In brief: The outstanding Rebecca Vallas, Managing Director of the Center for American Progress Poverty Team, took time to share her expertise on the expected/potential impacts of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” signed late last year and the current attempts to implement “work requirements” in popular poverty assistance programs. The numbers alone reveal the hypocrisy and ineffectiveness of the stated intentions — to get people to work and off of government assistance — of the GOP’s long game to end Medicaid as we know it as well as further restricting food and housing. With a midterm election right around the corner, Rebecca’s common sense breakdown of these policies is incredibly important; listen and learn talking points to share with your networks so we can make them pay at the polls for their inhumane, ineffective plans.
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Links to on-air references:
My Twitter rant re: what it takes to live without food/housing insecurity today
“2018 State of the Union Fact-Check” via The New York Times
READ & share Rebecca’s Twitter thread on Medicaid: “LANGUAGE ALERT: Slashing Medicaid, Medicare, nutrition, housing, disability benefits, and more isn’t “welfare reform” any more giving huge tax cuts to billionaires and wealthy corporations is “tax reform.”
“Chicken Little meets the Welfare Queen — a fairy tale for 2018” by Rebecca Vallas at Newsday.com
Congressional salaries via U.S. House of Representatives Press Gallery
“Work Requirement Proposals Would Kick Struggling Workers When They’re Down” via the Center for American Progress
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