Europe/Americas update: September 19 2018

POVERTY A new World Bank report finds that while the number of people living in extreme poverty continued to decline last year, the rate of decline slowed considerably and that's not the only bad news: In its annual report, the Washington-based development agency said the proportion of people living in such conditions had fallen to … Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 19 2018

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Paternalism for thee, poor person, but not for me or any of my pals

In his defense of Paul Ryan's compassionate plan to help the poor by treating them like ex-cons, Reihan Salam lifts the veil around the whole "libertarian, unless" side of movement er, reform, I mean reform, conservatism: If all of this caseworker talk sounds paternalistic to you, you’re on to something. Conservatives hate nanny-statism, and are … Continue reading Paternalism for thee, poor person, but not for me or any of my pals

Paul Ryan wants to fight poverty by putting poor people on probation, for being poor

Apparently the country was due for another round of Paul Ryan's "Message: I Care" tour ...because yesterday he released his brand new idea for saving the poor: The Opportunity Grant®. The plan is to merge a whole lot of individual programs for the poor into one program that gives block grants to the states and … Continue reading Paul Ryan wants to fight poverty by putting poor people on probation, for being poor