make successful transitions to new careers? And who will help with financial assistance while the training takes place?

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.

Jason Cherkis

One Charlotte Family Struggles To Escape Homelessness | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In mid-February, Sheron Young, 39, moved from Columbus, Ga., to Charlotte to follow her dream of becoming a chef. She arrived by tr...

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...

Yes -- Protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Is a Political Winner

David Shuster | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
David Shuster

Democrats should follow Rep. Jan Schakowsky's lead: Instead of running away from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, they should run toward the programs and vow to protect them. It's an approach that will win in November and strengthen our society.

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...

Peter S. Goodman

'Back At Square One': As States Repurpose Welfare Funds, More Families Fall Through Safety Net | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Brianna Butler would prefer never again to see the inside of the DeKalb County welfare office. She is eager to work. This she s...

Janell Ross

For Latino Voters, Immigration NOT The Biggest Campaign Issue | Janell Ross | Posted 05.09.2012 | Latino Voices

When she was 12, Magali Sanchez's parents divorced. Her mother, unable to find work in Mexico that would feed the family, made a desperate decision. ...

You're on Your Own, Kids

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

GOP: Killing Vulnerable Americans With Kindness - Literally

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As a favor to struggling Americans, Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a federal budget last week ravaging programs for the poor, elderly, disabled, young, veterans, jobless, students and other vulnerable people. Ryan did it, he said, because these programs are demeaning.

Zach Carter

Punishing The Poor: GOP Candidates Back Welfare Model For Food Stamps, Housing | Zach Carter | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In recent speeches and debates, Republican Presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have all invoked the 199...

Lack of Paid Sick Days May Claim Latino Lives

Elisa Batista | Posted 02.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Elisa Batista

To Latino workers, really, all American workers, I say enough is enough. We can't afford to see what will happen the next time a flu pandemic sweeps our nation.

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 ...

New Supplemental Poverty Measure Doesn't Change Reality

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

However we measure it, poverty is unacceptably high and hardship is unacceptably widespread, and no focus on technical issues can obscure that fact.

Social Justice: A Holy Struggle

Noah Baron | Posted 01.04.2012 | Religion
Noah Baron

This is a holy struggle, but it is not the one that the Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells would have you believe in. Our enemy is not the poor, but poverty; it is not homosexuality, but homophobia.

"It's the Democracy, Stupid!": The "Vague" Goals of the Other 99%

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

To help my students think about the way the market works, and especially how it affects real people, I have them play Monopoly. But I modify the rules to make the game more realistic.

Occupy Wall Street: Handmade Signage And Street Theatre

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 11.24.2011 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

"New York is the concentrate of art and commerce and sport and religion and entertainment and finance, bringing to a single compact arena the gladiato...

Family Values? Conservative Economics Have Shredded Marriage Rates

June Carbone | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
June Carbone

The creation of greater inequality, the shredding of the social safety net, and the increasing cost of higher education have much more do with the changing structure of the family than Hollywood mores or internet porn.

Taking Asset Building to Scale in Federal Housing Policy

Reid Cramer | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business
Reid Cramer

Today, we spend roughly $30 billion dollars a year in rental housing assistance to benefit almost 5 million households. It is a primary part of our social safety net. But millions of eligible families don't receive any support.

Social Security's Surgery

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 09.07.2011 | Comedy
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

The only way to blunt the effect of the Koch Brothers and their Congressional Tea Party Pallbearers is to create a situation where everyone gets off their butts and onto their hind legs and starts fighting.