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Food stamp propaganda: Eligible equals hungry

Poverty
by Andrew Branch
Posted 9/10/13, 11:08 am

Limiting himself to one meal a day, struggling mechanic and food stamp recipient Dustin Rigsby hunts deer and rodents to feed his wife and 1-year-old. Tarnisha Adams got cancer, left her job, and now might have to eat just once a day as she feeds three college-age sons with food stamps.

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Are poor people bound to make poor decisions?

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by Julie Borg
Posted 9/07/13, 09:00 am

Researchers claim a new study debunks long-standing conservative economic theory by showing that being short on money can impair cognitive function. Their conclusion is that circumstances, not individuals, are the major cause of poverty, without recognizing the responsibility people still have in making decisions.

Using only two studies, Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan and his colleagues found financial stress monopolizes thinking, making other calculations slower and more difficult, like the effects of going without sleep for a night.

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TANF flops on family values

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by Andrew Branch
Posted 9/06/13, 02:00 pm

When 1996 welfare reform turned Aid to Families with Dependent Children into Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Congress gave the program four goals. The fourth: “Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.” Today’s funding for it: 1 percent.

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