Local Markets Nourish Families and Communities

Local Markets Nourish Families and Communities

If anyone’s ever looking for me on a Sunday morning, they’d better head to the FreshFarm DuPont Circle Farmers’ Market. I can’t resist the tables piled high with bright green lettuces, plump purple eggplants, and juicy peaches. There’s fresh goat...
Congressional Coddling of the Rich

Congressional Coddling of the Rich

Question: How much did Congress save taxpayers last year when it cut food stamp benefits for 16 million poor children? Answer: Less than the windfall Congress is trying to bestow on a few of the richest American families by ending the federal estate tax. The House has...
Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal? Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated. How, for instance, do we define income? Anything...
Let Us Eat Cake: The New Census Data on Poverty

Let Us Eat Cake: The New Census Data on Poverty

Poverty fell in 2013 U.S. Census data shows. It inched down from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013, but still higher than when the Recession officially ended in 2009. So not yet time to eat cake. …Or is it? Cake and Food Assistance If many state...
Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

This blog originally featured in YES! Magazine. For the first time ever, according to Forbes magazine, the 400 richest Americanshave more than $2 trillion in combined wealth. And, a fifth of that amount is held by just 10 individuals. Of those top 10 richest...
The Tradeoff Between Apple and Apples

The Tradeoff Between Apple and Apples

In May, Americans watched as Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company’s tax avoidance strategies before a Senate investigative panel. Prior to the hearing, Senate investigators released a report documenting Apple’s use of accounting gimmicks to shift $74...
Low-Wage Nation

Low-Wage Nation

With its catchy “We are the 99 Percent” slogan, the Occupy movement focused millions of Americans on our nation’s chronic inequality. As that movement regains momentum, it must pay more attention to the whole 99 percent. We certainly should worry...
Food Stamp Foolishness

Food Stamp Foolishness

Maybe you thought the lowest possible point of Republican miserliness was reached when Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Agriculture proposed that ketchup be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program. If so, you’ve not taken a peek at the GOP’s...

School Lunch Victory

Thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of people who are working hard to get America’s schools to serve healthier food, including First Lady Michelle Obama, the $4.5 billion “Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act 2010” prevailed in the lame-duck session...

Conservative Attack on Christmas

It’s almost too easy to compare congressional conservatives to Charles Dickens’ character Ebenezer Scrooge. A wealthy miser, Ebenezer, like many in Congress who vote for corporate profit over effective anti-poverty programs, is blind to the suffering of an...

Poverty on the March

Come along,We’ll take a tour;Of rules stacked up Against the poor. The standard of living in the United States is unfortunately going down. Not so much for top earners. The harshest blows, as usual, fall farther down the ladder. Now that the financial industry...

Let’s Strengthen our Safety Net

Most of us have friends, neighbors, or family members who have lost jobs, income, and even their homes in this Great Recession. Or we have our own personal stories of increased hardship since the economic meltdown began in 2008. The Census just released data that...

Slashing Food Stamps Makes No Sense

Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or go bowling. This is one of those times. America is now in a Great Jobs Depression that has already lasted 10 years and continues to rage unabated across the land, devastating the middle class. Yet it took two...

A GOP Leader’s Economic Plan

Those who say that Republican Congress critters are just a gaggle of naysaying boneheads with no economic plan of their own haven’t been listening to Rep. John Linder (R-GA). This Georgia right-winger is irked that America’s food-stamp program will grow to...