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  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Retirees Strike Back Against Romney's Remarks Over 'Dependent' Seniors

    Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, has this response to Mitt Romney's views on those who look for government support: "Mitt Romney's offensive comments show his true colors, a callous indifference to millions of hard-working Americans. "No, Mitt Romney, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2012

    Paul Ryan Uses His Own Mama to Defuse Medicare Drama

    In Rep. Paul Ryan's 'The Path to Prosperity' budget, Medicare, the health insurance program that is loved by older Americans and hated by deficit hawks, will cease to exist some time around 2022. The program - a lasting stipulation of Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society - will be transformed into a vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Can Weed Help You Get Food Stamps?

    In Oregon, some medical marijuana users can deduct the cost of prescription pot from their income to qualify for food stamps, according to The Associated Press. How does this work?

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    BREAKING: Supreme Court Has Upheld Individual Mandate, Handing Obama Huge Victory on Healthcare Law

    We're listening to the Brian Lehrer show and reading SCOTUSblog's liveblog as the Supreme Court sits for what will probably be the final time of this term. And...SCOTUSblog is saying that the mandate has survived as a tax, and that Chief Justice John Roberts has joined the left in this ruling. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Senator Bill Perkins Actually Voted Against Ban On Spending Welfare Money On Cigs, Booze and Strippers

    A bill that would ban spending welfare money on "sins" like cigarettes, booze, strippers and gambling sailed through the New York State Senate yesterday, which is no surprise. The fact that some legislators actually voted against the bill, however, is absolutely shocking.One of the few lawmakers to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Should Welfare Recipients Be Allowed To Use Public Assistance Cash To Buy Junk Food?

    Yesterday, we told you about a piece of legislation proposed by an Upstate lawmaker that would ban welfare recipients from using public assistance money to pay for "sin activities" like gambling, strippers, alcohol and cigarettes. In response to our post, a reader posed an interesting question: if t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Bad News, Impoverished Sinners: Lawmakers Want To Ban Buying Cigs And Booze With Welfare Money

    As un-fucking-believable as it may sound, welfare recipients in New York currently are allowed to spend public-assistance money on things like cigarettes, booze, and strippers -- but hopefully not for long.A bill has been introduced in the state Senate that would ban welfare recipients from using pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo: New Yorkers Will No Longer Need Fingers To Get Food Stamps

    Good news for the nutritionally challenged: you'll soon no longer need fingers to get food stamps.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that the wheels are in motion to do away with a policy that requires food stamp recipients to submit their fingerprints to the government. The policy is considered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Karaoke For The Blind? Jewish Guild Axes Music Therapy Due To Budget Woes, Pays For Karaoke No One Can See (Part 3)

    Part 3 in a series. (Part 1 is here, part 2 here.) Despite being axed by the Jewish Guild for the Blind after working as their part-time music therapist for two decades, and despite having the organization lie to her clients that she cancelled on them, music therapist Debbie Moran is lobbying on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    New Study Finds Food Stamps Help Reduce Poverty

    Finally, there's some good news about food stamps that doesn't have to do with fraud or Octomoms. A new study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the food stamp program (SNAP) reduced the poverty rate by eight percent in 2009.

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Jesse Jackson Slams Newt Gingrich Over Food Stamps

    And the food-stamp fracas continues! The Reverend Jesse Jackson has just blasted Newt Gingrich for his comments that Barack Obama is a "food stamp" president, and has come out against the Republican presidential hopeful, telling Politico: "Food stamps (are the) lifeline for many Americans -- they h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg to Cuomo: Don't Bring Us Back to the Bad Old Days Before Food Stamps Fingerprinting

    ​Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to go back to the "bad old days" and Mayor Michael Bloomberg won't stand for it. That's what Bloomberg said this morning on his weekly appearance on WOR's "The John Gambling Show," when discussing food stamps policy. This latest governor-mayor showdown concerns Cuomo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Kirsten Gillibrand Launches 2012 With a Call for Increased Food Stamp Money, Better Access to Fresh Food

    Electeds like to talk -- but U.S. Sen. Kirsten â€‹Gillibrand came to the Bronx today to listen. That's what Gillibrand said at the launch of an event this morning at Hostos Community College, where she joined Rep. Joe Crowley for a "listening session" on an upcoming Farm Bill, which Congre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Food Stamp Spending Surges at City Greenmarkets

    More and more food stamps are getting spent at the city's farmers' markets -- and on healthy items such as fresh produce -- according to an exclusive report by NY1.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Millionaires on Food Stamps?

    ​A new GOP-backed bill would prevent super-rich people from getting food stamps, even though they already can't, The New York Times reports.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Cops: Food Stamps Traded for Blow and Cash

    Not a positive idea. ​So you can't use food stamps to go to Hawaii -- but you might be able to feed your cocaine habit with them. Cops in Lynn, Mass. -- a Boston suburb -- say eight people used Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP) benefits for coke and cash, according to the Bosto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Newt Gingrich: Obama Is the "Finest Food Stamp" President

    ​Newt Gingrich thinks Barack Obama is a bad president -- for helping more poor Americans eat. Thing is, Obama isn't exactly responsible for recent, record-setting numbers of food-stamp beneficiaries. Gingrich, who wants to run on the Republican ticket in the 2012 presidential election, has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Newt Gingrich: Pay for Your Next Vacation with Food Stamps

    If you are too poor to buy food but have always dreamed of visiting the South Pacific, don't worry: You can pay for your groceries -- and your next Hawaiian vacation -- with food stamps. Actually, that's not true -- not even close to being true -- but Newt Gingrich, who wants to rep the GOP in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    More Vets Seek Food Stamps

    ​What better way to start your day than with sobering news? Turns out, the downturn economy hasn't just prompted more everyday Americans to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- formerly known as food stamps.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Fast-Food Chains Serve Booze; No Link Found Between Ham and Cancer

    ​A larger-than-expected corn crop this season has set off a sharp decline in prices, which could deter food inflation. Corn rose to a high of $7.99 per bushel in June. [NY Times] Fast-food chains are getting their booze on. In addition to Burger King's Whopper Bars, two Sonic restaurants in S ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 12, 2011

    Acting Prickly

    You can't stop us from picking plants, crops

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Bloomberg's Food-Stamp Soda Ban: Illegal, Immoral, Fattening?

    ​If you've been remotely awake today (or at least clicking on your morning Runnin' Scared links), you're no doubt aware that Mayor Bloomberg has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow New York City to bar its 1.7 million citizens with food-stamp cards from using them to buy soda. "T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    David Paterson Vetoes His Way to Tabloid Glory

    ​David Paterson would have you believe that he did the only responsible thing by vetoing almost 7,000 appropriation bills passed by his former Democratic colleagues in the Legislature. He is even taking a veto victory tour, sustained by the fact that the Republican minority in the State Senate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg Draws Praise for the Same Budget Decisions That Reap Tabloid Ridicule for Shelly Silver

    The recently passed Bloomberg and state legislative budgets each contained precisely the same, optimistic assumption that New York would get hundreds of millions of additional federal Medicaid funds even though the bill to provide the windfall was stalled in Congress. The Daily News said Bloomber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    The Post's "Welfare" Fraud

    ​If you read the Which Lazy Bastards Are Ripping You Off section of yesterday's tabloids — you can find it after the Who Is Sandra Bullock Not Sleeping With/Adopting section — you may have spotted the story that the Post headlined "Millionaires' welfare 'con' ": The Brooklyn DA's o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2009

    The Bronx tops food stamp list

    New York Times graphic​Bronx County, with a 13.3% unemployment rate, has joined Hidalgo County, TX as the US counties of their size with the greatest share of people receiving food stamps at 29%. Nationally, 1 in 8 adults and one in 4 children are using food stamps, according to data collected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    East Harlem Costco Open; 2,000 Get Free Memberships

    ​At East River Plaza, just off the FDR Drive at East 116th Street, Manhattan's first Costco opened today. The famous high-volume low-prices price-club chain already had stores in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island; Manhattan's zoning and community boards have traditionally made it a slightly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    More Tainted Meat; Illy Serves Starbucks

    ​ A new study reveals that half of American kids will live in households receiving food stamps before age 20. One in five will live on food stamps for years, while a number of kids will live in families who have to turn to food stamps during a short-term crisis. [USA Today] Spoiled meat alert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Paterson Releases Delicious Stimulus $ Report: NYC Gets $8.16 Billion

    Governor Paterson released a report today showing where the $18 billion that New York State got in stimulus money is going. You'll be pleased to hear that the counties comprising New York City receive by far the most American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds -- $8.16 billion. Hooray! Secon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Welfare Goes Up a Couple of Bucks

    Good news, freeloaders -- your welfare checks are going up by as much as 38 dollars! The Times reports the monthly stipend for a family of four just went up from $375.70 to $413.70. It's the first such increase in nineteen years. Diabetic single recipient Georgeanna Hicks, 54, gets an extra $13 t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Upper White Trash: The Joy of Food Stamps

    (Editor's note: this dispatch is from a middle-aged, college-educated Manhattan resident who has given the hell up and gone on welfare. Some weeks back he described the process of signing up for the dole.) Despite all the waiting and the hassle of dealing with a bureaucracy, the one bright spot of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    CNN Dude Living on Food Stamps

    (art courtesy of's Sean Callebs is spending a month living on food stamps in an interesting fusion of recession coverage, foodie blog, and CNN kookiness (if you've ever watched American Morning, you'll know what I mean). In Louisiana, where Callebs lives and works, one out of every six p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Upper White Trash: Going on the Dole

    (Editor's note: the following dispatch is from a middle-aged, college-educated Manhattan resident who has just given the hell up and gone on welfare. He offers these notes as a cautionary tale, or as a how-to -- whichever way you want to take it.) Recent events have forced me to seek government ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Wayne Barrett: Plaxico, You Should Have Worked for Bloomberg

    Too bad for Plaxico Burress that he didn't work for the Bloomberg administration. The city would have treated him better than the Giants did, even if he had been busted on the same gun charges that so outraged the mayor.The city quietly spends more than a billion dollars a year financing welfare fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Eating with the Pols: Council Member Eric Gioia

    The Queens pol who lived on food stamps for a week talks about food, poverty, and where to eat in the neighborhood.

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    NYPD Gets Raises, More Perks in New Contract

    Under the terms of a contract settlement between the City and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, NYPD starting salaries will increase and cops will get a yearly four-percent raise. It's the first contract between the cops and the City to be settled (so far) without arbitration since 1994. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007

    Bloomberg's Cash-Back Plan for Poor

    Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City speech yesterday was long on tax cuts for the well-heeled ($1 billion to slash property taxes 5 percent and ditch sales taxes on high-priced clothing), but mostly mum about the "more than 30 programs" he'd promised were in the works for fighting the city's still-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2006
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    July 31, 2005
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    May 2, 2005

    NYC: Must Work For Food

    It doesn't take a billionaire businessman to know that New York City could use a little more help from the federal and state governments: That's why Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called for revising the way Homeland Security money gets allocated, and praised the recent court decision awarding billions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2005

    Where The Welfare Queens Went

    Once upon a time, welfare had defenders. Then welfare reform came and went without leaving millions of indigent mothers and children begging in the streets, and the debate was declared over. "Welfare reform helped to move 4.7 million Americans from welfare dependency to self-sufficiency within three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2005
  • News

    February 1, 2005

    From Security to Risk in One Easy Bush Plan

    President trades American promise for a Wall Street gamble

  • News

    January 28, 2003
  • News

    August 28, 2001

    The Battle of 2016

    Progressives and Bush’s Wall Street Go to War Over Your Social Security Benefits

  • News

    September 19, 2000

    Saving the Safety Net

    Advocates Mobilize to Revamp Federal Welfare Law

  • Long Island Voice

    December 14, 1999
  • News

    December 7, 1999

    Inside Apartment A42

    A Homeless Family Confronts the City’s New Work-for-Shelter Rules 

  • News

    December 22, 1998

    Civil War

    Impeachment Hawks Eye Death of New Deal

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