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Fighting poverty by embracing abstraction

Poverty
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/30/13, 12:44 pm

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 journalism students to use specific detail and avoid lingering on the top rungs of the ladder of abstraction.

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Washington Post blames the economy for disability roll bloat

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by Andrew Branch
Posted 9/24/13, 04:10 pm

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 with opportunity for people of all education levels. 

But bankruptcies and a new economic climate destroyed 90 percent of those jobs. And as The Washington Post detailed Friday, many of those workers are now on Social Security Disability Insurance.

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House takes bite out of food stamp program

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by Andrew Branch
Posted 9/23/13, 03:22 pm

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 programs. 

The House of Representatives voted 217-210 Thursday to reform the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by tightening loopholes and restoring work requirements. That amounts to $4 billion in cuts per year, about 5 percent of the $80 billion program. The cut is 10 times greater than the $400 million proposed Senate cut, and Democrats are howling about it. 

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