Austerity

Food for Thought: Who Receives SNAP and What 47 Million Americans Will Do Without It

Food for Thought: Who Receives SNAP and What 47 Million Americans Will Do Without It
In 2011, 20.8 million households received food stamps, and one-quarter of these consisted of an elderly or a disabled person living alone. One-sixth were unemployed single people living alone. The rest were mainly households with children, most of whom are headed by a single parent, and 13 percent of whom have no adult at all. That last group totals 1.3 million households of only children, about 2.6 million children. Lazy freeloaders, all of 'em!
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Will Portugal Be Austerity’s Next Victim?

Will Portugal Be Austerity’s Next Victim?
Portugal, considered to be the best student of austerity economics in Western Europe, has seen little economic benefit from the budget cuts and tax hikes of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho and Finance Minister Vítor Gaspar.
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Cuts to Meals on Wheels Leave Seniors Hungry, Increase Health Care Costs for Government

Cuts to Meals on Wheels Leave Seniors Hungry, Increase Health Care Costs for Government
You may have heard that Republicans are forcing (even more) cuts in programs like Meals On Wheels. Big deal, another “budget cut” to reduce the dreaded “government spending.” But what does all of this this mean to actual, real people? What really happens to real Americans isn’t real pretty.
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Dave Johnson
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Fighting Economic Fatalists: A National Strategy For Better Jobs

Fighting Economic Fatalists: A National Strategy For Better Jobs
Economic isolationism and neo-Ludditism would reduce everyone’s living standards. Most importantly, there are many ways to create good jobs and reduce inequality. Other nations are doing it; the United States is not.
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Robert Reich
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Austerity Is Dead: It's Time to Revive America's Infrastructure

Austerity Is Dead: It's Time to Revive America's Infrastructure
The U.S. deficit is down more than 50 percent from what President Bush left behind, projections of the rise in medical costs that drove future deficits are way down, the “intellectual foundation” that justified the push for cutting government has collapsed, and the European experiment has shown that budget cuts really just make things worse. Meanwhile, we have two real problems to worry about: unemployment and crumbling infrastructure. Can we finally hire people to fix things?
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Missouri Isn't In Kansas Anymore: Governor Nixon Vetoes Harsh Austerity Measures

Missouri Isn't In Kansas Anymore: Governor Nixon Vetoes Harsh Austerity Measures
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the disastrous GOP tax cut bill HB253. Over a ten year period, the bill would have cut corporate income taxes from 6.25 percent to 3.5 percent, at a price tag of $800 million. The move keeps Missouri from following the potentially calamitous path set by neighboring Kansas — for now.
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Scott Walker’s Austerity Plan: Turning Wisconsin Into the New Greece

Scott Walker’s Austerity Plan: Turning Wisconsin Into the New Greece
Greece can be seen as a case study of what not to do during troubled economic times: A safety net destroyed, public unions decimated and massive corporate tax breaks that did nothing to help their economy, leading only to skyrocketing unemployment. Now, Wisconsin sadly serves as a parallel study.
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House GOP Aims to Exacerbate Already Painful Austerity by Further Slashing Education, Interior, State Departments

House GOP Aims to Exacerbate Already Painful Austerity by Further Slashing Education, Interior, State Departments
Republicans controlling the House pressed ahead Tuesday with efforts to slash funding for the departments of Education, Interior and State that go deeper than those already implemented under a painful round of automatic austerity.
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Andrew Taylor
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CBO Predicts US Deficit Will Plummet but Republican Austerity Obsession Shows No Sign of Waning

CBO Predicts US Deficit Will Plummet but Republican Austerity Obsession Shows No Sign of Waning
Republicans are determined to "fix" everything except what is really wrong with America. While trying yet again to repeal Obamacare and obsessing over every imagined scandal in the book they are refusing to pass a jobs bill to provide relief to working Americans. Worse yet is their obsession with the deficit. Sadly for Republicans, that "crisis" is over.
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American Indian Youth Suffering Due to Sequestration

American Indian Youth Suffering Due to Sequestration
While people in Congress are concerned about the impact of the sequester on people who fly in airplanes and who visit the White House, they have no concern for Indian young people who have never flown in an airplane and who will never visit the White House because they are trapped in the cycle of poverty.
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