A candidate for President wants a Universal Basic Income

By |2018-02-11T19:48:20+00:00February 11th, 2018|Featured, Politicians, all types|

Andrew Yang, a not-for-profit and for profit entrepreneur is running for President of the United States. I for one couldn't be happier. Those who have been reading me for some time, and those who know me, know that I couldn't be sicker of the current public "assistance" system: the one that distributes insufficient amounts of [...]

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

By |2018-02-11T13:59:39+00:00November 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 |2018-10-11T20:14:27+00:00November 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 about $1500 a month for a family of three. That's some lifestyle.

Creation vs. Consumption

By |2018-02-11T14:00:29+00:00October 7th, 2017|Childhood Memories, 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+00:00August 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 [...]

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

By |2018-08-11T22:07:50+00:00August 11th, 2018|Featured, Incivility, bad manners, Poverty and income, 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

By |2018-08-11T21:28:18+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Featured, Incivility, bad manners, Poverty and income, Universal Basic Income|

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

By |2018-07-28T09:03:18+00:00July 21st, 2018|Poverty and income, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Democrats for Life – DFLA – National Conference Speakers 2018

By |2018-07-04T11:40:14+00:00July 4th, 2018|Featured|

Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) is hosting its inaugural Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado on July 20-22, 2018. The DFLA Annual Conference is the pinnacle of our work to rejuvenate the Democratic Party with pro-life Democrats. One in 3 Democrats is pro-life or have significant reservations about our current abortion policy, and significant concerns [...]