Off target: Trump proposed budget cuts hurt many needy Americans

EDITORIAL: Off target: Trump proposed budget cuts hurt many needy Americans
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But not if you’re among the wealthy. They’re needy, too. Just sayin’

The president’s latest budget plan offers corporate tax cuts but eliminates tax breaks to those enrolled in the Affordable Care Act health plan. It raises defense spending but proposes significant cuts to social programs. While it’s important to encourage any austerity measures that might be possible, many of the cuts in the current proposal affect many people who can least afford them. The budget would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program, which many cities use to help fund agencies that help the poor, homeless and those with special needs. It would end the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which enables older or ill residents to maintain electrical service when they can’t make the payments. It also cuts $785 billion from Medicare and Medicaid, eliminates the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families contingency Fund and makes massive cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. The presidents wants to change SNAP, better known as “food stamps” or Texas Lone Star card to a system that requires recipients to work at least 20 hours a week and receive a box of food rather than a debit card that allows them to shop for their own food. Trump has pitched this “harvest boxes” idea before and it has been generally panned; critics say packaging and delivery costs would exceed current financial allocations, and perishable […]

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