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Welfare for the Wealthy
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

In a New York Times, Op-ed Mark Bittman writes about the hyprocrisy of congressional represenatives who use the Farm Bill to cut SNAP yet also recieves thousands in U.S.D.A farm subsidies and direct payments. ...

Huge Cuts in Welfare on the Table in Pennsylvania
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Pennsylvania governor may cut human services. The American Prospect reports: "Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's first stab at a budget for this year left the ...

Ph.D. in One Hand, Food Stamps in the Other
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The Huffington Post reports on the drastic rise in the number of people with advanced degrees who are also reliant on government welfare. The Huffington Post  reports on th ...

Conservatism and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

March 28, 2012 Sojo in the News Peter Wehner ...

The Ryan Budget and Moral Cowardice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Remember Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2011 budget, The Path to Prosperity? Well, it’s baaa-aaack and this time the path is smoother and wider and offers a quicker trip to judgment. Remember R ...

A Parable for Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Jim DeMint recently released a plan to cut the federal deficit with $4.2 trillion in spending cuts. And guess what he wants to cut? Sen. Jim DeMint recently released a pla ...

Prayers of the People: For the Victims of the Texas Welfare Office Shooting
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 7:32pm | Type: Blog

Early this morning at a welfare office in Laredo, Texas, a mother, desperate after months of being denied food stamps for her family, pulled a gun and shot her two young children before killing herself. ...

Racism, Moral Law and the Penn State Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

My heart is very heavy today as I read about the eight boys who were sexually assaulted by Gerald A. Sandusky in his home and in the locker rooms of the Penn State University campus. My soul deeply grieves to ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/03/can-an-orange-bracelet-turn-hearts-in-washington/" target="_self"></a>In a credit to both Republicans and Democrats, Congress j ...

Lara Logan and Sexual Violence in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Agree with her politics or not, Lara Logan is charting territory in which we still see very few women as the chief foreign correspondent at <em>CBS News</em>. Agree w ...

Reagan's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, and the predictable tributes have come from across the political spectrum. This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan's 100t ...

Taking the Constitution Seriously
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Today, the new 112th Congress convenes. Among the new rules for this Congress adopted by the incoming Republican majority is that in th ...

Churches Call to End the War in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-address-nation-way-forward-afghanistan-and-pakistan" target="_blank">December 2009 speech on Afghanistan&l ...

As Passionate as the Parisians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

They are rioting in Paris to prevent the government from resolving its debt crisis on the backs of the middle class. They are rioting in Paris to prevent the government from resol ...

Immigration, Children, and the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/15/immigration-children-and-the-way-of-jesus/"></a>Last month, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/20/a-second-graders-challenge-t ...

Child Care Cuts Force Parents Back on Welfare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

With middle-class families mostly worrying about how they are surviving this Great Recession, and with the political leaders who want their votes aiming spins at them, there hasn't been much attent ...

In Honor of Civil Rights Leaders Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The world is stubborn. It changes its thinking at a glacial pace. People fear change, and they come to hate what they fear. Powerful interests do not want to lose or to share power. The work of so ...

A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament). This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpa ...

An Open Letter to Parents Who Owe Child Support
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The legal definition of Child Support is "periodic monetary payments by the non-custodial parent for the care of his or her minor child." In our country, non-custodial parents are usually obligat ...

'God, is it Okay to Be Afraid Now?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. ...

Tales of Two Capitalisms: Ayn Rand vs. Horatio Alger
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Most of my recent posts pointing out how greed ...

Who Has Ears to Hear at Davos?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Each year, over one thousand global leaders gather ...

Live from New York: It's the New Conversation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Last night at the historic Riverside Church, Jim Wa ...

America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups. Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating Afri ...

Kids Need All the Positive Words They Can Get
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently a bunch of people e-mailed me the same <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/opinion/16kristof.html"><em>New York Times</em> column</a>, which cited a variety of ...

Living Isaiah 61: Justice Work is My Song of Praise to God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">"I do the work of justice not out of a disdain for the privileged but out of a love for Life." - <em>Womanist Theologian Dr. Kelly ...

Economic Free Fall Without a Safety Net
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Earlier this week the New York Times reported that even as m ...

Creating a New American Ethos
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. We stand at what could be the greatest divide in American history. America has come from Native American genocid ...

I Am a Predatory Borrower
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Sen. Gramm has been credited with coining the term "preda ...

Seeing the Election Beyond Black and White
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Watching Barack Obama's victory speech and reflecting upon the significance of his election as the next president of the United States left me profoundly moved.</p> Wat ...

What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2950">continued from part 1</a>] Out of a general respect for anyone who seeks to serve the inner city (I grew up in the housing project ...

What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The settlement house movement is the foundation of public welfare in the United States. The settlement house movement is the foundation of public welfare in the United States. Beg ...

New Study on Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

The heated abortion debate has up to this time been focused on legal measures. The heated abortion debate has up to this time been focused on legal measures. A new study commiss ...

What the Waters Revealed
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 11:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Hurricane Katrina opened the eyes of many to the reality of poverty in America. Will we take responsibility for the poor in our ...

Hanging the Poor Out to Dry
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Brian Bolton The California state capitol building in Sacramento was ...

From Timid to Towering
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Will Jones ‘Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world," Margaret Mead once said. ...

Round, Round, I Get Around
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Larry Bellinger ‘Every once in a while, a truly brilliant idea comes along: the wheel, Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Cannoli...yo ...

Time to Come to Washington
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 10:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis For those who care about poverty in America, the coming months are a critical time, a turning point similar to the New Deal of ...

A Covenant to Care
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Fred Glennon Moving from a "welfare state" to a "welfare society." In 1999, Presidential h ...

A Great National Sin
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis In deciding whether or not to sign the Republican welfare bill, Bill Clinton faced the most serious moral test of his presiden ...

What to Do About the Poor
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis When Newt Gingrich talks these days about his concern for the poor, I wonder if something new and good might happen-or somethin ...

A Proud Welfare Queen
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 10:08am | Type: Magazine Article

David Batstone I am a welfare queen. There, I've said it. I am a welfare queen. There, I've said it ...