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

By | 2017-11-19T17:45:59+00:00 November 19th, 2017|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 [...]

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. [...]

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

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

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 [...]

What adolescents want to say about school

By | 2017-09-11T20:31:57+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Earlier this week while in East Harlem, New York, I stopped into a lunch spot around the time the kids were getting out of school. Four young women sat down near me to have a bite, too. On my way out, I stopped by their table and introduced myself. Then I asked them if they [...]