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Trump Administration’s Spending Priorities Echo Tax Cut Priorities: Punish the Poor and Lavish the Rich


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Trump Administration’s Spending Priorities Echo Tax Cut Priorities: Punish the Poor and Lavish the Rich

Misha Hill

In 2017, the Trump Administration released a budget proposal filled with loaded language about “welfare reform” and moving able-bodied people from welfare to work. This narrative is designed to perpetuate the pernicious idea that poor people have personal shortcomings and are taking something that rightly belongs to others.


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Good article! If these idiots really wanted to help the poor and the middle class at the same time, they would be doing the opposite of what they propose. Increasing SNAP and Housing benefit programs would create an immediate upswing in demand, which is the only way to create jobs. Farmers and small business owners would benefit directly. But that doesn’t fit with their ideology, which is the god that they worship, and the Public be damned.

We need a lot more Keynes, and a lot less Rand,


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Thank you, Misha Hill and Jenice Robinson, for this superb article. You make very important (and painful) points and state your reasoning quite clearly and convincingly. I also appreciate the many statistics you cited and the many links to additional information you provided.

The right-wing, rich, class-war against the poor and the working class is cruel and sadistic. Stealing from the poor to give to the excessively rich is blatantly immoral and inexcusable. These selfish, greedy sociopaths hate & hurt millions of helpless, vulnerable people who deserve financial help!

It’s not just my opinion: compared to 35 other rich, so-called democracies, the USA ranks a mean-spirited, stingy, LAST! The USA is the richest nation in history – yet over 50% of U.S. citizens are “poor or near poor”! That fact is disgraceful and despicable. And so are the mis-leaders who cause all this economic inequality, injustice, and suffering!


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Where does the article show the poor being stolen from? I seem to have missed that part.


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My statement about “stealing from the poor to give to the excessively rich” refers not only to the article but to the last 50 years in the U.S. (and to the entire history of the U.S. and to the entire history of the human race).

“Stealing from the poor to give to the excessively rich” is alluded to in the title of this article – and in the article’s mentioning the proposal to cut SNAP (food stamps) soon after the recent Tax Bill Scam gave away billions of dollars to the super-rich and to giant corporations.

“Stealing from the poor to give to the excessively rich” refers to how Republicans like Ryan and Trump have given away billions of dollars to the super-rich, which will create horrendous deficits, which Republicans have indicated will have to be reduced by taking away financial help from the poor and working class citizens through cuts to safety-net programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

“Stealing from the poor to give to the excessively rich” refers – far beyond this article – to countless actions over countless years by the right-wing rich against the poor, disabled, sick, old, women, and children. The right-wing rich are disgusting bullies who abuse and hurt the weakest, most vulnerable people.

Yes, there is apparently much that you have missed.

Try reading books like “The War Against the Poor”, “The War on the Poor”, “The War on Labor and the Left”, “The War at Home”, “Winner Take All Politics”, “Who Stole the American Dream?”, “Runaway Inequality”, etc.

Also, search the internet for articles on “class war by the rich against the poor and workers” and “redistribution of wealth and income from the working class to the rich.” “Redistribution” in this case means the right-wing stealing from the poor and common people to give that money to the excessively rich.


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In addition to “stealing from the poor”, they keep turning more middle class into more poor by stealing even more from the middle class.

Makes sense when you consider the middle class have a lot more for the 1% to steal than the poor do.

The ultimate goal is the 1% owning everything while the 99% are all poor and own nothing. Neofeudalism.