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Scott Walker And The GOP Are Wrong About The Safety Net

The GOP’s argument that Democrats want to lure as many people as possible into government dependency is specious, but we’re going to hear it a lot over the next 18 months.

June 4, 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
Social Security, Taxpayers, Taxes, Safetynet, Retirement

How The Safety Net Cuts Poverty Rates

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

October 28, 2014

Canada Can Be Tough On Immigration

Two years ago, Jeffrey Niehaus was a popular teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. An American, Niehaus had applied for permanent residency in Canada. But Canada turned him down. The reason? The psychology professor’s 4-year-old son, Kurt, had autism. Treating autism would have been too costly for the government’s health care system. […]

October 23, 2014

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

Too bad they’ll never actually do it.

October 20, 2014

Poll: Overwhelming Majority Of Conservatives Believe Poor ‘Have It Easy’

When Mitt Romney infamously mused on the 47 percent of Americans who leech off the government, he may have been speaking for about 80 percent of his party. On Thursday, the Pew Research Center released a wide-ranging survey on political attitudes in an increasingly polarized United States. The survey, which sampled a massive 10,013 adults […]

June 27, 2014

Cliven Bundy’s Window Into The War On The Poor

Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the Nevada rancher after his remarks about slavery, but he points to a deeper issue with conservative policy. It’s tempting dismiss Cliven Bundy – the Nevada rancher who last week suggested that blacks were better off under slavery – as a fringe conservative unworthy of any more airtime. […]

May 5, 2014

Another Round Of Food Stamp Cuts Hits States

By Jake Grovum, 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