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Why are Republicans so cruel to the poor? Paul Ryan’s profound hypocrisy stands for a deeper problem

Paul Ryan has dreamed of slashing Medicaid since his keg-party days — and that blithe hostility is widespread<p>Republican Paul Ryan, like most other members of the U.S. Congress, is a millionaire.<p>Christa Patton is 68 years old. She is frail and no longer able to leave her home. She lives on a fixed …

This racial justice map sheds light on an often overlooked part of U.S. history

Dark parts of American history are often swept under the rug for being too shameful and painful. But engaging with that history is crucial to …

Can another 'war' on poverty save California kids? - Futurity

A new approach to reducing poverty focuses on creating equal opportunities for children at the most critical points in their lives. Can it succeed?

Poverty shapes how children think about themselves

"The Culture of Poverty”, published in 1966 (pdf), was hugely influential, persuading many policy makers that children from low-income families are …

Psychology

Ben Stein opposes “free college” movement: For poor kids, it’s just a chance to get high for four years!

“Look at the time, Ben!” a desperate Cavuto replied<p>On "Your World with Neil Cavuto" Tuesday, Ben Stein complained about recent remarks by Hillary Clinton about the cards being "stacked" against poor people, saying that she really means "she's going to stick it to the rich."<p>He claimed that "there's …

Elections

We Asked a Sociologist Why Australians Resent the Homeless

Scratch the surface and you'll find a lot of Australians believe the homeless are lazy. We asked Prof. Kathleen Hulse, an expert on homelessness, where these beliefs come from.<p>Scratch the surface of Australian culture and there's a pervasive resentment of the homeless and unemployed. For example, …

Homelessness

In America, inequality begins in the womb

The haves and the have-nots: In the U.S., the zip code of your birth — for example, 10027 (Harlem), left, or 10021 (the Upper East Side) — has a …

Pregnancy

Income gap at highest level in 30 years, OECD says | News | DW | 21.05.2015

The income gap between the rich and poor around the world is at its highest level in 30 years in some places, according to a 330-page report by the …

Headline Numbers: How do you measure inequality?

<b>Last week I wrote about a measure of inequality that had received much coverage in the US.</b><p>Research from the Institute for Policy Studies found that in 2014, bonuses paid to Wall Street employees had been double the total annual pay earned by all Americans who worked full-time at the federal minimum …

Demographics

Gap between rich and poor 'keeps growing'

<b>The gap between the rich and the poor keeps widening, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says.</b><p>In its 34 member states, the richest 10% of the population earn 9.6 times the income of the poorest 10%.<p>There is no standard measure of inequality, but most indicators suggest …

Economics
Economics

There's a 'record gap' between the rich and poor

In most of the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development the income gap is at its highest level in three decades, with the richest 10 percent of the population earning 9.6 times the income of the poorest 10 percent.<p>In the 1980s this ratio stood at 7 to 1, the OECD …

Income Inequality