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Austerity Can Only Be Failed

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On December 30, 2014
The Greeks should quit whining about their German-imposed austerity program. What’s 1.3 million jobs, a tax regime shifted to collect from the poor for the actions of bankers and politicians and a lack of hope compared to the puritanical glory of austerity. If it isn’t working, the only answer is more austerity. After all, austerity […]

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 you can lose your apartment. The car breaking down destroys your life. Linda Tirado, from her new book on living in the […]

Our Generous Welfare State

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On March 1, 2014
We have a very generous welfare state in this country. Amanda Marcotte: After three decades of stasis, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is getting an overhaul, with a special emphasis on making it easier for parents to buy fresh produce for their children. Throughout most of its history, WIC […]

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

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 0.00000

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