Friday, May 22, 2015
food stamps
Jesus Wept

First Quote Jesus; Then Punish the Poor

How many people in this country pray for the poor on Sunday and spend the rest of the week complaining that the government is doing something about them?

May 21, 2015
Occupy

2016 Presidential Candidates Address Inequality (Sort Of)

At last, America’s political leaders indicate that they now hear the voices and feel the pain of the poor and of the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class. Alas the “solution” they propose just offers aid to the same corporate elites who’ve been knocking them down.

April 8, 2015
Mitt Romney speaks to fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on January 16, 2015 in San Diego, California (AFP/Sandy Huffaker)

End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

Republican candidates say they want to reduce poverty and inequality. But how can they become the change?

January 27, 2015
social security

How The Safety Net Cuts Poverty Rates

The safety net is saving Americans — but Republicans are still obsessed with cutting it.

October 28, 2014
fast food strike

Here’s One Easy Way For Republicans To Reduce Government Dependency

Too bad they’ll never actually do it.

October 20, 2014
Tom Cotton

What Will Be Tom Cotton’s Next Big Lie?

First Tom Cotton lied about food stamps. Now he’s lying about ISIS terrorists in America.

October 9, 2014
supermarket

More States Enforce Food Stamp Work Requirements

Food stamp work requirements will be reinstated in 17 states.

September 18, 2014
SNAP cards

50 Years Later, SNAP Proves Its Continuing Vitality

By James Weill, McClatchy-Tribune News Service A lot has happened in the 50 years since LBJ signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law. We’ve elected eight presidents, watched our population grow and shift, gained knowledge about health and nutrition, enjoyed economic booms and survived recessions. Through it all, food stamps have been there, […]

August 27, 2014
jobs fair

Food Stamp Use Shows Continued ‘Underemployment’ Pain

By Tim Henderson, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Luxuries were affordable for Linda Fish before she lost her job in retail management in 2009. “I won’t lie. The dinners out, the perfect martinis, the salon visits with a master stylist, and the rooms at nice hotels when I was too lazy or tired to do the long […]

August 18, 2014
Walmart

Walmart’s Top-To-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-income customers rely on this public assistance program to help pay for their groceries. And that made it tough for the company’s top brass to […]

June 5, 2014
SNAP cards

Switching Food Stamp Subsidies From Sweetened Drinks To Fruits, Vegetables Can Save Taxpayers Money

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Prohibiting the use of federal food stamps to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages and subsidizing the purchase of fruits and vegetables with the coupons would improve nutrition, foster weight loss and drive down rates of Type 2 diabetes among the program’s 47.6 million recipients, according to a new study. In so […]

June 4, 2014
SNAP cards

Another Round Of Food Stamp Cuts Hits States

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — A fresh round of food stamp cuts at the state level are underway, on top of federal food stamp reductions that hit millions of Americans twice since November. In some states, policymakers have imposed additional cuts that jeopardize benefits for hundreds of thousands. The impact of the reductions is […]

March 30, 2014
Money 427x321

Authorities Hunt For Couple Living Lavish Lifestyle While Collecting Food Stamps

By Brittany Shammas, Sun Sentinel FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Andrea and Colin Chisholm III fancied themselves Scottish aristocrats, insisting on being called Lord and Lady and leading a lavish lifestyle fitting of royals. They owned a $1.2 million, 83-foot yacht that was docked in South Florida. They lived in waterfront homes in Minnesota and in Lighthouse […]

March 28, 2014
Paul Ryan

Ryan’s Rhetoric Has Consequences

Reflections upon the recent holiday: The first time my wife saw tears in my eyes was in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, at the tomb of Jonathan Swift. The brilliant 18th-century Irish satirist was my first and most enduring literary hero, a towering figure who Yeats thought “slept under the greatest epitaph in history” — composed […]

March 19, 2014
Walmart

Walmart Earnings Hit Hard By Food Stamp Cuts

Walmart made it clear last September that they did not have any “position” on the $5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food stamps to millions of Americans nationwide. However, after disappointing fourth-quarter sales and profits, the company may want to reconsider. The Financial Times reports that although Walmart initially expected […]

February 3, 2014
Farm Bill

Farm Subsidies Reveal Congressional Double Standard

Congress has left me confused. Stunned, actually, as well as bewildered, chagrined and slightly depressed. The GOP-dominated House has passed a bill that defies compassion, mathematics and common sense. OK, so there’s nothing unusual about that. Point taken. But the recent passage of a farm bill, after months of delay, is an especially sharp example […]

February 2, 2014
dollar bills

For New War On Poverty, First Get Facts Right

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — The War on Poverty is now 50 years old. Has it failed? The answer varies, depending on whether we use the government’s official poverty measure or its much newer, and far more informative, one. The new measure demonstrates that government programs are doing a lot of good, especially for children. Nonetheless, […]

January 9, 2014
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