10:05 AM, Sep 20, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It is no secret that Washington generally prospers even as the rest of the country struggles. In a rough fashion, prosperity in the capital and economic hardship in the rest of the country are inversely related. An economic crisis means lots of new government pump priming--remember the stimulus?--which means new departments and programs in Washington. More opportunities for the tribe of lawyers and lobbyists.
But times are never really bad in Washington. Unless you are one of the unfortunates living in what is called "deep poverty." As Neil Shah of the Wall Street Journal reports, "The income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012 to an inflation-adjusted $66,583," and "median household incomes for the nation as a whole dropped 6.6%—from $55,030 to $51,371."
The share of people in D.C. experiencing what’s called “deep poverty” — incomes that are 50% below the poverty line — actually rose between 2000 and 2012 from 9.4% to 10.4%.
Making D.C.’s rate "the highest in the country, beating out Mississippi."
Washington: Where all the smart people go to do good, and wind up doing well.
Hosted by Michael Graham4:36 PM, Aug 16, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with R Street Institute's Lori Sanders on her recent story: Why the GOP needs a reform agenda for anti-poverty programs -- reforms that emphasize work, family, and economic freedom.
The poverty of the GOP’s antipoverty agenda.Aug 26, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 47 • By LORI SANDERS AND ELI LEHRER
After five decades of liberal antipoverty programs that have produced only failure and futility, it is more than time for a conservative response to the problem of poverty—one that emphasizes work, family, and economic freedom.
Jul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Senegal is an impoverished West African country where some 26 percent of the population subsists on less than $1 a day. Nearly one in five children there are malnourished. In the country’s rural areas, fewer than half the children regularly attend school.
Nearly a quarter of the people living in Washington, D.C. are on the program.9:13 AM, Mar 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture quietly released new statistics related to the food stamps program, officially known as SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The numbers reveal, in 2012, the food stamps program was the biggest it's ever been, with an average of 46,609,072 people on the program every month of last year. 47,791,996 people were on the program in the month of December 2012.
"Your policies have shut down factories, surged energy costs, and brought economic growth to a standstill."10:51 AM, Feb 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a memo sent to fellow Republicans, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama outlines how he plans to change the terms of the budget debate with Democrats. The memo outlines how the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee plans to bring the fight directly to Democrats.
3:27 PM, Oct 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
New data compiled by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows that, last year, the United States spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty. The calculations are based on data from the Census, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congressional Research Services.
5:00 PM, Oct 24, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
“In this war on poverty, poverty is winning,” said Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Wednesday afternoon. “We deserve better.”
Speaking to an audience of supporters at Cleveland State University, Ryan, who's known for his wonky disquisitions on the federal budget, offered a comprehensive case for a vibrant civil society that cares for its poor on a local and personal level.
Regressive progressives.12:21 PM, Jul 22, 2010 • By PEYTON R. MILLER
In their desperation to cut losses in the 2010 midterms, Democrats are relying ever more heavily on their message that Republicans care nothing about the poor. The GOP, we are told, has opposed tax relief for working class families, subsidized health insurance for those who can’t afford it, and extended unemployment benefits for people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, all while siding with wealthy banking executives in the Democratic dichotomy between “Wall Street” and “Main Street.”
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