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Arthur Delaney

Millionaire Candidate: Consider Cutting Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, suggested Thursday that the U.S. ought to take a second look at the federal mi...

Wall Street and Legalized Loan Sharks

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

If there was ever a shining example of why you should Move Your Money from Wall Street, legalized loan sharking is a good one.

Bobby Kennedy and the ShatterProof Thermos

Robert Ellis Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Ellis Gordon

As everyone knows, when Jack Kennedy died, he charmed his way past Saint Peter. Slipped in as if getting into Valhalla was no more of a challenge than getting with some pretty blond.

Feeding the Hungry

Nelson Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nelson Davis

Food for the soul and human spirit is perhaps the hardest meal to find, consume and fully digest. I believe that entrepreneurial thinking is the plate on which that meal is well served.

Sharing the Pain

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The pain of hard times is coming down in buckets, with cuts to mass transit and a decision by the Bloomberg administration to charge rent of as much as $1,000 a month to homeless families.

Wall Street and Legalized Loan Sharks

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don McNay

Gary Rivlan notes in his book, Broke USA, "the working poor have become big business." You wouldn't think that poor people would be a growth market, but businesses make big money off people who live paycheck to paycheck.

Garnished Wages For Working Poor: Banks And Debt Collectors Often Go After Borrowers, Win

New York Times | JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

One of the worst economic downturns of modern history has produced a big increase in the number of delinquent borrowers, and creditors are suing them ...

Tweeting for Poor Folks? That'll be the Day!

Caryl Rivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Caryl Rivers

The new media order that is emerging -- the internet with its myriad of bloggers, You Tube, Facebook, Twitter and 24-hour cable -- is even less centered on the poor than traditional media.

A Reversal of Fortune

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

It seems only yesterday when we were celebrating what seemed to be a paradigm shift for America and New York City and State. In those heady days, I thought we were on the brink of tremendous progress.

Community Organizing

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

With income inequality higher in New York City than anywhere else in the country, if these foundations are serious about social change and commitment, they should put up and join the public advocate's effort.

Food Stamps In New York

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Our food stamp policy is a holdover from the Giuliani's belief that benefits create dependency. The racist undertones of this policy -- given who is poor in this city -- are too obvious to ignore.

Latinos and the Unheard Third

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David R. Jones, Esq.

The story for low-income Latinos is dire. 26 percent of low-income Latinos reported losing their jobs in the past year and 70 percent had less than $500 in total savings.

What's Keeping Me Up at Night

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The latest terrorist attack on a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit is not what's got me worried. What's got to me is a very short book titled It Could Happen Here.

Philanthropy Turns Away from Aggressive Advocacy for the Poor

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The attack on Acorn comes as part of a systematic attempt to muzzle grass-roots organizing of poor and marginalized communities.

Too Poor to Get the Groceries Home?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

It's time to stop the utter condescension that says harried poor people can't learn new tricks too or be expected to inconvenience themselves for the common good.

An Open Letter to Magic Johnson

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Who is the real Magic Johnson? The friendly guy who raises money for charities or the guy who encourages people to get high interest loans they don't need?

Magic Johnson and the Tax Refund Rip-off

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Because of Johnson, the tax refund business might stick around, luring in more millions of Americans.