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  • America is Truly Exceptional, But Not For the Reasons You Have Been Told
    Have you ever had someone ask you why you just don't just leave the country whenever you express even the slightest frustration with the status quo? It's a common refrain from those who believe in American exceptionalism and is something I've heard so often that I've begun to push back more forcefully against those who suggest I leave my homeland because I have the gall to question
  • One of the most misunderstood and falsely maligned Federal programs in the United States is Section 8 of the United States Housing Act.
  • Everyone Should Be Able To Afford Healthcare
    According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the national poverty rate for the continental US (for 2014) is $11,670/year. That's for one person, living by themselves. For every extra person in the household, you add $4,060.
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  • Pope tells Davos elite: Consider your role in creating povertyWed Jan 20, 2016 | reuters.com
    Pope Francis told members of the world's wealthy political and economic elite on Wednesday that they should not be deaf to the cry of the poor and must consider their own...
  • The Paradoxical Politics of InequalityMon Nov 23, 2015 | talkingpointsmemo.com
    In a speech at the Center for American Progress last December, President Barack Obama declared that economic inequality was “the defining challenge of our time.”...
  • The Equalizer: Bill de Blasio vs. InequalitySun Nov 15, 2015 | theatlantic.com
    This past may, Bill de Blasio, the first-term mayor of New York City, traveled south from his home turf to Washington, D.C. He had come to solve America’s problems. “What...
  • We know how to eliminate poverty. So why don't we?Fri Nov 13, 2015 | vox.com
    On this week's episode of The Weeds, fellow Vox editor Dylan Matthews joins Matt Yglesias and me for what is certainly the most in-depth discussion of basic income ever...
  • Pope Francis brings message about power and the poor to U.S.Tue Sep 22, 2015 | reuters.com
    Pope Francis arrived on his first visit to the United States on Tuesday, bringing to Washington a message that its power and wealth should be used to serve humanity, and...
  • The Pope vs. AmericaMon Sep 21, 2015 | politico.com
    Pope Francis has been brushing up on his English ahead of his arrival in Washington in September, and tickets to his U.S. events are already a hot commodity. But anyone...
  • How to Get Low-Wage Workers Into the Middle ClassWed Aug 19, 2015 | theatlantic.com
    After 10 years as a McDonald’s cashier in Los Angeles, Albina Ardon earns just $9.05 an hour. For most of her time there, Ardon, 28, has been deeply frustrated because her...
  • Poverty affects kids' brains at a crucial timeMon Jul 20, 2015 | motherjones.com
    A new study suggests that growing up poor affects brain development at an early age, and those brain changes can have huge effects on academic achievement. Researchers...

Democratic Legislation that Benefits Poor

DatePositive Result\BenefitLawRank
12/17/10$40 billion in tax credits for college students and lower income families with children2010 Tax & Jobs Compromise
05/20/09$2.2 billion appropriated to help communities address the homeless crisis.Helping Families Save Their Homes
02/17/09$100 billion in education aid to prevent lay-offs, modernize schools, award Pell grants and help low income children & special education programs2009 Stimulus Bill
02/17/09$155 billion in health care assistance for the poor & unemployed primarily for Medicaid, health information technology and insurance premium subsidies 2009 Stimulus Bill
02/17/09$82.2 billion in aid for low income workers, unemployed and retirees (including job training)2009 Stimulus Bill

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