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Paul Ryan Says Poor Are Victims, But Blames Them For Being Poor

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

House Speaker Paul Ryan in an NPR interview Monday acknowledged that the poor are victims of our economic system. The interview sounds reasonable, almost soothing, until you examine what Ryan is really saying.

Nick Kristof and the Failure of Welfare and Education Reform

John Thompson | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
John Thompson

Back before school reform killed so many of the opportunities to teach meaningful subject matter in a holistic manner, my inner city high school stude...

Can Welfare Programs Be Immoral?

Phil Harvey | Posted 04.26.2016 | Impact
Phil Harvey

In short, our welfare system ensures that work carries financial risk instead of financial reward -- something that goes against the very core of what most Americans believe, and against the things that make us feel valued as human beings.

Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform Law Is Kicking Up To 1 Million People Off Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

As many as 1 million unemployed Americans are getting kicked off food stamps this year thanks to the welfare reform law Bill Clinton signed in 1996. S...

Nothing Bill Clinton Said To Defend His Welfare Reform Is True

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics

Everything Bill Clinton said Thursday to defend his 1996 welfare reform law was false. Clinton claimed that he left the program with plenty of money f...

Scheer Intelligence: Thomas Frank and "The New Liberal"

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.20.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Journalist Thomas Frank has written several books, as well as founded the magazine The Baffler. His newest book, Listen, Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? seeks to understand why Democrats have moved away from addressing inequality over the past few decades.

The Welfare Reform of the '90s Led to an Increase in Women's Voting Participation

Benjamin Powers | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Powers

In their new working paper, though, Dhaval M. Dave, Hope Corman, and Nancy Reichman have found perhaps some of the most surprising results of welfare reform -- that it increased women's voting participation from 1990 to 2004.

Sanders Dings Clinton Over '90s Welfare Reform, Saying It Hurt The 'Very Vulnerable'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

Ahead of a South Carolina Democratic primary election that will hinge on the black vote, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized former Secretary of St...

How Will Hillary Win the Black Vote, Given Bill's Track Record?

Jane White | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Jane White

Once again, Hillary's husband's legacy when it comes to blacks has been thoroughly photoshopped, given his virtual destruction of welfare while he was POTUS.

Welfare Reform Was A Moral Failure. It's Time To Fix It.

Daily Intelligencer | Whitney Snyder | Posted 02.21.2016 | Politics

A battle between a fiercely progressive presidential candidate and an only slightly less fiercely progressive presidential candidate has somehow manag...

President's Budget Would Bolster TANF

Liz Schott | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Liz Schott

President Obama included in his budget an important initiative to strengthen the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Will Team Hillary Play the Race Card?

Les Leopold | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

Team Hillary clearly wants to pigeon-hole Sanders on one side of the debate hoping to isolate him from Black and Latino voters. But her strategy is likely to fail. As minority voters get to know Sanders better, his message is likely to erode Hillary's support.

There Must Be Better Ways To Fight Poverty. The White House Wants To Find Them.

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration wants to spend $2 billion testing new approaches to fighting poverty, with a particular focus on catching peopl...

Jeb Poverty Plan Would End Food Stamps, Let States Sort Things Out

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush would get rid of food stamps, housing assistance and other federal safety net programs if elect...

Doubling of Extreme Poverty Belies Welfare Reform Success Claims

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

As Congress seeks agreement on overhauling Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), lawmakers must address TANF's dismal failure to help the poorest Americans, many of whom are desperately trying to find work, living on just $2 a day.

What Donald Trump Doesn't Understand About Welfare

Brian Hanley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Brian Hanley

What Donald Trump doesn't understand is this: Historically speaking, government antipoverty programs haven't weakened the work incentive. On the contrary, welfare has provided the temporary lifeblood that Sarah, her daughter, and thousands of law-abiding citizens like them depend on, not for convenience, but for survival.

Unemployed People Are Getting Kicked Off Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're a working-age person without a job, a disability or a kid, then soon you're not going to have access to food stamps, either. I...

Unmask the True 'Welfare Queens'

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 06.04.2016 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

When employers deny workers a living wage, everyone suffers. Each year, New York's taxpayers spend at least $3.3 billion on SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid, and welfare for families who work but still qualify for these entitlements.

Arthur Delaney

GOP's Big Government Welfare Reforms | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican party generally favors individual liberty, but a predilection for big government looms large if individuals happen to be ...

Missouri Senate Overrides Veto Of Welfare Restrictions Bill

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

The Missouri Senate voted on Monday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that severely restricts welfare eligibility, potentially cutting benef...

Arthur Delaney

GOP Files #TBT Bill To Rekindle Forgotten Welfare Fight | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some issues are just too good for politicians to let go. For instance, Republicans vote to defund ACORN almost annually, even though the...

Safety Nets and the 'Deserving Poor'

Toni Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Toni Johnson

We use the term "safety net" but that doesn't begin to get at how vital they were for me from age 9 to about 13 in my unsafe world. Without them, I might have ended up in foster care, on the streets or something worse in our crack-ridden neighborhood.

Improving Child Welfare: Why Community-Based Prevention Must be Part of the Reform Equation

Jacquelyn McCroskey | Posted 04.05.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacquelyn McCroskey

While it's the job of CPS to determine when maltreatment occurs and to respond accordingly, it's everyone's job to prevent child abuse and maltreatment before it happens. It's an enormous task, but one well worth doing for the future of L.A.'s children.

Helping the Non-Needy

Phil Harvey | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Phil Harvey

Now that charities' holiday solicitations are building toward their annual climax, you may notice that you're giving more money to the needy than you usually do. What you probably don't realize is that you've been giving tax money to the non-needy all year long.

Reflections on Ol' Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Although rarely acknowledged, ODB's tragic life offers lessons into the complexity of black existence and the United States' turbulent history of hardwired social inequality.