The Right to Eat

The Right to Eat

There’s one group of people in this country who probably get less sympathy than anyone else: felons. If you’re a convicted felon, very few Americans care about your plight. Can’t find a job or an apartment because of your record? Too bad, we tell them, you shouldn’t...
Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal? Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated. How, for instance, do we define income? Anything...
The Poor Suffer from Hunger — Not the Munchies

The Poor Suffer from Hunger — Not the Munchies

Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It’s also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families. This holiday binds us all together: At least once a year, you should be able to sit around...
Hard Times Too Pervasive for Republicans to Ignore

Hard Times Too Pervasive for Republicans to Ignore

Must formerly rich people shed all their status symbols? It’s a widely held presumption, Darlena Cunha explained. “I had so internalized the message of what poor people should or should not have that I felt ashamed to be there, with that car,” she...
Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-income customers rely on this public assistance program to...