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With Liberty, Justice And Manna For All: Israelites In The Desert On Welfare

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Early in "Oliver Twist," a starving, orphaned Oliver asks, "Please, sir, I want some more [food]." The shocked orphanage master responds by clobbering, imprisoning, disparaging and eventually evicting Oliver. Contrast that with God's response to the starving, recently liberated Israelites.

On Immigration, Rand Paul Emphasizes Hard Work, Not Welfare

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) -- who has increasingly tried to separate himself from the “GOP of old” -- was once again at odds with members of his own p...

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...

Obama Administration 'Disappointed' In Welfare Measure Being Considered By House

Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The House is taking up a politically charged bill that would block the Obama administrat...

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.

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Introduced In Congress

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To fight the specter of poor people spending taxpayer money on drugs, a Republican congressman has reintroduced legislation to make welf...

Arthur Delaney

State Advances Plan To Drug Test Welfare Applicants, Public Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

The Kansas state Senate on Thursday passed a bill to require applicants for welfare and unemployment benefits to undergo drug tests, as well as certai...

Arthur Delaney

Another Defeat For Rick Scott's Drug Testing Dreams

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court's injunction on Tuesday against Florida's effort to make welfare applicants pee in cups to prove they're ...

Lottery Tickets, Welfare Recipients, and "Taliban Stam"

Matthew Vaz | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Matthew Vaz

Collaboration by liberals and leftists with Skip Stam's anti-lottery effort is not a matter of compromising with the enemy; rather it is a matter of recognizing those rare moments in the day when a broken clock is revealing the actual time.

Keep Hope Alive

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.02.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Hey, in this country of inflationary inequality, gerrymandering, hanging chads and corporations that are people too, my friend -- the lottery seems to us like the last bastion of true democracy!

Wealth and Poverty in a University Town

Rena N. Lauer | Posted 03.27.2013 | College
Rena N. Lauer

Standing behind this family paying with their WIC debit card left me paralyzed. My husband, a generous man from a more austere economic background than I, wanted to offer to pay for their "extras" -- as if potatoes and juice could be extras.

GOP Lawmaker Wants To Tie Welfare Benefits To Report Cards

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield (R) introduced a bill this week seeking to make welfare benefits contingent upon the grades of a would-be recipi...

John Celock

‘Ultraconservative Utopia' Would Include Drug Testing The Poor & Unemployed

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

Lawmakers seeking to abolish income taxes and stymie unions in Kansas think it might also be worthwhile to make the poor and unemployed pee in cups to...

The Good Samaritan Effect: The Virtuous Cycle of Private Charity

J. Haavard Maridal | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
J. Haavard Maridal

It is clear that voluntary charity is not only more effective at serving the poor, but yields other, wider social benefits including building trust, lowering crime, and enhancing happiness.

SCARY Charts!

Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Arthur Delaney

-- Report questions food stamps' nutritional value. The Chicago Tribune says that the National Academy of Sciences is worried that the Supplemental Nu...

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.