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

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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.

It's Not All Relative When It Comes to Income Inequality

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

So who's correct, which policy prescriptions should we be listening to? The answer is neither: both popular measures fail to grasp the underlying issue at stake -- the actual welfare of those trapped in poverty.

New Claims For Jobless Benefits Reach 290,000

AP | By JOSH BOAK | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the increase wasn't sharp enough to disrupt the job market's positive...

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Save The U.S. Government $7.6 Billion A Year

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business

"Raising the minimum wage is one simple and long-overdue step toward rebalancing the social contract so that the private and public sectors are more equal participants in improving living standards for American workers."

I Often Wonder...

Ari Garber | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Ari Garber

I often wonder... Just what the heck is going on? How do some things get so messed up? As I age, the more I feel as if I am lacking the wisdom to u...

Healthcare's Underserved: A Wealth of Opportunities

Jennifer Hirsch | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Hirsch

The women of ZeroDivide.org's Health 2.0 panel were quick to point out, simple solutions go a lot farther to address the underserved market. And there is a lot of opportunity for entrepreneurship.

Underemployment, Poverty and the New Normal in America

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

Underemployment is expensive in dollars and even more costly in terms of its impact on children of under-employed parents. We need to make discussing and addressing this imperfect imbalance a priority.

House Passes 'No Welfare For Weed' Bill

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana ...

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Tackle Scourge Of Welfare In Weed Stores

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Next week the U.S. House of Representatives will likely consider legislation to prevent a government shutdown, and maybe a bill to autho...

Wealth, Welfare and the Brother-in-Law Rule

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.10.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One of the enigmas of our political landscape is the impoverished Republican. This is the American with very little money, and many unmet needs, who nevertheless votes for people and policies that will deny him or her assistance. Indeed, many of the reddest states in the nation are among the largest beneficiaries of government aid.

Women's Equality Day? Not At All!

Carlynne McDonnell | Posted 10.26.2014 | Women
Carlynne McDonnell

If we want to be truthful, we should call it the "Women Were Given the Right to Vote" day because the current name is a misnomer. Women are still not treated as equal.

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan Recycles Weak Talking Point On Welfare Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday praised welfare reform for reducing child poverty, even though child poverty is higher today than i...

Arthur Delaney

This Week In Making Poor People Pee

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) announced this week that certain poor people in the state will have to relieve themselves if they want to get...

How Walmart's Bosses Get Rich Off Welfare Abuse

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Carl Gibson

Forget about the guy at the grocery store using food stamps to buy lobster. Walmart, the world's largest retail company, is even more dependent on government welfare so it can make jaw-droppingly obscene profits.

Why the 1996 Welfare Law Is Not a Model for Other Safety Net Programs

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

A careful examination of the record, however, indicates that the 1996 law's results were mixed and that if the goal is to reduce poverty, especially among the most disadvantaged families and children, there are serious downsides to embracing the 1996 law as a model.

Income Inequality Hurts All of Us

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

There are steps we can take right now to address this growing gap. The first is to raise our minimum wage to a living wage. No one who works full time should have to live in poverty. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift millions out of poverty, ease some of the burden on our social safety net, and put more money into our local economy.

The Hypocrisy of Extreme Partisanship

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Sure, one can argue that access to guns is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. But one could also argue that access to welfare is a Constitutional right protected by extension of the Tenth Amendment and even Fourteenth Amendment.

Arthur Delaney

The Latest State To Make Poor People Pass Drug Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Poor people in Tennessee better get ready to forfeit bodily fluids if they want welfare benefits. A new law taking effect this week ...

Illinois Is in Good Company: Check Out the 10 Most Corrupt States in the US

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.17.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

I don't need a Google search to tell me that Illinois has become synonymous with political corruption. Just look at our track record of governors: four out of the last seven have been to prison (or are still in prison).

Generation Nowhere

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
J Nelson Aviance

A lot of people in their thirties are struggling, have struggled for more than a decade, and are ignored because we aren't fresh faced high school grads or tweens at basketball camp.

I, Welfare Bum

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

When I hear someone talking with disgust about people who receive public assistance, well, that person is talking about me, too. And themselves. And everyone in this country who's been able to build themselves and their families a financially-prosperous life.

Being Humane and Being Fair

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The richest and most powerful nation that the world has ever known can certainly design a social support system that is both humane and fair. The richest and most powerful nation that the world has ever seen can certainly afford to feed, house and cloth all its citizens.

Fox Business Gives Show To Poor-Bashing Analyst With Sketchy Financial History

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business

Fox Business Network is giving a show that will provide investment advice to a man with a history of promoting companies that turn out to be virtually...

4 Words That Inspired One Woman To Get Off Welfare

OWN | Posted 05.21.2014 | OWN

In 1989, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" struck a nerve by featuring mothers and daughters dependent on welfare. Back then, viewers met Dorothy Sanders and h...

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's Approach To Poverty Is Straight Out Of The 19th Century

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is looking to put a new spin on some old ideas for fighting poverty. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Bob Woodson recalle...