One last point about the new poverty numbers, which is that they show that elderly poverty remains a major problem in the United States. Conventional wisdom holds that seniors are doing just fine in...
September 14, 2011 | David Callahan
As we continue to mine the new poverty statistics over here from the Census Bureau, here is a statistics that many people will find surprising: The poverty rate for naturalized U.S. citizens is 10.8...
September 14, 2011 | David Callahan
For decades we've been hearing that government spending helps to cause poverty by keeping people dependent and by depressing economic growth. This is not only nonsense, but new Census data shows that...
September 14, 2011 | David Callahan
It's hardly news when House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan distorts the facts about fiscal policy -- his supposed area of expertise -- but it still surprises me nonetheless. Consider this whopper from a...
September 14, 2011 | David Callahan
President Obama’s jobs speech last Thursday evening heartened Democrats and progressives, but yesterday’s meeting of the “super-committee” reminds us how much Obama has...
September 14, 2011 | Robert Kuttner
Incredibly enough, Social Security -- long considered a third rail of politics -- has become a ferocious touchstone during this Presidential primary cycle, even with the Iowa Caucus still a half-year...
September 13, 2011 | Elon Green
A long overdue debate on tax reform is now underway. Yesterday, White House aides said they hoped to pay for the President's $450 billion jobs plan by sharply limiting tax deductions for upper income...
September 13, 2011 | David Callahan
In the wake of disasters across the Midwest, most of the entire east coast and at least 30,000 acres of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief fund has dipped below $550...
September 12, 2011 | Elon Green