Archive for the ‘Poverty’ Category

Puerto Rico by John Oliver

May 6th, 2016

Early next week, I’ll have a piece out on the ongoing debt crisis in Puerto Rico which strongly urges Congress to act before restructuring morphs into bailout. But in the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about this issue from the absolutely brilliant John Oliver. If only I could be 1/10th this entertaining when… Read more

Turning SNAP (food stamps) into a block grant…

January 11th, 2016

…is a terrible idea that would do to SNAP’s invaluable countercyclical function what welfare reform did to TANF’s. That’s the point of this piece over at WaPo this AM. Because I wrote this on Sunday and didn’t want to spend the whole day futzing with data, I used annual data for the figure. But the… Read more

You can’t fix poverty by breaking the safety net

January 8th, 2016

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senator Tim Scott are hosting a poverty forum tomorrow for some of the R presidential candidates. In advance, they wrote a joint op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about how they’d fight poverty, and how the damn liberals keep getting it wrong (“A Republican Cure for Liberal… Read more