8:32 AM, Feb 4, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough went to San Francisco last week to count the homeless. The San Francisco Chronicle called the move the "opposite of a publicity stunt."
The crew that spent 1½ hours walking around San Francisco’s downtown peering at every ragged person they could find was led by Mayor Ed Lee, Denis McDonough, President Obama’s chief of staff, and Trent Rhorer, director of the city’s Human Services Agency. It was a remarkable venture, marking the first time such a high-ranking White House official had ever helped the city conduct its biennial homeless count — and the way it got carried out was the opposite of a publicity stunt.
Only a handful of staffers and Secret Service agents accompanied the special group of counters, and as they tallied their toll of misery it was all business.
Even the Center for American Progress commented on how "quietly" and "with little fanfare or press attention" McDonough's move was. "It was the first time such a high-ranking official from the White House had been part of the city’s count. The group counted 144 people living in eight square blocks within an hour and a half."
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Obama's chief of staff told the Chronicle. “What I see here, what we just walked through, this is a problem. ... But this is the same sort of challenge we face all over the country. The numbers tell the story. And that’s why this count is so important.”
The Huffington Post reported, "The chief of staff said Obama simply wanted a firsthand account of how the city is fighting for its most vulnerable residents."
10:31 AM, Jun 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In what some are interpreting as a veiled shot at Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden says that the fact he isn't rich shouldn't be held against him:
I make a lot of money as vice president, Biden said in the Washington, D.C. speech this morning. But, he said, he was the poorest member of Congress when he was a U.S. senator.
For fighting poverty. Feb 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22 • By TAMAR JACOBY
Chalk it up to the polarized times we live in—another sign of just how bad things have gotten. The past few weeks have seen a dazzling burst of intellectual activity and new ideas on the right: Republican elected officials, think tanks, journals, and columnists exploding with fresh thinking about poverty and inequality. But the ferment has been greeted mostly with derision—dismissed as just so much political posturing and jockeying for electoral advantage.
A better approach to poverty.Feb 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21 • By ELI LEHRER and LORI SANDERS
President Obama’s State of the Union speech brimmed with ideas to increase upward mobility and spur job creation—most of which have been tried previously, without good results. From calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage to announcing the creation of six new “high-tech manufacturing hubs” centered around research universities, too many of these ideas flow from misplaced confidence in the ability of top-down government policy to steer the economy and lift the circumstances of those in poverty.
'It Makes Economic Sense for a Woman to Have More Than One Husband.'8:22 AM, Jan 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an article published a couple days ago, Time magazine endorses "Polyandry," which Merriam-Webster defines as "the state or practice of having more than one husband or male mate at one time."
"It Makes Economic Sense for a Woman to Have More Than One Husband," reads the article's headline. The sub-headline reads, "By pooling male resources, polyandry improves household incomes and combats child poverty."
'In many cases...'7:12 AM, Jan 15, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of State John Kerry covered a broad range of topics with his counterpart Pietro Parolin at the Vatican in Rome on Monday. Besides Syria, the Middle East peace process, Sudan, and Cuba, the subject of poverty came up during their discussions.
50,000 words, boiled down—way down.Dec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
Everybody has an opinion about the pope these days and, what’s worse, feels compelled to express it. Rush Limbaugh has an opinion about the pope. He says he finds the pope “upsetting.” And he’s not even Catholic!
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.
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.