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Welfare Cheats

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Score a Victory for the Poor and for Constitutional Rights

A federal court ruling in Florida this week that drug testing low-income applicants for public assistance is unconstitutional could set the stage for a larger challenge to the political scapegoating of the poor. Could we be seeing the swing of the pendulum?

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Grinch Old Party

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Declining Social Security Benefits

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Wal-Mart Woes

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Walmart Welfare Queens

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Congress Diverts Funds From Poor to Military

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Food Stamp Cuts

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Culture of Dependency

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Congress Goes to Work

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How Romney Keeps Lying Through His Big White Teeth

The Republican Party has developed three means of bypassing the mainstream media and its fact-checkers.

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Chris Matthews Rips GOP for Playing ‘Race Card’

Chris Matthews tore into Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, getting visibly angry over a recent birth certificate joke made by Mitt Romney and by false claims that President Obama got rid of the welfare work requirement. 

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GOP Attacks Biden

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Romney-Ryan Windmills

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Bain Capital’s Death Squad Ties, Limbaugh Talks Fluke (Again), and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Clinton ripping Mitt Romney and details on the extremist views of the victor of Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary in Missouri.

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David Cay Johnston: Social Security Is Not Going Broke

“Which federal program took in more than it spent last year, added $95 billion to its surplus and lifted 20 million Americans of all ages out of poverty?” finance columnist David Cay Johnston asks.

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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net; and a history of Hamas.

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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net, and a history of Hamas.

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You’re on Your Own, Kids

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

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Youth in Revolt: The Plague of State-Sponsored Violence

Young people the world over demonstrating against economic injustice are met with state-sanctioned violence and insults in the mainstream media, rather than informed dialogue, critical engagement and reformed policies.

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Damage Control, Romney Style

Although Mitt Romney owned, in an interview with Nevada journalist Jon Ralston on Thursday, that he “misspoke” the day before in saying he was “not concerned about the very poor,” the presidential candidate might not have much wiggle room amid a speed-fueled news cycle and a chilly Rick Santorum standing watch.

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California: How Heartless Can You Get?

California Gov. Jerry Brown has suggested steep cuts to social programs that benefit parents and children on the verge of homelessness. Brown is hoping to close a $9.2 billion hole in the budget (and drum up support for tax hikes) by asking the state’s most desperate families to do without.

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At Risk: America’s Poor During and After the Great Recession

This study by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs examines the impact of the Great Recession and its aftermath on poverty in America.

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Millions of Americans to Be Driven Into Poverty, Study Says

The number of Americans living in poverty has grown by 27 percent, or 10 million people, since the beginning of the “Great Recession” in 2006, according to an Indiana University study. And because of continued cuts to welfare programs and an increase in new, poorly paid jobs, those figures will continue to rise.

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Government-Sponsored Sinner

Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy concerning economic matters will prove more troubling than his sexual affairs as his chances of becoming president increase.

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Judge Puts Florida’s Welfare Drug Test Law on Hold

Since last summer, applicants for government assistance in Florida have been required to pass a drug test before receiving federal help, but on Monday a federal judge temporarily blocked that measure in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

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Welfare Reform in a Jobless Economy

Although the recession has increased demand for social programs such as food stamps, welfare rolls have not kept pace with the drastic increase in human misery. Long story short: Welfare reform, launched 15 years ago in a booming economy, broke the system … (more)

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Schwarzenegger Slashes Social Programs

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken the ax yet again to California’s social programs, vetoing almost $1 billion in spending on welfare, special education, child care and other programs before signing a budget bill into law.

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Finally, a Little Hope for the Unemployed?

President Obama isn’t letting some ornery GOP types in Congress get in the way of making another push to extend unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans—or so we hope.

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New Jersey: Ding the Poor or Tax the Rich?

Cut services for poorer senior citizens and the disabled or tax the rich? That’s the question that will be debated in the New Jersey Legislature on Monday as the state maneuvers to balance a budget deficit of close to $11 billion.

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Blame Clinton, Not Paul

What is so great about our bloated federal government that when a libertarian threatens to become a senator, otherwise rational and mostly liberal pundits start frothing at the mouth? What Rand Paul thinks about the Civil Rights Act, passed 46 years ago, hardly seems the most pressing issue of social justice before us.

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Schwarzenegger Plans to Slash Spending

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is again attempting to eliminate the state’s welfare-to-work program as his Republican administration tries to cut spending while not raising taxes, a move intended to save $1.6 billion at the expense of 1.3 million poor people.

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Pitting Worker Against Worker

In this May Day special feature, economist Moshe Adler argues that the answer to our immigration, labor and broader economic problems is more immigration and more welfare for all.

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German High Court Outlines Profound Welfare Rights

Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has rejected cuts to the welfare state, ruling that all citizens, even the poor, have a right to a “minimum level of participation in social, cultural, and political life.” That’s a much higher standard than providing for food and other basic needs.

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South Carolina Lt. Gov. Apologizes for Comparing the Poor to ‘Stray Animals’

South Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has apologized for comparing poor people to “stray animals” that are encouraged by gifts of food to breed uncontrollably. Bauer, who is running in the state’s gubernatorial election, told CNN while apologizing that he is “not against animals.”

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Massachusetts Senate Race Heats Up

He’s not your, er, conventional Republican—having spent part of his childhood being raised by a bona fide welfare mom, not to mention posing nude during law school—but regardless, Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown could pose a serious challenge to his Democratic opponent, Martha Coakley, in the race to fill the late Edward Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat.

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And Now, the California Budget Cuts

What’s to be done about California’s budget woes? Well, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is cutting way back on spending on such superfluous concerns as “health, welfare, transport and the environment,” according to the BBC. But really, this’ll hurt him more than it’ll hurt ... oh, never mind.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE


States Ignoring Stimulus Welfare Fund

Congress created a $5 billion emergency fund for needy families that can be used to immediately create jobs or pay rent for families facing eviction, but many states say they can’t afford to take advantage of the windfall.

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Election ‘Revolution’ Swings Japan to the Left

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party has ruled for all but 11 months since 1955, but a stunning electoral defeat cut its representation in the Diet by perhaps hundreds of seats. The victor in all this, Yukio Hatoyama, called it a revolution and promised to take Japan from a corporate state to a welfare state.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 READ MORE


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That Good Ol’ Tennessee Socialism

Faced with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Tennessee has taken matters into its own hands. In a work project inspired by the New Deal, the state is using money from the federal stimulus package to create hundreds of jobs ranging from working for the state Transportation Department to baking goodies at the local pie shop.

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California Sees Red

Looks like Republicans are going to win out in California’s seemingly endless budget battle, despite holding a minority in the state Legislature. The deal lawmakers are inching toward favors Gov. Schwarzenegger’s desire to make the poor, the elderly and schoolchildren pay for the state’s financial crisis.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Number of Welfare Recipients Rises Sharply

The number of people claiming welfare has gone up in 23 of the 30 largest states since last year. The biggest increases can be found in states with the highest unemployment rates. The new figures are troublesome considering how difficult it is to qualify for welfare, which caters only to the very poor. In a time of recession and few jobs, many others may be slipping through the cracks because they don’t qualify for help.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE



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Democrats Aren’t Buying What Schwarzenegger’s Cutting

As if delivering the tagline of his latest movie, California’s governor announced to the state Legislature Tuesday that the “day of reckoning is here.” But Democrats are fighting Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to cut funding for schools, the poor and sick children while refusing to raise taxes.

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Our Justified Populist Rage

We are at the beginning of a great popular rebellion against those who showed no self-restraint when it came to lining their own pockets.

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Gary Locke
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Obama Takes Another Crack at Commerce

Fourth time’s the charm? Barack Obama’s two official picks to serve as commerce secretary both had to drop out. Another candidate withdrew her name before it was ever announced. Now the president is reported to have offered the job to former Washington Gov. Gary Locke. So who is he?

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TV News Makes TV Look Bad

A survey of stimulus coverage by Media Matters has found that watching TV news may actually shrink your brain. Well, that’s not fair, but it certainly won’t teach you much about stimulating the economy. That’s because the personalities that populate the airwaves—and not just Fox News—are given license to repeat untruths over and over again.

Posted on Feb 9, 2009 READ MORE


Bush and Paulson
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Republicans Bring Socialism to America

Let the record show that it was George W. Bush, the rich Texas Republican, who brought socialism to America, so don’t blame it on that African-American Chicago Democrat community organizer who made it into the White House.

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