By Rep. Barbara Lee | April 24, 2018 at 6:45 am When I was a young single mother raising my sons, I relied on food stamps during a very difficult period in my life. They were a “bridge over troubled water” and I thank my government for this assistance. But today, these vital programs are under attack. This month, President Trump issued an executive order to made good on his promise to diminish essential services like food stamps. Instead of choosing to help Americans, President Trump decided to cut basic living programs for countless families. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides for a basic living standard that ensures every individual has access to food during difficult times. Unfortunately, due to a rule that the Trump administration is currently proposing, these benefits are now under attack for some groups. Attacking the poor is nothing new in Washington, D.C. For far too many years, politicians have chosen to demonize struggling … [Read more...] about Barbara Lee: Trump food stamp cuts rooted in racist stereotypes
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Andrew Van Dam, The Washington Post Published 10:02 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 It was one of the weirder exchanges in a surreal, five-hour Senate hearing. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, opened his turn to speak with what might have been an attempt at flattery. Or small talk. "Quite a story, right?" he asked. "Dorm room to the global behemoth that you guys are. Only in America, would you agree with that?" Except Mark Zuckerberg didn't agree. Not immediately, at least. Awkward silence filled the gap where his patriotic platitude should have been. Recommended Video: Now Playing: In a nearly five-hour marathon session of testimony before a Senate committee, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from lawmakers. But the San Francisco based Electronic Frontier Foundation says even Zuckerberg doesn't know who might h Media: KTVU "Senator, mostly in America," the world's seventh-richest person replied. It only got weirder: Sullivan (gently prodding): … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg gets it right, kind of. His success is not an ‘only in America’ story.
Imagine you had complete control of the U.S. government: What one thing would you do to reduce the country's staggering economic inequality?It's no small task: The 400 richest Americans control more wealth than the poorest 80 million households, and as the richest citizens continue to capture the lion's share of new wealth — the top 5 percent has captured 74 percent of the wealth created in this country since 1982 — the situation is only growing more extreme.But while there's consensus that America is a wildly unequal country, there's broad disagreement on what, if anything, should be done to address that. That's certainly true in Congress, where disagreement and deadlock have consigned meaningful action on inequality to the realm of the hypothetical.That doesn't mean we shouldn't ask what could happen. And in that spirit, we asked experts from across the ideological spectrum what they would do to address inequality if they were king (or queen) for a day.Their … [Read more...] about How 12 experts would end economic inequality if they ran America
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday took on his Democratic opponent, activist and actress Cynthia Nixon, on her key argument that the state has long underfunded public schools and the worst neglect has been in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in New York City. “This state funds education at the highest rate in the nation,” Cuomo told the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC-FM in Manhattan on Friday. “We are double the national average . . . it is the highest in the nation.” Nixon, an education activist for more than 15 years, spent her first week of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor blasting Cuomo over education funding. She said the state must be forced to adequately fund schools, then emphasized “all the schools.” Cuomo said he’s insisting in the state budget talks now underway that school districts statewide divulge how much of state aid they allocate to individual schools, including schools serving predominantly racial … [Read more...] about Cuomo rejects Nixon’s school funding jabs, touts ‘highest in the nation’ spending
Raw Deal: How Wall Street and Washington broke faith with working familiesAs hard times linger, unemployed workers are grappling with shame, anxiety and depression. They are cutting costs, losing health care coverage and worried about retirement. They fear their children’s generation will be worse off than theirs.Job fair in New York Kathy Willens/APYet they still believe in the American dream.Those are the findings of a new poll of out-of-work Americans conducted by The New York Times and CBS News. When asked if they think it is still possible “to start out poor in this country, work hard and become rich,” a robust 67 percent of the unemployed said yes— just a few points less than the 75 percent of all Americans who replied in the affirmative.The jobless workers’ faith in America, however, does not extend to its political and economic systems, or to their current cast of elected leaders. When asked who is to blame for the nation’s high … [Read more...] about 8 in 10 Unemployed Americans Say They’d Take any Job They Can Get