The Morning: April 11, 2011

A little view from “rose-colored glasses”: A decent attempt to understand why the President caved.  It’s straining to be too positive and give the President a pass. It must be nice for Congress to be able to experiment on the District: Abortion rights, public schools, and a needle injection program all lost out when the … 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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The Morning: March 24, 2011

Is this the trickle down? The Federal government reduces aid to states (FMAP, etc) and states are forced to cut help to cities.  Cities have few options but to raise taxes or cut services.  And so goes the American recession.  Wall Street recovers, the rest of us don’t. With Hunger Action Week in mind: NPR … 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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No Government Shutdown Is Just Delaying Things

Updated Below It appears that the federal government will not shutdown this week.  The House is voting today on two-week Continuing Resolution.  The CR would cut four billion in government spending and would provide time for further debate on funding the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  This is going to get interesting. … Continue reading

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