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


Winners and losers in President Trump's proposed budget. Read more...





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.'









5 comments:

JiEL said...

Since «Trumpty Dumpty» is in office your country is more and more a HATE country than a country of LIBERTY and ACCEPTANCE.

No tolerant for those who aren't «white-healthy-wealthy-christian-none immigrant» people.

Seeing on TV the latest news about the Obama Care replace & repeal, I'll never understand why a so «suppositivly» advanced country that spends gazillion of $$$$ on space science and military stuffs and other silly expenses, cannot afford to put in place a «universal health care» for ALL its population.
All I hear on the news is: "How much will my insurance health care will cost me?"...

Come on, stop enriching those private insurance companies and give your people a REAL NATIONAL health care to ALL Americans.
Cut those companies making BIG money on poor people that, anyway, will have to pay thousands of $$$$ for the fees and deductables.

Proud to live in a country that is there for ITS population.
God bless Canada

chrisbard said...

Please Jiel, comment in French !

JiEL said...

Pour la dernière caricature, ce que le budget «républicain» de M. Trumpty Dumpty a comme effet c'est de sabrer dans les budgets qui concernent l`environnement.

Ici, on craint des effets «dévastateurs» sur notre réserve d'eau douce des Grands Lacs. En coupant sur TOUT ce qui concerne la science de l'environnement, cette étendue d'eau douce, de la grandeur de l'Angleterre, sera à la merci des polluants ET, encore pire, vue l'accroissement de la navigation, de l'envahissement d'espèces marine
non indigènes et qui menacent l'équilibre écologique des Grands Lacs.

Ce qui est aussi navrant, c'est que ce grand bassin d'eau douce fourni de l'eau à des centaines de villes riveraines ET, se déverse finalement dans NOTRE St-Laurent, une voie navigable vers l'intérieur du continent la plus longue du monde.

Alors quand M. Trumpty Dumpty prend des décisions aussi insensées et «connes», il va détruire des décennies d'actions scientifiques pour assainir nos Grands Lacs.

Ce qui est encore plus «con», c'est que leur garde côtière a hérité
du «mandat» de surveiller les Grands Lacs alors qu'elle n'est vraiment pas apte à voir à ce que l'eau soit dénuée de polluants mais bien de veiller à ce que les bateaux suivent les règles de navigation.

Encore une preuve que ce président est comme ses électeurs: un «déplorable» élu par des «déplorables».

Esta Noche said...

Trump is a swine.

JiEL said...

I disait vouloir nettoyer la «swamp» de Washington mais va faire pire en enlevant des millions de $$$$ à la recherche scientifique sur la pollution, le réchauffement de la planète etc...

En plus, il relance la production de charbon des mines américaines, sans parler du pétrole qui circulera à flot dans les pipelines sur des terres fragiles, traverser des rivières, au dessus de nappes phréatiques essentielles à la vie de citoyens au dessus d'elles et à travers des champs fertiles etc..

Il vient de saborder la conférence du G20 en y préconisant l'isolationnisme ce qui n'a surement pas surpris personne car il avance depuis sa course à la chefferie le «Buy American» et en voulant abolir tout traité de libre échange.

Les USA s'en vont vers le désastre écologique et économique.
Et ceci sous les applaudissements de leur «base de déplorables» illettrés et ignares.

Il faut que le reste du monde civilisé s'unisse pour contrer l'impérialisme américain qui renait de ses cendres avec ce tirant.