The Fox News lying never ends. They blame the explosion in child poverty on Biden policies when it was the GOP/Joe Manchin alliance that did it.
Fox News spins child poverty.
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Recent census data highlights that poverty, specifically child poverty, is a policy choice in America. The data reveals that policies can alleviate or exacerbate poverty, with a recent spike in poverty rates attributed to specific policy decisions.
The child poverty rate more than doubled over a year due to the withdrawal of support for policies that would have benefited children, notably by Democrat-In-Name-Only, Joe Manchin, and the GOP politicians. Media outlets such as Fox News have been portraying this increase as a failure of Biden’s policies without providing full context.
In early 2021, Democrats enacted the American Rescue Plan, a nearly $2 trillion stimulus that included a significant child tax credit expansion. This legislation meant that families earning under $80,000 would receive up to $300 per child per month, a policy not supported by a single Republican. This resulted in the child poverty rate decreasing to an all-time low of just over 5%. It has since more than doubled with the failure of inhumane politicians to extend support for children.
The child poverty rate surged when Democratic Senator Joe Manchin withdrew his support for the expanded child tax credit, and no Republicans voted for its continuation. This left the Democrats with no choice but to let the plan expire, resulting in the child poverty rate returning to its previous high levels.
There is a need for awareness that policies can effectively reduce child poverty. Despite the evidence, certain political figures and parties have chosen policies that push children back into poverty. Advocates continue to urge the public to be informed, to share progressive messages widely, and to vote based on this information. Only voting out politicians who are always ready to help the wealthy and corporate America at the expense of children and the poor will make America a humane country.
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