Here’s something to just ruin your day. You know that scene in the old melodramas where the villain curls his mustache and throws Little Nell and her Grandmother out on the street? Well, strike the ‘stache and you’ve got Trump. It seems that his budget, and we’re only now figuring out some of his squirrely numbers, includes major cuts to public housing and housing support, potentially throwing millions into the street.
Writing in The Nation, George Zornick notes that at least 5 million people could find themselves without shelter as the result of the president’s (and the GOP’s) actions. He says, “Taken together, this appears to be an aggressive push to force people out of public housing, either by foisting difficult employment and rent demands on residents, making living conditions unbearable, or canceling vouchers outright—all while this same population would face reduced food-stamp and health-care benefits thanks to Trump’s proposed drastic cuts to SNAP and the Medicaid program.”
In other words, this is going to hurt. There are going to be a whole lot of people suddenly thrown out of their homes. They’re either going to be taken in by churches, relatives, or charities (who can’t really afford to do it)…or, they’re going to be on the street. All of which means additional stress on an economy (that of the lower middle to lower classes) which is on the verge of breaking. Meaning, in turn, that the system as a whole will also be that much closer to collapse.
And this, of course, is the reality that no one mentions. Public assistance isn’t just a knee-jerk from soft-hearted liberals. It is a pretty hard headed thing, meant to keep the economy and the society, as a whole, in operation. That Trump and his people do not understand this is further evidence of their fundamental ignorance of how the world really operates.
Which is an interesting thought, given their assumption that they, and they alone, are realists.
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