House Strip Club Vote Misses the Point

Melissa Boteach examines an unfortunate and cynical upcoming vote on banning aid from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from being spent at strip clubs.



The Real Ingredients in Class Warfare

Melissa Boteach details the many ways in which Mitt Romney would harm poor and middle-class Americans alike in order to give the wealthy an even larger slice of the pie.


Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich Push Welfare, Food Stamp Falsehoods

Racial drama from the presidential campaign seems never ending. At the center is government benefits programs. Rick Santorum was clearly caught on video connecting a general discussion about benefits solely to African Americans. Now Santorum is saying that he didn't make the comment at all, it just sounded like he did, and by the way...



As Unions Weaken So Does the Middle Class

David Madland and Nick Bunker parse the latest figures to show states with weak unions also share another trait—a weak middle class.



A Better Way to Fight Hunger in California

Araceli Ruano and Rebecca Friendly discuss a bill making its way through the state legislature that could help more low-income Californians receive the benefits they need.



Boehner Endangers His Own District with Safety Net Cuts

House Speaker John Boehner should take a close look at how his debt limit deal would hurt his own district by cutting much needed programs for low-income families, write Melissa Boteach and Jessica Liu.



A Leadership Deficit

House Republicans' irresponsible deficit reduction would imperil economic recovery and exacerbate poverty and inequality, writes Melissa Boteach.