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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 12:14 PM

GOP Refusal To Extend Covid Aid Means 8 Mill In Poverty, Moral Disaster That Will Scar A Generation

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'Coronavirus pandemic—and Republican refusal to extend aid—leads to soaring poverty,' Daily Kos, Oct. 15, 2020.

Six or eight million people have fallen into poverty since the coronavirus stimulus ended, depending on how you measure it. Either way, it’s a damn lot of people who are suddenly poor because a pandemic has slammed through the nation’s economy and Senate Republicans don't want to fix it. The Cares Act lifted four million people out of poverty, but once it expired—once the one-time payments had been used up and the expanded unemployment insurance evaporated—the result has been a disaster.

The Cares Act “wasn’t perfect, but hands down it’s the most successful thing we’ve ever done in negating hardship,” University of Michigan poverty researcher H. Luke Shaefer told The New York Times. Republicans take a different view.
“I’m not as alarmed about poverty as I am about unemployment,” the head of one conservative policy organization said. “Poverty is an arbitrary income threshold, and people who dip below it, they make adjustments. If you’re not working at all, that’s a huge deal. Physical and mental health declines, substance abuse goes up.”

An arbitrary income threshold.

Poverty is an income threshold, to be sure, and it could use some updating, but the point at which a family cannot pay the bills and keep the electricity on is not an arbitrary measure. The point at which a parent is skipping meals to feed his or her child is not an arbitrary measure. And poverty has very clear physical and mental health effects, including on children—children being a group that hopefully even Republicans can agree shouldn’t be employed.

“Socioeconomic status is the most powerful predictor of disease, disorder, injury and mortality we have,”..
Poverty is linked to a host of negative health outcomes, from low birth weight to lowered life expectancy, worse educational outcomes, higher blood pressure and risk of cardiac disease or diabetes. Six to eight million people added to the U.S.' already high rate of poverty is a disaster. It’s a healthcare disaster, an educational disaster, and—because Republicans supposedly care about this—a fiscal disaster, leading to increased costs going forward because of the damage it causes. Most of all, though, it’s a moral disaster...

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https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/15/1986686/-Coronavirus-related-poverty-will-scar-a-generation-but-Republicans-refuse-to-act

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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 12:35 PM

1. They don't care . .

they are Russian bought.

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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 02:08 PM

2. They want Biden to have a bad economy

The more suffering, the better

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