ON top of today’s news about another shooting at a high school, taking the lives of at least 10 children, a study was released by the United Way that concludes that 51 million households don’t earn enough to pay for basic needs, including housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation. That’s 43% of households in the United States.
The figure includes the 16.1 million households living in poverty, as well as the 34.7 million families that the United Way has dubbed ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This group makes less than what’s needed “to survive in the modern economy.”
“Despite seemingly positive economic signs, the ALICE data shows that financial hardship is still a pervasive problem,” said Stephanie Hoopes, the project’s director.
Many of these folks are the nation’s child care workers, home health aides, office assistants and store clerks, who work low-paying jobs and have little savings, the study noted.
66% of jobs in the US pay less than $20 an hour
Policies set in Washington, D.C. make life worse for most people living in America. Despite the claims to help the disenfranchised, the poor and the unemployed, the Republican Trump-led tax policy will significantly help the rich get richer, while leaving everyone else behind.
Here are the facts about the tax plan:
The plan promises tax savings next year of $1,182 for a typical household of four with a gross income of $59,000, leaving the family’s tax bill at $400.
But the proposal’s conflicting provisions and phase-outs of certain benefits mean that taxes will rise for many middle-class earners over time. Middle-income people in states with high state income taxes or who have many children, high medical bills or heavy student debt are particularly at risk of seeing their taxes go up. These people live predominately in traditionally Democratic states like New York and California.
Of the $1.5 trillion the plan gives in tax breaks over 10 years, $850 billion goes to companies, according to the government’s Joint Committee on Taxation. Almost all of the savings for families and individuals come from the repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax and the Estate Tax — changes that benefit the wealthy.
The Republicans Depend on Deception
Unfortunately, there are millions of Americans that are suffering. And the republicans have learned that if you tell this growing group of downtrodden that you will solve their problems, they will vote for you, despite the mountains of evidence that demonstrate that the republican’s policies will hurt these people even more, and transfer gigantic sums of money from those with less to the very rich. In other words, the republicans depend on American’s stupidity.
If many average Americans aren’t noticing or loving the tax cut bill yet, it might be understandable — it benefits the wealthy by design. And a congressional report released in April shows that one specific new deduction for so-called “pass-through” companies is heavily benefiting the rich.
And by 2024, it will be even more skewed. Pass-through tax breaks will total $60.3 billion, with those making over $1 million getting most of the benefit.
Guns and a Society that is Falling Apart
If another country had the type of violence that America has, we would look upon it as if it were a broken, third-world nation. Yet in America, we continue to fight for our rights to own a gun, even as thousands continue to die needlessly from mass shootings.
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 100 mass shooting incidents have occurred this year as of May 17.
Today’s deadly shooting at a high school in Texas marks the 101st mass shooting this year.
In 2017, the U.S. saw a total of 346 mass shootings. That’s almost one per day.
The question is: How many people must die before congress passes sensible gun control legislation?
The answer is: There is no number. The Republican controlled congress will never pass gun control laws.
Children will continue to die.
History has shown that empires come and go. Countries have their time of power, and then they fade.
Any country that turns its back on its citizens and allows the rich and powerful to prosper while the middle class and poor suffer even more, will not last.
Any country that allows its children to die in gun violence that goes unchecked, will not last.
Should these policies not change, we are in the last days of America.