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The War On The Poor (VIDEO)

Robert Reich | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

2014-02-07-ScreenShot20140207at12.55.58PM.pngMost Americans are on a downward escalator. Median household pay is dropping, adjusted for inflation. A smaller share of working-age Americans are in jobs than at any time in the last three decades.

Addiction, Poverty and the Myth of Willpower

Jen Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Simon

The discourse surrounding addicts and their culpability in their addiction is remarkably similar to the discourse surrounding the poor and their culpability in their poverty. Believing an addict is to blame for their addiction is a fundamentally conservative philosophy.

How Do We Evaluate Republicans' Discovery of Poverty?

Thomas White | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

Should they be praised for bringing up the issue at all, regardless of their proposals' shortcomings? Does paying lip service to an issue mean anything if a party's track record is backwards or they've long been silent about the issue?

The Finger-Pointing Caucus: Rich Congress, Poor Americans

Margie Omero | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

Predictably, recent celebrations of the anniversary of the War on Poverty, votes to extend unemployment insurance, discussions of a minimum wage hike,...

I Am The New Working Poor And I'm Not Alone

Dennis Powers | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

I am the new working poor. The "better life" that my parents worked so hard to make for me, that I worked so hard to improve, had come down to this decision: whether to purchase food for my belly or the medication to prevent another stroke.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, America finally turned its attention to the urgent problem of its bridges -- or at least one bridge. As a media storm erupted over a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, accountability for our nation's crumbling infrastructure continued to cruise right by. Maybe we could divert some of those lanes of outrage toward the fact that nearly 80,000 American bridges are falling apart. This week also marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. From 1964 to 1973, the poverty rate fell from 19 to 10 percent. But over the ensuing years, it's climbed to 15 percent, as the War on Poverty has become a War on Poor People. An estimated 6.8 million people could put poverty in their rear view mirror with a proposed increase of the minimum wage to $10.10. But like a "traffic study" on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, our leaders' desire to truly fight a war on poverty seems endlessly stalled.

Watch The Rich Take Over New York City In 2 Charts

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

New York's billionaire mayor may be gone, but make no mistake: The rich still dominate the Big Apple. The median income of the richest 1 percent of...

20 Things The Poor Really Do Every Day

Ben Irwin | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Ben Irwin

While it's popular to think people are poor because they're lazy, the poor actually work longer and harder than the rest of us.

Data, Privacy and Economic Station: The Data Vulnerabilities of Those Less Advantaged

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.02.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While we have decided to protect certain classes of people (children) and information (health and financial), we may not be doing enough to protect consumers who do not have the means, or choices available to them, to protect themselves.

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

Jesus at the Food Bank

Jack Levison | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

Here I am, a middle-aged professor of Bible, and I'm being taught about Jesus by a couple of homeless men who are figuring out what to take from the food bank.

3 Dozen Economists Say Inequality Is Hurting The Economy

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 12.18.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals. It's hurting the U.S. economy....

Christianism at Its Worst: Faux Christianity Revealed

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

If there were as many Christians in this world as there are people who call themselves Christian, it would be a different world, indeed. But the world is filled with rich men trying to drag their affluence through the eyes of needles, and innocent children dying of starvation.

Is It Jesus You're Following or Ayn Rand?

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Look, if you're branding the leader of one the most conservative organizations on earth as too liberal and claiming Jesus was a capitalist, then you've jumped the shark.

Why I Took My Daughter to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
David Henry Sterry

I want my daughter to understand that the corporate-fueled greed which has corrupted this country is EVIL. I want her to understand that people are more important than profit. I want her to understand that it's important to help people who are less fortunate than ourselves.

An Open Letter to the One Percent

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You worked hard for that money. No one can deny that. You have been rewarded for your talent, your intelligence, your risk-taking, your creativity, and your good fortune. The notion that you should change a system that has worked so well must seem downright stupid.

Here's Why Poor People's Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense

Linda Tirado | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Linda Tirado

We know that the very act of being poor guarantees that we will never not be poor. It doesn't give us much reason to improve ourselves.

Fixing Food Stamps for All? Could be a SNAP

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I believe food stamps could be reimagined, and the result could be a win for all concerned. I see many more challenges in the realm of health promotion with just such win-win potential.

Why Isn't It Big News When Republicans Deny 5 Million People Health Insurance?

Jason Sattler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

The media focus on middle-class losers over the poor winners should surprise exactly no one. The press goes for whatever gets viewers/clicks/corporate sponsorships. The real story is the inexcusable callousness coming from the Republicans who are celebrating denying the poor health insurance.

Will We Act to Save All Our Children and Our Nation's Future? We Can!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When a majority of all American fourth and eighth grade public school students can't read or do math at grade level, including almost three quarters of Black and Latino students, we are continuing to allow a system that serves and saves just a few children and starves many others.

+Bands Bracelets Spread Positivity in Partnership With Mike Tyson Cares

Clarissa Burt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

Continuing into his junior year of high school, Hammer began delving into self-help books, esoteric philosophies and music speaking about overcoming obstacles, which really sparked his idea for +Bands.

Pope Francis: I Love This Guy

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

As this guy continues to go off script and shoot from the hip, he might be giving nightmares to his advisors and the core Vatican hierarchy, but he's touching a whole segment of the population that other pontiffs have been unable to reach.

Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly 'Pro-Life'?

Joe Conason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe Conason

Whatever anyone may think about abortion, the persistent question for self-styled pro-lifers is why they tend to insist on making life so much more difficult for so many children who have entered the world.

Top 10 Questions You Should Know the Answer to Right Now!

Susie Sampson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

So are you smart and up-to-date?! Do you know the answers to these questions? Who's in the World Series? How many members of Congress are there? Who is Kim Kardashian engaged to?

Jon Ward

GOP Has Forgotten The Poor, Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Remember that time Republicans cared about poverty? Nearly a year ago, the wounds of the 2012 election were still fresh, and it was...