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Mar. 3, 2019 Blumbers

The Price of Poverty

On Feb. 28, 2019 in Washington DC, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a nonpartisan report on child poverty in the United States.  Poor health and high crime from poverty costs the US nearly $1.1 trillion a year. In 2015 an estimated 9.6 million children live in poverty or about $26,000 annual income for a family of four. How to solve this crisis? Proposals like promoting marriage, family planning, mandatory work requirements do not work. More effective recommended solutions include increasing the earned income tax credit, increasing dependent care tax credits, expanding housing vouchers and food stamps. It would cost $90.7 billion a year but would  cut child poverty in half in a decade.

FBI agent Bill Douglas said in his book MIndhunters “Bill Tafoya, the special agent who served as our ‘futurist’ at Quantico, advocated a minimum of a ten-year commitment of money and resources on the magnitude of what we sent into the Persian Gulf. He calls for a wide-scale reinstatement of Project Head Start, one of the most effective long term, anticrime programs in history. He doesn’t think more police are the answer, but he would bring in “an army of social workers” to provide assistance for battered women, homeless families with children, to find good foster homes. And he would back it all up with tax incentive programs.”

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May 25, 2017 Trump Voters Lose Food Stamps

On May 25, 2017 Mother Jones’ Jenny Luna reported “Trump Takes a Big Bite out of His Voters’ Food Stamps”. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps large numbers of people in Red states. “Trump’s proposed cuts to food stamps will by and large hit the states that voted for him the hardest. Louisiana voted overwhelmingly for Trump, as did its Southeast counterparts Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, and Georgia. Out of the 10 states with the highest food stamp use by population, seven voted Republican in last year’s presidential election.” According to Third Way, the budget for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will be cut from $6.35 billion this year to $5.15 billion next year. Meals On Wheels is also on the chopping block.

It is sad that any politician would want children, the elderly, disabled or anyone to go hungry.

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May 23, 2017 Safety Net Budget Cuts

On May 22, 2017 The New Republic’s Alex Shephard reported “While the media was lavishing Trump with praise, he was preparing to shred the social safety net.”

“While Trump’s budget won’t include cuts to Medicare, there will be massive cuts to other programs that help moderate- and low-income voters. The budget slashes funding for Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), food stamps, and disability insurance, while increasing work requirements for people receiving benefits. The people who will be targeted in these cuts are mostly the elderly, children, the poor, and the disabled.”

“But this budget is another signal of what has become abundantly clear since Trump entered office: that his administration will cut the social safety net at every opportunity. Far from being focused on moderate-income voters, Trump is instead carrying water for a Republican elite that wants to transfer wealth up the income ladder.”

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