Covid Cut the Red Tape for Welfare Benefits. Let’s Keep It That Way.
Co-published with The Washington Post. It’s usually not a glitch when qualified applicants have a hard time accessing aid they need. That’s how the system was designed.
Salt Lake City Offers Glimpse of Socialism, Mormon-Style
Co-published with The Guardian. Utah has one of the nation’s lowest rates of income inequality in part because of the Church of Latter-day Saints’ welfare system, …
Don’t Feed the Animals
Co-published with AlterNet. I use food stamps. That doesn't mean you get to create a cruel Facebook meme about me.
Co-published with Harper's Magazine. Twenty years later, Bill Clinton's welfare reform is still making it harder for poor Americans to access a fundamental right: the right to …
It Is Expensive to Be Poor
Co-published with The Atlantic. Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on.
The GOP’s Drug-Testing Dragnet
Co-published with The Nation. Republicans and industry profiteers are targeting high school students, welfare applicants and the unemployed.
Where are the Jobs?
Co-published with Salon. Romney says Obama "gutted" welfare reform by waiving work requirements. But what if there's no work to be found?