Poverty and income

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

Children of the Congressmen

Dear Mr. Kingston: Congratulations on your plan to have the destitute children of Georgia sweep their schools to earn their lunches! It is important for kids living in poverty to learn there is no such thing as a free lunch until they become Congressmen or bankers. Of course, since their families are super duper poor, [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:05+00:00 December 20th, 2013|Featured, Poverty and income|0 Comments

Policy leaders out to lunch on food policy and people

I feel great dismay at the Thanksgiving news that Governor Cuomo of New York is giving away $4.5 million to food banks. Even the food bank industry itself has said that the ultimate cost-efficient solution to starving New Yorkers is income and increasing the coverage of the Food Stamp program, as well as increasing the [...]

By | 2016-05-11T15:26:36+00:00 November 30th, 2013|Featured, Poverty and income|0 Comments

Food Stamp Bashing, Congressional Edition

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 [...]

By | 2016-05-07T09:32:47+00:00 August 25th, 2013|Poverty and income|1 Comment

Childhood, Aborted.

In the first 75 years of the 20th century, the United States was really interested in tackling problems affecting children. The federal government consulted public figures. Women spoke of children’s well-being: Eleanor Roosevelt, Lillian Wald, Grace Abbott. Problems like child labor, poverty, juvenile delinquency and malnourishment led to the creation of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:06+00:00 August 9th, 2013|Poverty and income|0 Comments