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

By | 2017-12-25T10:13:24+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Featured, Poverty and income, Universal Basic Income, Women|

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.

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

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

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.

Creation vs. Consumption

By | 2017-10-07T22:52:00+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Childhood Memories, Featured, Incivility, bad manners, Universal Basic Income|

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 [...]

Food Stamp Bashing, Congressional Edition

By | 2016-05-07T09:32:47+00:00 August 25th, 2013|Poverty and income|

by Diane R. Pagen, LMSW The Congressional Food Stamp bashers are at it again. I do wish they would call each other in the morning before telling rooms full of Americans what is wrong with Food Stamp users. In June we heard a Congressman from Texas, Louie Gohmert, say that it’s obvious poor Texas kids [...]

Pro-soda group’s “concern” for poor is bull-doo

By | 2018-01-02T14:44:45+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Featured, Poverty and income, Uncategorized, Universal Basic Income|

So now, are we to believe that the pro-soda, pro-diabetes, pro-obesity lobby is coming to the defense of the poor in the United States? If the anti-soda tax people cared, they'd get behind a Universal Basic Income.

FDR’s Freedom from Want: Time to Remember

By | 2018-01-06T13:04:05+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Politicians, all types, Poverty and income|

- Photo by John Simoes (jsfotographic.tumblr.com) - FDR despised soup kitchens and bread lines and thought them to be shameful evidence of our failure to create income distribution policies for our people.

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

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

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. [...]