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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 02:38 PM

Donald Trump's war on the poor has historical precedent and its not pretty

MONDAY, MAR 20, 2017 02:00 PM EDT

Trump's budget proposes many ways to punish the poor. It's a new version of the Nazi urge to purge "parasites"

CHAUNCEY DEVEGA

A nation’s budget is a statement of priorities and values. President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget is a declaration of war on the human beings his administration and the Republican Party consider to be “useless eaters.”

As I wrote four years ago, some 15 million Americans were “food insecure” during 2012, in the wake of the Great Recession, which had increased that number by 30 percent:

Approximately 20 percent of American children live in poverty. Food insecurity and hunger leads to a long-term decline in life spans and a diminished standard of living for whole communities.

Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to cut $39 billion from federal food assistance programs. Their vote is more than just the next act in the ongoing politics of cruelty by the Republican Party in the Age of Obama.

It is a decision to kill poor people. . . . Here, the long-term end goal for Republicans is revealed for what it is — a desire to make being a poor person into a crime.


This is a neat summary of the broader values held by Republicans, as repeatedly signaled by their use of language like “makers and takers,” “job producers” and Mitt Romney’s infamous reference to the unproductive and parasitical “47 percent.” This hostility towards the poor and working classes (especially people of color) is also revealed by policies such as Republican efforts to require sick people to show that they have jobs or are seeking employment in order to receive Medicaid benefits.

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http://www.salon.com/2017/03/20/donald-trumps-war-on-the-poor-has-historical-precedent-and-its-not-pretty/

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 02:40 PM

1. k and r

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 02:49 PM

2. The more the gap between the rich and everybody else grows, the more need

they will have to eliminate voters in non wealthy brackets.

Most of those voters will figure out what is going on, eventually, and therefore eliminating them now is preferred.

Look for trump and friends to invest in graveyards soon.

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:37 PM

3. "I can hire half the working class to kill the other half"__ Jay Gould, financier, 'good' Republican

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