Diane

About Diane Pagen

Diane was born in Queens, New York, and has lived in all the boroughs of NYC except for Staten Island. She is a social worker, a social policy researcher and writer, and has taught social welfare policy to first year graduate social work students. Diane is working on analysis of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grants and educating people on the diversion of these block grants by state welfare bureaucracies, a phenomenon that is aggravating poverty nationally. She loves to read and to write, to go to Scandinavia House, and watch Swedish crime series such as Wallender. She enjoys taking trips to the country, gardening, and writing, as well as discussing politics with her students, her friends, her dates and just about anyone who can talk.

Diane is a graduate of the Universidad de Puerto Rico, where she studied for five years and graduated with honors, and has a Master of Social Work from Fordham University (2004). Thanks to the UPR, she has learned to speak Spanish. She has also lived in Spain and in France, and wants to retire to Colombia if the US continues to fall into the toilet. She has two cats, two nieces, one nephew, one mom, one brother, one sister, and one true love. Diane lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

The Christmas Basket (A conversation starter for your post-holiday hangover)

To say the chosen families needed the help more than the others was to advertise that they were particularly destitute, since everyone in room was poor, including by the way the teachers, who made about $12 an hour.

By | 2017-11-19T17:45:59+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Poverty and income, Universal Basic Income, Women|0 Comments

Marco Rubio’s pre-Thanksgiving hypocrisy on helping “working families.”

In Rubio's Florida, for example, the maximum monthly welfare payment for a family is $303, even though a federal poverty line income is $1590 a year. That's some lifestyle.

By | 2017-11-12T12:43:34+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Politicians, all types, Poverty and income|0 Comments

All Tricks, No Treats: A Nation (Un)Committed to Children

It may seem anti-social to smother the baby you birthed, but for a teenager schooled in the values of American society, maybe not so much. Tiona Rodriguez, who was 17 at the time, may have needed some more adult direction to keep from going shopping and shoplifting right after birthing a baby and killing it. [...]

By | 2017-11-12T12:40:04+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Poverty and income, Stupid politicians|0 Comments

Creation vs. Consumption

There is something very satisfying about saving a piece of old furniture. I think of the people who have sat on it, or at it, maybe talking out a problem not different from the problems I have; or maybe they planned a birthday party, or a trip, or how they'd make the rent on a [...]

Poverty: All in Your Head, According to Those Paid to Know Better

If there is any one thing that could make a person unfit to head up federal housing policy in the United States, it would be his belief that poverty is a “state of mind.” Despite centuries and decades of intelligent discussion, research and policymaking on the subject, here comes Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the [...]

By | 2017-09-11T20:31:42+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Featured, Poverty and income, Stupid politicians|0 Comments