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Overweight Brits May Lose Health Benefits If They Refuse Exercise

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living

To tackle an ever-worsening obesity problem in the U.K., policymakers in the London area of Westminster are currently mulling over a controversial pla...

How to End Poverty in the 21st Century: Part 1

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 03.09.2013 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

Accountability still lies with the individual, but we all pay the price when large numbers of our neighbors and fellow citizens fall through the cracks.

A Silver Lining to the Ban on Russia-to-U.S. Adoptions

John M. Simmons | Posted 03.06.2013 | Parents
John M. Simmons

In 2005, my wife, Amy, and I adopted three children from Russia. As we were wrapping up those adoptions, we saw a document indicating that our new daughters had older siblings. It took us another year and a half to locate them, but they are now part of our family of eleven, too.

Amid Fiscal Cliff Talks, What About the Poor?

David Vognar | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
David Vognar

The wealthy are well represented, as is their worry over a potential raise in their tax rate. The media largely ignore the poor and the unemployed, however, those most suffering in the economic climate.

Wealthy Should Give Thanks for Their Welfare Benefits

Jag Bhalla | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

American capitalism requires workers. Workers, young and old, require health care. We can't allow them to be treated like inhuman resources, that can be consumed, and the residue conveniently and cheaply disposed of.

Chronicles of a G-Man -- Gouges for Freaks (Part One of Two)

Paul Gordon | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Paul Gordon

In a low-income area of roughly four streets, a city worker can find up to 40 or 50 abandoned shopping carts every two weeks.

Pissing Away Taxpayer Money in Texas

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

In Texas, we pay welfare moms with three kids $260 a month. In other words, our welfare moms don't have enough money to buy drugs or enough time to take them. But don't worry, Rick Perry has a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.

Arthur Delaney

Drug Test Rick Perry, Says Texas Democrat

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

If Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wants the poor and jobless to prove they're not on drugs in order to receive benefits, then Perry should have to pee in a...

I Am a Sister Giant

Monique Ruffin | Posted 01.15.2013 | Women
Monique Ruffin

Shame rises within me as the word "takers" resonates throughout my body. I take a deep breath, attempting to calm the anxiety and heat rising from my belly. I find it difficult to hold the complexities of this issue of poverty within me -- I know the face of poverty well.

Can Americans Really Afford Four More Years of Entitlements? Former Liberal Says Loyalties of the Poor are Misguided

Virgil Brannon | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Virgil Brannon

How can America survive if she refuses to stand with her founders on what has always made her great? America is the super power of the world, but now it has been downgraded by entitlements to maintain a status quo.

Strength in Fragility

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Black Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

If scholars are serious about producing research that attempts to influence policy change for all families, we cannot continue to "blame the victim." Instead, research must account for the multiple social disparities that both produce and inadvertently sustain all types of families.

Rick Perry Calls For Drug-Testing The Poor And Jobless

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wants the poor and unemployed to prove they're not on drugs in order to be eligible to receive benefits from the government....

Alice Hines

Hungry Families Crowd Food Stamp Centers In NYC

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business

Kayla Noell was having a tough time even before the hurricane. The 21-year-old single mom uses the $526 in food stamps she receives each month to feed...

Life's Race: Thoughts From A Sociologist On Election Day Eve

Jordan Colosi | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Jordan Colosi

Some people -- some children -- are born at the starting line without shoes, without warm-up pants, and without a nice bowl of pasta-carbs and a bed to sleep on the night before.

One Person's 'Welfare' Is Another Person's Ticket to the Middle Class

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

Because Congress has failed to develop a balanced approach to deficit reduction, unless it comes to agreement after the election, a range of programs from elementary education and environmental protection to programs that support the most vulnerable Americans will all be cut.

What Animal Are the Women You Know Most Like?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Last week, Republican state representative Todd Akin used a dog comparison to describe his opponent Claire McCaskill. Akin just can't seem to decide w...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...