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'No Más Bebés' and the Continued Pursuit to Control the Bodies of Poor Women of Color in the US

Elena Gutierrez | Posted 02.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Elena Gutierrez

Population control laws like CalWorks adopt an underlying premise that poor women and women of color cannot be trusted to fully control their own reproductive health choices, and that government-sanctioned coercion is an acceptable policy framework.

Common Weaknesses in the Republicans' Tax Proposals

David Coates | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
David Coates

Though for understandable reasons the leading Republican presidential candidates continually emphasize the things that divide them, we would do well to concentrate rather on the things that do not.

New Work Requirements Put Food Stamps at Risk

Pew's Stateline | Blair Guild | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

  This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides da...

Billion-dollar Jackpot or a Billion-dollar Drain on Social Welfare?

Abdul Naseer Malmi Kakkada | Posted 01.18.2016 | Business
Abdul Naseer Malmi Kakkada

While many think about the benefits of gambling, the harm imposed on the society due to gambling seems to be a lesser part of the discussion.

Candidates Talk About the Middle Class But Forget the Poor

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

There has been virtually no discussion, from Republicans or Democrats, about how to improve the conditions of individuals and families in poverty who are striving to reach the middle class, but are not yet there. What about these people?

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 peop...

The Stetson Rebellion and the Myth of the Welfare Cowboy

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

"...a little rebellion now and then is a good thing..." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. There is something deeply American going on out i...

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 elec...

A Mother's Résumé... Because it's 2016!

Kiri Westby | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Kiri Westby

I am one of roughly ten million American moms who've left the workforce to raise young kids, a percentage of the population that is steadily rising, not falling.

Why Testing Welfare Recipients for Drugs Isn't Helping America

Dorit Sasson | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Dorit Sasson

There is no real evidence that drug testing should be tested for those on welfare. In fact, testing welfare recipients for drugs isn't solving the current social and economic problems we're having in America.

How Economics and Race Drive America's Great Divide

Lynn Parramore | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

In the America of haves and have-nots, fewer folks are "movin' on up" like George Jefferson of the classic sitcom. In a new paper for the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Peter Temin, MIT economist and economic historian, breaks down how it happened.

White House Says Food Stamps Don't Make You Lazy

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the government imposes "work requirements" on unemployed food stamp recipients around the U.S., a new White House report says b...

Democrats Want To Try Giving Free Diapers To The Poor

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Diapers are a significant financial burden on America's poorest parents, an essential expense not covered by the array of saf...

Breaking News: Money Helps the Poor!

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Mason

Poverty is a fluid condition which millions of Americans experience from year to year. Many fall into it, many climb out of it; some persist in it. The idea that there's nothing we can do to put a real dent in poverty is as ridiculous as it is dangerous.

Marco Rubio and the Virtues of Government Cheese

Terry Smith | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Terry Smith

For someone who has spent most of his adult working life on a government payroll, Marco Rubio has certainly learned how to denigrate government.

John Kasich Pursuing Welfare Policy Republicans Hated In 2012

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The state of Ohio has asked the Obama administration for leeway from certain welfare rules that dictate what kinds of "work activi...

Memories Forgotten (From a Ward of the State)

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I hate when people tell me to reflect on good memories. Little do they know, I don't have many.

This GOP Governor's Comments About The Poor Are Incredibly Revealing

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

Some Republicans want their party to stop bashing poor people as lazy and undeserving of public assistance. Sam Brownback, the conservative governor ...

Challenging Republican Premises: On the Cutting of Taxes

David Coates | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Coates

These Republicans (Trump included) seem totally in agreement that progressive taxation is less effective than light taxation; that it is the scale of public spending and debt which is holding back economic growth, and that it is the burden of taxation to sustain that spending which currently is the key barrier to the generation of private sector-based enterprise and employment.

Maine Mayor Wants To Publish Names, Addresses Of People on Welfare

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics

Robert Macdonald is the mayor of Lewiston, Maine, and he wants everyone to know who's on welfare and where they live.   In a column for a local ...

Blaming The Victims Of Historical Injustices

Washington Osiro | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Kenyans, like Americans need to engage in an honest and long-overdue discussion about the impact of historical injustices on all levels of their respective societies -- personal, family, local and national.

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.

What Is Good?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

God doesn't do what He does for his own purposes. He does what He does to help us move farther along the path to happiness in an eternal sense.

Europe: Democracy, Welfare and Refugees -- An Existential Crisis

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 09.09.2015 | World
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

These fears and anxieties are legitimate and cannot be brushed away. Unless solutions can be found, Europe and the refugees face an uncertain -- maybe even an agonizing -- future. Solidarity looks fine on paper and in declarations, but is much tougher to deal with in practice.

This Is What It's Like To Live On $2 A Day

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

What's it like to have no source of income? That's life for millions of Americans, although the political debate barely acknowledges that reality. Wh...