The Common Good

12 Ways Republicans Keep Screwing Over Poor Americans And Women

Date: November 14, 2013

The past year hasn't been a good one for poor people in America. First, the “sequester” cuts automatically sliced billions of dollars from services such as Head Start—which provides early educational opportunities to young kids from poor families—nutritional programs and job-training grants...

“It’s deeper than favorite bad policies,” said Jim Wallis, president of the Washington, D.C.-based anti-poverty organization Sojourners, when asked what particularly egregious approaches to poor people and to poverty have been rolled out by state and federal politicians in recent months. He shared with SN&R a story: “I’m in the office of a U.S. senator, part of the gang working on fiscal stuff. He’s a moderate centrist. I say, ’Now, Senator, you and I could easily think of 12 senators who could sit at this table and work out a path to fiscal responsibility, couldn’t we?’ “’Yes.’ “’And we could do so while protecting the poor and vulnerable?’ “’Yes.’ “’But then all the other interests will come into this and demand their interests will be protected, and the poor will be compromised, won’t they?’ “’Yes.’” And compromised they are these days. Here are SN&R’s dirty dozen worst public-policy ideas when it comes to America’s poor.