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Tag: Welfare

Who Turned My Blue State Red?

Why poor areas vote for politicians who want to slash the safety net. (The explanations might surprise you.)

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE

Malnutrition and ‘Victorian’ Diseases Are Soaring in England ‘Due to Food Poverty and Cuts’

Cases of malnutrition have doubled and other “Victorian” diseases are soaring in the U.K., in what campaigners say is a direct result of Tory government austerity measures.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

Immigrants Don’t Drain Welfare—They Fund It

A New Republic piece explains why Republican candidates complaining about immigrants and demanding they be deported have the facts all wrong.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

The Case for Universal Basic Income

Support for a universal basic income is growing. In Europe, for example, the Dutch city of Utrecht is about to introduce an experiment that aims “to challenge the notion that people who receive public money need to be patrolled and punished.” Here, the political, philosophical and economic arguments are made clear.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

We Are All Greeks Now

What is happening in Greece in the name of austerity has already happened to the poor and the working class in the United States. If the global financial elites continue in power, the misery of the Greeks will become our own.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

Dutch City to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is considering introducing a universal basic income—an income unconditionally granted to all its residents on an individual basis, without a means test or work requirement.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Welfare Queen

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

New Study Indicates Welfare Increases Employment, Contrary to Conservative Beliefs

Research shows that receiving government aid may actually motivate people to find work; civilian videos of cop brutality are playing an increasingly important role in the carrying out of justice, but the act is not necessarily considered a right by law; meanwhile, the oldest Neanderthal DNA yet has been found in a skeleton in Italy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE

Here Are Some of the Reasons It’s Messed Up to Make the Poor Prove They Deserve Government Aid

Legislators want to limit how citizens in need spend government benefits and force them to give up their privacy and freedom in the process. The Washington Post’s Emily Badger explains why this is evidence of a blatant double standard.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

The Dig

Cynan Jones’ powerful new novel uses the idea of the badger and the sett—its den—as an allegory “for the way we try to create a safe space for ourselves and the things we care for, and how some external force can break into and destroy that.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE

One in Five Young Adults Lives in Poverty

The U.S. Census Bureau shows “the generation that has been dismissed as entitled and whiny is struggling with higher levels of poverty than their counterparts did in 1980,” when one in seven 18-to-34-year-olds lived in poverty, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE

This ‘Daily Show’ Segment Reveals the Absurd Misconceptions Behind U.S. Anti-Immigration Sentiment

Who knew immigrating to America came with free computers and health care?

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE

Luciano Castillo (CC BY 2.0)

The Practical Choice: Not American Capitalism or ‘Welfare State Socialism’

For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada and Europe.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE

Republican Lifeguard

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE

Welfare Cheats

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE

Mr. T in DC (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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?

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE

Grinch Old Party

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Declining Social Security Benefits

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE

Wal-Mart Woes

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Walmart Welfare Queens

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE

Congress Diverts Funds From Poor to Military

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE

Food Stamp Cuts

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE

Culture of Dependency

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE

Congress Goes to Work

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE

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. 

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE

GOP Attacks Biden

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE

Romney-Ryan Windmills

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE

4th Amendment

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE

Andrew Morrell Photography (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Jae C. Hong

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.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE

Jessierocks (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE

Brad Montgomery (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Winslow Townson

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.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons via Miller-McCune

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)

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons

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.

Posted on Oct 9, 2010 READ MORE

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Flickr / clementine gallot

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.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE

American Excellence
AP / Mike Derer

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.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jessica Hill

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.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons

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.

Posted on May 15, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Bob Bird

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.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr user k.a.i.

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.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE

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