Walmart Holding Canned Food Drive For Its Own Employees

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 5:04 am

One of the richest companies in the world has found a solution to help feed their struggling underpaid workers – donations from their other underpaid workers. Walmart has defended the practice as part of the “company’s culture” of charity but the question remains as to why people who are working need such charity. A Walmart [...]

As Nation’s Income Gap Widens DC Sees Boom Times

By: Monday November 18, 2013 7:59 am

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. As poverty and unemployment numbers are revised upwards and the nation’s income gap widens, DC is having boom times as the Dow crosses 16,000. Truly a tale of two economies with a 9.9 out of 10 chance that you aren’t in the one [...]

New Cuts To Food Stamps Come At Worst Time

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 11:35 am

While Congress obsesses over the imagined perils of rich bondholders – aka “the debt” – real Americans struggling to feed their families got another kick to the teeth this month. On November 1st the federal government rolled back food stamp benefits for all 47.6 million people who receive them. The 5.5% reduction in benefits will [...]

House Votes To Cut Food Stamps By $40 Billion

By: Friday September 20, 2013 5:50 am

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Yesterday, in act of extreme viciousness and cruelty, the House of Representatives voted to give those already down a swift kick to the teeth. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and backed solely by Republicans in a 217-210 vote, cuts $40 billion [...]

Census: Poverty Still Historically High As Median Incomes Remain Stagnant

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 10:10 am

The recovery that wasn’t and isn’t. On the day Occupy Wall Street marks its second anniversary the US Census Bureau has published its report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage in America. The results of the study provide more evidence that while the top 1% have gotten even richer, the 99% have stagnated. Median [...]

80 Percent Of Americans Near Poverty As Obama Laments Less Mobile Society

By: Monday July 29, 2013 6:56 am

According to a new survey made available to the Associated Press, 80 percent of U.S. adults struggle with poverty and diminished opportunities. An amazing statistic given America’s position as the richest country in the world and a thorough reality-based indictment of the American Dream mythology. A reality even President Obama, a skilled politician at preying on [...]

Childhood Poverty Up Again

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 7:44 am

Though the words “recovery” ring out in the corporate media the reality is unsurprisingly quite different. While only the rich have benefited from the financial crisis thanks to the State, one metric for prosperity or lack therefore continues to increase – childhood poverty. An annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows [...]

Public Education “Reformers” Discredited By Yet Another Study

By: Tuesday June 4, 2013 7:44 am

The privatization of public education movement sometimes called “ed reform” has always had one fatal flaw – none of their claims are supported by the evidence. In modern American politics being completely nonfactual is only a minor handicap, especially if like the “ed reform” movement you have money behind your agenda. Just shout louder and [...]

Anniversary Of MLK Assassination: The Poor People’s Campaign

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 8:29 am

Today is the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. Contrary to the sanitized saccharine version of Martin Luther King most school children are force fed stands the real man. A radical. A democratic socialist. A man truly despised in the circles of power. Who, in the last campaign before he was struck [...]

Poverty Hits Record Levels As Washington Debates More Austerity

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 5:50 am

While Washington debates cutting Social Security and Medicare the facts are in on the “recovery” – it’s a bust. Not only has unemployment remained historically high – 7.7% officially, 23% by the old metrics – but poverty has spiked to historic highs. The U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans in poverty at levels [...]

Pelosi Says Chained CPI Would Strengthen Social Security

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 7:45 am

Republican craziness has stopped a deal from happening on the fiscal slope, and really nothing else. Because here’s Nancy Pelosi yesterday on chained CPI, a benefit cut to Social Security recipients that happens to be regressive and more painful as people age: Q: Members of your Caucus are organizing against the chained CPI that the [...]

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