Without government programs that reduce poverty, the poverty rate would be above 30%, but it falls to around 14% with the programs. That amounts to 52 million U.S. citizens lifted from the base poverty level, not a small number of us (US) – one in every six. If you take a closer look, the poverty level is really about 140% of the official level, meaning about a third of Americans need help with income to live decently (that is over 100 million citizens). Trump and the Reps will cut these programs by 42% over a 10 year period, and about 2/3rds of all their program cuts come from these safety net programs. It is a war against the poor and low income. You can find studies that confirm this a CBPP.org or look at the USCensus Supplemental Poverty Measure, Table 4a. The real problem is low wage income to low-earning workers, and a boost in minimum wage is needed along with an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Public direct job creation would also help immensely. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, about 73 House Democrats and one Senator (guess who, his first name is Bernie), support these programs. This is a national tragedy unfolding before our eyes, it must be stopped. I write the blog Economics Without Greed, http://benL8.blogspot.com, and yes there is info there, but talking to your neighbor and getting upset will do more than reading anything. Get angry, vote, write a letter, take a stand.