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US Poverty

Welfare: Why Don't They Get It?

Karen K. Harris | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Karen K. Harris

Needy families should not be penalized for their appropriate reliance in troubled times on welfare "safety net" programs. This is especially true when the "failure" wasn't with these families, but rather with financial institutions.

America's Tomorrow: An Investment We Can't Postpone

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Last Tuesday, President Obama made a major speech to set the record straight on our nation's economy and what he called the most "defining issue of our time": restoring growth and prosperity for all Americans.

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.

The Space Between

Sid Mohn | Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Between a rock and a hard place is where you can work full time and still be in poverty (like 100,000 Illinoisans). It's where you can look for a job for 37 weeks -- almost 10 months -- and still not find one (that's the average here).

Gingrich Calls for Bringing Back Slavery

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Speaking before a group of grey-uniformed make-believe Confederate soldiers at a Civil War battle reenactment, Newt Gingrich called today for the rein...

Hardship in America, Part 1: Majority of Poor Children Live in Households With Major Hardships

Arloc Sherman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

Poverty rates rose in 2010 under a variety of poverty measures, as the economic downturn continued and long-term unemployment hit record highs.

Alternative Poverty Measure More Accurately Identifies Who Is Poor in the United States

David Henderson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
David Henderson

Any way you look at it, whether there are 46 million or 49.1 million poor in the U.S., there is an unacceptable level of human suffering in our country.

Where Is the American Dream Today?

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

The poor are getting poorer. They are increasingly being isolated into ever-poorer neighborhoods, which makes it that much harder to break out.

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 ...

A Clear Plan to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity in the U.S.

John Podesta | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
John Podesta

We're coming out of a lost decade in which poverty increased and median incomes declined despite overall increases in worker productivity and corporate profits. But this decade can be different.

The Cities With The Highest Income Inequality

Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

Maybe Americans are so fed up with growing income inequality because it's so widespread. The cities with the highest levels of income inequality a...

Most Americans Using Jobless Benefits Say They Don't Cover Basic Needs

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

The majority of Americans using unemployment benefits say it's not enough to cover their basic needs. Sixty-six percent of Americans using unemplo...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Stupid

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"The Economy Stupid" were the words on the now famous sign in successful presidential candidate Bill Clinton's 1992 war room. Today, that sign should be in the war rooms of all candidates.

Poverty Rates Swelled In Almost All U.S. States, Cities In 2010

Posted 12.20.2011 | Business

The ranks of the poor rose in almost all U.S. states and cities in 2010, despite the end of the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great ...

Helping Each Other Find The Way At Occupy Wall Street

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

My hope is that the protest will be a rallying cry for all Americans to remind us of our shared values, not simply the occasion for replicating the political polarization that already grips our country.

Rich And Poor, From St. Luke To Warren Buffett

Thomas Worcester | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

In Luke's story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus makes clear that his disciples must not spurn the poor and the injured, they must not pass by those requiring healing and assistance.

Study: Growing Up Poor Reduces Chances Of High School Graduation

Posted 12.04.2011 | Business

Children that grow up in poor neighborhoods have a significantly reduced chance of graduating from high school, according to a study in the October is...

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?

Largest Group Of America's Poor Children Not White For First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

The largest group of poor children isn’t white for the first time in U.S. history, according to a Pew report released Wednesday. There were 6.1 ...

Class Warfare -- The Republicans Are Right!

Adam Klugman | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Adam Klugman

Well, it was bound to happen -- sooner or later I would find myself agreeing with the Republicans. As much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to the...

Get Ready for the Poverty Deniers

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

There is indeed an attitude problem in this country. It's the kind of attitude that encourages sweeping, simplistic generalities like, "Anybody living in the USA is not poor."

Record Poverty Numbers Send a Loud Wake-Up Call

Nancy Duff Campbell | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Nancy Duff Campbell

Analysis of the Census poverty data by the National Women's Law Center reveals a stark gender disparity: women make up 57.8 percent of poor adults. Over 17 million women lived in poverty in 2010, including more than 7.5 million in extreme poverty.

Michael Moore on New Poverty Stats

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2011-09-20-Screenshot20110919at9.14.22PM.png During my conversation today with Michael Moore, I asked the Oscar-winning filmmaker about the alarming new numbers out last week regarding poverty in America.

What the Lost Decade of Wages Means for Colleges and Their Graduates

Jeff Selingo | Posted 11.19.2011 | College
Jeff Selingo

The long-term changes we're witnessing to the U.S. economy should be yet another sign to college leaders that something has to be done about rising prices, and fast.

America's Richest States: 24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The national poverty and income figures released recently by the government paint a dark picture of the economy. The total number ...