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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
poverty

New Ranking: Which Country Is Best For Kids? (Not The U.S.)

For 700 million or more kids around the world, childhood ends too soon. This is the premise that prompted a new report called the End of Childhood Index, which ranks 172 countries based on whether or not childhood has ended early for the children living there. Inadvertently, the report maps out the best and worst places to be a kid in today’s world.

June 19, 2017
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Danziger: Another Righteous Christian Who Needs To Read Luke 14:12

At home, HUD Secretary Ben Carson displays an ostentatious painting of himself with Jesus Christ – yet somehow seems entirely ignorant of His mercy toward the poor. Danziger is not impressed.

May 25, 2017
Francis decries Christmas commercialism, urges focus on dispossessed

Francis Decries Holiday Commercialism, Urging World Focus On Dispossessed

“Let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today’s world, who are not lying in a cot caressed with the affection of a mother and father, but rather suffer the squalid mangers that devour dignity: hiding underground to escape bombardment, on the pavements of a large city, at the bottom of a boat over-laden with immigrants,” said Pope Francis in his Christmas Eve homily.

December 24, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the Economic Club of New York luncheon in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump’s Popularity Cannot Be Blamed On The Economy

More than anything else, Trump’s rise is the manifestation of the anger of a significant minority of white voters over their loss of demographic and cultural hegemony. They’ve seen the new America, represented most dramatically by Barack Obama, and they’re not happy about it.

September 18, 2016
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Two New Reports On LGBT Poverty Shatter Media Myth Of LGBT Affluence

Contrary to media misperceptions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) affluence, two new reports by the Williams Institute and Center for American Progress show the LGBT community continues to face higher rates of poverty, low wages, and economic insecurity than non-LGBT people.

September 16, 2016
A worker stocks incoming goods at an Amazon Fulfillment Center, ahead of the Christmas rush, in Tracy, California, November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Median Incomes Up sharply, Poverty Rate Down, According To Surprisingly strong Census Report

In its annual report on income and poverty, the Census Bureau said Tuesday that the share of people in the U.S. living in poverty dropped to 13.5 percent in 2015, marking one of the biggest annual declines in decades.

September 13, 2016
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Racial And Partisan Divides Shape American Views Of Poverty And The Poor

Sharp differences along lines of race and politics shape American attitudes toward the poor and poverty, according to a new survey of public opinion, which finds empathy toward the poor and deep skepticism about government antipoverty efforts.

August 14, 2016
A homeless man sits on 42nd Street in the Manhattan borough of New York, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The Streets Cannot Be A Home

Growing homeless encampments are stressing cities across the country. Honolulu and Sarasota responded with stiff laws taking “vagrants” off the streets and out of public parks. South Carolina’s capital, Columbia, decided to give the homeless three choices. They can go to a shelter, get arrested or leave town.

June 28, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Will The Media Fall For Paul Ryan’s Sham Poverty Proposals Again?

With Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan slated to release a new proposal to “reform” American anti-poverty programs on June 7, media should be aware of his long history of promoting “far-right” and “backward-looking” policies that would enact draconian cuts to vital programs for families in need and actually “exacerbate poverty, inequality, and wage stagnation.”

June 6, 2016
A protester disrupts a rally with Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Pent Up Fury Beneath The Bernie And Donnie Phenomena

Instead of comprehending the public rage from the above injustices, the established powers have repeated the conventional wisdom that the hordes of blue-collar voters, young people, independents, and others surging into the two outsiders presidential campaigns have been naive, unrealistic, selfish, stupid, ignorant, racist, misogynistic, anti-immigrant, fascist or some combination of the above.

May 25, 2016
hillary clinton kentucky primary

Sanders And Clinton Battle For Kentucky

As the Democratic nomination continues to drag on, Bernie Sanders is looking to extend his winning streak in today’s primaries following victories in West Virginia and Indiana. The continued strength of the Sanders campaign has made it increasingly difficult for Hillary Clinton to look towards the general election while her party’s nomination continues to elude her.

May 17, 2016
The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan in this February 7, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

Sometimes, Race Is More Distraction Than Explanation

As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed.

April 24, 2016
Former U.S. Senator Senator Jim Webb speaks during a news conference

Why Might Former Democratic Candidate Jim Webb Support Donald Trump?

Supporting Donald Trump as a Democrat is just about as crazy as supporting him… as a Republican. What gives?

March 7, 2016

Ryan Forum Will Preview Poverty Agenda

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin is opening the door to new initiatives aimed at helping low-income families as he prepares to discuss poverty in a forum showcasing GOP presidential candidates in Columbia, S.C.

January 7, 2016

Francis Prods Congress’ Conscience

Wouldn’t it be grand if Pope Francis could be a recurring visitor to the U.S. Congress? Perhaps then our elected officials would stop acting merely as the “political class” and instead legislate as men and women of conscience.

September 26, 2015

Census Department to America: Things Aren’t Getting Better

Wages are stagnant, and this too is unchanged.

September 21, 2015

The Urgent National Crisis That Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking About

While some 2016 presidential candidates are talking about income inequality, few have directly addressed perhaps the most jarring manifestation of poverty.

September 5, 2015

Push Is On For Mandatory Kindergarten In California

Kindergarten is what first grade used to be.

August 31, 2015

5 Ways Conservatives Make Workers Poorer, Sicker, And More Dependent On Government

Conservative policies give workers weaker families, dimmer futures, and corporate governance. So why do they punish themselves by voting conservative?

July 27, 2015

CBS’ ‘The Briefcase’ Plumbs New Depths

With ‘The Briefcase,’ CBS has made a calculated bet here that you and I would not mind seeing real-life poverty as mass entertainment.

June 3, 2015
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

The Poor Get A Moment

Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will politicians talk only about the middle class since mentioning the poor is politically toxic?

May 14, 2015
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Some School Food Program Recipients Ineligible, Audit Finds

A USDA audit on school lunch and breakfast programs illustrated that there’s no such thing as a free lunch after wrongdoing was uncovered.

May 6, 2015
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Clinton Calls For End To ‘Mass Incarceration’ As Riots Become Campaign Issue

“Clinton is joining a chorus of politicians demanding that police officers everywhere be equipped with body cameras.”

April 29, 2015

Poverty Will Not Be Solved By A Marriage License

Too many of the politicians trying to solve poverty have no idea what it’s like to be poor.

February 10, 2015