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http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/374069-trumps-all-ou...

Perhaps the title is poorly chosen, when Trumps War on Poverty really is not about fighting poverty, it's about crushing the poor.

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Trump has launched an all-out attack on the poor. The tax reform bill demonstrated clearly that Trump and Republicans in Congress favor the rich and corporate interests over the middle class and the poor. Not a big surprise. But tax reform was the “nice” version of class warfare, the proposed budget cuts to nearly every social welfare program imaginable show that Republicans are determined to win a scorched earth-type war against the poor. Not to fight a war against poverty, but to crush the poor.

Republican politicians tout welfare reform as a success, nevermind that the demise of traditional welfare has pushed even more Americans into extreme poverty. The push to make the thin remaining reeds of the welfare state — public housing, Medicaid, and food stamps — also tied to work requirements almost seems a natural policy move. But Trump’s attacks on programs serving the poor are not really about the poor.

As poverty scholars have pointed out, the rules that govern the welfare state and the level of support the poor receive are not matters necessarily, or even primarily, about the poor. Instead, they serve as warnings for the rest of us.

Of course, that is not all that is going on. Attacks on the poor also serve as racially coded appeals to low-income whites who feel threatened by the civil rights and economic gains of minorities over the past fifty plus years. When Trump expressed surprise during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus last year that not all welfare recipients were black, he was not only revealing his own ignorance but also expressing a version of the popular assumption that poverty is primarily an issues for minorities. The truth is far more complicated: while blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans are disproportionately poor, the majority of people below the poverty line are white. Attacking the poor both provides a way for politicians to attack minorities without actually saying as much and also serves to distract voters from the real economic issues of our time.

Suddenly all programs seem to be in jeopardy and the prospect that the poor might be pushed even further to the edges of society is all too real. For politicians proud of their “Christian” values, Republicans seem intent on a firm separation between the values of their faith and their policies towards the poor.


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Some of my ancestors had similar issues with rich people just over 200 years ago. The poor went to visit Paris to talk it over with the rich, and after some tough negotiations, everyone went home happy.

The important thing is not to lose your head.
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theweefrenchman wrote:
Some of my ancestors had similar issues with rich people just over 200 years ago. The poor went to visit Paris to talk it over with the rich, and after some tough negotiations, everyone went home happy.

The important thing is not to lose your head.


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theweefrenchman wrote:
Some of my ancestors had similar issues with rich people just over 200 years ago. The poor went to visit Paris to talk it over with the rich, and after some tough negotiations, everyone went home happy.

The important thing is not to lose your head.


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