The Very Short History of Food Stamp Fraud in America

by Emelyn Rude from Time.com The reform of the United States’ approximately $1 trillion in welfare programs is a perpetual subject for lawmakers to debate, but few federal welfare initiatives regularly undergo as much scrutiny from would-be reformers as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. Stories of possible misuse of the…

In the South and West, a Tax on Being Poor

by KATHERINE S. NEWMAN from New York Times (2013) BALTIMORE Debates over the fairness of the tax code are as old as the federal income tax itself. A cornerstone of the tax — established a century ago, by the 16th Amendment — has been the principle that those who make more should pay more, while lower tax rates…

Debunking a Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too

by Liam Stack from NYT It has shown up on Irish trivia Facebook pages, in Scientific American magazine, and on white nationalist message boards: the little-known story of the Irish slaves who built America, who are sometimes said to have outnumbered and been treated worse than slaves from Africa. But it’s not true. Historians say…

Inequality Is Killing The American Dream

By Ben Casselman from FiveThirtyEight Decades of rising income inequality and slowing economic growth have eroded a pillar of the American dream: the hope that each generation will do better than the one that came before, according to new research released Thursday. If the findings hold up, they have profound economic, social and even political…

Well, Are Millennial Men Feminists or Aren’t They?

By Alexa Hassink from Pacific Standard One might be tempted to think we women have made it. We have, after all, a woman running for president, the National Basketball Association’s “Lean in Together” campaign for gender equality, and Bud Light “femvertising” — that is, attempting to use feminism to sell a product. One would be forgiven for thinking,…

Young Mothers Lose Two Years’ Worth of Salary

By Nathan Collins from Pacific Standard Women earn less than 80 percent of what men take home, and the pay gap persists even after taking account of the type of work men and women perform. Now, researchers have found that young mothers face yet another pay gap: Having children before the age of 25 costs…