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Fri Jul 13, 2018, 10:28 PM

*Strategic Safety Net Cuts Underway: White Hs. Claims WAR ON POVERTY 'LARGELY OVER'

"With 'Carefully Calculated Strategy' to Slash Safety Net Underway, White House Claims War on Poverty 'Largely Over,'" New Trump administration report calls for imposing work requirements for federal benefits programs, which anti-poverty advocates warn would harm poor Americans, By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, July 13, 2018. -EXCERPTS:

Anti-poverty advocates are rejecting a new Trump administration report that ridiculously declares the "WAR ON POVERTY IS LARGELY OVER AND A SUCESS." In the words of Rebecca Vallas at the Center for American Progress, it is "part of a carefully calculated strategy to reinforce myths about the people these programs help" and "to smear these programs with a dog-whistle of welfare, in order to make them easier to cut." Emphasizing the absurdity of the report's claims, AJ+ noted that NEARLY 41 MILLION Americans are living in poverty- a figure that some analyses suggest is even higher.

Although the report and Republican politicians allege that imposing work requirements for social safety net programs would "IMPROVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY," poverty experts highlight analyses that those who are able to work typically do, and warn that such measures cause low-income Americans to lose necessities such as healthcare and housing. And, as the New York Times outlined, the report's figures for the number of people working fewer than 20 hours per week are likely overestimates, particularly for Medicaid. The unemployment rate has declined substantially since 2013.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculated this year that three-quarters of food stamp recipients work within a year of participating in the program.

Vallas tweeted: As president, Trump has encouraged and enabled work requirements for benefits programs. In January, his administration issued a guidance for state Medicaid directors, aimed at allowing them to impose requirements, and in April he signed an executive order directing federal agencies to strengthen existing requirements and develop new ones.
The executive order, as Vallas wrote as the time, was also part of Trump and Republicans' "DIVIDE AND CONQUER" strategy to rebrand the programs as "WELFARE," and thus, "tap into racial animus and ugly myths about aid programs in order to pit struggling workers against one other."

Republicans' efforts to implement work requirements aren't contained to the White House- GOP members of Congress are also pursuing them. While House Republicans are trying to force through a work requirements provision in the Farm Bill, the Senate's version of the bill includes no such provision. As lawmakers prepare to reconcile the legislation, some Republicans are pressuring Trump to refuse to sign the bill without the House measure.
>While the GOP works to destroy safety net programs, the international community is growing increasingly alarmed by the high rates of inequality, poverty, and infant mortality in the United States, which were recently detailed in a "scathing" UNITED NATIONS EXPOSE that explored how *"Trump & the GOP-controlled Congress are 'deliberately' working to make these already devastating crises worse by waging war on the poor while lavishing the rich with massive tax cuts."https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/13/carefully-calculated-strategy-slash-safety-net-underway-white-house-claims-war



- A homeless man looks for food in the garbage along a street in Brownsville, Texas on June 22, 2018.
*Currently over 32 percent of residents in Brownsville live in poverty, one of the highest rates in the nation.*

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Reply *Strategic Safety Net Cuts Underway: White Hs. Claims WAR ON POVERTY 'LARGELY OVER' (Original post)
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Fri Jul 13, 2018, 10:37 PM

1. If they say 41 million...its probably 100 million.

Counting under employed, I'd guess maybe a 35% of Americans live at, under, or near the poverty line. The nonsense has to stop. if they're just going to shotgun numbers into the air...i will too. I think mine are more accurate and probably still low balling it.
LOOK at that man. Imagine one day in his shoes. ONE DAY. What if he were The Big J? (Jesus) He's clearly stronger than I bc I couldn't do it. Sad to think of this persons fears.

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Fri Jul 13, 2018, 10:48 PM

2. Your number unfortunately sounds about right. A day in that man's shoes..

'There but for the grace of God, go I'

It's bad, the world knows it and yet so many here are oblivious..

Divide & Conquer, using the age old strategies continuously for gain, exploitation and power.

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Sat Jul 14, 2018, 12:34 AM

3. *The American March to Inequality* Why UN Alston Report Alarms Trump Plutocrats

It is no surprise that flacks for the plutocrats in charge of the US like Nikki Haley are squawking about the report on American poverty just issued by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston. It throws loads of light on how unequal a society America is, how it is marching rapidly toward even greater, Third World levels of inequality, and how peculiar the US is, as a land of rapacious robber barons and 40 million completely marginalized poor..Big social statistics are hard to envision. That in a country like the US, with some 320 million people and an $18 trillion annual gross domestic product, the social statistics could be rapidly changing is also hard to fathom.
They are changing, the UN says, decidedly for the worse for tens of millions of people.

*The GOP tax massacre of earlier this year will transfer over time trillions of new dollars to the already obscenely wealthy, and result in diminished government services and a much smaller safety net for the rest of us. It was a tax cut, almost all of the benefits of which, went to one-tenth of one percent of the population. It will make them even richer, adding billions to their billions, and make the rest of us poorer. This is a structural change in US society with massive implications.
*Already, the top 0.1% holds as much of the country’s wealth as the bottom 90% (i.e. almost everyone reading these words).
Alston writes: *US infant mortality rates in 2013 were the highest in the developed world.
*Americans can expect to live shorter and sicker lives, compared to people living in any other rich democracy, and the “health gap” between the U.S. and its peer countries continues to grow.
*U.S. inequality levels are far higher than those in most European countries.
*Neglected tropical diseases, including Zika, are increasingly common in the USA. It has been estimated that 12 million Americans live with a neglected parasitic infection. A 2017 report documents the prevalence of hookworm in Lowndes County, Alabama. More, https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016209206

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Mon Jul 23, 2018, 06:07 PM

4. Kick

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