Trump and Congressional Republicans are set to wage war against programs that assist the poor. Republicans have been enemies of the social safety net since FDR created its first elements. Today, the Republican party has reached a point where it lacks all compassion for anyone who is not wealthy and, given unlimited power would apparently remake the US into the early industrial Britain of Charles Dickens minus the poor houses. Today they prefer prisons.
The poor are not the only targets. Ryan has already said that Medicare and Social Security, middle class programs, are in the crosshairs too.
The idea that Trump was a populist who would bring the working class into the Republican fold has a shelf life of a year and a half. Even the fools who cheer at his fascist rallies will wake up when their very survival is threatened.
The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are hoping to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and housing benefits.Behind Trumpís plan to target the federal safety nethttps://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/11/trump-welfare-reform-safety-net-288623
The White House is quietly preparing a sweeping executive order that would mandate a top-to-bottom review of the federal programs on which millions of poor Americans rely. And GOP lawmakers are in the early stages of crafting legislation that could make it more difficult to qualify for those programs.
...Federal health officials are encouraging states to impose work requirements on able-bodied adults on Medicaid ó a major philosophical shift that would treat the program as welfare, rather than health insurance.
The Agriculture Department said last week that it would soon give states greater control over the food stamp program, potentially opening the door to drug testing or stricter work requirements on recipients of the $70 billion program long targeted by fiscal conservatives.
Another initial move has already backfired ó the Veterans Affairs Department announced it would redirect hundreds of millions of dollars from a program for homeless veterans to local VA centers, but it reversed course after fierce blowback from advocates.
...The president is expected to sign the welfare executive order as soon as January, according to multiple administration officials, with an eye toward making changes to health care, food stamps, housing and veterans programs, not just traditional welfare payments.