safety net programs

Should the Rich Lose Their Social Security Benefits?

For millions of retired Americans, Social Security benefits barely beat earning the minimum wage, while rich retirees who don't need the money receive much larger checks. With the iconic safety net program in budget trouble, should the wealthy be forced to sacrifice those benefits?

Newt Gingrich: Say No to 'More Food Stamps'

"More food stamps? Or more paychecks?" Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich suggests that's how the GOP should couch the national policy debate before the midterm elections. But will demonizing programs that aid the poor help the GOP sell policies that only benefit the rich?

One in Six Americans Is Now on Medicaid

One in Six Americans A record one in six Americans are on Medicaid, the government's health program for the poor, according to USA Today. And Medicaid is just one of several government anti-poverty programs that have seen large increases in caseloads and in costs.