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What I Need My Son To Know About My Past

Devon Corneal | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Because I had less than I needed, I fight the impulse to give them everything they want.

State Measure Includes Outrageous Welfare Provision

Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

A bill in the Pennsylvania House proposing the reduction of welfare benefits for low-income women contains a provision requiring a woman who became pr...

Gary MacDougal in the NY Times Last Week -- Patent Medicine in the 21st Century

Peter Edelman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Media
Peter Edelman

Gary MacDougal popped up on the op-ed page of the NYT last week with the line that we spend a trillion dollars on the poor and get nothing for it. In the past I haven't gone out of my way to reply to the argument, but I think regular people need to see an answer.

Arthur Delaney

WATCH: Welfare Drug Testing Bill Stars In Hilariously Bad Attack Ad | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

Georgia State Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) opposed a bill to drug test welfare recipients because he's a drug addict, according to what may be one o...

Is Welfare Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

Suneal Bedi | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Suneal Bedi

We can think of the welfare standards in terms of criminal law. Democrats presume that recipients are "innocent until proven guilty." Republicans are more skeptical of recipients, and presume that each is "guilty."

Dumb Idea: Put the Guys Who Caused the Problem in Charge

Mike Lux | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

Looks like Scott Brown worked as a real estate attorney and title agent for the parent company of a company named LPS, which happened to be one of the very worst offenders in the foreclosure fraud industry.

Romney Doubles Down On Debunked Attack Ad

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday scoffed at questions about whether his advertisements are misleading, saying an a...

The Myth Of The 47%: Our Original Sin

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

This myth justifies hardheartedness (or often condescending paternalism) toward those whose poverty must be their own fault, and it allows those who believe it to congratulate themselves for their hard work and responsible life choices.

Almost All Republicans Have Used Some Kind Of Government Program

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

Whether they like it or not, nearly everyone in the United States reaps the benefits of government. When asked about participating in specific gov...

Romney vs. Reality: A Social Worker’s Perspective

Onleilove Alston | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Onleilove Alston

The 47 percent is a myth. Due to arbitrary sanctions, agency errors, onerous application requirements, long waits to apply, failed communication systems, arduous work requirements and punishment within the system, low-income people do not receive much needed services.

Michael McAuliff

Ryan Joins House Vote Against Welfare Rule GOP Governors Wanted | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan stepped off the campaign trail Thursday to join House colleagues voting against a welfare regulation change that the Whit...

It's Time to Read American's Owner's Manual

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Do yourself a favor, read the Constitution again, the entire thing, start to finish as it turns 225 years old. And think about what it really means and says. Apply that filter to current issues, world, state, city and even pop culture events and the answers become so obvious, so clear.

My Inglorious 53% Story: Living (Way) Below the Poverty Line and Paying Taxes

Jane Devin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Money
Jane Devin

While Romney's view of the poor is that of shiftless, lazy beggars who are content to live from one handout to the next, I know a more authentic and firsthand truth.

I'm With Stupid: Taxing My Feeble Grasp of Math and Percentages

Todd Hartley | Posted 11.17.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

All conservatives seem to talk about is Reagan, so I just naturally assumed that taxes were really low during his presidency. Then I made the mistake of looking stuff up.

Welfare: The Dirty Side of Corporate America

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The next time you hear someone discussing "welfare reform," ask them if they are referring to those in corporate America to keep mismanaged and failing businesses afloat, or the ones that are helping the people of America to survive.

Romney, Ryan, GOP Demand Obama Stop Strengthening Welfare Work Mandate

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans don't want the Obama administration to help states get welfare recipients off the dole and into jobs.

The Case for a Food Stamp President

Margie Omero | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Margie Omero

The Presidential campaign is now careening from convention to gaffe to speech to debate, and Congressional and Senate races are up on the air in earne...

Ragging on America?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Politicians love to tell us rags-to-riches stories. Democrats do; Republicans do. Independents probably do, too. Our president has one. So does our first lady. These tales ostensibly emphasize the American dream, and indeed they do -- but what of the generation in rags?

Arthur Delaney

House GOP Pushes Bill To Stop Obama Welfare Move | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Taking up a cause loudly supported by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on T...

GOP Leaders Seek Action On Welfare

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senior Republicans are pushing for votes in Congress to block the Obama administration from waiving some provisions of the nation's land...

Welfare for the Rich

Colleen Becker | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Colleen Becker

If "taxes are what we pay for civilized society," what can we call welfare in the form of uncollected tax revenue? I think the word is "unnecessary."

Why Are/Aren't Social Security and Medicare Worthwhile Programs?

Quora | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Ian McCullough, Consultant for Consumer-Facing Startups, Armchair Policy Wonk, and Quora User Since N...

Fact Checkers Need Not Apply

Alex Palombo | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Alex Palombo

Of course you can get pregnant from rape. People know that. What people generally do not know -- or don't care to learn about -- is economics, and that's why Romney's welfare lie is more dangerous.

Why Are/Aren't Social Security and Medicare Worthwhile Programs?

Quora | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jim Seidman, Technology Consultant I assume that by "Social Security" the question means ...

Defending the Social Safety Net

Curtis Skinner, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Curtis Skinner, Ph.D.

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhile some states have responded by enacting damaging cuts to work supports for low-income families, other states with equal or greater fiscal shortfalls have found ways to balance their budgets without compromising their safety nets.