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'Poverty Is a Policy Choice': Studies Detail How Poorest Saved by Covid-19 Stimulus—and Why More Is Needed

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/22/poverty-policy-choice-studies-detail-how-poorest-saved-covid-19-stimulus-and-why

Define “poverty”…

Before I can get excited about any poverty questions there is a different one to be answered for me. How was the 1.5-2.0 trillion dollar tax cut making any sense?
We didn’t even get a token $300 shrub would have given us.

The poverty line is not accurate. The United Way charity issues reports in their ALICE series showing that 40% of Americans suffer hardship, can’t afford seven necessities: food, shelter, utilities, healthcare, childcare, phone, transportation. We need a guaranteed jobs program so everyone can find employment, a much higher minimum wage, more public housing and on and on, universal health care, free childcare. Life is expensive and the nation is very wealthy. The actual realistic poverty rate is 27%, the portion who live with incomes below 150% of Fed. Poverty Level, which the Supplemental Poverty Level shows.