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Social Safety Nets

Governor Cuomo's 'Tax-Free New York' Would Come at a High Cost

Richard Kirsch | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Richard Kirsch

Eliminating taxes in college communities won't improve the economy, but it will undermine our public institutions.

Shared Prosperity Needs More Face to Face Engagement, Not Just Online

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

I am not saying that they do not exist, but one may wonder why the UAE, Palestine, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, and Jordan did not have civil society organization representatives participating.

Preston Maddock

Fix The Debt Protest Draws Activists, Inflatable Pig

HuffingtonPost.com | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 union members and progressive activists marched to a Capitol Hill hotel Wednesday to protest a meeting of corporate chiefs...

How to End Poverty in the 21st Century: Part 1

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 03.09.2013 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

Accountability still lies with the individual, but we all pay the price when large numbers of our neighbors and fellow citizens fall through the cracks.

'This Is About Human Beings'

Gary Hart | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

Disaster relief, including for Hurricane Sandy, is government spending. It is no worse, but also no better, than meals on wheels for the elderly, school breakfast for poor children, unemployment compensation and rent subsidies. All are government spending and all are "about human beings."

Social Security Is Still the Third Rail (You've Been Warned)

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Senators and Representatives who are thinking of touching the "third rail:" How many constituents are calling your office today to say, "Yes, I want you to cut the Social Security COLA"?

Happy Birthday, SSI: A Safety Net for Vulnerable Americans

Donna Meltzer | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Donna Meltzer

Now is not the time to take steps backward for our nation's seniors and people with disabilities. By preserving and strengthening vital programs like SSI, we can continue ensuring that people with disabilities are able to live in their communities, with the dignity they deserve.

Gary MacDougal in the NY Times Last Week -- Patent Medicine in the 21st Century

Peter Edelman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Media
Peter Edelman

Gary MacDougal popped up on the op-ed page of the NYT last week with the line that we spend a trillion dollars on the poor and get nothing for it. In the past I haven't gone out of my way to reply to the argument, but I think regular people need to see an answer.

Sowing Smaller Government, Reaping... Salmonella?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

"Smaller government" makes a swell sound bite, because it sounds like standing up against waste, inefficiency, and the quagmire of bureaucracy. But in the course of political harangues where sound bites prevail, it's often hard to tell exactly who is apt to get bitten.

More Than 47% of Americans "Depend" on Government, Mr. Romney

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Raise your hand if you went to a public college or university, work for government, borrow books from a public library, ride on government-run buses, subways, or light-rail, use or work for the post office, took a vacation in a national park... and on.

The Daily Szep- The Ryan-Romney Safety Net

Paul Szep | Posted 11.04.2012 | Comedy
Paul Szep

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Poverty: The New Growth Industry in America

Dean Baker | Posted 10.29.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Recent trends in poverty rates should have the country furious at its leaders, yet there is nothing on the political agenda at the moment likely to bring the economy back towards full employment any time soon.

The Real Story of the Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan

Rep. John D. Dingell | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Rep. John D. Dingell

Make no mistake, the Ryan budget ends Medicare as we know it. This is not hyperbole -- it is fact.

Believe It or Not, You Need Food Stamps

Mario Batali | Posted 06.05.2012 | New York
Mario Batali

Living within a food stamp budget for one week was a challenge for both of us, but that challenge has ended. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for millions of others.

Think Twice Before You Slice

Chuck Bean | Posted 07.02.2012 | DC
Chuck Bean

Investing in critical safety-net programs will assure our region continues on the path to recovery. We want to ensure that the people who work in Arlington can also afford to live there.

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.

Support

Jess Wilson | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Jess Wilson

Either spend some money now in order to enable a generation of kids to participate in and contribute to our society, or pay exponentially more later when we have a generation of adults who are wholly reliant on us because we didn't give them the skills they needed.

3 In 4 Doctors Say Health Care System Should Pay For Patients’ Social Needs: Study

Joel John Roberts | Posted 04.09.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Four out of five physicians felt that meeting the social needs of a person is just as important as meeting their medical conditions. Of those care providers in low-income communities, nine out of ten felt the same.

The State of the Union Is Not Strong

David M. Walker | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
David M. Walker

There are many things President Obama must cover in his State of the Union address. But our nation's finances are in such dire straits that they are reaching a critical condition.

America's Middle Class Is Dangling Without a Safety Net

Amy B. Dean | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

The reason why the message of the Occupy movement has struck a chord with so many people is that it touches on an issue that goes beyond the standing of America's "top 1%." People are not merely resentful of inequality. They're scared due to insecurity.

The United States of Europe -- A Failure GOP Candidates Would Love to Emulate in the U.S.

Eugene Linden | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Eugene Linden

Although the EU is only slightly smaller than the U.S. in GDP, it is a libertarian's dream in terms of the limitations on its governing policies.

Power to the People: They Have It Now But Haven't Used It

Ed Koch | Posted 01.28.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

Protesters in the streets often shout the slogan, "Power to the People." The people already have the power to change and improve our society by removing from office those elected officials who have failed in their obligations.

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.

One In Four Americans Would Be Poor Without Government Help: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

As rampant as poverty is in America, it would be much worse without government aid. The Census Bureau estimates that last year a record 46 million ...

National and State Safety Nets Fail to Catch Millions of Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our child poverty statistics are morally and economically indefensible. Is this the best America can do? Is this the reflection of our values as a nation?