The outlook is extremely grim for low-income people for a couple of reasons. First of all, the federal stimulus money will have to be recovered at some point. You can’t run endless deficits and certainly, if you have a Republican administration, they are going to continue to want to cut back on welfare, whether it’s food stamps, whether it’s Obamacare or whatever. But the biggest impact, I think, is going to be on State budgets, because States are losing enormous amounts of revenue. If the federal government doesn’t step in and assist there, that’s going to hit largely what we think of, in the broader sense, as welfare arrangements.
This entire paragraph doesn’t jive. First it factually states that “you can’t run endless deficits…” which transitions directly into finger pointing on policy that reduces spending for what appears to hold a singular purpose, which is of course to blame the Republicans.
More importantly the entire article is only supported by one thing. Those ephemeral goal posts that exist around what how poverty if defined. The boogey man of poverty. The unsolvable specter of “those with less”.