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Another taker who should just buck up and embrace the creative economy: So my daughter gets WIC. We get food stamps. The car’s paid for, and so is the house. If the house wasn’t paid for I don’t know where we would be. On the days both T.J. and Devon work, we put 150 miles […]

The Price of Poverty

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On December 6, 2014

Being poor is horrible for so many reasons. Among them is that life’s little inconveniences for the non-poor can be utterly devastating. Getting sick and missing a couple of days of work means y

The Underemployed Generation

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On March 19, 2014
Andrew Sum, et al have a powerful report on the underemployed generation that is today’s youth. Here’s the whole report in PDF form. For young people with low levels of education, the employment situation is bad indeed and they have little hope of significant improvement going forward. It’s not that they can find no work […]

War on Poverty

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On January 8, 2014
The greatest war in American history turns 50 today. That’s the War on Poverty. Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the House and Senate, my fellow Americans: I will be brief, for our time is necessarily short and our agenda is already long. Last year’s congressional session was the longest in peacetime history. With that […]

I Am Somebody

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On November 7, 2013

Jesse Jackson on Sesame Street, 1971. I especially like the line affirming those on welfare. Which I wish was still a relatively robust program, hey thanks Bill Clinton for making political points on

Food Stamp Cuts

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On November 1, 2013
The poor wouldn’t be poor if they stopped drinking/went to church/confirmed to my moral standards of the day. So I don’t see why they should eat more than once a day, especially if 0.0000001% of my tax money goes to it. Therefore, we should build off today’s glorious victory against subsidizing poor people driving to […]

Layaway

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On October 24, 2013

Alex Tabarrok’s piece at Marginal Revolution about the bad economics of layaway makes sense on one level. It got all the appropriate and expected twitter hits this morning (Yglesias, Klein, etc)

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