Stupid politicians

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?

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+00:00November 7th, 2017|Poverty and income, Stupid politicians|0 Comments

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 |2018-02-11T14:01:13+00:00June 6th, 2017|Poverty and income, Stupid politicians|0 Comments

Auditor finds DHHS misspent $13M in welfare funds

This year is the twentieth anniversary of 1996's welfare reform law. In it, President Bill Clinton gave full control for how to spend federal anti-poverty funds to state level administrators. From 1996 on, the federal government would stay out of states' decisions on how to spend their welfare block grants. The accountability was reduced practically [...]

By |2016-10-23T02:33:05+00:00October 20th, 2016|Stupid politicians|0 Comments

Speak English, Carajo!

Recently, Rick Santorum, Republican party candidate, declared that Puerto Rico would be required to make English its main language if it were to become a state. Just as Santorum’s culture is cemented in his use of English, the Puerto Rican experience has Spanish at its core. The reaction to Santorum’s statements (which he attempted to [...]

By |2016-05-07T09:40:23+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Stupid politicians|0 Comments

GOP Food Stamp Bashers

Have others who know how important the federal Food Stamp program is had enough of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum's endlessly ignorant verbal attacks on the Food Stamp program? Santorum has made several comments that prove he is atrociously ignorant of how the program works, who gets the Food Stamps, and ignorant of how it [...]

By |2016-05-07T09:40:48+00:00January 24th, 2012|Poverty and income, Stupid politicians|0 Comments