Poverty

We’re Thinking About the Minimum Wage All Wrong

We’re Thinking About the Minimum Wage All Wrong

Dr. Sarah Jane Glynn, an expert in employment, work, and family issues at the Center for American Progress, says that…

3 years ago

Opinion: Alicia Garza and William Barber Explain Why Black Lives Matter is the Ultimate Antidote to Trumpism

Recent polling indicates that an overwhelming number of Americans, close to 75%, support the protests, inspired by George Floyd’s murder,…

4 years ago

Opinion: Trump Attacks Own Base by Slashing Funding to Rural School Districts

We hear these days about the importance of the African American vote within the Democratic base, and rightly so. This…

4 years ago

Opinion: Can LeBron James Re-Define the Damaging Success Story Americans Have Come to Love?

When Josh Jacobs was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft, he received…

4 years ago

Opinion: American Lives Depend on Telling True Story of Trump’s Life-Destroying Economy

What is the story of the U.S. economy? Not unlike the proverbial elephant subject to scrutiny by a band of…

4 years ago

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code Re-Defines Poverty, Racism, and Climate Change as Disasters

Trump’s controversial tweet about sending the squad of four— Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar—back to…

5 years ago

Opinion: Sam Brownback Vetoes Republican Medicaid Expansion Legislation

"We have the ability to help people who truly need it the most. We have the ability to make a…

7 years ago

Opinion: Iowa GOP Reverses Existing Minimum Wage Hikes and Ban Future Increases

“It's the first time a state nullified local wage ordinances already in effect and forced [local] jurisdictions to [immediately] reduce…

7 years ago

The Shock and Trauma to the Nation Continues as Trump Nominees Are Named

With each announcement the shock and trauma of what’s happening to this country, the civil rights of its citizens, and…

8 years ago

Stronger Together: Hear Us ‘Roar’ on and beyond Election Day

The election results will the story of the hopes and dreams this country has for its future.

8 years ago

A Major Clinton Endorsement Includes A Stark Warning About Trump

Our values, national identity and enduring power of the Constitution, even democracy itself are in question; it is a frightening…

8 years ago

Hillary Clinton’s Plan To Reduce Poverty Exudes Compassion

“With all of our country’s resources, no child...should ever go to sleep hungry or without a place to call home.…

8 years ago

Hillary Clinton’s Brilliant Education Plan Will Work And End Education Wars

Clinton promises to be a champion for education by not taking advice from people interested in breaking unions and privatizing…

8 years ago

Hillary Clinton Puts Paul Ryan’s Sham Poverty Concern To Shame With Appalachia Tour

While Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is talking about poverty while attempting to slash programs for the poor, Democratic…

8 years ago

D.O.J. Orders Stop to Criminalizing Homelessness and Poverty

Attorney General Lynch demands a halt to criminalizing homelessness for profit.

8 years ago

Reagan Started the GOP’s Fascism Destroying America From Within

Reagan ushered in the first step of fascism, economic stagnation, when his extremist trickle down economic theory was imposed on…

8 years ago

Half Of America is Now Impoverished Because the Koch-Republicans Destroyed the Middle Class

The percentage of middle-class households dropped in every state in the Union between 2000 and 2013, along with median income

8 years ago

More Studies Prove The Economy Always Does Better When A Democrat Is President

"The two Democratic presidents have produced jobs at 7 times the rate of the two Bushes or 2.1 million versus…

9 years ago

To Address America’s Poverty Epidemic Doctors To Start Screening For Child Hunger

According to pediatricians, doctors should start screening their child patients for hunger, and the lesser-known problem of food insecurity

9 years ago

President Obama Acts To Stop the Unconstitutional Criminalizing of Homelessness

The Obama White House this week took steps to force communities to halt the "cruel, inhumane, and degrading" treatment of…

9 years ago

Dirty Liar Charles Koch Campaigns As An Advocate For the Poor

The only regard Charles or David Koch have for the poor is keeping them in poverty and subjugated to the…

9 years ago

Scott Walker Says Poverty Pay Is A Living Wage

It is likely that Walker's idea that poverty wages are living wages came directly from the Kochs, who see American…

9 years ago

Fox News Responds To Being Called Out By Obama With Even More Racism

Fox News responded to being called out by President Obama by suggesting that poverty would be solved if African-Americans would…

9 years ago

President Obama Calls Out The Republican Empty Talk About Caring For The Poor

While taking part in a discussion on overcoming poverty, President Obama exposed the empty language that Republicans are using to…

9 years ago

During Severe Drought San Francisco Catholics Soak The Homeless Who Are Seeking Shelter

In a conscientious city like San Francisco, water conservation measures are taken very seriously by businesses and residents alike; except…

9 years ago

GOP Trickle Down Has 70% of Americans Near Financial Calamity

Instead of changing course and helping the majority of the population, Republicans still propose heaping wealth on the rich and…

9 years ago

More Shame – Over Half Of Public School Students Live In Poverty

Instead of any real measures or support to address the crushing income disparity between the 1% and the rest of…

9 years ago

Pope Francis Is A U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Public Relations Creation

In fact, Francis is closely aligned with conservative Republican ideology; particularly in his position on addressing poverty and social issues…

9 years ago

MLK Would Join Obama’s Fight Against The Racist GOP Economic Agenda

In fact, there is absolutely nothing whatsoever that Republicans represent that Dr. King would even tepidly support, and in fact…

9 years ago

Inconvenient Truth: America’s Public Schools Are Among Highest Achieving In The World

If, as privatization "reformers" in Republican, corporate, and Obama Education Department claim that America's public schools are dire failures, then…

9 years ago

Rick Perry Quotes Jesus To Justify Income Inequality and Poverty

Perry's message is clear; there is no reason to address poverty, income inequality, or make any effort to help those…

9 years ago

For Millions of Americans There Is Little To Be Thankful For On Thanksgiving

Obviously many Americans do have myriad reasons to be thankful they live in an extremely wealthy and semi-free nation such…

10 years ago

Child Homelessness and Poverty Are Rising So Republicans Plan Harsh Program Cuts

Coupled with inhumane austerity cuts, the GOP is getting precisely what they apparently live for; more despair and destitution among…

10 years ago

Always Evil Walmart Increases Profits While Cutting Employee Benefits

40% of America's wealth is not enough for the Walton's or their investors so Walmart took steps to increase their…

10 years ago

The Revenge of the Poor, Betrayal of the Elite Now Leads to The Rise of Super Bugs

Neglecting the conditions and healthcare of the poor has contributed to drug-resistant microbes which have reached crisis proportions.

10 years ago

Only 28% of Americans Agree With Republicans That the Poor Are To Blame For Their Poverty

Chalk this one up as another GOP fail. A HuffPost/YouGov poll has found that only 28% of Americans agree with…

10 years ago

John Boehner Would Rather Commit Suicide Than Raise The Minimum Wage

For Speaker of the House John Boehner, it is the prospect of the government attempting to improve the economic situation…

10 years ago

Decent Economic Growth Hides The Increasing Gap Between the Rich and Everyone Else

As long as the wealthy continue benefitting from the President's economic recovery, Republicans will stay the austerity course that continues…

10 years ago

Today It’s President Obama Fighting For the Opportunities That Dr. King Sought

Today it is President Obama fighting Republicans to give all Americans the opportunities Dr. King sought for people of color,…

10 years ago

After Killing Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs By Blocking UI Republicans To Go On Vacation

Republicans on pace to kill hundreds and hundreds-of-thousands of jobs, send millions of Americans and their children into poverty, and…

10 years ago

Eliminating Poverty Is More Than Just Putting Dollars In The Pockets Of The Poor

An implicit goal of the War on Poverty was to make the US a true meritocracy, and in this sense,…

10 years ago

Liberals Have Fought Alone Since the War on Poverty Ended in 1980

The snide satisfaction conservatives gloat in their declaration that the War on Poverty failed is apropos given how they sabotaged…

10 years ago

Marco Rubio Embarrasses Himself By Claiming Marriage Is the Solution To Poverty

Rubio, as an anti-poverty crusader, is nearly as hysterical as Reagan, and so was his contention that opposite sex marriage…

10 years ago

Republicans Devastate The Lives of 1.3 Million Americans as the Media Stays Silent

The media is not about to damage Republicans' electoral chances by telling Americans the real reason why they are in…

10 years ago

Republican Budget Cuts Are Literally Causing People to Freeze to Death In the Streets

As tragic as the number of Americans freezing to death is, it is the number of Americans who are homeless…

10 years ago

Economists Agree With Democrats: GOP Hurting the Economy by Promoting Income Inequality

A panel of economists has joined President Obama, and struggling Americans to assert categorically that income inequality is crushing the…

10 years ago

SHAME: Millions of Americans Are Going Hungry and Republicans Plan to Make Even Worse

While the wealthiest 1% of Americans' fortunes increase dramatically, millions of Americans are going hungry and Republicans plan to make…

10 years ago

Stop Complaining Republicans, the Minimum Wage Should be $22.62 an Hour

Republicans who are wont to claim they speak for all Americans say the people oppose higher wages, but if the…

10 years ago

When Republicans Call Obama Marxist They are Condemning the Pope, Thomas Jefferson, and Jesus

Every time Republicans decry President Obama's economic policies as Marxist, socialist, or communist, they are in effect condemning the Pope,…

11 years ago

On This Thanksgiving, A Long-Term Poverty Survivor Gives Thanks

Liberals can take a moment to pat themselves on the back. There are poor people everywhere who are grateful for…

11 years ago

Low Wage Work Rebellion May Finally Bring Down Our Poverty Rate

People should not work full-time for wages that put them below the poverty line, but it is all too common.…

11 years ago

McDonalds Tells Underpaid Starving Employees To Break Their Food Into Pieces

Because McDonalds' "sample budget" only left $27 a month for food, the company advised hungry employees to "break food into…

11 years ago

Republicans Have Grown To Hate America As Much As They Hate President Obama

If you are an American who is not in the richest one percent, Republicans are in a blind rage to…

11 years ago

210 Republicans Who make Nearly $175,000 a Year Said Poor People Should Starve to Death

The House's SNAP vote was cold, callous, and calculated by a Republican Party that hopes to ruin Barack Obama's presidency…

11 years ago

ALEC Continues to Push Failed Market-Based Educational Reforms

Market-based educational reform is an utter failure, and yet we still can't shake the nasty remnants of its bad policy…

11 years ago

Paul Ryan Tells Poor People to Blame Obama For Their Poverty

Rep. Paul Ryan claimed that Obama's policies are the reason why people in poverty are poor. Ryan tried to convince…

11 years ago

McDonalds And Visa Give Republicans a Justification For Creating a Peasant Class

Fast food giant McDonalds teamed with Visa to provide them with a budget plan Republicans celebrated as justification for their…

11 years ago

Republicans Are Wearing Driving Millions Into Poverty as a Badge of Honor

One might be inclined to believe politicians would be repulsed that the richest nation in the history of the world…

11 years ago

Charles Koch Launches Campaign to Eliminate the Minimum Wage

Charles Koch has joined Republicans pushing to eliminate the nation's minimum wage. He implied that getting rid of minimum wage…

11 years ago

Southern States Are Pushing Themselves Deeper Into Poverty By Voting Republican

A rash of other, mostly poor Republican-controlled, Southern states are falling deeper into poverty and the greatest amount of their…

11 years ago

Poverty, Race, and Obama’s Morehouse Speech

Some people became upset with Obama's "Racism is no longer an excuse" speech. Perhaps people gripped by poverty were what…

11 years ago

House Republicans Are Planning to Eliminate Food Assistance for 13 Million Americans

House Republicans have a ten year plan to eliminate food assistance for 13 million more hungry working Americans and seniors…

11 years ago

Republicans Decide The Best Way To Help Poor Children Is To Give Them Less Food

Republicans are actively pursuing policies that target and punish the poor, or purposely keep them downtrodden as a punitive measure…

11 years ago

Republican Policies Result In 20%-32% of Kids In the Poorest Red States Living In Poverty

Republicans in Congress and statehouses have made every attempt to create a permanent underclass living in poverty, and they are…

11 years ago

The Republican Class War Has Contributed Greatly To America’s Growing Inequality

The Republican class war has, for well over a decade, contributed greatly to income inequality that hastens America's rush to…

11 years ago

One Woman’s Crisis Shows How Affordable Housing Policy Turns Its Back on the Poor

One woman's tragic story provides a glimpse into the plethora of problems the U.S. faces with a lack of affordable…

11 years ago

Republicans Are Ready to Traumatize Poor Children

No matter how much they try to blame sequestration on Obama and the Democrats, Republicans set it up, and the…

11 years ago

Obama, Poverty, Racial Politics, and the White Vote

Critics have been saying President Obama has not done enough to address poverty. They don't seem to understand the reasons…

12 years ago

Republicans are Using the Poverty They Created Against Obama

How stupid do Republicans think Americans are? You can not blame President Obama for rising poverty, that is just stupid.…

12 years ago

Republicans Advance Their War on Minorities and the Poor With Public Transportation Cuts

The war on public transportation is in full swing, like the war on all things public waged by the right.…

12 years ago

Right Wing Haters for Christ Vow To Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Now that the Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act constitutional, right wing so-called Christians are out in force promising…

12 years ago

Republican Traitors Declare War on the American People

Republicans are not waging civil war, but a civil massacre where Depression-era bread lines are the order of the day…

12 years ago

As 50 Million Americans Starve, Republicans Seek to Cut Off Their Food Stamps

There is something wrong with Republicans who have become cold and heartless to advocate for more entitlements for the wealthy…

12 years ago

GOP Cuts to Food Stamps are Counter-Productive and Cruel

By attacking poverty programs in a time of economic hardship, Republicans have proven how little human suffering accounts in their…

12 years ago

The Republican Definition of Courage is Harming Children, Seniors and the Poor

Republicans are twisted if courage means bullying hungry children into poverty and eliminating seniors' healthcare, and they tremble at the…

12 years ago

GOP Scam Artists Turn A Deaf Ear To Catholic Bishops When It Comes To Aid For The Poor

Republicans scammed the Catholic Bishops on birth control, and now they are ignoring the same Bishops' pleas that programs that…

12 years ago

Georgians Tell Republicans Pushing Drug Testing Mandate, ‘You Pee First!’

Better Georgia is helping voters send a simple, direct message to Gov. Nathan Deal and his Republican allies who are…

12 years ago

More Evidence That Mitt Romney Has No Clue How Real Americans Live

What Mitt Romney recently said about the rich and poor shows that he has no clue about the country. Here…

12 years ago

If The GOP Continues To Oppose Equality MLK’s Dream Will Go Unrealized

It is sad to admit, but Dr. King’s lofty dream will never become reality as long as Republicans oppose equality…

12 years ago

2011: The Year The Republican Party Repeatedly Humiliated America

In 2011, the Republican Party was a humiliation for Americans who have even the slightest hint of humanity

12 years ago