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Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan Recycles Weak Talking Point On Welfare Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday praised welfare reform for reducing child poverty, even though child poverty is higher today than i...

Arthur Delaney

Just How Much Does Paul Ryan Want The Government To Plan Poor People's Lives?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the government could better fight poverty if poor people worked with ...

Protecting the Lasting Achievement of Medicaid

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Forty-nine years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson ushered in a new American era, creating a social compact that would withstand generations when he signed two hallmark health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid, into law.

A Pathway to Nowhere: Why Paul Ryan's Plan Will Not Reduce Poverty Now or Ever

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

The biggest problem with Ryan's plan, besides its potential to become a bureaucratic nightmare, is that it was tried once before under President Bill Clinton in 1996 with welfare reform and was met with mixed results.

Paul Ryan Is the Biggest and Latest Threat to American Women and Their Kids

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

This week, Paul Ryan, who cashed federal support checks in the form of social security payments after his dad died, wants to stop federal support of the needy. Congressman Ryan would like to fund states with block grants replacing programs that he says don't work.

Why the 1996 Welfare Law Is Not a Model for Other Safety Net Programs

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

A careful examination of the record, however, indicates that the 1996 law's results were mixed and that if the goal is to reduce poverty, especially among the most disadvantaged families and children, there are serious downsides to embracing the 1996 law as a model.

The Hypocrisy of Extreme Partisanship

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Sure, one can argue that access to guns is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. But one could also argue that access to welfare is a Constitutional right protected by extension of the Tenth Amendment and even Fourteenth Amendment.

Is The Great Recession Changing The Way We Think About Poverty?

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans today blame poverty on the individual failings of poor people than they did in the 1990s, according to a new poll by NBC...

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's Approach To Poverty Is Straight Out Of The 19th Century

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is looking to put a new spin on some old ideas for fighting poverty. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Bob Woodson recalle...

Paul Ryan Laments Laziness In The 'Inner Cities'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some inner city men suffer from a culture that does not value hard work, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Wednesday. "...

The Human Cost of Welfare

Philip D. Harvey | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Philip D. Harvey

The clearest finding is that some form of work appears to be necessary for a satisfying life. Work involves challenges, and dealing with such challenges lies at the heart of human wellbeing.

Jobless Thrown Under the Bus on Budget Deal

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 02.18.2014 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Get them off the dole, this argument goes, and they'll get off their butts. What these (mostly) guys are really saying, if you read closely between the lines -- because they won't say it outright -- is that extending unemployment insurance fosters laziness. Could this line of argument be any more insulting?

Time to Tell the Truth About Food Stamps

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

There is something terribly wrong with choosing to reduce the amount of food available to poor people while defending multiple and costly tax breaks for multi-millionaires. And it is based on a pile of inaccuracies that don't become true just because they are tirelessly repeated.

The Jewish Approach To Welfare And Unemployment

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Judaism recognises that unemployment has a psychological as well as economic dimension. As a matter of religious principle, job creation must be at the centre of any long-term welfare policy. Human dignity requires no less.

Arthur Delaney

House GOP Passes Bill Refighting Old Welfare Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Republicans wouldn't "refight the past," House Republi...

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan's Poverty Promise Is Kinda Sketchy

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Republican budget boss Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled a new fiscal blueprint on Tuesday that reprises many proposals the Wisconsin representative has offered...

A Quibble That Revealed a Lot

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

If we accept the position that public social support has to have some rational limits, then many more people must build on whatever that base of support will be to push their lives further forward with their own efforts, brains, energy and ambition.

Chelsea Kiene

New Hampshire GOP: Want Welfare? Take A Drug Test

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

New Hampshire state Republicans have introduced a bill with a strict message for welfare applicants: If you can't pass a drug test, you won't receive ...

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.

Living on $2 a day

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Researchers at Harvard and the University of Michigan have found that 1.4 million American families live in extreme poverty About 2.8 million children are included in those families. "Extreme" is not a strong enough word for the kind of poverty we're talking about.

GOP War Leaves Citizens To Fend For Themselves

Slate | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

When the economy crashed in 2008, millions of Americans lost their jobs. Applications for food stamps soared. So did attendance at emergency food prov...

What's Poverty Got to Do With Education?

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

The effects of poverty shape long-term health and development in profound ways. When children are exposed to adverse experiences -- physical, emotional, or substance abuse, mental illness, violence-- their systems are stressed to the max.

Sam Stein

Republican Governor Will Pursue Welfare Reform Now That Election Is Over

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) was in a tight political spot this past summer. His party's nominee, Mitt Romney, was railing against the Ob...

Sam Stein

New Romney Ad Revives False Welfare Attack On Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Romney campaign has put out another television ad without calling press attention to it, this one resuscitating the charge that Pres...

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.