the working poor

Trump Admin Allows States To Impose Medicaid Work Requirements (Video)

Trump Admin Allows States To Impose Medicaid Work Requirements (Video)

One of the reasons (and there are several) Donald Trump won the White House was his promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. This made him very popular among his base, many of whom are beneficiaries of the social welfare programs Republicans always vow to eliminate. In fact, Trump proudly spent his entire presidential […]

Tax Cuts For The Rich Are Front And Center In The GOP Budget (Video)

Tax Cuts For The Rich Are Front And Center In The GOP Budget (Video)

Well, they did it. Thursday, congressional Republicans passed a non-binding budget resolution that threatens to cut $473 billion from Medicare and $1 trillion from Medicaid so the top one percent of the population can enjoy a $1.5 trillion in tax cut. What this means is the 99 percent of us may expect to see $1.5 trillion added to […]

These Walmart Workers Are Making A Huge Sacrifice In Their Fight For A Living Wage

These Walmart Workers Are Making A Huge Sacrifice In Their Fight For A Living Wage

Some 100 Walmart employees have joined a movement to fast for the 15 days leading up to Thanksgiving. They say this is a protest for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. And they may also be joined by up to 1000  more low-wage earners around the country who are taking this […]

Everyone Deserves A Living Wage — Even If They Can’t Spell ‘Fries’

Everyone Deserves A Living Wage — Even If They Can’t Spell ‘Fries’

Originally published at Poor as Folk and reprinted with permission. The above response is perfect. The author is David Gerrold. As a writer, I appreciate grammar and spelling. As a human being, I recognize that because some people don’t speak or write with “perfect English” does not disqualify them from earning a living wage. Perhaps I […]

Jeb Bush Believes The Federal Minimum Wage Should Be Zero

Jeb Bush Believes The Federal Minimum Wage Should Be Zero

Now we know that Jeb Bush is a typical Republican in one very telling way: He believes the private sector should set the minimum wage, not the government. So if a company wants to pay its workers 10 cents an hour, he’d be just fine with that. While speaking at an event in South Carolina […]

Another Way WalMart Hurts Their Employees — Hiding The Truth About Their Rights

Another Way WalMart Hurts Their Employees — Hiding The Truth About Their Rights

?I watched people who couldn’t even afford to buy Tylenol for their sick child, and that broke my heart.” -?Cyndi Murray, defacto Workers’ Rights Educator, Walmart Cyndi Murray started working for Walmart 14 years ago in 1999 as a fitting room assistant. Now, she has a reputation for helping other employees know their rights, and […]

When A Doctor Finds Herself On Food Stamps, It Turns Into Something Amazing (VIDEO)

When A Doctor Finds Herself On Food Stamps, It Turns Into Something Amazing (VIDEO)

Robin Dickinson — a family practice physician — is a woman who experienced the unthinkable; she suffered two strokes that left her unable to work. ?The Dickinson family had previously been financially secure enough to allow Dickinson’s husband to be a stay-at-home dad. After her strokes, he also became her caregiver. They had enough savings […]

10 Myths About Poverty Busted — With Graphs And Citations

10 Myths About Poverty Busted — With Graphs And Citations

Dr. Laura Tach of Cornell University analyzed U.S. Census data and used the data to expose the harsh truths about poverty in the U.S. Mother Jones used her research and other data to compile “10 Poverty Myths, Busted.” Conservatives at the National Review attempted to debunk the article, but Mother Jones writer Erika Eichelberger debunked the debunking. […]

Women And Poverty In The United States: 18 Essential Facts And Statistics

Women And Poverty In The United States: 18 Essential Facts And Statistics

In 2010, 46 million people were living in poverty, and a record number of Americans living in extreme poverty are women. We’ll let the images speak for themselves.                               Huge thanks to Poor as Folk for drawing our attention to these […]