looks like the land of milk and honey is not for everyone, after all...
|America's poorest county: Proud Appalachians who live without running|
water or power in a region where 40% fall below poverty line.
If you’re a poor person in America,
President Trump’s budget proposal is not for you.
Trump’s budget would slash funding to or eliminate programs that help communities have clean drinking water, provide financial aid to low-income college students and support Meals on Wheels.
Military spending would get the biggest boost with a 10 percent increase, adding $52 billion in one year.
Another $2 billion would go to nuclear weapons.
Trump has unveiled a budget that would slash or abolish programs that have provided low-income Americans with help on virtually all fronts, including affordable housing, banking, weatherizing homes, job training, paying home heating oil bills, and obtaining legal counsel in civil matters.
During the presidential campaign last year, Trump vowed that the solution to poverty was giving poor people incentives to work. But most of the proposed cuts in his budget target programs designed to help the working poor, as well as those who are jobless, cope.
And many of them carry out their missions by disbursing money to the states, which establish their own criteria.
“This is a budget that pulled the rug out from working families and hurts the very people who President Trump promised to stand up for in rural America and in small towns,” said Melissa Boteach, vice president of the poverty to prosperity program at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington.
The White House budget cuts will fall hardest on the rural and small town communities that Trump won, where one in three people are living paycheck to paycheck — a rate that is 24 percent higher than in urban counties, according to a new analysis by the center.
Source: The Washington Post, Steven Mufson and Tracy Jan, March 16, 2017
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No Magic in How G.O.P. Plan Lowers Premiums:
It Pushes Out Older People
There are a lot of unpleasant numbers for Republicans in the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of their health care bill. But congressional leadership found one to cheer: The report says that the bill will eventually cut the average insurance premiums for people who buy their own insurance by 10 percent.
House Speaker Paul Ryan pressed that point in a series of appearances Monday night, suggesting that the budget office had found that the House bill would increase choice and competition and lead to lower prices. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, issued a statement saying, “The Congressional Budget Office agrees that the American Health Care Act will ultimately lower premiums and increase access to care.”
But the way the bill achieves those lower average premiums has little to do with increased choice and competition. It depends, rather, on penalizing older patients and rewarding younger ones. According to the C.B.O. report, the bill would make health insurance so unaffordable for many older Americans that they would simply leave the market and join the ranks of the uninsured.
Source: The New York Times, Margot Sanger-Katz, March 14, 2017
|'Cuts will fall hardest on the rural and small town communities that Trump won.'|
|'A budget that pull|s] the rug out from working families and hurts the|
very people who President Trump promised to stand up for in rural America.'