I Get It: Congress is an April Fool’s Day Joke

I’m not sure what’s more frustrating: the report that shows a family of four needs to make $68,000 to find stability in this country or the fact that it’s not going to change.  The Federal poverty level has long been an inadequate, but the discrepancy between the what the Federal government considers poverty ($22,050 for … Continue reading

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Is Michelle Rhee Bad for the Education Reform Movement?

Closing the “achievement gap” and raising student tests scores are the holy grails of the education reform movement.  Washington, D.C. became a showcase for reform under the leadership of former Chancellor Michelle Rhee.  That’s why the report questioning the rise in standardized test scores in D.C. schools in USA Today is worrying enough.  Ms. Rhee’s … Continue reading

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No SNAP for Striking Workers?

Map Via Updated below The Republican war on low-income Americans is breathtaking in its audacity.  Already this year the Republicans in the House have reduced, or cut completely, funding for programs that enable low-income Americans to keep the heat on in winter, obtain legal services, access healthcare at Community Health Centers.  Republicans have busted public … Continue reading

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Poverty Programs That Work

In an appropriate kick off to Hunger Action Week in Seattle, a report about the success of programs like basic food assistance was released in New York on Monday.  “Policy Affects Poverty“, while only focusing on New York City, shows that an additional 250,000 people would have fallen into poverty if it were not for … Continue reading

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The Leader Who Refuses to Lead: Gun Control

Especially when making a false equivalence and supporting the status quo is so much easier. President Obama gave us a thousand words or so of equivocating and middling policy proposals, which will satisfy no one, on gun control in the Arizona Daily Star on Sunday.  Administration aides made sure to follow-up with the New York … Continue reading

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