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The War on the Poor Is Already Underway

Posted: December 5th, 2016, 8:24 pm
by optimusprime
The War on the Poor Is Already Underway

November 22, 2016 | Bob Herbert

It was just a little over two months ago that the Census Bureau reported the very good news that real median household incomes had increased by 5.2% from 2014 to 2015, and that the poverty rate had fallen by 1.3 percentage points. The bureau also told us that the percentage of people without health insurance coverage had continued to decline substantially.

That upbeat report is likely to be the last burst of good news that the poor will see for quite some time. Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and the bellicose tribunes of the hard right are in complete charge of the federal government. Their hostility to such crucial anti-poverty efforts as the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, food stamps, and substantial increases in the minimum wage is hardly a secret.


What is difficult for so many people of goodwill to comprehend is that improving the lives of poor and low-income Americans is not the objective of conservative politicians. The overriding goals of Donald Trump and his allies in Congress are the same as the goals of the conservative movement throughout the modern era: to expand the wealth, status, and power of the privileged few at the expense of everyone else. That’s why big tax cuts for the rich are the top priority.


Re: The War on the Poor Is Already Underway

Posted: December 6th, 2016, 12:18 pm
by 7rob7
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we
[really fucked ourselves in the ass November 8]
Hurry Christmas, hurry [before we all strangle on shitgibbon hate]


Re: The War on the Poor Is Already Underway

Posted: December 7th, 2016, 11:15 am
by Bill Bryan
If the poor would vote, we'd have a whole different government. :|