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The Rise Of The Non-Working Rich

Robert Reich | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything." In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in two or more jobs. The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing. In fact, we're on the cusp of the largest inter-generational wealth transfer in history. The wealth is coming from those who over the last three decades earned huge amounts on Wall Street, in corporate boardrooms, or as high-tech entrepreneurs. It's going to their children, who did nothing except be born into the right family.

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

14 Things The Republican Party Just Doesn't Get About Poverty

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

In an era of soaring income inequality, stagnant wage growth and a dismal job market, the Republican Party has decided that its hard-line, welfare-moc...

Arthur Delaney

Republican Food Stamp Bill Would Target More Than Just Surfer Dudes

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lazy surfer dudes wouldn't be able to keep their food stamps under a Republican bill the House of Representatives will consider Thursday...

Cuts To Unemployment Insurance Have Left More People In Poverty

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Unemployment insurance played a smaller role in reducing poverty in 2012 than it did in previous years, according to government data rel...

Higher Education Cuts Have Widespread Impact: Report

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.20.2013 | College

States chose to enact deep cuts to public higher education funding instead of raising taxes, potentially harming both state economies and education qu...

DC's Poorest Set to Suffer From Federal Sequester

Michael Shank | Posted 05.13.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

D.C. can easily cover the sequester cuts, given the $400 million budget surplus it announced earlier this year. The outstanding question, however, is whether or not Mayor Vince Gray will be an advocate for this city's growing poor population.

Chelsea Kiene

Sequestration Risks Displacing Thousands Of Low-Income Families, Individuals

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Low-income families, veterans, senior citizens and disabled individuals waiting for assistance under the federal housing voucher program...

LOOK: 7 Ways The Bush Tax Cuts Wrecked The Economy

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business

A decade later, America still can't figure out what to do with the Bush-era tax cuts. The cuts, initially enacted in 2001 and 2003, and then exten...

With God's Grace, Yes We Will

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

The agenda before the nation is large and includes growing poverty and climate change. To be successful, President Obama will need people of faith at his side.

Child Poverty Holds Steady For The First Time In Years, Census Bureau Finds

Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents

After climbing four years in a row, the U.S. child-poverty rate essentially held firm in 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Wednesday. In 2...

How To Improve Access To Free And Reduced-Priced School Meals

Posted 09.07.2012 | Education

A report by Nate Frentz and Zoë Neuberger for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlines steps state and local National School Lunch Program...

Education Funding Drops In More Than Half Of States

Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

The recession's impact on American education has not yet dissipated, as more than half of states are slashing their education budgets this year. Ac...

Paul Ryan Choice Lifts Up Difficult Moral Questions

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Are we our brother's keeper, our sister's keeper? Or are we fighting the idea that taking care of one another is a moral responsibility? This election will matter.

High Taxes On The Rich: No Biggie For Small Business

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.20.2012 | Small Business

Analysts are looking askance at a claim that raising taxes on the rich would spell doom for America's small business owners. According to a policy ...

Budget Control Act: Military Cuts Will Cover the Social Security Shortfall

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A key reason that it's relatively easy to scaremonger about predictions regarding Social Security's finances decades in the future is that the language often used to talk about Social Security's finances isn't immediately comparable to anything else that most people can relate to.

The 10 States Taxing The Poor Most

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business

24/7 Wall St.: In an effort to help families work their way out of poverty, most of the United States do not tax the incomes of working-poor families....

Makers, Takers and $2-a-Dayers

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The right pushes a delusional narrative of a country divided between "makers and takers" -- productive go-getters versus welfare-hungry sloths. But it's all too clear who the real takers are: the ones who make it harder for everyone else to make a living.

Mother America Always Loved Manufacturing Most

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

It's illogical, even unpatriotic to use tax dollars to subsidize companies that send jobs overseas, transferring America's manufacturing power to foreign countries like China.

Repairing the Safety Net

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

The positive news is that the safety net, bolstered by temporary expansions enacted during the recession, has helped hold the line against poverty and hardship in the past few years. But the safety net also has significant holes.

Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

We're glad the governor is expressing support for a safety net and for fixing it if it needs repair. Yet his own budget proposals would tear gaping holes in the safety net and damage it severely.

In Over Half Of U.S. States, Spending To Exceed Revenues

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business

By Lisa Lambert Jan 9 (Reuters) - More than half the U.S. states will not have enough revenues to cover spending demands in the fiscal...

Arrow to the Heart of Inequality

Chad Stone | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Chad Stone

Our series of posts this week describing trends in income inequality has prompted a natural question: what has caused the sharp rise in inequality over the past three decades or so?

Exploring Income Inequality, Part 1: Overview

Chad Stone | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Chad Stone

To provide some historical context to the current public discussion of income inequality, we're releasing a series of posts this week that examine trends in income inequality in recent decades and outline different data sources to examine the issue.

50/50 Split on Defense/Non-Defense Cuts the Result of GOP's No-Tax Position

Bob Greenstein | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

If Congress backs away from the automatic cuts in defense that the Budget Control Act calls for, the GOP will have little incentive to negotiate a balanced deficit-reduction deal. Their top priorities, tax cuts and defense programs, will both be protected