Poverty

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Massive disability fraud scheme unravels under congressional magnifying glass

By Andrew Branch
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Government | As the government shutdown rages on, Republicans and Democrats traded compliments in a bizarre scene that unfolded Monday in the Senate Committee on Homeland…

Bob Coté, 1941–2013

By Marvin Olasky
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Homelessness | Bob Coté, founder and president of one of America’s most innovative homeless shelters, Step 13 in Denver, died last Friday. Born 72 years ago, the…

Fighting poverty by embracing abstraction

By Marvin Olasky
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Poverty | The war of words concerning the funding of SNAP—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka “food stamps”—is a perfect example of why I teach…

Washington Post blames the economy for disability roll bloat

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Millinocket, Maine, used to be the paper capital of the world. The towering mills on the Penobscot River were the epitome of a small-town economy bursting…

House takes bite out of food stamp program

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Food stamps are the face of welfare, and House Republicans are determined to force a showdown with the president and Senate over the nation’s social…

GAO: $1.29 billion in disability fraud slips through the cracks

By Andrew Branch
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Government | A recent investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found as much as $1.29 billion in potentially improper payments in the Social Security…

Food stamp propaganda: Eligible equals hungry

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Limiting himself to one meal a day, struggling mechanic and food stamp recipient Dustin Rigsby hunts deer and rodents to feed his wife and 1-year-old.

Signs and Wonders: Making good on a Hard Bargain in Nashville

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | Leaving Nash-Vegas. I spent much of the weekend in Nashville covering the inaugural meeting of the Boy Scout-alternative group Trail Life USA, but I…

Are poor people bound to make poor decisions?

Are poor people bound to make poor decisions?

By Julie Borg
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Poverty | Researchers claim a new study debunks long-standing conservative economic theory by showing that being short on money can impair cognitive function. Their…

TANF flops on family values

TANF flops on family values

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | When 1996 welfare reform turned Aid to Families with Dependent Children into Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Congress gave the program four…

Gospel dignity

By Marvin Olasky
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Books | Helping the poor get off the poverty treadmill

Schools quit healthy lunch program after it fails the kid test

By Andrew Branch
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Food | After just one year, some schools are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at…

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