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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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The New GOP Poverty Efforts Are Impractical, Incoherent, and Inhumane (TNR)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal explains the problems with the Republican focus on cutting costs and eliminating government programs. The president’s anti-poverty plan, while flawed, makes more sense.

The Partisan Divide Over the Earned Income Tax Credit (MSNBC)

Timothy Noah writes that the GOP now classifies any kind of government aid as “dependence,” even the EITC. That means the working poor can no longer count on any bipartisan support.

Obama's Budget: Help for Workers, Taxes for the Rich (CNNMoney)

Jeanne Sahadi says the president's budget proposal centers on tax reforms that help low- and middle-income workers. She lays out the minor changes this would mean for the wealthiest Americans.

Budget Day and Why That Matters–A Lot! (On The Economy)

It's true that many of the top-line budget numbers were set by the Murray/Ryan plan that ended the shutdown, but Jared Bernstein says the president's budget is about political aspirations.

The Real Poverty Trap (NYT)

Paul Krugman counters an assumption from Paul Ryan's poverty report, explaining that work effort doesn't guarantee social mobility. But reducing inequality increases mobility, so social safety net programs remain key.

Exclusive: Report Finds Taking A Paid Day Off When Sick Is A Privilege Of The Wealthy (ThinkProgress)

Bryce Covert looks at a new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research, which shows the vast gap in access to paid sick leave between low-income workers and wealthier workers.

New on Next New Deal

Prevention Over Punishment: The Push to Reduce Gun Violence in Chicago

Focusing on strengthening neighborhoods and healing communities is a far more effective solution than sentencing minimums, write Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Chicago City Network members Janaè Bonsu and Johnaè Strong


Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:00 AM PST.

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  •  The Rethugs hate people the poor are just an easy (2+ / 0-)
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    ratcityreprobate, Gooserock

    Target for punishment. They are venal sadists credited by a bad combo of Puritanism, & evil southern confederate white male supremacy.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:07:25 AM PST

    •  An Easy Early Target. (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, Amber6541

      As the RW infrastructure solidifies and grows, they'll come for the middle and upper middle class as they have begun to do.

      It's a process, they play half century long ball.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:18:10 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Pro Poverty. (0+ / 0-)

    Conservatism seeks to restore the 8,000 year norm of civilization, with a tiny aristocracy of great wealth, and vast numbers of disenfranchised working poor.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:17:17 AM PST

  •  Republicans love the poor (0+ / 0-)

    and will do whatever it takes to make them even poorer. That how they make themselves feel like big men. Plus when people are staving it's real easy to get them to work cheap, and that is the dream of the rich to bring back the company store so to speak. Then they can have all the money and we get nothing. It is only a matter of time before the Republicans destroy the middle class. I often marvel how many people so willing put there head on the chopping block by voting for Republicans

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 06:05:28 AM PST

  •  We are winning the war on poverty (1+ / 0-)
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    GOP on LSD

    "In a paper published in the Fall 2012 issue of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Bruce D. Meyer and James X. Sullivan present some alternative interpretations and more cheerful conclusions in "Winning the War: Poverty from the Great  Society to the Great Recession." They conclude: "Despite repeated claims of a failed war on poverty, our results show that  the combination of targeted economic policies and policies that support  growth has had a significant impact on poverty. ... Noticeable improvements have been made in the last decade; although not as big as the improvements in some earlier decades, they are comparable to or better than the progress made in the 1980s. We may not yet have won the war on poverty, but we are certainly winning."

    http://conversableeconomist.blogspot.com/...

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 08:11:15 AM PST

  •  GOP (0+ / 0-)

    The question of "Is the GOP Anti-poverty and anti-poor" could easily be mistaken to mean they want to eliminate poverty and the poor people, which most know that isn't true. What they want is to eliminate any Gov. funding going to the poor or improvised. Headline can be read both ways. If I was  a GOPer I would think that's exactly what we want to do but as a democrat I see that the article should condemn the GOP for their inhumane attitude toward the disadvantaged.

  •  If Democrats would just learn not to say things (0+ / 0-)

    like this:

    why don’t we just boost those things directly through government action?
    It immediately raises pictures in my mind of Wartburgs and Trabants, and Soviet citizens negotiating their way into Bulgarian preserves -- at least I think it was Bulgarian.  Might have been some other Eastern bloc nation.

    As somebody of the conservative equation, I can never take somebody seriously who resorts to such phrases too quickly.

    The reality is that the government will need to do something, and some of that something may have to be direct jobs programs, but the real bang for buck is, as in the private sector, in being able to get your job done with Other People's Money.  Make it easier and more profitable for people to work on their own, start companies, expand small businesses, etc, and good things can happen.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 08:28:37 PM PST

  •  that's what dems/liberals don't understand. (0+ / 0-)

    they are anti-poor.  being anti poverty is a bleeding heart liberal thing.

    and it's much less about long established religious/ayn randian indoctrination as it is about 20 years of rw radio indoctrination. it is not a natural consensus on the right- it is well cultivated.

    limbaugh leads an army of 450 loud blowhards who hate the poor, and that army has been unchallenged in its ignorant and hypocritical attack on american democracy. that is why these new republicans are given any credence at all and are still a major party, and still win elections.  

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 08:36:32 PM PST

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