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5 Lies Paul Ryan Needs You To Believe About Poverty

Republicans have to say the policies they oppose have failed because it’s the only way to argue against undeniable conservative failures. Here are five lies that conservatives insist on you accepting so we can redouble our efforts the help the people who truly need our help — the rich.

May 11, 2015

The War On Poverty Then And Now

It’s been 50 years since the late Michael Harrington published the Other America, about poverty in the wealthiest country in the world (that’s us folks). In many ways, according to Sasha Abramsky of the Nation Institute, we still have the same problems and worse. The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives […]

August 15, 2014

As Elections Loom, Capitol Hill Is Latest Front In War On Poverty

By William Douglas and David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The war on poverty returns to Capitol Hill as lawmakers prepare to wage a battle this week that’s a likely preview of what’s to come on the campaign trail this election year and in 2016. Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared his intent “not […]

April 29, 2014

Top Obama Advisor Urges Expansion Of Tax Credits To Cut Poverty

When the modern income tax was first instituted in 1913, it was levied on only the top 1 percent of earners, and when the payroll tax was added in 1937, it started at a rate of only 2 percent. As a result, the tax system effectively ignored low-income households. But a steady broadening of the […]

March 19, 2014

WATCH: When Republicans Say Marriage Is The Solution To Poverty, Think Of This

Republicans have decided to seize on the 50th anniversary of the War On Poverty to lie about the success of the effort — which has dramatically reduced the share of Americans in poverty — and make the argument that conservative proposals would improve the fate of the poor, despite decades of evidence to the contrary. Instead […]

January 13, 2014

Republicans Have Nothing Of Substance To Offer The Poor

Last week, Republicans marked the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty by denouncing it as an abject failure. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL), performed a mathematical sleight of hand in declaring that “more people are living in poverty than ever before.” The National Review, the intellectual standard bearer of movement conservatism, published an editorial […]

January 11, 2014

Cruel Follies: Fighting Poverty The Republican Way, With Fresh (And Not-So-Fresh) Ideas

Listening to Republican politicians these days, as they talk (and talk and talk) about poverty and inequality, can be a poignant experience. They want us to know they’re worried about the diminishing economic prospects confronted by so many Americans. They hope we will admire their shiny new solutions. And they are so eager for us […]

January 10, 2014

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

Republicans Say U.S. War On Poverty Hasn’t Measured Up

Washington (AFP) – U.S. conservatives seized on Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of the launch of president Lyndon Johnson’s “war on poverty” to dispute the effectiveness of existing policies, and urge a welfare state overhaul. “Five decades and trillions of dollars after president Johnson waged his war on poverty, the results of this big-government approach are in,” […]

January 9, 2014

U.S. War On Poverty Still Not Won, 50 Years On

Washington (AFP) – In his first State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in America. Fifty years later some progress has been made but gaping inequality remains. “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America,” John told Congress on January 8, 1964, two months after […]

January 7, 2014