Just Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 11:45 am

Raise the minimum wage. The arguments for are strong, and the arguments against don’t hold up to facts.

One important reason to raise the minimum wage to a living one is that people who can afford to feed themselves will not need food stamps paid for by taxpayers. You still think everything on the dollar menu really costs only a dollar? Companies who profit off their workers’ labor will be forced to pay a fair price for it, and not get by on taxpayer-subsidized low wages. Just as important, people who can afford to feed themselves earn not just money, but self-respect.

 

Walmart at the Trough: Billions Scammed from Your Tax Money

By: Wednesday August 6, 2014 7:55 am

Walmart, which already is profiting mightily from federal, taxpayer paid corporate welfare in the form of food stamps subsidizing its workers’ low wages, as well as billions in direct profits from buyers shopping with food stamps, also takes advantage of tax laws that help it avoid paying federal tax.

Poverty Is Profitable: 1 out of 3 U.S. Consumers in Debt Collection Status

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 12:09 pm

A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group’s Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans– 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau– have a debt in collection.

Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits — For Its Own Profit

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:05 am

Walmart supports an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) benefits, to erase the cuts Congress voted into place last fall. Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.

Can America Afford to Bring Home the Employee Army?

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 6:15 pm

What happens when a war ends and an army comes home?
It’s been a vexing problem for centuries.

After completing the long Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th Century, a newly-united Spain turned its attention and its Conquistadors toward the New World.

At the end of the Civil War, the Re-United States shifted its victorious army westward, quickly making the American Indian the Civil War’s biggest loser.

Now the United States faces the problem once again.

Farm Bill Passes Senate With Cuts To Food Stamps And Giveaways To Monsanto

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 6:45 am

The Senate has passed the Farm Bill which includes $8 billion of cuts to food stamps and $7 billion of increases to agribusiness. President Obama has said he will sign it into law. Game over.

House Farm Bill Includes $8 Billion Of Cuts To Food Stamps

By: Monday February 3, 2014 11:14 am

After extensive negotiations and public shaming the House of Representatives did what it was going to do anyway and cut food stamps. So just be happy the bill only cuts food stamps by $8 billion instead of the $39 billion the Republicans initially wanted.

Christmas Antidote: Actual News

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 6:01 pm

Here’s a swig of actual news to wash down all those twee “human interest” pieces sticking in your throat.

Big Government for Dummies: Food Stamp Cuts, Bloated Military Budgets, and State-Cartel Capitalism

By: Monday December 16, 2013 4:10 pm

It’s hardly a surprise that the coalition of social-justice groups that held a press conference in Washington, DC, on December 10 had no influence on the latest lurch into austerity.

Cuts To Food Stamps Taking New Form, Eliminating Heating Subsidies Loophole

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 8:58 am

While Congress may be interested in blowing over $600 billion to subsidize defense contractors in fighting the non-existent Soviet Union, the food stamp program is facing the knife. Now you might note that the Pentagon can’t account for trillions (with a t) of dollars and the fraud rate for SNAP is 1%, but whatever. We need to save money and people on food stamps can’t make campaign contributions like defense contractors can.

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