Poverty and income

Explaining U.S. Social Safety Net to Scandinavians is Utterly Embarrassing

UBI, and candidates who are committed to making it the law are where we need to be investing our energy, not in charity, tweaking failed Welfare "to Work" policies state to state, not in passing out sandwiches and Thanksgiving turkeys.

Scarcity, Misdeeds, and Violence? Or Universal Basic Income?

Andrew Yang, Presidential candidate writes, "A culture of scarcity is a culture of negativity. They attack each other. Tribalism and divisiveness go way up."

Disastrous Homelessness Policy Makes Us All Crazy

This month, we read that a woman set another woman afire at a shelter in Queens, New York after an argument. In 2016, a man was practically beheaded at a Manhattan shelter after an argument gone bad. A DHS spokesperson said of the fire starter, “this unconscionable act goes against everything we stand for.” This [...]

Presentation for the Democrats for Life of America conference

How Temporary Assistance to Needy Families ("welfare") federal block grant policy has made parenting mostly impossible* by Diane R. Pagen, LMSW, Social Worker *And why/how to do something about it Dedicated to Gerald and all the kids I have met as a social worker Download the PDF version of the presentation here Presented at the [...]

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Stuff that Makes No Sense: United States

What if legislators LEGISLATED that the dollar amount of a Food Stamp monthly benefit match the amount the USDA itself says is needed to buy the amount and quality of food that keeps a person alive?