The farm bill represents an unholy alliance between lawmakers looking to give wealthy farmers more subsidies and lawmakers looking to expand food stamps.
Despite near-record low unemployment and a record number of open jobs, the number of able-bodied adults on food stamps remains at a near-record 21 million.
Imagine if the ambiguous result in our long struggle to end poverty—like the Vietnam War, an effort in which the goal posts always seem to be moving—was shown to be as ineffective.
“We have about 41 million Americans who are on food stamps right now. Half of that is able-bodied adults and most of whom are not working.”
Two years ago, Republican leadership promised they’d fight harder for reforms to federal health welfare spending. Now that they have increased power, they’re ignoring that promise.
Speaker Paul Ryan promised the House bill would mean ‘bigger paychecks’ for American workers, but some payments are coming straight from another taxpayer’s pocket.
A new poll suggests some evangelical Christians see poverty as the result of laziness, not due to circumstances. But the reality is more complicated.
The accusation that Republicans really want to shove the inhabitants of pediatric cancer wards onto the streets to die is obscuring the health-care debate we need to have.
Many young people are told over and over again to ‘Follow your dreams.’ But that’s often a one-way ticket to poverty, wasted time, and entitlement.
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