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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Friday, January 20, 2012
We Know How to Curb Poverty, We Simply Fail to Act
This week, at a forum on poverty and the 2012 election, Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin said 88 percent of voters view a candidate’s position on equal opportunity for children of all races as important in deciding their vote for President. Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson commented that it was “most encouraging” that “Americans
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
'The Worst I've Seen By Far:' Budget Cuts Meet Poverty in the Heartland
For Jack Frech, director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services in Appalachian Ohio, the fact that Congress and statehouses across the country are pushing budgets that would further cut assistance for poor people is downright frightening.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Poverty in John Boehner's District
For forty years, Tina Osso has worked on food and poverty issues serving nearly all of speaker John Boehner’s 8th Congressional District of Ohio. She came to that work in 1973, when the oil embargo resulted in her losing her job, and she unexpectedly found herself in line at a food pantry, where she began volunteering. “It changed the course of my life,” says Osso.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
US Poverty: Past, Present and Future
If the federal budget is a moral document—a statement of values and priorities—then the current debate on where we will spend our money in tough fiscal times is a defining moment for the character of this nation.
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Monday, January 03, 2011
A Real December Review for Afghanistan
The War in Afghanistan is the longest in US history , at 110 months, and the most expensive, at $1 million per soldier and over $100 billion annually. There have been over 2,200 US and coalition casualties, and tens of thousands of Afghan civilian deaths.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The Wall Comes Tumbling Down
It was an unlikely place to hear Abraham Joshua Heschel quoted, and the rabbi’s words came from an unlikely messenger.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Could the Right to Rent Stop the Foreclosure Hurricane?
When the foreclosure hurricane first hit, subprime borrowers absorbed the brunt of it. Homeowners who had been fooled with teaser rates suddenly faced balloon payments they couldn't afford. Others couldn't refinance because of prepayment penalties they hadn't been aware of. And some people had made bad decisions and were now paying for it with their homes.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Human Trafficking: Not Someone Else's Problem
In the ornate Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the US State Department—before a standing-room-only crowd that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described as "one of the biggest we’ve had here”—Clinton recognized Laura Germino, the antislavery campaign coordinator for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), as an "anti-Trafficking Hero.” In the ten years that the award has been given to individuals who have shown an extraordinary co
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Goldman Rule
The approval of Senator Bernie Sanders' amendment to audit the Fed [1] is an important victory, and the 96-0 vote is something to celebrate and admire--Senator Sanders was shrewd from start to finish in achieving this. The audit will show not only where the money flowed, but also potentially shed light on the conflicts of interest and incestuous relationships [2] between Wall Street and the Fed that riddled those decisions.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Chase's Foreclosure Disgrace
Here's the problem with the Obama Administration's approach to foreclosure prevention: it depends entirely on the banks voluntarily doing the right thing, even when homeowners have held up their end of the bargain to prevent a foreclosure.
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