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Saturday, October 20, 2018

How The Republicans Abolished Poverty

Reprinted with permission from Creators

Listen … Can you hear it? Listen to the eerie “sound of silence” from the Trumpeteers and congressional Republicans who so loudly cheered themselves just a year ago for bestowing a trillion-dollar tax giveaway on corporate elites.

They told us they did it not for the rich, but to help middle-class and poor families. How would enriching the already rich benefit the rest of us? “Trickle-down Economics 101,” said Trump & Company, explaining that giving more money to elites would spark “an immediate jump in wage growth” because CEOs would use their bonanza to reward workers for their productivity.…

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Why Misery Is Being Weaponized In War

Reprinted with permission from The Globe And Mail.

In the film Sicario, in which murderous drug cartels ravage communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, there is a sobering moment when a black-ops agent working for the United States explains the barbarism that terrorizes people.

“You will not survive here,” he tells an FBI agent, devastated by the savagery she has seen. “You are not a wolf. And this is a land of wolves now.”

Millions of people, caught in conflicts the world over, are finding that line applies to where they live, too. Misery as a strategy is spreading, with devastating consequences.…

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White House ‘Undeterred’ In Cutting Health Care For Poor

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

The Trump administration vowed to continue its efforts to force Americans to comply with stringent work requirements in exchange for basic health care, despite a ruling against the practice in federal court.

At the end of June, a federal judge struck down a plan put in place by Kentucky Republicans that mandated work requirements for Medicaid recipients. The net effect of the plan would be less people covered by Medicaid, echoing the Trump administration’s goals in attacking Obamacare.

Judge James E. Boasberg of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia slammed the Trump administration in his decision, noting their approval of Kentucky’s plan was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Jane Perkins, the legal director for the National Health Law Program, explained to the New York Times, “The purpose of the Medicaid Act is to furnish medical assistance, and this approval could not stand because it was doing just the opposite — restricting coverage.”

But speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar said the ruling would not stop the Trump administration’s drive to rip health care away from poor people.…

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