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2012-09-13 10:56:50

Although the federal government's 1996 reform of welfare brought some improvements for the nation's poor, it also may have made extremely poor Americans worse off, new research shows. The reforms radically changed cash assistance–what most Americans think of as 'welfare'– by imposing lifetime limits on the receipt of aid and requiring recipients to work. About the same time, major social policy reforms during the 1990s raised the benefits of work for low-income families. In...

2009-11-20 11:51:48

Barack Obama promised to halve poverty within ten years. His Republican opponent, John McCain, vowed to "make the eradication of poverty a top priority of the McCain Administration." Even in the current economic situation, in developed countries, this kind of rhetoric about cutting "poverty" is misleadingly outmoded"”because it implicitly suggests that government income transfers can be the vehicle for achieving substantial reductions in poverty. Almost all Americans already live far...

2009-02-23 01:02:24

In the current dual-income economy the loss of one person's job can put the family at financial risk, U.S. researchers said. Nine in 10 dual-income couples in New York state feel there is some risk that one or both of their jobs might not exist in the next couple of years, lead author sociologist Stephen Sweet of Ithaca College said in a statement. In the old economy we largely depended on the male bread winner. The wife was a homemaker and the men were much more likely to have jobs that were...

2006-06-23 21:10:54

By Kelly Evans WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The heated debate in Congress this week over whether to raise the U.S. minimum wage from $5.15 an hour has divided not only politicians but also economists, who differ over whether it helps or hurts the working poor. Democrats -- who saw their proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour by January 2009 go down in defeat this week -- say such a pay increase would have given 6.5 million Americans $4,400 more to spend each year....

2005-10-05 14:09:02

Please read in 24th paragraph ...The minimum wage, which stands at $5.15 an hour... A corrected story follows: By Bernd Debusmann WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four decades after a U.S. president declared war on poverty, more than 37 million people in the world's richest country are officially classified as poor and their number has been on the rise for years. Last year, according to government statistics, 1.1 million Americans fell below the poverty line. That equals the entire...

2005-10-04 20:05:31

By Bernd Debusmann WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four decades after a U.S. president declared war on poverty, more than 37 million people in the world's richest country are officially classified as poor and their number has been on the rise for years. Last year, according to government statistics, 1.1 million Americans fell below the poverty line. That equals the entire population of a major city like Dallas or Prague. Since 2000, the ranks of the poor have increased year by year by almost...

2005-09-01 11:50:00

UNITED NATIONS -- Many women fall through the cracks of the global campaign against poverty because they are more likely than men to hold jobs that pay less and offer less job security, a U.N. report said on Wednesday. In developing nations, 60 percent or more of women workers outside of the agricultural sector are in so-called informal employment. This means they work at temporary or part-time jobs or are self-employed, according to the new report by the U.N. Development Fund for Women...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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