Bill O’Reilly Calls Child Hunger a Myth, Goes On Disgusting Rant Against the Poor (Video)

Unless you’ve lived in poverty, you really have no idea what it’s like. As someone who was raised in absolute poverty, I’ve never been able to truly convey what it’s like to be poor. To live a life where you’re literally one bad thing happening (job loss, car breakdown, illness) away from potentially being homeless […]

Bernie Sanders Introduces Solar Energy Bill To Help Low Income Americans

One in five American schoolchildren live below the federal poverty level. In Mississippi, the state with the highest percentage, one in three children are from poor households. 46.5 million people currently live in poverty in the United States, with 20.4 million living on an income that is half the level that designates the poverty threshold. […]

Social Mobility Is A Fairy Tale, And Conservatives Want To Keep It That Way

One of the interesting things about conservatives is that they often give lip service to sympathy for poor children in this country, but clearly have little to no sympathy for poor adults. Even when it’s not said out loud, I don’t think it’s terribly bold of me to claim that this sympathy differential is present. […]

The Next Time a Gun Nut Says We Need More Guns to Make Us Safer, Just Show Them This

When it comes to guns and gun violence in America, it’s astonishing how for millions common sense goes right out the window.  Pretty much any credible stat showing global gun violence shows that not only does the United States lead the industrialized world in gun violence (per 100,000 people), but it’s not even close. Countries […]

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Disgustingly Mocks the Poor, Says They’re Lucky Because They’re Fat (Video)

The ability to think “big picture” is one I think a lot of people on both sides of the political debate lack.  And while I’ll fully admit I’ve met many liberals who lack the ability to think beyond the short-term, it’s an epidemic that plagues nearly the entire Republican party. After all, these are the […]

The Poor Are Already Divided, Thom Tillis, But Not for Long

The Zombie Tactics of Ronald Reagan just will. not. die! Thom Tillis, the speaker of the House for the North Carolina legislature and a front-running candidate for US Senator against present Senator Kay Hagan, told constituents: What we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance. We have […]

Paul Ryan Refuses to Allow Poor People to Testify at Hearing About Living in Poverty

I say this with absolute confidence towards anyone who’s poor yet still votes for Paul Ryan – you’re an absolute idiot.  While I believe the entire Republican party loathes the poor, I don’t know if there’s any other conservative in Congress who more brazenly shows his contempt towards those living in poverty. Next week, Ryan […]

Bullied Child Goes Home Crying After School Puts Sticker on His Chest About Low Lunch Balance

School lunches have been a fairly hot topic lately, and bullying is always a topic that can quickly enrage people.  So when you mix the two, it can really become a volatile situation. Well, that’s what happened in Stewartville, Minnesota when a child (and several other students) were more or less “branded” with a sticker […]

An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Your Holiness: Please, allow me to begin by presenting myself as a not particularly perfect Catholic.  Simul Justus et Peccator and all (that jazz). Beyond that, my journey to Rome has been an interesting one, to be sure. It began with a call to the faith, in universum, from Billy Graham.  There I sat before […]

One Ridiculous Republican Quote that Sums Up Their Ignorance About Living in Poverty

Sometimes I run across a quote that I literally have to read twice because it’s so absurd that my mind doesn’t believe what my eyes just saw.  And that’s what happened when I saw the story about Kevin Madden, a CNN contributor and former adviser to Mitt Romney, speaking about his opposition to a hike […]