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America demonizes its poor: Ronald Reagan, Sam Brownback and the myth of the “welfare queen”

<b>(AP/Doug Mills)</b><p>Conservatives have convinced themselves the lower class is leeching off the state. They have it exactly backwards<p>Sanford Schram • Joe Soss<p>September 8, 2015 2:02pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Jacobin, whose new issue commemorating the 150th anniversary of Union victory …

Income Inequality

Poverty Among Whites Demands Philanthropy's Attention

As philanthropy races to fight inequality, the country's foundations and wealthy donors continue to overlook a major part of impoverished America: poverty among whites.<p>President Obama's project, My Brother's Keeper, and recent pledges of $300 million from dozens of foundations and corporations …

Income Inequality

Three Rich Treasury Secretaries Laugh It Up Over Income Inequality

LOL. Peasants!<p>Three of the world's richest and most powerful people (and Timothy Geithner) had a good laugh over income inequality earlier this year.<p>Former Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin, Henry Paulson and Geithner were asked about the issue by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg during a …

This Is What It's Like To Live On $2 A Day

Extreme poverty is on the rise in America, but we can change that.<p>What's it like to have no source of income? That's life for millions of Americans, although the political debate barely acknowledges that reality. When conversations about poverty take place in Washington, they typically focus on the …

Middle class losing out in big cities

<b>(CNN) —</b> As a candidate, Bill de Blasio vowed to "turn the page" on the boom of the preceding 20 years that he says created a "tale of two cities," one for the rich and one for the rest of us. Now that he's mayor of New York City, he's learning that's easier said than done.<p>While the problem afflicts …

The Federal Government Says Being Homeless Should Not Be A Crime

Prosecuting people for sleeping in public "violates their constitutional rights."<p>WASHINGTON -- Laws that make it a crime for homeless people to sleep in public places even when there isn't enough room for them at a shelter unconstitutionally punish the homeless, lawyers for the Obama administration …

Homelessness

In America, only the rich can afford to write about poverty | Barbara Ehrenreich

There’s something wrong with the fact that a relatively affluent person can afford to write about minimum wage jobs while people experiencing them can’t<p>Back in the fat years – two or three decades ago, when the “mainstream” media were booming – I was able to earn a living as a freelance writer. My …

Why We All Need to Learn the Word 'Anthropogenic'

<b>Paradise Burning</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away. Deep in Washington’s Olympic National Park, the aptly named Paradise Fire, undaunted by the …

National Parks

Basic Income? Yes! Bold Ideas About Fixing Inequality

<i>British economist Tony Atkinson has been studying inequality — the gap in income and wealth between the top and the bottom — for nearly half a century. Now that the dogma of trickle-down has been exposed as myth, he sees economists, policy-makers, and the public finally waking up to the seriousness</i> …

Income Inequality

Does ‘birth lottery’ trump the American Dream?

When a child wins the “birth lottery” by being born into a higher-income family, the economic payoff is very large, say researchers.<p>“This result is …

The world must overcome 3 hurdles to end extreme poverty

There's been rapid progress in reducing this number: more than 1 billion people have escaped extreme poverty since 1990. This success has encouraged the development community to rally around a new, ambitious goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.<p>Last week, we had a debate at Brookings on how the …

Globalization

Healing the Inequality and Race Problem Split

A recent protest at a Bernie Sanders speech by #BlackLivesMatter activists showed that some people thought the presidential candidate and Vermont senator wasn’t putting enough attention on racial issues. Sanders handled the event badly, according to reports. It continues to keep him on the …

11 jobs where a hard day’s work only results in poverty

<b>(AP/Eric Risberg)</b><p>Why should workers in the richest country on Earth toil for wages that would make Dickens recoil in horror?<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>July 15, 2015 7:00am (UTC)<p>Why should people in the richest country on Earth toil long hours for wages that would make Charles Dickens recoil in horror? A …

Income Inequality

Food powder made from expired produce may help end world hunger

The global amount of food wasted each year is an estimated 1.76 billion tons — that's $750 billion in terms of economic loss, according to the United …

Tentative Post Disaster Tent : Compact Disaster Shelter Solution

Inspired by recent earthquakes in Turkey, Hakan Gürsu has come up with <b>Tentative Post Disaster Tent concept</b>. Do you know that natural disasters have …

Pope Francis Laments That the Poor Are Sacrificed at the 'Altar of Money'

Pope Francis continued his anti-poverty campaign in Paraguay on Saturday, delivering some choice words for what capitalism has meant for the …

Homeless People Need Homes: How Seattle Is Driving Down Chronic Homelessness

About a year ago, my friend Mark Putnam became director of the Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) in King County. I was excited and impressed when he recently announced that in just one year, the number of chronically homeless people in King County has decreased by over 30 percent.<p>This is a …

Homelessness

Working Your Way Out Of Poverty On The Minimum Wage [Infographic]

If you’re working on the minimum wage with a family, is your take-home pay really enough to survive on? According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a single full-time minimum-wage job will actually leave families below the poverty line in many developed countries …

Demographics

Melinda Gates on Bill, ending poverty, and her plans to invest in women and girls

Melinda Gates almost started her career at IBM, but a recruiter steered her elsewhere. “I had a standing offer [with IBM] in Dallas,” Gates recalled. …

Criminalizing Poverty

<i>“Held captive.”</i> It was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation, and for more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn’t just a metaphor. The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri put a much …

25 Percent Of People In Mississippi Can't Afford Food

Twenty-five percent of Mississippi residents struggled to afford food last year -- more so than any other state -- a new Gallup report found.<p>For the sixth straight year, Mississippians were the most likely to have problems putting food on the table, according to the report. Those who revealed that …

Wal-Mart's dependence on food stamps, revealed

Talk about a "poverty trap"! The phrase was recently used by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., to suggest that the nation's panoply of programs to aid low-income households was keeping them from rising into the middle class.<p>Wal-Mart's annual report, issued late last week, puts …

What America can learn from Europe about income inequality

<b>(AP/J Pat Carter)</b><p>Our GDP growth is currently outpacing Europe’s, but their future still looks brighter. Here’s why<p>George R. Tyler<p>March 18, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Globalist.<p>The fact that GDP growth in the United States currently outpaces European growth by a large …

Here’s How NASA Thinks Society Will Collapse

Few think West­ern civil­iz­a­tion is on the brink of col­lapse — but it’s also doubt­ful the Ro­mans and Meso­pot­ami­ans saw their own de­mise …

Space Travel

No more golden years: 7 ways Americans have been robbed of a comfortable retirement

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>While corporate handouts continue to surge, aging Americans have been hung out to dry<p>Paul Buchheit<p>March 3, 2014 4:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The dream of a comfortable retirement is dying for many Americans. It's being extracted as a form of tribute to the …

How the post office could save the economy — and change your life

<b>(tommaso lizzul via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Want to end recessions, reduce inequality, prevent fraud and help immigrants? It’s time to install postal banking<p>David Dayen<p>February 26, 2014 12:43pm (UTC)<p>Ever since the inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service authored a white paper endorsing the concept …

Senate Democrats Push Minimum-Wage Fight to March

Sarah Mimms @SarahMMimms<p>Feb. 25, 2014, 12:32 p.m.<p>Demo­crats are delay­ing a bill to raise the fed­er­al min­im­um wage un­til at least late March. …

Domestic Violence

The Senate Still Can't Figure Out How to Restore Jobless Benefits

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Rob Portman, and Dan Coats are supposed to be working …

‘Kids for Cash’: Crooked Judge, Damaged Teens, and the Perils of Zero Tolerance

The story seems simple: corrupt judge throws harmless high school kids in detention centers for money. But as ‘Kids for Cash’ shows, the line between …

CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Could Boost Paychecks – And Cut Jobs

Whatever you already believed about raising the federal minimum wage, you now have more ammo for your argument, thanks to a report released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office, titled "The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income."<p>Yes, you're right: Raising the wage …