Legislator Finds Out How Homeless Live

One of the big problems in our political system is that policymakers are so completely isolated from the problems of real people. Yeah, they love to talk about those tragic stories they hear from constituents, but that’s just for political show. Here’s a legislator who actually tried to find out what it’s like to be homeless:
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Failure to Expand Medicaid = Thousands of Deaths

When Republicans swept the statehouses and legislatures of more than 30 states in 2010, putting many very far-right governors in office, many of them refused to go along with the expansion of Medicaid that was part of the health care reform bill, even though it was almost entirely paid for by the federal government. A new study says this will result in thousands of deaths.
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Rush Limbaugh’s Advice to Starving Children

In the wake of the appalling story of a Utah school that took school lunches from dozens of children and literally dumped them in the trash in front of them because they had a balance on their accounts, Daily Kos points to a diatribe by Rush Limbaugh on his show a few years ago giving advice to children who have to go without school lunches during the summer.
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If Martin Luther King Were Alive Today

Monday was the national holiday to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (and it should be noted that a great many conservatives tried like hell to stop that holiday from being created, including “moderates” like John McCain). ThinkProgress notes some of MLK’s more radical views and they suggest what he would be saying if he were alive today.
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Welfare Fraud as Rare as Voter Fraud

We’ve seen several states run by Republicans launch major investigations to find voter fraud that they claim is rampant only to come up almost entirely empty. Maine Gov. Scott LePage decided to give it a try with welfare fraud and — surprise, surprise — finds only a tiny problem. But like always, they announce it as though it supported their initial claims.
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Atheism, Homelessness and False Hope

You may well have seen this column by Chris Arnade, a physicist turned turned Wall Streeters turned activist against homelessness, in The Guardian. His claim is that atheism is “an intellectual luxury for the wealthy.” And his only attempt at an argument for that conclusion is that the homeless people he works with typically believe in God.
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O’Reilly: Jesus Wouldn’t Give Food Stamps to Lazy Bums

Bill O’Reilly knows Jesus. It’s a little known fact that Jesus was the one who introduced him to the joys of using falafel as a sex toy in the shower. So Bill can speak for Jesus when he says that, despite his many commands to take care of the poor, he wouldn’t bother with all those poor drug users who deserve to starve.
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