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The Attack on Planned Parenthood Is an Attack on the Impoverished

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Defunding the largest organization providing education and pregnancy prevention services will only increase the percentage of young people relegated into poverty, not only in this generation but also for generations to come.

Behind The Movement To Repeal California's Worst Law

Capital & Main | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

This story originally appeared in Capital & Main. Sign up for email alerts from Capital & Main.Vivian Thorp was 28 years old when sh...

What if There Were no National Borders?

Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann

We should all know our limitations. But what we could easily do without is the concept of national borders -- at least as far as they limit the mobility of people. This idea may seem like a naïve utopia, but mobility without borders is already a reality.

States Rethink Restrictions On Food Stamps, Welfare For Drug Felons

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

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

Kick South Korea Off of America's Defense Dole: Seoul Should Be Too Proud to Be an International "Welfare Queen"

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

With Seoul locked into its role as military dependent, America should stop playing the indulgent parent and push the adult child out into the real world. Better, Seoul should take the initiative and end its unnatural reliance on the U.S. Nearly seventy years of defense welfare is enough.

Milestone Birthdays for America's Safety Nets

Eric J. Hall | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Some social programs are so embedded in our national consciousness and so indispensable to the people who use them that it seems like they've always b...

We Must Make Drastic Changes If We Want to Save Our World!

Jackie DeHon | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Jackie DeHon

When a person works full-time that worker must be paid enough to live on with a little to spare. And more and more the only people with much "quality of life" in the U.S. are the wealthiest 1% and those who own and run mega-corporations. We must do something now!

Street Art & Gender in Mongolia

Emily O'Dell | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Emily O'Dell

Whenever I'm heading off to Mongolia for research, colleagues and friends react with a mix of bewilderment and concern -- as if I'm flying away to a faraway planet.

"I Didn't Ask To Be Homeless: I Made Good Choices!"

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Paul Heroux

Inmates being released from jail or prison need housing first and foremost because without a place to sleep the night they are released from incarceration, they are immediately at risk for recidivism.

Arthur Delaney

The Kansas Welfare Rule That Went Too Far Even For Kansas | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers are already revisiting a new law that imposed harsh restrictions on how the state's welfare recipients can use their benefits. Th...

Unmask the True 'Welfare Queens'

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 06.04.2015 | 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.

Our Kids Aren't the Only Ones Suffering From Inequality. We're Failing Our Parents Too!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Yes, by all means, let's talk about inequality of opportunity for our kids because that's where it all starts. But let's also remember that those kids grow up, and when they do, it doesn't get easier. The scars of childhood last a lifetime.

Arthur Delaney

No Shame In Using The Safety Net, Americans Say | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans think poor people shouldn't feel ashamed for using the safety net, according to a new YouGov poll. Just 14 percent of...

Arthur Delaney

How Long Do People Stay On Public Benefits? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most poor people who avail themselves of a U.S. government safety net program are off benefits within three years, according to a govern...

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 ...

Conservative Britain: The Real Hunt Begins...

David Trumble | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
David Trumble


How Racism Is Destroying the Middle Class

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

While the Tea Party, and Republicans, have denied that their war on the poor isn't racially biased, they occasionally slip up.

Voter Supression Isn't Over

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Across the country, conservatives in particular have debated fiercely whether to pursue voter suppression to remain competitive in an increasingly diverse electorate.

G.O.P. Creates New Welfare Campaign

Janesh Rahlan | Posted 06.26.2015 | Comedy
Janesh Rahlan

The campaign, still in beta and referred to as "The Reagan Reach-Around," is being spear-headed by Speaker of the House and tangerine stunt-double John Boehner. Boehner, tired of playing second fiddle to GOP members that "people give a shit about," wanted to raise the possibility of bi-partisan agreement between the tea-party and the GOP.

Some Question Whether States Should Tell Welfare Recipients How To Spend Their Benefits

Pew's Stateline | Teresa Wiltz | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

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

What Nurtures Confident Entrepreneurs?

Markus Giesler | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

I had a pretty ordinary childhood until I was 8. In the space of two years, it all fell apart. My parents divorced, four family members died, and to...

The Unconservatism of Micromanaging the Poor

Greg Weiner | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Greg Weiner

Of course, all subsidies, including charitable ones, are liable to abuse. That is not, of itself, a reason not to give them. Crucially, on conservative premises, that is also not a reason to attempt to eliminate all exploitation.

Income Support Programs and Low-Wage Work

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Getting the size of support programs right requires discarding fuzzy thinking and focusing on the both the benefits and the costs of making work more expensive.

Can Congress SNAP Out of It?

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

I wonder why this Congress wants to go after single mothers with children who are on limited income. Why do they also want to go after the elderly, who also are on fixed incomes, and are worried about shelter, utility expenses, and getting appropriate food and medicine?

Arthur Delaney

Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-A...