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  •  Yeah, all of the poor people that I know are just (1+ / 0-)
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    rolling in money...except, the real truth is that everyone I know who was negatively impacted by the recession has not received a dime from this president...and most of them don't know how they will earn enough money to pay for their next meal. And all of them had good paying jobs 5 years ago.

    In fact, due to the sequestration, which Obama helped craft, in California alone, this is what we're experiencing:

    Public housing subsidies: $1.9 billion in cuts would affect 125,000 low-income people who would lose access to vouchers to help them with their rent.

    Foreclosure prevention: 75,000 fewer people would receive foreclosure prevention, rental, and homeless counseling services.

    Emergency housing: 100,000 formerly homeless people could be removed from their current emergency shelters.

    Educational programs: Learning programs for poor kids would see a total of $2.7 billion in cuts. The $400 million slashed from Head Start, the preschool program for poor children, would result in reduced services for some 70,000 kids.

    Title I Funding: The Department of Education's Title I program, the biggest federal education program in the country, subsidizes schools that serve more than a million disadvantaged students. It would see $725 million in cuts.

    Rural rental assistance: Cuts to the Department of Agriculture would result in the elimination of rental assistance for 10,000 very low-income rural people, most of whom are single women, elderly, or disabled.

    Social Security: Although Social Security payments themselves won't be scaled back, cuts to the program would result in a massive backlogging of disability claims.
    Unemployment benefits: More than 3.8 million people getting long-term unemployment benefits would see their monthly payments reduced by as much as 9.4 percent, and would lose an average of $400 in benefits over their period of joblessness.

    Veterans services: The Transition Assistance Program would be forced to cut back some of the job search and career transition services it provides to 150,000 vets a year.

    Nutritional Assistance for Women & Children: The government's main food stamp program is exempt from cuts, but other food programs would take a hit. Some 600,000 women and children would be cut from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which provides nutrition assistance and education.

    Special education: $978 million* in cuts would affect 30.7 million children. For example, the scaling back of federal grants to states for students with disabilities would mean that cash-strapped states and districts would have to come up with the salaries for thousands of teachers, aides, and staff that serve special needs kids.

    Job training programs: $37 million would be slashed from a job retraining and placement program called Employment Services, and $83 million would be cut from Job Corps, which provides low-income kids with jobs and education.

    When you said that Obama had spent more on the poor than any president since LBJ, I think that you meant he gave trillions of dollars to the criminals who caused the mess, while making empty promises to the rest of us...
    •  How interesting that you have used the sequester (0+ / 0-)

      and person anecdotes to criticize what the President has done for the poor. Well, here is what the President has done for the poor according to budgetary spending:

      The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included broad investments to alleviate the poverty made worse by economic crisis.

      To fight hunger, the Act includes a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, as well as funding for food banks and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC);
      The Act also provides for $2 billion in new Neighborhood Stabilization Funds to help maintain ailing neighborhoods and $1.5 billion in Homelessness Prevention Funds to keep people in their homes or rapidly rehouse them;
      The Act increases funding for the Community Services Block Grant by $1 billion;
      The Act increases the Weatherization Assistance Program by $5 billion to help low income families save on their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient;
      The Act increases job training funds for those who need them most, with $3.95 billion in additional funding for the Workforce Investment system, which will support green job training, summer jobs for young people, and other opportunities;
      The Act provides increased income support, including an increase of $25 per week for Unemployment Insurance recipients and incentives for states to expand unemployment insurance eligibility, as well as an extra $250 payment to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries and new resources for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; and,
      The Act provides tax breaks to working families through the Make Work Pay and Child Tax Credits. These changes will reduce the marriage penalty and provide a larger credit for families with three or more children.

      What were you saying again about Obama and spending on the poor? You can check the amount of proposed spending on the poor that this President has made since he entered office, and you will find that this President has "done more for lower-income Americans than any president since Lyndon Baines Johnson."

      See Andrew Sullivan:

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