Greg Kaufmann

Greg Kaufmann

Greg Kaufmann is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Editor of TalkPoverty.org.

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Monday, May 29, 2017
Trump’s Budget Is What Class Warfare Looks Like
Earlier this week, the Trump administration launched a massive salvo against the working and middle class with a budget that was every bit as absurd as its title: “ A New Foundation for American Greatness .” Trump’s spin was characteristically grandiose and empty of truth. In a message to Congress...
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Monday, November 07, 2016
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Cast Your Ballot
One of the biggest lies about poverty in our country is this: We don’t know what to do to dramatically reduce it. The truth is, there is no shortage of excellent plans , great scholars , and people living in poverty who can tell you exactly what we need to do—we just elect too many political...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The Poverty-Fighting President of My Dreams
In my dream, the next president is an anti-poverty president because he or she knows deep down that the way we think about poverty in America is wrong, the way we treat people in poverty is wrong, and therefore what we do about poverty is more off the mark than need be. My president declares his or...
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
How to Turn Anti-Poverty Work Into an Anti-Poverty Movement
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to spend a weekend at Harvard with a group of about 20 scholars and reporters. Many of them have worked for decades examining poverty-related issues—from hiring discrimination to segregation in housing and education, criminal justice reform to immigration,...
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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Dear Wendy’s: I’m Boycotting You, but I’m Not the One You Should Be Worried About
Dear Wendy’s, In the summer of 1988 I worked in Lowell, Massachusetts painting houses. The pay was lousy, the heat oppressive, and the work was exhausting. Many nights I would collapse, fully clothed, on my mattress on the floor of the dingy, mouse-infested apartment I rented. But before I hit the...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
A Wake-Up Call for White Progressives
The night after Alton Sterling was killed by police, I got home from work late. When our three children were asleep, my wife and I finally had a moment together. The first thing she said, as if she had been sitting on it all day, was: “I feel like we need to get a Black Lives Matter sign for our...
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Friday, June 10, 2016
In Paul Ryan’s District, a Community Struggling
In Racine, Wisconsin, it is clear that a community was abandoned. On either side of Memorial Drive, one after another, are relics of better days: massive brick factories now closed, sprawling warehouses deserted, empty lots, boarded-up buildings. Rusted water towers and aged smokestacks rise from...
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Sunday, December 20, 2015
Why Achieving the American Dream Depends on Your Zip Code
Today, the state of the American Dream—the ability of anyone to work hard and get ahead—largely depends on one’s zip code . That is more than a little troubling, given that 97 percent of Americans believe everyone should have an equal shot at success. As President Obama put it earlier this year: “...
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Saturday, May 09, 2015
Did the Stigma of Poverty Drive This Couple to Suicide?
Jodi and Randy Speidel, a couple in their mid-40s, taped a note to the front door of their one-bedroom rental home warning visitors of carbon monoxide. They let their three cats outdoors and wrote a note attesting that their next decision was a mutual one. Then, in their locked bedroom, they lit...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Poor People Need a Higher Wage, Not a Lesson in Morality
“The idea that poverty is a problem of persons—that it results from personal moral, cultural, or biological inadequacies—has dominated discussions of poverty for well over two hundred years and given us the enduring idea of the underserving poor.” —Michael Katz, The Undeserving Poor In a recent op-...
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