My CBPP colleague Donna Pavetti makes an interesting point re Rep. Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan. Ryan tells the story of a single mom, Andrea, who needs a multitude of different services and supports that would, he claims, be more readily provided by his consolidated, block-granted system than by the current safety net (see my critiques… Read more
Over at PostEverything. BTW, a friend who visits here regularly was mildly complaining about jumping around from site to site to read my posts. I sympathize, but we’re just talking a mouse click. And while OTE’ers bring very high quality eyeballs to this site, changing the world requires eyeball quantity as well as quality.
Here’s the WaPo’s discussion of the plan, out tomorrow. Here’s my take re what to look for over at PostEverything, of what to look for. Our anti-poverty infrastructure is actually much more effective than many people claim, including, as Bob Greenstein points out, Paul Ryan himself. Still, one is of course always open to ideas to improve… Read more
I see where my CBPP colleague CC Huang has a nice post up summarizing one of the recommendations from a new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) report on the US economy. The report touts the virtues of the EITC as a wage subsidy for low-income workers that both encourages work and reduces poverty. They… Read more
It is way too common in this town to run into people who think that poor people are poor because they don’t work. Influential Congressman Paul Ryan has referred to safety net benefits as “a hammock” that create “poverty trap” and a culture of non-work, a rap as old as poverty itself. Various critics of… Read more