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'We cannot balance the budget on the backs of poor people,' said Rep.Jim McGovern

House Republicans are reportedly renewing efforts to cut the federal food stamp program, increasing restrictions on benefits and who may qualify for them.

 

The claim that either the old-age or disability trust funds has run dry is 'one of the hoariest lies in the conservatives' playbook.'

Republican opposition to a plan that would shore up a critical government safety-net program amounts to a new front in the GOP's class war and could equal a "death sentence" for many poor recipients, defenders of Social Security said this week.

 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00

Public employee unions under fire again

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Public-sector workers are under fire again — and not just from Republicans.

Three years after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker curtailed collective bargaining and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cut pension benefits for public employees in the name of budget austerity, state and local politicians once again are moving to curtail public-sector unions.

Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

How Texas could give up on its DREAM

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Is this check-mate?

With Gov.-elect Greg Abbott poised to take over the governor’s mansion in the Lone Star State later this month, the Texas legislature will be in prime position to attack and ultimately dismantle one of the state’s most successful pro-immigrant initiatives on the books: the Texas DREAM Act.

How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent? Answer #1: With buzzwords and rhetorical dodges. Answer #2: Not very well.

For details on the House’s action, we pointed yesterday to a number of well-informed analyses – by Nancy Altman and Eric KingsonKathy RuffingAlan PykeDean Baker, andMichael Hiltzik. Republicans moved to cut Social Security disability benefits by blocking a routine reallocation of funds. That’s bad enough, but their end game is even worse: broad Social Security cuts and the privatization of the entire program.

EFF is stunned and deeply saddened by the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper. As free speech advocates, we mourn the use of violence against individuals who used creativity and free expression to engage in cultural and political criticism. Murder is the ultimate form of censorship.

With number of people without permament housing rising nationwide and services for them falling, near-zero temperatures put thousands at severe risk

As record-breaking cold weather sweeps across the nation this week, reports from around the nation show how the U.S. homeless population—which has risen dramatically in recent years—are being hit the hardest in the wake of slashed funding that has left shelters overburdened and public services at their breaking point.

 

Proposal put forth by White House would see federal and state governments pay for two years of college for all those able to maintain 2.5 GPA

A new proposal unveiled by President Obama would make two years of a community college education "free" for all those who maintain a certain grade-point average.

The plan was unveiled in a video statement by the president on Thursday and he will discuss the plan more broadly during a public appearance in Tennessee on Friday.

 

Oxfam International's Winnie Byanyima says political leaders will ignore inequality at their own peril.

According to the nation's richest people, the poor have it easy.

Fifty-four percent of survey respondents categorized as the most financially secure said "poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return," newly released findings by the Pew Research Center show.

Americans who are serious about addressing income inequality have long recognized that the United States needs a Robin Hood Tax—a charge on financial transactions proposed by campaigners who have argued since the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 that “banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should pay their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create.”

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