Poverty in America

Indecent Proposal: $20 Billion in Food Stamps Cut for a Few Farm Subsidies

Indecent Proposal: $20 Billion in Food Stamps Cut for a Few Farm Subsidies
The 2013 agriculture bill that was passed in the Senate proposes a few modest but welcome cuts to programs subsidizing big agriculture, but it also insures that millions of the poorest Americans will once again struggle with hunger. Sadly, Democratic Senators like Missouri's Claire McCaskill voted for the bill.
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Flee City: Poor People Relocate to Suburbs

Flee City: Poor People Relocate to Suburbs
According to a new report, the number of low-income people living in suburbs increased 67-percent between 2000 and 2011, altering longstanding perceptions of a rising middle-class fleeing from cities to achieve the American Dream. It's now the poor who are being forced out by the cycle of gentrification to places where, more often than not, the safety nets aren't ready.
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Means Testing for Social Security Won't Guarantee Solvency

The issue of sustainably of Social Security and Medicare — I fear that the word “entitlement” feeds into the frenzy — actually has little to do with greed and is largely a function of our uniquely inefficient system of health care delivery, as that’s from where our real long-term fiscal problems derive. And this goes well beyond the public sector — private sector health spending is also unsustainable and, unless we slow it down to a rate closer to overall economic growth, will eventually crowd out too much of the other things we want and need.
We can and should achieve solvency in Social Security, but sacrifices by baby boomers don’t get you very far, as I’ll show in a moment.
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