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

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 07.22.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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...

Biting the Hand That Feeds: Entitlements and the Fundamental Attribution Error

Harold Lloyd | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

How can otherwise uninsurable voters proudly support candidates opposing universal healthcare? Are such voters simply unintelligent? Even more puzzling, how can voters receiving food stamps or other governmental assistance proudly claim to be "anti-government"?

Foster Care Is An International Issue

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Marquis Cabrera

Political pandering between Russia and the United States has led to increased turmoil in the realm of child welfare.

Think Welfare Recipients Abuse The System? You Should See This Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact

Public assistance recipients haven't gone without criticism. They've been compared to "wild animals" by political candidates, scrutinized for simp...

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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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.