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  • May 17, 2006

    Inequality Counts

    The relentless reduction of taxes on the wealthy has created a profound inequality between the very rich and the bottom half of American society, affecting every aspect of daily life.

    Leon Friedman

  • April 17, 2006

    Tax Refund Scheme Targets the Working Poor

    Corporate tax preparers like H&R Block continue to target taxpayers hungry for rapid refunds with questionable loans.

    Bernice Yeung

  • October 20, 2005

    Robbing the Poor

    As House Republicans use the cost of recovery from Gulf Coast storms as an excuse to rip last-minute holes in the social safety net, it’s not too late to change priorities.

    Sharon Lerner

  • October 13, 2005

    Squeezing the Have-Nots

    Fitful efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast unfold against a backdrop of looming economic disaster: rising unemployment and interest rates, misplaced priorities and a recession that will hurt the weakest most.

    William Greider

  • September 20, 2005

    Bush Finally Sees Poor People

    It takes a hurricane to raise awareness that the numbers of poor people are growing on George Bush’s watch. Will that be enough for the President to begin to level the playing field?

    Robert Scheer


  • April 26, 2005

  • April 21, 2005

    Let Them Eat Cake

    The Bush budget cuts programs for the hungry.

    Trudy Lieberman

  • December 2, 2004

    False Promises

    In American Dream, his masterful new book about welfare reform, Jason DeParle brings together two groups of people who rarely seem to meet: welfare policy-makers and welfare recipients.

    Jennifer Egan

  • October 21, 2004

    Straight Down the Middle

    Not being “middle class,” the poor have been invisible in this campaign.

    Eyal Press

  • September 2, 2004

    Poverty in the Suburbs

    Hidden in a Census Bureau report on poverty released in late August is a factoid with significant political and social consequences. Poverty has moved to the suburbs.

    Peter Dreier