Trump's Executive Order on “Welfare” Is Designed to Pit Workers Against One Another

Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on April 16, 2018. Trump is traveling to Hialeah, Florida, for a roundtable discussion on tax reform. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility.” It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can make the programs harder to access, all under the guise of “welfare reform.”

Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on April 16, 2018. Trump is traveling to Hialeah, Florida, for a roundtable discussion on tax reform. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

This article was published by TalkPoverty.org.

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America.

The order, titled “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility,” carries little weight by itself. It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can make the programs harder to access, all under the guise of “welfare reform.”

The order’s main purpose appears to be smearing popular programs in an effort to make them easier to slash — in part by redefining “welfare” to encompass nearly every program that helps families get by. To that end, the order reads as follows:

The terms “welfare” and “public assistance” include any program that provides means-tested assistance, or other assistance that provides benefits to people, households, or families that have low incomes (i.e., those making less than twice the Federal poverty level), the unemployed, or those out of the labor force.

Redefining everything from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) to Medicaid to Unemployment Insurance to child care assistance as “welfare” has long been part of conservatives’ playbook, …read more

Via:: Truthout

      

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