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Mother Of Four Gets Off Food Stamps And Gets Her Product On Supermarket Shelves

Posted 04.17.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Poverty and the GOP's Redefining of Christian Values

Thomas White | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

It's not against the law to worship a free market, compassionless, capitalist society or to pretend that charity is a reasonable substitute for social services. But it is backwards. And it's wrong to worship this fantasy and try to persuade others that it's tantamount to the Christian God written about in the Bible.

If You Live In Alabama, Don't Even Think About Using Your Welfare Money In These Places

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

One state's welfare restrictions are poised to get even tighter. The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would lengthen t...

Kevin Short

How Big Banks Swipe Millions From Welfare Recipients

HuffingtonPost.com | Kevin Short | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business

Dominique Hudson is fed up with giving Wells Fargo her bus money. Each month, the 18-year-old from Oakland, Calif., pays the bank about $12 in ATM ...

Throwing Rocks at the Dark

Craig Giesecke | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Craig Giesecke

Caught between a life they no longer have and a government support system that's constantly under rabid attack, the result the unemployed are facing is anger, and personal and professional inertia.

Paul Ryan Laments Laziness In The 'Inner Cities'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some inner city men suffer from a culture that does not value hard work, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Wednesday. "...

New York Times Budget Reporting Looks Like RT on Ukraine

Dean Baker | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

While news outlets don't just invent numbers on the budget, it would not be much of a change for the worse if they did. The news stories that we saw following the release of President Obama's budget followed the same practice we have seen in budget stories for decades. They threw very large numbers at readers that no one understands.

An Argument Against Food Stamps

Courtney McKinney | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Courtney McKinney

I think we should stop food stamps completely. It's not that I don't think the government should be feeding people, it's that I wouldn't call the op...

Arthur Delaney

Obama Administration Won't Delay Food Stamp Cuts, But States Can

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp recipients affected by benefit cuts Congress passed in February will get no reprieve from the Obama administration. The U....

America's "We" Problem

Robert Reich | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

America has a serious "We" problem -- as in "Why should we pay for them?" The question is popping up all over the place. It underlies the debate over extending unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed and providing food stamps to the poor.

The Privatization Dilemma: Regulatory Crisis in the Philippines and Emerging Markets

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

To privatize, or not to privatize -- this is a fundamental question facing the Philippines, and many other similarly-situated emerging markets, which face increasingly unaffordable public services after decades of aggressive privatization.

How Senator Vitter Lost His Food Fight

Jeremy Haile | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Haile

The purpose of the Vitter amendment was apparently to take a mean-spirited swipe at an unpopular constituency while putting opponents on the defensive. And at first it seemed to work.

Obama Tells Bill O'Reilly He Isn't The Most Progressive President In History

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

Bill O'Reilly on Monday released the remainder of his interview with President Barack Obama, which originally aired prior to the Super Bowl. The F...

8 Ways Being Poor Is Wildly Expensive In America

www.alternet.org | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact

It takes money to make money, they say, but if you don’t have money you lose money. Those with the money have been cutting themselves so much of the...

What Chris Christie Doesn't Understand About Welfare

Brian Hanley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Brian Hanley

Sarah's a 19-year-old single mother who spends her days raising a special needs child and her nights working a graveyard shift for minimum wage. Sarah dropped out of high school in 2012 to care for her daughter. She's also a welfare recipient.

The Poor Don't Lie and Cheat Any More Than the Rest of Us

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The notion that the poor are uniquely morally deficient, it turns out, is completely backward. They're actually more virtuous, on average, than the rich. And yet, we have politicians who assume that the poor are less trustworthy and therefore less deserving of our help.

Cuomo Seeks Ban On Welfare Cash At Strip Clubs, Liquor Stores

Capital New York | Laura Nahmias | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest budget proposal would prevent New Yorkers from withdrawing public-assistance funds at liquor stores, casinos and stri...

The Greatest Successes In War On Poverty

www.nytimes.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

America’s war on poverty turned 50 years old this week, and plenty of people have concluded that, as President Reagan put it: “We fought a war on ...

Republican Deaf Ears

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Much of the country kicked off the New Year with heavy snowstorms followed by a blast of frigid cold temperatures. But for 1.3 million Americans, whose unemployment checks have been cut off, this may be the coldest winter of all.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics

Dec 31 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the co...

The Human Cost of Welfare

Philip D. Harvey | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Philip D. Harvey

The clearest finding is that some form of work appears to be necessary for a satisfying life. Work involves challenges, and dealing with such challenges lies at the heart of human wellbeing.

The Real War on Christmas: The War on the Poor

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

I know firsthand how important this type of assistance can be to families on the edge. In the 1970s, when I was a student trying to raise two boys as a single mother, I was on public assistance. I know I would not be where I am today as a member of Congress if it were not for the generosity that the American people.

The Republican War on Hungry Women: The Newly Invisible and Undeserving Poor

Ruth Rosen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Ruth Rosen

The U.S. Congress is debating just how drastically it should cut food assistance to the 47 million Americans who suffer from "food insecurity," the popular euphemism for those who go hungry. In all this discussion, the real face of poverty -- single mothers -- has strangely disappeared.

Homelessness a Matter of Life, Death in Upper Peninsula

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

"They have to realize that what they're doing is hurting families. We're going to have a need for more food for people to survive a month."

Restore the 1968 Minimum Wage

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business
Michael J. O'Neil

Why would anyone, other than businesses who profit from low wages, oppose a minimum wage increase? If one really believed that a higher minimum wage would increase unemployment, there might be a case for today's lower wages. What does the evidence show?