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My Inglorious 53% Story: Living (Way) Below the Poverty Line and Paying Taxes

Jane Devin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Money
Jane Devin

While Romney's view of the poor is that of shiftless, lazy beggars who are content to live from one handout to the next, I know a more authentic and firsthand truth.

I'm With Stupid: Taxing My Feeble Grasp of Math and Percentages

Todd Hartley | Posted 11.17.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

All conservatives seem to talk about is Reagan, so I just naturally assumed that taxes were really low during his presidency. Then I made the mistake of looking stuff up.

Welfare: The Dirty Side of Corporate America

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The next time you hear someone discussing "welfare reform," ask them if they are referring to those in corporate America to keep mismanaged and failing businesses afloat, or the ones that are helping the people of America to survive.

Romney, Ryan, GOP Demand Obama Stop Strengthening Welfare Work Mandate

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans don't want the Obama administration to help states get welfare recipients off the dole and into jobs.

The Case for a Food Stamp President

Margie Omero | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Margie Omero

The Presidential campaign is now careening from convention to gaffe to speech to debate, and Congressional and Senate races are up on the air in earne...

Ragging on America?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Politicians love to tell us rags-to-riches stories. Democrats do; Republicans do. Independents probably do, too. Our president has one. So does our first lady. These tales ostensibly emphasize the American dream, and indeed they do -- but what of the generation in rags?

Arthur Delaney

House GOP Pushes Bill To Stop Obama Welfare Move | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Taking up a cause loudly supported by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on T...

GOP Leaders Seek Action On Welfare

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senior Republicans are pushing for votes in Congress to block the Obama administration from waiving some provisions of the nation's land...

Welfare for the Rich

Colleen Becker | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Colleen Becker

If "taxes are what we pay for civilized society," what can we call welfare in the form of uncollected tax revenue? I think the word is "unnecessary."

Why Are/Aren't Social Security and Medicare Worthwhile Programs?

Quora | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Ian McCullough, Consultant for Consumer-Facing Startups, Armchair Policy Wonk, and Quora User Since N...

Fact Checkers Need Not Apply

Alex Palombo | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Alex Palombo

Of course you can get pregnant from rape. People know that. What people generally do not know -- or don't care to learn about -- is economics, and that's why Romney's welfare lie is more dangerous.

Why Are/Aren't Social Security and Medicare Worthwhile Programs?

Quora | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jim Seidman, Technology Consultant I assume that by "Social Security" the question means ...

Defending the Social Safety Net

Curtis Skinner, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Curtis Skinner, Ph.D.

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhile some states have responded by enacting damaging cuts to work supports for low-income families, other states with equal or greater fiscal shortfalls have found ways to balance their budgets without compromising their safety nets.

Whoopie Pies, Capital Hill and fiscal integrity

The Crimson White | Posted 11.04.2012 | College
The Crimson White

It's about dignity. How can we expect our elected officials to be accountable for the choices they make with our taxpayer money if we as citizens can't even hold ourselves accountable for the actions we take with money that's essentially been gifted to us?

Why Are/Aren't Social Security and Medicare Worthwhile Programs?

Quora | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Gary Teal, Republican The campaign is on, so to speak. I'm shifting into fighting mode, but I ...

Mendacity of Hope

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The Republicans gained little momentum for their presidential ticket coming out of the GOP convention in Tampa last week. In fact, the most memorable moment of the convention was Clint Eastwood's chat with the "Invisible Man."

A Change of Pace On The Other Side of The River

Daniel Simon | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Daniel Simon

Yesterday I decided to take a step away from the Beltway mentality that has consumed the convention center to see how people on the other side of the ...

The Biblical Role Of Government

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe government is responsible for protecting poor people and helping reduce poverty. Agree or disagree?

A Poverty Of Imagination

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

The liberal conceit is to believe that government action translates into "compassion" for the poor. By arguing this way, liberals fail to understand the nature and depth of human need.

The Hard Truth About Romney's Republican Party

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Behind the multi-million dollar stage in Tampa, beneath the glittery "reintroduction" of Mitt Romney as a pragmatic business guy, lies this "hard truth." And with record numbers in poverty, Mitt's promise is to savage vital programs for the vulnerable.

Michael McAuliff

Utah Governor Won't Back Romney's False Welfare Claim | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the Republican governors who sought waivers to welfare's work requirements said Monday he doesn't like the way the Obama adminis...

Factual Inaccuracies Don't Deter Romney On Obama Attack

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

MIDLAND, Texas — Mitt Romney claims he's got a winner with his criticism that President Barack Obama is giving welfare recipients a free ride. N...

A World of Hillbilly Heroin

Chris Hedges | Posted 10.21.2012 | Books
Chris Hedges

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in West Virginia, and the state leads the country in fatal drug overdoses. OxyContin -- nicknamed "hillbilly heroin" -- is king.

Arthur Delaney

Safety Net Not A 'Hammock' For One Formerly Middle Class Woman | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

Falling out of the middle class and landing in the safety net is not as fun as some politicians say it is, according to Tanya Wells of Williamsburg, V...

Obama To Romney: 'You Can't Just Make Stuff Up'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a surprise appearance in the White House Briefing Room on Monday, President Barack Obama responded to Republican challenger Mitt ...