Savage: Throw Homeless People in Jail

Michael Savage, always an exemplar of human compassion, is tired of seeing homeless people all over the place and he has a solution: Throw them all in jail or in mental hospitals so he doesn't have to look at them all the time. He's actually on to something here, but not what he thinks. A huge number of homeless people are, in fact, mentally ill and need help. But you can't imprison people if they haven't broken the law, except in the totalitarian reality he wishes we all lived in. … [Read more...]

Welcome to Grand Rapids, Land of Jerks

I moved to Grand Rapid two months ago and I've been thrilled with it. I love living in the city and I'm especially happy to be close to so many friends who were a 40 minute drive away for the past few years. And then I see a story like this and I am infuriated. There's a group of people in the city who are so adamant about getting rid of homeless people panhandling that they're going out and standing next to them with signs telling people not to give them money. … [Read more...]

MD Housing Official: Mothers Might Poison Kids to Get Handout


Maryland State Housing Secretary Kenneth Holt said over the weekend that a state program that allows families to get housing assistance if the home they're renting is found to have lead paint in it might encourage mothers to deliberately poison their children with lead in order to get that juicy government hand out. And it turns out that he doesn't even know what the program actually does, falsely claiming that it provides free rent until the child turns 18. … [Read more...]

Ben Carson’s Hypocrisy

Conservative hero du jour Ben Carson went on The View and displayed his rather obvious hypocrisy by talking about how things like food stamps and housing assistance rob people of their incentive to work. You know, like it did him and his mother growing up. … [Read more...]

Welfare Drug Testing Still a Terrible Idea

Mississippi is about to become the 9th state to institute a program of mandatory drug testing for those who receive public assistance, which at least one federal court has already declared unconstitutional (in Florida; the case is under appeal). The New Republic interviews a health policy expert on it: … [Read more...]

Ryan’s Appalling CPAC Talk

Paul Ryan spoke at CPAC over the weekend and delivered a truly appalling and inane speech about how terrible it is to help poor people eat. Why is it terrible? Because it gives them a "full stomach but an empty soul." Oh, and he used a fake story to illustrate his point in the process. … [Read more...]

Legislator Finds Out How Homeless Live

One of the big problems in our political system is that policymakers are so completely isolated from the problems of real people. Yeah, they love to talk about those tragic stories they hear from constituents, but that's just for political show. Here's a legislator who actually tried to find out what it's like to be homeless: … [Read more...]

Failure to Expand Medicaid = Thousands of Deaths

When Republicans swept the statehouses and legislatures of more than 30 states in 2010, putting many very far-right governors in office, many of them refused to go along with the expansion of Medicaid that was part of the health care reform bill, even though it was almost entirely paid for by the federal government. A new study says this will result in thousands of deaths. … [Read more...]

Rush Limbaugh’s Advice to Starving Children

In the wake of the appalling story of a Utah school that took school lunches from dozens of children and literally dumped them in the trash in front of them because they had a balance on their accounts, Daily Kos points to a diatribe by Rush Limbaugh on his show a few years ago giving advice to children who have to go without school lunches during the summer. … [Read more...]

Kevin O’Leary Happy for Billions of Poor People

I don't know who Kevin O'Leary is, but he apparently has a TV show. And when told that 85 people have as much wealth as 3.5 billion poor people, he raves about what a wonderful thing that is. Because apparently it helps starving children in developing countries aspire to be Warren Buffett. Or something. … [Read more...]

If Martin Luther King Were Alive Today

Monday was the national holiday to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (and it should be noted that a great many conservatives tried like hell to stop that holiday from being created, including "moderates" like John McCain). ThinkProgress notes some of MLK's more radical views and they suggest what he would be saying if he were alive today. … [Read more...]

The Health Impact of Food Stamp Cuts

With Congress likely to pass a farm bill with an additional $9 billion in cuts to food stamps on top of the cuts that have already taken place, a group of doctors is speaking out against those cuts and pointing out that they could backfire by increasing health care and Medicaid costs. … [Read more...]