Fox Guest: People Use Food Stamps to Buy Cocaine

Seeking to defend the deep cuts Trump has proposed in food stamps and virtually every other social assistance program in existence, Fox News brought on a guest who claimed, with no evidence whatsoever, that people on food stamps use them to buy pot and cocaine. … [Read more...]

Mulvaney’s Hypocritical Use of the Unborn to Justify Budget Cuts

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an enormously hypocritical attempt to justify the deep budget cuts Trump is proposing to social programs. He says the rights of future children not to inherit so much debt trumps the needs of actual children alive today. … [Read more...]

Carson: Don’t Make Housing for Poor Too Comfy

Ben Carson, the self-admittedly unqualified Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, says that the government shouldn't make low-income housing too comfortable for the poor. In order to be compassionate, he says, you need to make their lives hard so they'll have an incentive to improve themselves. … [Read more...]

Ryan Dreamed About Cutting Medicaid as Drunk Frat Boy

Paul Ryan appeared at an "ideas summit" put on by the National Review on Friday and issued one of those most tone-deaf statements you will ever hear a politician make, saying that he's been dreaming about cutting people off Medicaid since he was a drunken frat boy swilling beer in college. … [Read more...]

Moody’s: Obamacare Replacement Will Hurt States

Given what the Republican health care bill does with Medicaid, rolling back nearly all the funding for the expansion that has helped get millions of people access to health care, it's no surprise that Moody's rates the bill as very bad for states financially. … [Read more...]

Trump Rescinds Obama Order on Student Loan Fees

In a completely predictable move, Trump has rescinded guidance issued by Obama that made life easier for those who default on their student loans by getting rid of exorbitant fees and charges to those who already couldn't pay back those loans. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Budget: Money for War and Little Else

Trump has unveiled his proposed budget and, as expected, it increases spending on "defense" and slashes spending virtually everywhere else. One example that has gotten a lot of attention is the cut to community block grants, which fund things like Meals on Wheels programs for seniors and the disabled. … [Read more...]

Important Suit Filed Against Louisiana’s Indigent Defense System

A major class action suit has been filed by a coalition of civil rights organizations against the state of Louisiana for failure to provide adequate legal representation to poor people accused of crimes. Almost 90% of those arrested in that state require a public defender. … [Read more...]

Fox News Quite Upset About Virtually Non-Existent Food Stamp Abuse

Food stamp fraud is "at an all-time high," screams Fox News, with the on-screen graphic asking if it's time to end the program completely. An all-time high, people! A millionaire got them, and a state lawmaker, so we should just let everyone else starve. … [Read more...]

Republican Plans to Slash Medicaid Funding

Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council under both Clinton and Obama, has an op-ed in the New York Times warning of the Republicans waging a "quiet war on Medicaid." They are likely to make huge cuts to the program, hidden as block grants to the states. … [Read more...]

California Steals Belongings of Homeless People

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against the California Department of Transportation, which cruelly steals the belongings of homeless people, presumably in order to...what? Discourage them from being homeless? As if they just casually chose that "lifestyle"? … [Read more...]

Court Again Rejects Michigan’s Attempt to Stop Delivering Clean Water

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that rejected a request from the Michigan state government to not comply with an order that they deliver bottled water to all homes in Flint that do not have working filters to get the lead out of their drinking water. … [Read more...]