Corporate Welfare and the Case for Taxes and Regulation

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 2:10 pm

Most everyone knows the most common use of welfare as helping those in danger of being left behind by society. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP although often still referred to as Food Stamps, and Medicaid are the most well known programs available to people. And no, Social Security and Medicare are not welfare programs.


House Committee Passes Resolution of Disapproval for HHS Welfare Waivers

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 12:40 pm

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a resolution today that would overturn the Administration’s new welfare waiver policy under an oversight law called the Congressional Review Act. Another vote is expected in the House Education and the Workforce Committee later today, at which point the resolution could head to the floor of the House. This takes an issue that became a centerpiece of the Presidential election, with Mitt Romney’s campaign claiming (falsely) that the President “removed the work requirement for welfare,” and puts it squarely into Congress.

Pete Stark Introduces Bill to Classify Child-Rearing as Work Under Welfare’s Work Requirement

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 12:45 pm

Pete Stark has introduced his bill called the Women’s Option to Raise Kids (WORK) Act, which would allow low-income mothers with children up to 3 years old to classify their child-rearing responsibilities as work, just the way Ann Romney did. Will Mrs. Romney support it?

It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “Work” Is

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 6:01 pm

Mitt says “all moms are working moms.” Pete Stark wants to hold him to it.

The “Food Stamp Speaker” is Actually Newt Gingrich

By: Monday January 23, 2012 10:00 am

Gingrich never tires of calling Barack Obama a food stamp President, saying that the food stamp rolls increased by the highest amount in history under this Administration. As a technical matter, this is not true. George W. Bush actually put more people on food stamps, and the law that allowed that was passed while Gingrich was Speaker. More interesting, the food stamps program is a success!

House GOP Year-End Bill a Christmas Tree of Ideology

By: Sunday December 11, 2011 7:40 am

The House released their version of a year-end bill to extend unemployment benefits, a payroll tax cut and a “doc fix” to avoid a 27% cut in Medicare reimbursement. A look at the various elements of the bill make clear that Republicans have little interest in passing anything through Congress.

Welfare Reform at 15: A Sad Story of the Fraying of the Safety Net

By: Tuesday August 23, 2011 4:15 pm

Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the Clinton welfare reform package, which “ended welfare as we know it.” In a sense, we didn’t really know how that would turn out until a time of stress. Unfortunately, for the group of low-income Americans who need welfare, that stress has been part of their lives for almost a decade.

In America Being Poor Is a Criminal Offense

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 1:03 pm

It takes a special kind of bully to target the most vulnerable and neediest families in society, which millionaire politicians like to argue are draining America’s treasury. I am referring to Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), who recently introduced a bill that would require states to implement drug testing of applicants for and recipients of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Shades of George W. Bush: Tom Emmer Has Photo-Op at Company He Didn’t Want Helped

By: Monday September 6, 2010 3:30 pm

Remember how it became a running joke that the surest way to see if George W. Bush was going to cut a group’s funding was if he’d done a recent photo-op with it? I mean, it happened again and again.

Well now, today we see Tom Emmer, a tax cut fanatic in the mold of George W. Bush and outgoing governor Tim Pawlenty, had a photo-op at a company that, if Emmer had had his way, would likely have gone under.

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