Posts by Matt Bruenig

The new Community Eligibility provision of the National School Lunch Program allows schools and school districts with a sufficient density of poor children to give out free lunches to all of their...
August 25, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Hamilton Nolan is upset that rich people buy up apartments in New York City and do not really use them. He proposes putting an end to this practice by taxing owners of unoccupied apartments 20% of...
August 20, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
If you say that, deep down, everything belongs to everyone, or that the world belongs to all in common, people act as if you are crazy. Yet, this was Christian orthodoxy for millennia. When scholars...
August 20, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Remember when Paul Ryan said this? We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning...
August 15, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
John Aziz at The Week argues that it does not matter how rich the rich are. I believe he is wrong for a number of reasons. The Impoverished Do Suffer Because the Rich Are Rich Aziz opts for the...
August 11, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
To rehash, the Child Allowance (CA) is a policy I have been pushing in which parents receive $300/month for every child they are taking care of. I propose that it replace the Child Tax Credit, the...
August 4, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Every year, the Census puts out two poverty estimates. The first uses the Official Poverty Metric, which counts all cash income from any source excluding tax credits and capital gains. The second...
July 31, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Paul Ryan released his anti-poverty plan last week. In it, he proposes that a variety of federal means-tested welfare programs be turned into cash block grants to states, who would then be allowed to...
July 28, 2014 | Matt Bruenig