Why are the Poor Paying for the Tax Cuts?

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP, Justice Promoter

Why does it seem like this current administration is completely funding its huge tax breaks on the backs of the poor?  Maybe because of all the efforts to reduce the social safety net.  Here are some examples:

  • The administration is considering changing the way the government measures poverty which could result in millions of low-income individuals and families being removed from assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and Head Start. The current poverty line for a family of four is about $26,000. Each year, the government adjusts for inflation based on the consumer price index (CPI). The administration is considering using a version called“chained CPI” which is lower than regular CPI. Chained CPI assumes that as prices of goods go up, people substitute less expensive items lowering their overall expenses.  Most poor are already using the cheapest good/services they can use.
  • The administration has proposed increasing work requirements or eliminating/reducing state waivers for safety net programs such as SNAP and Medicare/Medicaid.
  • The administration is pushing a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. This question is likely to reduce the number of immigrant – documented or undocumented – responses which will reduce the official number of individuals in that city or state. Since government funds are allocated based on the census numbers, cities with large immigrant populations will receive less funding than they need.
  • This administration has made dismantling the Affordable Care Act a hallmark of it tenure. These actions have eliminated or reduced the healthcare available to many working poor who are not eligible for Medicaid.
  • The current trade war with China is certainly impacting farmers and manufacturers who sell to or buy materials from China.  The next phase will be putting tariffs (taxes) on consumer goods such as clothing, furniture, etc.  These price increases will result in the poor using a larger percentage of wages going for these products.
  • Individuals with disabilities who are often likely to have low incomes will be impacted by the proposed budget that slashes funding of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) by $72 billion. This is only one example of budget cuts that will impact low income families/individuals.

These are only some of the many efforts that are being proposed/implemented to make up the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that were implemented last year. Perhaps instead of catering to the rich, the administration should consider Proverbs 14:31:  Those who oppress the poor revile their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor God.

 

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6 responses to “Why are the Poor Paying for the Tax Cuts?

  1. Barb, Thank you for this good information. I will be sending this on to relatives who try to track all the moves that this administration and Senate are doing to make life harder for the poorest among us.

  2. Thanks Barb for the updated information. I love having someone who is more politically savvy them I am and helping me understand the current legislation.
    Patti Herrick

  3. If we do not pressure our state and federal legislatures to oppose these proposed dictates from our current Administration, we will soon return to the situation of NO safety net in this country. If Life is of no value or sacredness–why bring a child into this world of poverty, sickness, polluted environs, war? The injured, elderly, mentally disabled will exist at the inhuman level with perhaps pets of the moneyed crowd the only creatures of worth.

  4. Thanks, Barb, for keeping this information right before us so we can raise awareness for others and make a mark in the ways we can.

  5. Thanks Barb for all this information. I do pray that the proverb will become more then what is happening today with this administration that is deplorable. The poor is always the one that suffers the most.

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